Stocks sold off on Monday, but futures were pointing to a stronger open on Tuesday morning. Half of the stock market’s losses from late February and March have already been seen. Earnings season is getting off to a start this week, and the bad economic numbers have only just started in the past couple of weeks. Many investors have been caught off guard at first by the instant recession and then by the immediate market recovery. This is a time when many are looking for new ideas about how to be best positioned for the rest of 2020.
24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week. Our goal is to look for new ideas for long-term investors and short-term traders alike. Many upgrades, downgrades, reiterations and initiations take place regardless of the daily market volatility. Some analyst calls cover stocks to buy while others cover stocks to sell or avoid.
Many analysts have lowered their target prices in recent weeks. That is true even in many analyst upgrades are coming with lower price targets. Yet, there are still many traditional analyst upgrades and reiterations, as if things were still close to normal. Remember that no single analyst report should be used as a sole basis for any buying or selling decision.
Consensus analyst target prices are from Refinitiv. These are the top analyst calls tracked for Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) was reiterated as Buy and its price target was raised to $13 from $11 at B. Riley FBR.
American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) was maintained as Hold but its price target was lowered to $36 from $52 (versus a $25.63 prior close) at Deutsche Bank. The consensus price target was $42.00.
Atlassian Corp. PLC (NASDAQ: TEAM) was reiterated as Buy with a $162 price target (versus a $135.30 close) at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.
Chubb Ltd. (NYSE: CB) was raised to Hold from Sell with a $140 price target (versus a $119.61 prior close) at Deutsche Bank.
Cloudflare Inc. (NYSE: NET) was downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight with a $22 price target (versus a $23.62 close) at Morgan Stanley.
Credit Suisse Group A.G. (NYSE: CS) was downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
Daimler was named as the Zacks Bear of the Day stock. The firm said that the auto industry is about to feel the wrath of coronavirus. OTC shares last closed at $31.95, with a consensus price target of $27.85.
Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy and the price target was cut to $155 from $160 at Citigroup. Deere closed down 4% at $139.80, with a $168.59 consensus target price ahead of the call.
DRDGold Ltd. (NYSE: DRD) was named as the Bull of the Day at Zacks, which said that gold miners are benefiting greatly from gold prices. Shares recently closed at $8.81 and have a consensus price target of $9.25.
Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE: HL) was downgraded to Sell from Hold with a $1.50 price target (versus a $2.32 close) at Canaccord Genuity.
ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) was downgraded to Hold from Buy and its price target was slashed to $52 from $84 at Stifel. Oppenheimer maintained its Outperform rating but cut its price target to $62 from $65. Shares closed down 4.3% at $49.00, with a $60.18 consensus price target ahead of the call.
MarineMax Inc. (NYSE: HZO) was reiterated as Buy and its price target was raised to $14 from $12 (versus a $12.07 close) at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.
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