The futures traded higher Wednesday, after a brutal start to the holiday-shortened week, as all the major indexes closed lower to end May. Needless to say, after the massive rally late last week, much of the selling can be attributed to traders taking profits after the big move higher. The ongoing worries over inflation were exacerbated Tuesday after the European Union agreed to ban 90% of Russian oil imports by the end of the year.
Both Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude spiked higher on the news initially, before closing mixed, and beleaguered motorists returning from Memorial Day holiday trips averaged a stunning $4.62 per gallon at the pump last weekend. That price will be going higher, and possibly much higher, in the near term. Natural gas closed lower by almost 6%, while gold traded lower on the day and Bitcoin modestly higher. Treasury yields were higher across the curve.
The big data points that Wall Street strategists will be watching this week include the ISM Manufacturing Index Wednesday and the May nonfarm employment and ISM Non-Manufacturing Index reports, both due on Friday.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Allbirds Inc. (NASDAQ: BIRD): Baird reiterated an Outperform rating with a $10 target price. The consensus target is $8.82. The stock closed on Tuesday at $5.46 per share.
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN): Though JMP Securities resumed coverage with a Market Outperform rating, it lowered the $3,600 price target to $3,450. The consensus target is $3,587.20, and the stock closed on Tuesday at $2,404.19.
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO): Morgan Stanley downgraded the shares to Underweight from Equal Weight and slashed the $22 price target to $8. The consensus target is $19.82 for now. The shares closed Tuesday at $12.11, down close to 8% after the downgrade.
Bausch + Lomb Corp. (NYSE: BLCO): Jefferies started coverage with a Buy rating and a $25 target price, while Goldman Sachs initiated coverage with a Neutral rating and a $22 price objective. The consensus target is $35.88 The stock closed at $17.01 on Tuesday.
Canopy Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: CGC): Oppenheimer maintained a Perform rating on the pot stock but did not post a price target. The consensus target is $7.63. The shares were last seen on Tuesday at $4.97.
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