Friday's Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Beyond Meat, Carvana, Embraer, Lennar, Moderna, Peloton, VICI Properties, Vroom and More

Photronics Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB): Zacks named this as the Bull of the Day stock. The analyst wonders if there could be a buyout ahead for this stock that has seen solid growth and rising margins. The stock most recently closed at $17.36 and has a consensus price target of $20.67, which would be a 52-week high.

PulteGroup Inc. (NYSE: PHM): UBS started coverage of the homebuilder with a Neutral rating and a $63 price target. The consensus target is $65.92. The last trade on Thursday was recorded at $52.37.

Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE: SEE): Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to Overweight from Equal Weight and lifted the price target to $79 from $61. The consensus target is $68.93. The final trade on Thursday was reported at $68.10.

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR): Mizuho upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral and boosted the price target to $61 from $45. The consensus target is $59.27. The shares closed Thursday at $51.34.

VICI Properties Inc. (NYSE: VICI): Berenberg started coverage on the casino properties real estate investment trust with a Buy rating and a $35 price target. The consensus target is $36.13. The last trade on Thursday hit the tape at $27.57.

Vroom Inc. (NASDAQ: VRM): KeyBanc Capital Markets upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight and has a $13 price target. That compares with a much higher $28.64 consensus and Thursday’s closing print of $7.70, which was up almost 5% for the day.

W.P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC): BofA Securities downgraded the real estate giant to Underperform from Neutral. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $65.75 to $83.19 and have a consensus price target of $86.38. The stock closed on Thursday at $75.84.

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Thursday’s early top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Advanced Micro Devices, Affirm, Bank of New York Mellon, Cloudflare, DoorDash, Ford, Juniper Networks, Truist Financial and Unilever. Analyst calls seen later in the day were on Etsy, U.S. Bancorp, Walmart and more.

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