Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alexion,, Boeing, Costco, Generac, Proofpoint, Regeneron, Shopify and More

Stocks surged on Monday, and futures were indicated higher on Tuesday by a small margin. As many investors missed out on the recovery from late in March, many of the key leadership stocks that led the market higher this year have pulled back significantly from their highs.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE: AAP) was upgraded to Overweight from Neutral and its price target as raised to $190 from $183 (versus a $155.86 prior close) at JPMorgan.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) was up over 3% at $115.25 on Monday and was indicated up over 2% at $117.75 on Tuesday based on strong guidance from its virtual investor day included long-term targets and near-term targets. Wedbush Securities reiterated its Outperform rating and has a $156 target price. The consensus target price is $141.32.

Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCT) was started with a Buy rating and a $65 price target (versus a $49.97 close) at Citigroup. The stock closed up almost 17% on Monday after positive study data, and it had a $67.50 consensus price target.

Avrobio Inc. (NASDAQ: AVRO) was reiterated as Outperform with a $36 price target at Wedbush, with the firm adding in expectations around AVR-RD-05 as a target for Hunter syndrome in the company’s pipeline.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (NYSE: BK) was maintained as Buy but the price target was cut to $41 from $43 at UBS. The stock closed up almost 2% at $35.38 on Monday and has a $43.75 consensus target price. Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BILL) was started with a Buy rating and a $125 price target (versus a $101.84 close) at BTIG. Guggenheim started it as Buy with a $115 price target.

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) was reiterated as Neutral but its target price was raised to $184 from $154 at Credit Suisse. Shares closed up almost 2% at $171.20 on Monday, with a $175.77 consensus price target.

Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight and its price target was set at $400 (versus a $358.58 close) at Barclays. Credit Suisse reiterated its Neutral rating but still raised its target to $370 from $328.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE: DKS) was named as the Bull of the Day at Zacks, which said that bulls are swinging for the fences with this retail winner. Shares most recently closed at $62.13 and have a consensus price target of $62.61.

Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) was started with a Buy rating and a $200 price target at Needham. Shares closed up 0.5% at $159.87, and they had a $189.59 consensus price target ahead of the call.

Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GNRC) was started with a Market Outperform rating and a $285 price target (versus a $207.86 close) at JMP Securities. It had a consensus price target of $197.90.

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