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Friday's Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: CrowdStrike, Exxon, Ford, Gilead, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Lowe's, Lyft, Progressive, Zscaler and More

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM): Truist Securities upgraded the energy heavyweight to Neutral from Sell and boosted the target price to $65 from $50. The consensus target is $72.25. The shares closed Thursday at $68.32, up almost 3% for the day.

Five9 Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVN): Jefferies upgraded the stock from Hold to Buy. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares have traded between $122.33 and $211.68, and they have a $200.42 consensus price objective. The last trade on Thursday was reported at $134.79.

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F): Zacks named this stock as its Bull of the Day. The analyst makes a case that even though electric vehicles are still in their infancy, this historic automaker’s big push in that direction is already turning heads. Shares hit a 52-week high of $24.95 this week and most recently closed at $24.46. But they have a consensus price target of just $19.82.

Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD): Morgan Stanley cut shares of the biotech giant to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped the target price to $74 from $84. The consensus target is $76.88, and the stock closed on Thursday at $71.59.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS): BofA Securities downgraded the Wall Street giant to Neutral from Buy and trimmed the target price to $475 from $490. The consensus target is $459.84. The final Thursday trade was recorded at $396.93.

Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON): UBS upgraded the industrial giant to Buy from Neutral and raised the target price to $237 from $229. The consensus target is $236.18. The shares closed Thursday at $210.82.

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM): Wells Fargo upgraded the health care heavyweight to Overweight from Equal Weight and lifted the price target to $529 from $492. The consensus target is $505.54. The stock was hammered Thursday, closing almost 20% lower to $367.53 after the company cut its Medicare membership growth forecast.

iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT): This stock was named as the Zacks Bear of the Day. The analyst points out that shares have been on a wild up and down ride over the past five years and things have been just as crazy during the past 12 months. Shares last closed at $67.15, in a 52-week trading range of $63.37 to $197.40.


Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW): Evercore ISI upgraded the stock to Outperform from In Line and has a $280 price target. That compares with a $276.46 consensus target and Thursday’s final print of $257.79.

L3Harris Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LHX): Baird raised the defense and aerospace giant to Outperform from Neutral and has a $248 target price. The stock closed Thursday at $217.55, after climbing almost 4% for the day.

Lyft Inc. (NASDAQ: LYFT): Jefferies downgraded the ride-sharing company’s stock to Hold from Buy and cut the price target to $50 from $78. The consensus target for the stock is $67.89. Thursday’s closing trade came in at $43.60.

Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: PANW): Wells Fargo started coverage of the cybersecurity giant with an Overweight rating and a $700 target price. The much lower $609.31 consensus target is well above Thursday’s closing print of $532.91, even after close to a 6% gain on the day.

Progressive Corp. (NYSE: PGR): Evercore ISI upgraded the shares from In Line to Outperform with a $118 price objective. The consensus target is $97.57. The closing share price on Thursday was  $105.25.

RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM): JPMorgan upgraded the stock to Neutral from Underweight and hiked the $85 price objective to $100. The consensus target is $93.75. The last trade for Thursday was reported at $94.36.

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