The futures were lower Tuesday, after a rousing risk-off rally to start the trading week fell apart by midday and the major indexes closed mostly lower. The Dow Jones industrials and the Russell 2000 each scratched out a small gain. With the consumer price index report for July on deck, you can bet that there could be a big move in either direction, depending on the results. The Democrats passed the $700 billion scaled-back tax-and-spend package over the weekend, with Vice President Harris casting the tie-breaking vote in the Senate, as not one Republican supported more spending in a time of severe inflation and, by definition, recession.
Yields across the Treasury curve were lower, after a huge run-up on Friday after the massive job report print. The five-year, 10-year and 30-year maturity yields were all six basis points and higher on the day, with the 30-year benchmark bond closing right at the 3% level.
After a week of selling, both Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude were higher on Monday, though both remain well below the $100 level. All the gains from the beginning of the war in Ukraine are gone. Natural gas finished the day down over 5%, while gold and Bitcoin closed higher.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
Alliant Energy Corp. (NASDAQ: LNT): BofA Securities increased its $61 target price on the Neutral-rated stock to $62. The consensus target is $63.67. The stock closed on Monday at $61.05.
Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL): BofA Securities reiterated a Buy rating and a $125 target after the company postponed eliminating cookies from chrome until late 2024. The consensus target for the tech and search behemoth is up at $147.51. Monday’s closing share price was $117.30.
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Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN): Baird reiterated an Outperform rating on the technology giant after it announced its intention to purchase the Roomba robot vacuum maker iRobot. The analyst maintained a $150 price target, which compares with the higher consensus of $173.64, as well as Monday’s last print of $139.41.
Americold Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: COLD): RBC Capital Markets downgraded the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform and has a $34 target price. The consensus target is $33.20. The last trade for Monday was reported at $31.18.
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