Monday's Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alibaba, Caterpillar, Coinbase, DraftKings, JPMorgan, Marriott, Rivian, Toast, Twilio, Walmart and More

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The futures were lower Monday, as we start the new trading week on the heels of a massive risk-on rally Friday that many across Wall Street were chalking up to extremely oversold conditions and a large degree of short covering. Despite Friday’s rally, the same conditions that have caused selling for the better part of this year remain in place: very hawkish monetary policy, consumer sentiment hitting an 11-year low, 40-year high inflation, the China lockdowns and, of course, the ongoing war in Ukraine.

While all the major indexes closed higher on Friday for the first time in a while, it was not enough to save a horrific week, as the Dow Jones industrials closed with a seventh weekly loss in a row, marking the longest losing streak for the venerable index since 2001. The S&P 500 slid 2.4% to post its longest weekly losing streak since 2011, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.8%.

Yields were higher across the Treasury curve Friday, when the five-year and 10-year notes and the benchmark 30-year bond yields all closed at least 10 basis points higher. Both Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude closed up nearly 4%, while natural gas closed lower, down less than 1%. Gold closed lower, and Bitcoin, which was throttled along with all the cryptocurrencies last week, ended Friday at $30,005, up nearly 4%.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Monday, May 16, 2022.

Albemarle Corp. (NYSE: ALB): Jefferies reiterated a Buy rating on the company, which analyst feels is well-positioned in the lithium market, and has a $290 price target. The consensus price objective is $275.21. The closed over 7% higher on Friday at $228.82.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA): J.P. Morgan upgraded the shares from Underweight to Overweight and boosted the $75 price target to $130. The consensus target is up at $173.87. The shares closed almost 9% higher on Friday at $87.99.

Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI): Oppenheimer reiterated an Outperform rating in front of this week’s earnings report and has a $210 target price. The consensus target for the chip giant is $203.20. The closed almost 4% higher on Friday at $158.74.

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