Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Beyond Meat, Costco, Disney, Gap, Hecla Mining, Qualcomm, Slack, Teradata, Walmart, Zillow and More

Stocks hit new all-time highs on the S&P 500, Dow Jones industrials and Nasdaq on Thursday on news that the United States and China were rolling back tariffs and were closer to a phase-one trade deal. All the media calls for an imminent recession are looking pretty silly at this point, and the Dow is now close to that 28,000 mark our model came up with at the start of 2019. Stocks were indicated to take a breather on Friday morning but not by enough that the day’s outcome seemed set in stone. Investors still have a lot of pressing issues and risks to consider now that the bull market is over 10 and a half years old. This is a time for investors to consider what changes they should be making for their portfolios and assets heading into late 2019 and as 2020 approaches.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week. Our goal is to find new ideas for traders and long-term investors alike. Some of the daily analyst calls cover stocks to buy, while some calls cover stocks to sell or to avoid.

We have provided these calls in a quick-hit summary for easy reading, and additional comments and trading data have been added on some of the calls. The consensus analyst price targets and other valuation metrics are from the Refinitiv sell-side research service.

These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations for Friday, November 8, 2019.

Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) was down 3.2% at $54.55 ahead of earnings, but a light forecast for the holiday quarter had its shares down another 2.4% at $53.25 after the report. JPMorgan reiterated it as Overweight and raised the target price to $62 from $58, and Needham reiterated its Buy rating and $62 target price. Wedbush Securities reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its target to $69 from $60. Activision Blizzard had a consensus target price of $58.52, and its 52-week trading range is $39.85 to $65.40.

Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus, with the firm citing its own challenging outlook. Still, its shares closed up 2% at $24.09 on Thursday.

AvalonBay Communities Inc. (NYSE: AVB) was started with a Buy rating and a $244 target price at Goldman Sachs. Shares closed down about 1.5% at $209.14 ahead of the call, and the consensus target price was $225.10.

Avrobio Inc. (NASDAQ: AVRO) was reiterated as Buy with a $34 price target (versus a $14.40 prior close) at Janney. The firm noted that its programs all appear to be on track and its next update will be at the WORLD LSD Symposium in February 2020.

Beyond Meat Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND) was started with a Neutral rating and an $85 target price at UBS. It closed down 2.1% at $78.99 on Thursday, and its consensus target price was still up at $118.90.

Boston Properties Inc. (NYSE: BXP) was started with a Buy rating and a $156 target price at Goldman Sachs. Shares closed up four cents at $137.96 ahead of the call, and the consensus target price was $145.05.

Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) was started with a Neutral rating and a $300 target price at Nomura/Instinet. The stock closed up 1.2% at $305.21 on Thursday, and it has a consensus target price of $301.61 and a 52-week trading range of $189.51 to $307.34.

Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) traded up over 1.8% at $18.06 ahead of its report, but the fiscal 2019 forecast looked about 15% light on earnings, and the apparel retailer announced that Art Peck was stepping down as CEO and that Executive Chair Robert Fisher would serve as interim-CEO. Wells Fargo maintained its Market Perform rating but cut its target to $16 from $20. Shares of the Gap were last seen trading down about 9% at $16.37 in the premarket session. The shares have a 52-week range of $15.11 to $31.39, and the prior consensus target price was $19.21.

Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE: HL) closed down 5.9% at $2.23 on Thursday after reporting a loss and on revenues that were under expectations. BMO Capital Markets upgraded it to Market Perform from Underperform and raised the target price to $2.20 from $1.60.

Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS) was named as the Zacks Bear of the Day stock. The firm said that fertilizer demand continues to lag in 2019. Shares last closed at $20.74, with a consensus price target of $26.58.

Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: NWL) was named as the Bull of the Day at Zacks, which said that the maker of Mr. Coffee just posted a big third-quarter beat and raised full-year guidance. Its shares most recently closed at $20.04, with a consensus price target of $20.45.

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $110 from $95 at Argus. The stock closed up 6.3% at $89.98 on Thursday’s post-earnings reaction, and its consensus target price was $87.11.

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