National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: FIZZ): Zacks selected this as its Bear of the Day stock, pointing out that it has gone on a wild ride in 2021, as part of a wave of short squeezes that hit Wall Street earlier in the year. Shares last closed at $43.27, and the consensus price target is just $40.33.
Penske Automotive Group Inc. (NYSE: PAG): Though Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Equal Weight from Overweight, the firm also raised the price target to $94 from $92. The consensus target is higher at $105.67. Friday’s last trade hit the tape at $81.45 a share.
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE: RS): Citigroup upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral and lifted the price target to $200 from $160. The consensus target is $171.60. The last trade for Friday was reported at $151.31.
Six Flags Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: SIX): As Wedbush upgraded the theme park giant to Outperform from Neutral, it also raised the price target to $50 from $44. The consensus target is $54.20. The stock closed at $40.22 on Friday.
Southwest Airlines Inc. (NYSE: LUV): Goldman Sachs reiterated its Buy rating on the airline, citing that the company continues to see revenue momentum build, with corporate demand in particular expected to accelerate this fall. The analyst has a $66 price target, though the consensus target is $69.46. The shares closed at $50.70 on Friday.
Trinity Industries Inc. (NYSE: TRN): Susquehanna upgraded its Neutral rating to Positive and lifted the price target to $36 from $32. The posted consensus target is $32.18. The stock closed on Friday at $26.29,
Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR): Goldman Sachs reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. After the company’s second-quarter results, the firm says it is increasingly confident in Whirlpool’s ability to realize improved profitability across its geographies, and the analyst raised the price target to $290 from $280. The consensus target is just $253.40, and the shares were last seen on Friday at $219.52.
W.P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC): CapitalOne raised the stock to Overweight from Equal Weight and has a $90 price target. That compares with the lower $80.86 consensus price objective and Friday’s closing print of $79.43.
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Returning capital to investors shows that a company is doing well and has the earnings and cash flow strength to increase the payouts. Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) is among six top companies expected to hike their dividends this week, and top Wall Street firms rate all their stocks at Buy.
Friday’s early top analyst upgrades and downgrades included American Airlines, Boston Beer, CarMax, Danaher, Domino’s Pizza, D.R. Horton, Monster Beverage and Starbucks. Analyst calls seen later in the day were on Alphabet, Facebook, Intel, Snap, Twitter and more.