Stocks were indicated to open higher on Friday after a much better than expected payrolls report with a 3.5% unemployment rate. Stocks have been more volatile this week, after hitting all-time highs just last week. There is still much uncertainty and many ongoing and unresolved developments for investors to consider heading into 2020, and this is a time when investors should be giving strong consideration to how they want to be positioned for the next year.
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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other ratings changes seen for Friday, December 6, 2019.
Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merrill Lynch. Shares most recently closed at $286.30, in a 52-week range of $227.16 to $317.99. The consensus price target is $333.67.
Audentes Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BOLD) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) was downgraded to Sell from an already cautious Neutral rating and the price target was lowered to $31 from $43 (versus a $36.29 prior close) at UBS. It had a $50.26 consensus target price ahead of the downgrade, and its shares were indicated down 4.2% at $34.75 on Friday.
Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE: DO) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC Securities. Shares most recently closed at $5.55, in a 52-week range of $4.77 to $12.76. The consensus price target is $6.31.
DocuSign Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU) was indicated up over 8% at $75.25 on Friday’s post-earnings reaction. Wedbush Securities reiterated its Outperform rating with a $90 target price.
Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) was reiterated as Overweight and the price target was raised to $174 from $170 (versus a $155.10 close) at Morgan Stanley.
D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI) was started with a Sell rating and a $51 price target (versus a $55.76 close) at Goldman Sachs.
Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays. Shares most recently closed at $3.92, in a 52-week range of $3.77 to $7.70. The consensus price target is $6.91.
Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE: AQUA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with an $18 target price (versus a $19.07 close) at Goldman Sachs.
Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) was named as the Zacks Bear of the Day stock. The firm said that this stock has been a falling knife for some time now and the continued negative earnings justify its downward trajectory. Shares last closed at $16.30, with a consensus price target of $16.35.
J. Jill Inc. (NYSE: JILL) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies, and the firm cut its target price to $1.50 from $5.00 (versus a $1.24 close) in the call.
Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) was started with a Buy rating and a $71 price target at Goldman Sachs.