Friday's Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alibaba, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, Dollar Tree, Facebook, IBM, Southwest Air and More

The futures traded higher Friday, as we look to close out a volatile trading week and begin the fourth quarter, after an ugly Thursday that saw all of the major indexes down big. The song remains the same, as concerns over rising prices and inflation combined with big supply-chain disruptions continue to keep a lid on risk-off market action. With the S&P 500 up just 1.4% for the third quarter, but down over 3.5% in September, it appears that traders are taking a much more cautious stance.

Though the recent consumer price index and retail sales data has tempered some of the inflation and growth worries, mounting stagflation concerns continued to pick up, amid the ongoing supply chain and input pressures and recovery headwinds from the spread of the Delta variant. Federal Reserve assurances that rates will remain accommodative continue to provide a tailwind for equities though.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Friday, October 1, 2021.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA): Raymond James downgraded shares of the Chinese internet giant to Outperform from Strong Buy and slashed the target price to $240 from $300. The consensus target price is $256.26. The shares closed trading on Thursday at $148.05.

Align Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN): Credit Suisse resumed coverage with an Outperform rating and a $732 price target. The consensus target is $743.46, and Thursday’s closing trade was at $665.43 a share. Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN): RBC Capital Markets started coverage of the technology giant with an Outperform rating and a $4,150 price target. The posted consensus target is in line at $4,149.52. The final Thursday trade was reported at $3,285.04 per share.

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