Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alphabet, Apple, BofA, Citigroup, Dollar Tree, Nordstrom, Salesforce, Travelers, and More

Stocks were indicated lower on Monday after continued strife and escalating threats with Iran are eroding market confidence. For those who did not make all of their portfolio shifts and changes in 2019, particularly after more than a 28% annual gain in the S&P 500, now is the time to be reconsidering how to be positioned for 2020. Despite the market’s concerns about headlines, the stock market is still barely under all-time highs as trade tensions are abating and global growth may see a rekindled strength. This is also an election year in which much is at stake, and strategists by and large are calling for single-digit percentage gains in 2020.

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 analyst calls in a quick-hit summary for easy reading, and additional comments and trading data have been added on many 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 from Monday, January 6, 2020.

Allegion PLC (NYSE: ALLE) was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral with a $114 target price (versus a $123.84 prior close) at Credit Suisse.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $1,650 target price at Pivotal Research. Alphabet closed at $1,361.52 and had a consensus target price of $1,472.28 ahead of this call.

Amarin Corp. (NASDAQ: AMRN) was started as Neutral and assigned a $22 target price (versus a $20.95 close) at JPMorgan.

American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO) was named as the Zacks Bear of the Day stock. The firm said that retail has bounced back in a big way but that does not mean all retailers are moving in the right direction. Shares last closed at $14.39 and have a consensus price target of $16.31.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy but the price target was raised to $350 from $280 at Needham. Apple previously closed at $297.43 but had seen its consensus target go up after some more recent analyst hikes.

Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $43 target price at Barclays. Shares previously closed down 2.1% at $34.90, and the prior consensus target price was $35.40. Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BILL) has seen its quiet period come to an end, and its last $38.01 close is against a post-IPO trading range of $34.60 to $41.75. These are the analyst calls seen so far: KeyBanc started it as Overweight with a $45 target price, Needham started it as Buy with a $43 target price, Goldman Sachs started it as Neutral with a $32 target price and Jefferies started it as Hold with a $40 target price.

Boyd Gaming Corp. (NYSE: BYD) was downgraded to Hold from Buy and its target price was lowered to $33 from $34 (versus a $29.68 close) at Jefferies.

Builders FirstSource Inc. (NASDAQ: BLDR) was raised to Outperform from In-Line with a $28 target price at Evercore ISI Group.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. Goldman Sachs reiterated it as Buy and raised its target price to $88 from $84 as well.

Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CFG) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $49 target price (versus a $39.91 close, after a 2% drop) at Barclays.

Coeur Mining Inc. (NYSE: CDE) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley FBR.

Comerica Inc. (NYSE: CMA) was downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight with a $71 target price (versus a $70.66 close) at Wells Fargo.

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