Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE: BTU): B. Riley Securities raised the stock to Buy from Neutral and also lifted the target price to $22 from $15. The consensus price target is lower at $15.25, but the shares ended Friday’s trading session at $15.65.
Roper Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ROP): Raymond Hames raised its Outperform rating to Strong Buy from and has a $550 price objective. That compares with the lower $529.30 consensus target and Friday’s closing print of $447.58.
Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV): Barclays raised its Equal Weight rating on the popular airline to Overweight and also hiked the target price to $75 from $64. The consensus target for the stock is just $65.63. Friday’s closing print was reported at $54.35, which was up almost 6% on the day.
Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO): Citing RV demand that continues to impress investors, Zacks has selected this as its Bull of the Day stock. Shares closed most recently at $126.78 and have a consensus price target of $147.44.
3M Co. (NYSE: MMM): JPMorgan downgraded the industrial giant to Neutral from Overweight and has a $210 price target. The consensus target is just $196.76, and the shares closed on Friday at $176.68.
Tractor Supply Co. (NASDAQ: TSCO): BofA Securities downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral with a $217 price target. That compares with the $202.04 consensus target and Friday’s last trade at $201.36 per share.
Union Pacific Corp. (NYSE: UNP): Barclays upgraded the railroad giant to Overweight from Equal Weight and also raised the target price to $260 from $240. The posted consensus target is $244.59. The stock rose close to 3% on Friday to close at $201.74 a share.
Vertex Inc. (NASDAQ: VERX): BofA Securities downgraded the shares to Underweight from Neutral. The firm also dropped the price target from $24 to $20, while the consensus target is $26. Friday’s final trade was reported at $20.18, which was up almost 5% for the day, but the shares were sinking in the premarket, down over 3%.
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Friday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Alibaba, Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, Berkshire Hathaway, Canopy Growth, Dollar Tree, Facebook, IBM, MGM Resorts and Southwest Airlines.