We made it to Friday, and the futures were trading lower. On Thursday, we once again saw all the major indexes either setting intraday all-time highs or getting very close before selling off late in the day. Fourth-quarter earnings reports will really get rolling now, with three of the leading money center banks reporting. With all the major indexes and the Russell 2000 still close to all-time highs, it makes sense for investors to start building some cash reserves while repositioning portfolios for 2021 as a pullback could be in the offing.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Friday, January 15, 2021.
Airbnb Inc. (NASDAQ: ABNB) was started with a Hold rating and a $154 price target at Truist Securities. That compares with a $155.24 consensus target across Wall Street. The recent red-hot IPO closed Thursday at $180.50, up over 6% on the day, and the shares were up another 3% in premarket action.
Accolade Inc. (NASDAQ: ACCD) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse, which also raised the price target to $60. The consensus target is $54.36. The stock closed Thursday at $47.76. The shares were up a whopping 13% in the premarket.
American Electric Power Co. Inc. (NYSE: AEP) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs, which also lowered the price target on the utility giant to $83. The consensus target is $94.34. The final trade on Thursday came in at $78.83 a share.
Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) was raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies, which also boosted the price target to $402. The consensus target is $363.52. The shares were last seen on Thursday at $322.52.
AutoNation Inc. (NYSE: AN) was downgraded at JPMorgan from Overweight to Neutral with a $75 price target. The posted consensus target is $71.43. The shares closed Thursday at $75.89.
BioVie Inc. (NASDAQ: BIVI) was started with a Buy rating and a $47 price objective at B. Riley Securities. No consensus target was available, and the shares closed Thursday at $29.94, up over 7% on the day.
CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP) was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs, which also lifted the price target to $27. The consensus target is $24.56, and Thursday’s closing print was at $20.85.
Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson, and the price target was raised to $45. The consensus target is just $28.59. The last trade on Thursday was reported at $37.25.
DoorDash Inc. (NYSE: DASH) was started at Truist Securities with a Hold rating and a $154 price target. That compares to a higher $166.54 consensus target and Thursday’s sky-high close of $207.24, after almost a 5% gain for the day.
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