International Paper Co. (NYSE: IP): Exane BNP Paribas downgraded the stock to Neutral from Outperform and has a $60 price target. The consensus target is $63.56. The stock closed on Monday at $52.87.
Mandiant Inc. (NASDAQ: MNDT): Goldman Sachs resumed coverage with a Neutral rating and a $21 price target. No consensus target was available. The shares closed at $18.41.
Nvidia Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA): Zacks has selected this as its Bull of the Day stock. The analyst says that this is the most exciting chipmaker in the market today, producing chips with unmatchable capabilities that have transformed this business into the superstar it is. The stock most recently closed at $222.22 and so far has a consensus price target of $230.45, just above the 52-week high seen at the end of August.
SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR): Goldman Sachs raised its price target to $25 from $22 while keeping a Neutral rating in place. The posted consensus target is $24.97. The last trade for Monday was reported at $27.44.
Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT): Goldman Sachs removed the stock from its Conviction List of top stocks but kept a Buy rating on the big-box retailer with a $308 price target. The consensus target is $279.74. The stock closed on Monday at $253.65.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ): Deutsche Bank resumed coverage on the telecommunications giant with a Hold rating and a $55 price target. The consensus target is up at $60.43. The stock closed trading on Monday at $51.91.
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT): Goldman Sachs added the retailing giant to its Conviction List of top stock picks and has set a $196 price target. That compares the $168.82 consensus target and Monday’s closing trade of $141.68 per share.
The aerospace and defense sector has been out of the spotlight, but four outstanding stocks in the sector look cheap and pay solid dividends, offering investors very good total return potential.
Monday’s early top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Disney, Domino’s Pizza, Equifax, Micron Technology, NetApp, Occidental Petroleum, U.S. Steel, Virgin Galactic and Western Digital. Analyst calls seen later in the day were on Dow, PNC Financial, Steel Dynamics and more.
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