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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Chipotle, Etsy, Exxon, GE, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Microsoft, Nikola, Palo Alto, Pfizer, Twitter and More

The futures were slightly higher Wednesday as the market digested a massive rally Tuesday as traders and investors were buoyed by the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and the possibility for the long-awaited stimulus package. Given these positives, investors should keep in mind that the major equity indexes are still near all-time highs, regardless of all the caution and concerns about rising COVID-19 cases and shutdowns. The current view is to look out to 2021 for an economic recovery and for the vaccine(s) to become more widespread.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) was raised from Neutral to Buy with a whopping $1,500 price target at Stifel. The Wall Street consensus target is $1398.71. The shares were last seen trading at $1346.46.

Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs, which increased the price target on this Permian Basin leader to $46. The consensus target price is $44.11. Tuesday’s last trade came in at $39.22.

Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN) is reiterated at Buy and added to the Americas Conviction List at Goldman Sachs. The 52-week trading range for the shares is $4.70 to $26.98, and the consensus target price is $17.93. The stock ended Tuesday at $15.79, and shares were higher in Wednesday’s premarket.

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan, which kept a $155 price objective. The consensus is $147.38. With shares closing near a 52-week high of $140.66, after a stellar 2020 run, this is probably a valuation call.

Etsy Inc. (NASDAQ: ETSY) was downgraded from Buy to Hold with a $170 price target at Stifel. The consensus target is $163.29. The last trade Tuesday came in at $177.80, up almost 5% on the day.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) was raised from Neutral to Buy with a $52 price objective at Goldman Sachs. The consensus target for the integrated energy behemoth is $46.66. Note that the company has kept the giant 8.06% dividend in place. The shares were last seen trading at $43.04.

FuboTV Inc. (NASDAQ: FUBO) was started with an Outperform rating and a $40 price target at Wedbush. That compares with a $31.64 consensus and a $26.47 closing trade on Tuesday. Shares are up almost 4% in the premarket.

General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) was raised from Sell to Hold with an $11 price target at DZ Bank. The consensus price target for the legacy industrial conglomerate is slightly lower at $10.93. The stock closed above both levels Tuesday at $11.11.

Hain Celestial Group Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) was raised from Neutral to Overweight with a $43 price objective at JPMorgan. The consensus target is $37.75, and Tuesday’s closing price was $37.83. Shares were up almost 2% in premarket action.