Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Beyond Meat, CBOE, Chesapeake Energy, Dollar General, FLIR, Gilead, Lyft, Novavax, RBS, Uber, Zoom and More

FLIR Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) closed down almost 18% at $44.42 on Thursday. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey downgraded it to Hold from Buy with a $50 target price (versus a $44.43 close). Needham maintained its Buy rating and lowered its target to $50 from $56. Robert W. Baird downgraded it from Outperform to Neutral.

Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) has seen its shares run higher on hopes that its remdesivir can help mute or cure the coronavirus. A firm called DZ Bank in Germany downgraded the share to Hold from Buy.

Harpoon Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: HARP) was started as Buy with a $31 target price (versus a $14.73 close) at SunTrust, effectively giving it more than 100% implied upside despite the market sell-off.

Lyft Inc. (NASDAQ: LYFT) was started as Overweight with a $55 target price at KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock was down 5.2% at $37.78 a share on Thursday, as the market is punishing companies that have to move people around in the public.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. It was down 4% at $34.74 on Thursday, and that is down from $59.65 on January 17 before the coronavirus news began to really take off.

Novavax Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX) was up 28% to $11.80 on Thursday and was indicated up 25% at $14.75 on Friday, as it is a potential coronavirus winner. B. Riley FBR reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target price to $16 from $12.

NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) was maintained as Buy and the target price was lowered to $44 from $48 (versus a $34.50 close) at UBS.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (NYSE: RBS) closed down 4.7% at $4.68 on Thursday and was indicated down another 2% at $4.58 on Friday morning. Merrill Lynch raised it to Neutral from Underperform.

Sabre Corp. (NASDAQ: SABR) was down another 10% at $14.50 on Thursday, even after the earlier drop after earnings this week. Mizuho maintained it as Buy but slashed its target price to $18.50 from $27.00.

Six Flags Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: SIX) was named as the Zacks Bear of the Day stock. The firm said that this roller-coaster of a stock is still headed lower. Shares last closed at $25.84, with a consensus analyst target of $36.64.

Trade Desk Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) was reiterated as Buy with a $305 target price (versus a $250.01 pre-earnings close) at SunTrust. Wells Fargo raised it to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $310 target price.

Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) was down 5.8% at $32.45 on Thursday, as the stocks that move you around the public are taking a hit in the sell-off. KeyBanc Capital Markets started Uber as Overweight with a $48 target price.

Zoom Video Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) was maintained as Equal Weight but the target price was raised to $90 from $85 at Morgan Stanley. The stock was up 6% at $113.55 per share on Thursday, as it could benefit from companies on-boarding its services faster if we enter the stay-at-home economy.

Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included AbbVie, Biogen, Cree, Etsy, Gilead Sciences, Pfizer, Rite Aid, Solar Edge, Square, 3D Systems, Virgin Galactic and many more.

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