Monday's Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Amazon, Analog Devices, Anheuser-Busch, CrowdStrike, EOG, Facebook, MGM, Nike and More

The futures were higher across the board on Monday, as we start a new trading week in which investors are looking to recoup some of the losses sustained last week as the S&P 500 logged five straight losing days for the first time since February. The big market-moving data that hit on Friday was that the producer price index increased 0.7% in August from a month ago, above the 0.6% Dow Jones estimate. Final demand prices rose 8.3% from a year ago, the biggest increase on record going back to 2010. The data pretty much confirms what many on Wall Street already know, that the so-called transitory inflation may be here for longer than expected.

Despite worries and the potential for a “taper tantrum” like we saw in 2013, the Federal Reserve is vowing to keep interest rates contained. With that in mind, Fed officials have strongly hinted that the $120 billion per month quantitative easing purchases will start to be cut back as early as November, and all the massive bond-buying could be completed by the end of 2022.

With major Wall Street firms still warning of the potential for impending 5% to 10% correction across the board (which may have seen a beginning last week), it makes sense for investors to continue building some cash reserves into any market strength while repositioning portfolios for the rest of 2021.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Airbnb Inc. (NASDAQ: ABNB): Goldman Sachs started coverage with a Sell rating and a $132 price target. The consensus target price is much higher at $175.71. The last trade for Friday came in at $165.20 per share. Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN): Goldman Sachs started coverage of the tech behemoth’s stock with a Buy rating and a massive $4,250 price target. The consensus target is $4,142.65, and the stock was last seen at $3,469.15 on Friday.

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