The futures were mixed on Monday, after a wild Friday that saw the nonfarm payrolls come rolling in dramatically lower than estimates, stunning all across Wall Street and rallying all the major indexes. The 266,000 jobs added, while normally solid, were well below the 965,000 consensus estimate and stole the show, as many economists and strategists have started to change their narratives for the balance of the year. The concern for many was that the expected massive jobs additions would press the Federal Reserve to taper quantitative easing bond purchases sooner than expected, but that may be put on the backburner for now.
Despite the taper concerns and clear inflationary pressures, the Federal Reserve is vowing to keep interest rates contained, which could be one reason for the continued moves higher in the equity markets, even after sell-offs. Note also that money markets continue to see massive inflows, which is another big plus.
With major Wall Street firms still warning of the potential for impending 5% to 10% correction across the board, it makes sense for investors to continue building some cash reserves into the market strength while repositioning portfolios for the balance of the second quarter and the rest of 2021.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Monday, May 10, 2021.
Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL): Citigroup downgraded the search and technology giant to Neutral from Buy and has a $2,415 price target. The consensus target is higher at $2,721.85. The stock closed Friday trading at $2,351.93.
AppLovin Corp. (NASDAQ: APP): Credit Suisse started the recent IPO with an Outperform rating and a $95 price target, while JPMorgan started coverage with an Overweight rating and an $80 target. Truist Securities continued the trend, starting the shares at Buy with a $76 price target. The stock had a very rough debut and has traded down dramatically from the IPO pricing and closed Friday at $57.26.