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New Month, Renewed Optimism? Analysts Upgrade or Downgrade eBay, Infosys, Valero Energy and More

Markets pushed higher early Wednesday, as investors seemed to gain renewed optimism going into a new month of trading. Even though the market headwinds of inflation and rising interest rates persist, everyone now seems to know the game and what to expect going forward.

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24/7 Wall St. is reviewing additional analyst calls seen on Wednesday. We have included the latest call on each stock, as well as a recent trading history and the consensus targets among analysts. Note that analyst calls seen earlier in the day were on Amazon, Deere, Etsy, PayPal and more.

Blueprint Medicines Corp. (NASDAQ: BPMC): Jefferies upgraded the stock to a Buy rating from Hold, yet it cut the $88 price target to $78. The 52-week trading range is $50.96 to $117.86, and shares traded above $55 apiece on Wednesday.

Danaher Corp. (NYSE: DHR): The RBC Capital Markets upgrade to Outperform from Sector Perform included a price target hike to $299 from $310. The stock traded near $262 on Wednesday, in a 52-week range of $233.71 to $333.96.

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY): JMP Securities resumed coverage with a Market Perform rating. The stock traded near $47 on Wednesday. The 52-week trading range is $43.28 to $81.19.

Fortis Inc. (NYSE: FTS): Wells Fargo lowered its Equal Weight rating to Underweight. The 52-week trading range is $43.12 to $51.66, and shares were trading just under $63 on Wednesday.

GoodRx Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GDRX): Robert Baird downgraded it to Neutral from Outperform and cut the $10 price target to $7. The 52-week trading range is $7.31 to $48.05, and shares were trading above $7 on Wednesday.

Infosys Ltd. (NYSE: INFY): HSBC Securities upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. The 52-week trading range is $17.90 to $26.39, and shares traded near $19 apiece on Wednesday.

Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE: SEE): J.P. Morgan’s downgrade to Underweight from Neutral included a price target cut to $62 from $71. The stock traded near $61 on Wednesday, in a 52-week range of $53.87 to $70.72.

Squarespace Inc. (NYSE: SQSP): Credit Suisse started coverage with a Neutral rating and a $25 price target. Shares were trading near $20, in a 52-week range is $14.43 to $64.71.

Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO): Redburn downgraded the shares to Neutral from Buy. The stock traded near $130 on Wednesday. The 52-week trading range is $58.85 to $135.75.

Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL): Cowen upgraded it from Market Perform to Outperform with a $75 price target. The 52-week trading range is $78.92 to $138.78, and shares traded near $84 on Wednesday.


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