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Thursday's Top Analysts Upgrades and Downgrades: Alaska Air, Clover Health, CME, Fastly, Marathon Oil, ServiceNow, UPS and More

Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO): RBC Capital Markets upgraded shares of the energy giant to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm also raised the target price to $18. The consensus target is lower at $14.17, and the last trade for Wednesday came in at $13.36.

Matador Resources Co. (NYSE: MTDR): The MKM Partners downgrade to Neutral from Buy comes with a $33 price target. The consensus target is $34. The shares closed at $33.47 on Wednesday.

Pennant Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PNTG): RBC Capital Markets upgraded the stock to Outperform from Sector Perform and has a $50 price target. The consensus price target is $48.00. The final trade Wednesday came in at $36.17, which was up over 4% for the day.

PubMatic Inc. (NASDAQ: PUBM): Evercore ISI raised the stock to Outperform from In Line, and the analysts set a $40 price target for the digital advertising company. The consensus target is higher at $48.86. The stock closed Wednesday at $32.13, up almost 6% on the day.

Shift Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SFT): Cantor Fitzgerald started coverage with an Overweight rating and a $15 price target. The consensus target is $12.57, and the shares closed on Wednesday at $8.42 per share.

ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW): Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Conviction Buy from Buy and has a massive $695 price target. The $606.66 consensus target is also well above Wednesday’s final print of $464.71.

United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS): JPMorgan upgraded the delivery giant to Overweight from Neutral and has a $243 price target. The consensus price objective is just $217.13. The stock closed Wednesday at $201.06, after retreating almost 5% on the day.


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Wednesday’s early top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Abercrombie & Fitch, Coinbase, Colgate-Palmolive, Fisker, Fox, Goldman Sachs, Urban Outfitters and Wendy’s. Analyst calls seen later in the day were on Lordstown, Morgan Stanley, ResMed and more.