Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Accenture, Barrick Gold, Beyond Meat, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Hershey, Mastercard, Wingstop and More

Kellogg Co. (NYSE: K) was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Sandler, which lowered the price target on the food company to $66. The $69 consensus target also compares with a $61.80 closing price on Tuesday.

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley Securities. However, the firm raised the price target on the shares to $28 from $24. That compares a $25.40 consensus figure and a Tuesday close of $26.91.

Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) was raised at BofA Securities from Neutral to Buy with a $400 price target. The consensus target for the credit card behemoth is $365.86. The shares closed most recently at $347.42, but the stock was up over 1% in premarket action.

MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET) was raised to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Sandler, which lifted the price target on the insurance giant to $52. The consensus target is $51.42. Tuesday’s closing price was $46.65 a share.

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) was started with a Hold rating with an $18 price target at Stifel. The consensus target is much higher at $30.23. The stock closed Tuesday at $17.98.

Shift4 Payments Inc. (NASDAQ: FOUR) was downgraded at BofA Securities from Neutral to Underperform with a $65 price target. The consensus target was last seen at $68.60. The final Tuesday trade was reported at $73.73.

STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) saw its price target raised to $46 from $41 at Craig Hallum, where the analysts believe it is benefiting from Apple/Samsung/auto strength, as well as a likely price hike. The consensus target is just $38.57. The shares were last seen on Tuesday at $39.70.

Teleflex Inc. (NYSE: TFX) saw its target price raised to $445 from $406 at Needham. The analyst cites the company’s acquisition of Z-Medica as a positive. Z-Medica is a market leader in hemostatic products sold to hospitals and the military. The posted consensus price target is $424.36. The last trade on Tuesday hit the tape at $400.43.

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) was started at Baird with a Neutral rating and a $49 price target. The $46.84 consensus target is less than Tuesday’s close at $47.44.

Wingstop Inc. (NASDAQ: WING) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays, which also lifted the price target to $155. The consensus target is $147.60, and the stock closed at $136.06 on Tuesday.

Winnebago Industries Inc. (NYSE: WGO) was named as the Bull of the Day at Zacks, which points out that vacationing overseas during the pandemic is not an option for many, so Americans are buying campers and exploring the USA. Shares most recently closed at $63.76 and have a consensus price target of $76.00.

Five top technology picks for 2021 at Baird look like outstanding ideas for growth stock investors, though none of them are high-profile social media stocks or other meg-cap giants.

Tuesday morning’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Airbnb, Conagra Brands, Cree, DocuSign, Fortinet,, McDonald’s, Micron Technology and Tesla. Analyst calls made later in the day included Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Roku and more.

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