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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: American Eagle, Carvana, General Dynamics, Halliburton, Papa Johns, Snowflake, Splunk, Walmart, Workday and More

Medpace Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: MEDP) was raised to Buy from Hold at Truist, which also set a $135 price objective. The consensus target price is $119.20. The stock was last seen at $114.16 a share.

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLAB) was started with a Neutral rating and a $260 price objective at JPMorgan. The consensus target is $263.67, and the stock closed at $258.40. Near the 52-week high, this looks like a valuation call.

Papa John’s International Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) was started with a Buy rating and a $110 price target at Loop Capital. The consensus target for the pizza giant is $106.21. The stock closed at $83.33.

Select Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: WTTR) was downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. The 52-week trading range is $2.22 to $9.68, and the consensus pierce target is $6.41. Shares ended Thursday at $3.91 apiece.

Snowflake Inc. (NASDAQ: SNOW) was started with a Market Perform and a $270 price target at Bernstein. The $175 consensus target is much lower, and Thursday’s closing price was $243.46. Shares were down almost 5% in premarket action.

Spirit Airlines Inc. (NYSE: SAVE) was named as the Zacks Bear of the Day stock. The firm said that even though the airline industry’s outlook is slowly improving, investors might want to wait for stronger signs of a comeback. The stock last closed at $16.38, with a consensus price target of $18.46.

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) was raised to Outperform from In-line at Evercore ISI. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $93.92 to $225.89. The consensus price target for the big data giant is $230.037, and shares ended Thursday trading at $192.56.

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) was raised to Buy from Hold at DZ Bank, which also set a $157.50 price target. The consensus target is $146.09, and shares closed Thursday at $143.08.

Workday Inc. (NASDAQ: WDAY) was raised to Buy with a $275 price objective from Hold at Stifel. The consensus target for the tech giant is $241.31, and a Thursday’s closing price was $220.52.

Yeti Holdings Inc. (NYSE: YETI) was named as the Bull of the Day at Zacks, which said that this high-end cooler firm that has expanded its portfolio to more everyday items. Shares most recently closed at $46.53 and have a consensus price target of $56.50.

Jefferies has added Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) to its Franchise Picks list of top stock ideas, and it has four other conservative picks for investors to consider now.

Seven green tech companies are expected to enter the public equity markets by means of a reverse merger by the end of the year.

Thursday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Alibaba, BlackRock, Devon Energy, Domino’s Pizza, DraftKings, Duke Energy, Enphase Energy, Snowflake, Valero Energy and Zillow.

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