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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AbbVie, Albertsons, DuPont, Exxon, Home Depot, KB Home, Mastercard, Palantir, Twitter and More

DuPont de Nemours Inc. (NYSE: DD) was downgraded from Buy to Hold with a $74 price target at HSBC Securities. The consensus target price is $75.32. The stock closed on Tuesday at $86.36, after a gain of almost 3%. As it is trading right below the 52 weeks high, this could be a valuation call.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) was raised to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan, where the analysts also lifted the price target to $56. The consensus target for the integrated energy giant is $49.33. The last trade on Tuesday came in at $47.88 a share.

Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) was raised from Neutral to Buy with a $310 price objective at Guggenheim. The consensus target for the retail behemoth is $304.82. The shares ended Tuesday’s session at $276.33.

KB Home (NYSE: KBH) was raised at Wedbush from Neutral to Outperform with a $44 price target. The consensus target for the homebuilder is $42.86. The final trade for Tuesday hit the tape at $34.15 a share.

Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA) was raised at Jefferies from Hold to Buy with a $415 price target. The consensus target is just $370.43. The final trade on Tuesday came in at $342.92 a share.

Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Baird, which has a $286 price target for the railroad. The consensus target was last seen at $250.78. The last trade on Tuesday was reported at $256.44 a share.

Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE: PLTR) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup, which has a $15 price target. The posted consensus target is higher at $17. The stock closed on Tuesday at $26.18, but shares were down over 3% in the premarket.

Regeneron Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) was raised from Hold to Buy with a $690 price objective at Benchmark. That compares with a $662.04 consensus target. The shares were last seen on Tuesday trading at $505.75, and they were up almost 3% in the premarket action.

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) was upgraded to Buy from Hold at MKM Partners, where the price target on the social media giant was lifted to $60. That compares with a $46.49 consensus target across Wall Street and Tuesday’s $47.04 close.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) was raised at Jefferies from Neutral to Buy with a $250 price target. The consensus target is set at $231.94. The shares closed trading on Tuesday at $208.86.


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Tuesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Aflac, Commercial Metals, ConocoPhillips, Nio, Occidental Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell, Target and Wells Fargo.