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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Aimmune, Amgen, Biogen, Chevron, CRISPR, Exxon, Nike, Snap, Uber, Ulta, Verizon and More

Jon C. Ogg

Friday’s 600-point sell-off in the Dow Jones industrials actually knocked out the 2020 gains, but just two weeks ago the market was at all-time highs. China’s stock market is back open after the Lunar New Year, and the market was down handily with concerns over the coronavirus still pressing. U.S. futures were indicated to open higher on Monday, and many investors have yet to make any major changes to their holdings after the incredible gains from 2019. This is an election year, and the Iowa caucus count is imminent, with much at stake. Strategists are by and large calling for single-digit percentage gains in 2020.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week with a goal of finding 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, February 3, 2020.

Aimmune Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: AIMT) was down 2.9% at $31.05 on Friday, but after the close the FDA approved its peanut allergy drug. The shares were last seen up about 16% at $36.00, versus a prior consensus target price of $47.82. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated it as Overweight and raised its target price to $64 from $55.

Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) closed down 4.5% at $216.05 on Friday, with a prior consensus target price of $246.41. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reiterated it as Buy and raised its target price to $265 from $254.

Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) was raised to Buy from Hold and the target price was raised to $72 from $60 at Deutsche Bank. Shares closed down 3.75% at $57.99 on Friday, with a prior consensus target price of $68.74.

Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) closed down 3.1% at $268.85 on Friday, with a prior consensus target price of $309.56. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target price to $360 from $335.

Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) was upgraded to Outperform from In-Line and its target was raised to $100 from $86 (versus a $79.96 prior close, after a 3.1% drop) at Evercore ISI.

Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TAST) was reiterated as Buy with a $12 target price (versus a $4.54 close) at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. The stock was down 3.6% on Friday, and its consensus target price was $10.50.

Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) was up almost 5% at $517.46 on Friday after earnings. Raymond James reiterated the shares as a Strong Buy and raised its target price to $600 from $525. Credit Suisse upgraded it to Outperform from Neutral and raised its target price to $600 from $520.

Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) was down 3.8% at $107.14 on Friday with the market sell-off and after earnings. Credit Suisse maintained its Outperform rating but cut the target price to $128 from $135.

CRISPR Therapeutics A.G. (NASDAQ: CRSP) was downgraded to In-Line from Outperform and its target price was lowered to $52 from $85 (versus a $51.95 close) at Evercore ISI. The prior consensus target price was $77.50.

Danaher Corp. (NYSE: DHR) was reiterated as Buy and its target price was raised to $187 from $167 (versus a $160.87 close) at Needham. It had a $173.19 consensus target price.

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform and its target price was lowered to $110 from $130 at BMO Capital Markets.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) closed down 4.1% at $62.12 on Friday with the market and after earnings disappointed. Goldman Sachs downgraded it to Sell from Neutral and lowered its target price to $59 from $72. Credit Suisse maintained its Neutral rating but lowered its $70 target to $65.