Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alphabet, Amazon, Bank of America, Citigroup, Comcast, Intel, Nokia, Starbucks and More

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Stocks were indicated to open higher on Friday, with mixed earnings creating some very big wins or bad misses on share prices. With the major equity indexes at all-time highs, this is a time when investors have many reasons to remain cautious but also have to be considering how they want their assets positioned for the rest of 2019 and beyond.

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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) was down 0.3% ahead of earnings but was last seen up 8% at $1,230 on Friday. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a Buy rating with a target hike to $1,350 from $1,250. Morgan Stanley reiterated its Overweight rating and raised its target to $1,450 from $1,400. Citigroup reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $1,450 from $1,325, and Nomura/Instinet reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target from $1,300 to $1,400. Also, Alphabet was reiterated as Overweight and the target was raised to $1,500 from $1,430 at KeyBanc, and Mizuho reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $1,400 from $1,350.

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) was reiterated as Overweight at Barclays and the price target was raised to $2,175 from $2,050 at Barclays. Mizuho also reiterated it as Buy, with the target raised to $2,200 from $2,080. Wedbush Securities reiterated Amazon as Outperform with a $2,350 target. Shares were down 1.3% ahead of earnings and were indicated down 1.5% at $1,945.00 on Friday after earnings.

Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

Camping World Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CWH) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform and the target price was raised to $86 from $74 at Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA) was reiterated as Overweight and the target price was raised to $51 from $48 at Morgan Stanley.

DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird. The stock closed down 1% at $58.93 on Thursday and was indicated down 1.2% at $58.20 on Friday.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette & Woods, and the firm raised its target to $260 from $225.

Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) was raised to Buy from Hold at Argus. After closing up 0.3% at $122.19, it was indicated up 1.3% at $123.78.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) was reiterated as Buy at Mizuho, which raised the price target to $58 from $52. Morgan Stanley reiterated its Overweight rating and raised its target to $64 from $61. Intel was last seen up 3.8% at $54.10 after earnings were better than expected.

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) was raised to Buy from Market Perform at Charter Equity.

SLM Corp. (NASDAQ: SLM) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point. The stock closed down nearly 10% at $9.16 on Thursday.

Spirit Airlines Inc. (NYSE: SAVE) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform and the price target was cut to $51 from $68 at Credit Suisse.

Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) was maintained as Equal Weight but the target price was raised to $88 from $81 at Morgan Stanley. Stephens also maintained as Equal Weight, with a target hike to $90 from $72. KeyBanc Capital Markets reiterated its Overweight rating on Starbucks and raised its price target to $105 from $84.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: WWE) was raised to Buy from Hold at Benchmark.

Thursday’s top analyst calls were in shares of AT&T, Caterpillar, Dollar General, Electronic Arts, Etsy, Facebook, Spirit Airlines, Tesla, Xilinx and many more. Wednesday’s top analyst calls were in shares of Akamai, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Hasbro, Kimberly-Clark, Rio Tinto, Sherwin-Williams, Snap, Texas Instruments, United Continental, United Technologies, Visa and many more.

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