Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ): BofA Securities raised its Underperform rating to Neutral and lifted the target price to $221 from $210. The much higher $294.81 consensus target is well above Monday’s closing price of $212.87 per share.
Surgery Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: SGRY): Stifel upgraded the stock from Hold to Buy with a $51 price target. The consensus target is up at $60.89. The stock popped 4% on Monday and closed at $45.48.
Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF): Piper Sandler started coverage with a Neutral rating and a $52 price target. The consensus target is $58.63. The stock closed on Monday at $47.12.
Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN): Zacks named this as its Bull of the Day stock. The analyst recommended that investors not be chicken with this stock as we head into 2022. The shares most recently closed at $81.88 and have a consensus price target of $90.33, which would be a new 52-week high.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB): Stephens downgraded the bank to Equal Weight from Overweight and cut the price target to $63 from $68. The consensus target is $66.72. The last trade for Monday was reported at $57.40 a share.
Zoom Video Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM): Daiwa Securities upgraded the shares to Underperform from Sell and has a $207 price target. The consensus target is much higher at $331.54. The stock closed Monday at $218.98.
Four mega-cap energy giants pay very solid dividends and their shares have some serious upside potential. Plus, the massive selling last Friday provides an incredible entry point for investors looking for energy exposure and income.
Monday’s early top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Affirm, BlackRock, Deere, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dollar Tree, Intercontinental Exchange, Mastercard, Merck, Nordstrom, Petrobras and Pure Storage. Analyst calls seen later in the day were on Canadian Pacific, TJX, UPS, Wells Fargo and more.
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