The futures were fairly positive Thursday morning, after some of the gains from earlier this week were given back on Wednesday. Solid earnings seem to be the catalyst for the most recent uptick in the markets. Even though most analysts retain a bearish sentiment going forward, gains for now are welcome by investors.
Tesla released earnings on Wednesday after the markets closed and, while results were mixed, shares ultimately went lower. Revenues fell short at $21.45 billion, versus the consensus calling for $22.09 billion. Per-share earnings beat out the consensus estimate of $1.01, coming in at $1.05. However, looking forward, the firm said that it expects to see 50% average annual growth rate on vehicle deliveries for the year.
West Texas Intermediate crude traded up just over 2% early on Thursday to just over $87 a barrel. This after WTI bottomed out around $76 less than one month ago. Crude is still looking for a direction in general, but with President Biden’s recent move to release an additional 15 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, it should be heading lower into the end of the year.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Thursday, October 20, 2022.
Albertsons Companies Inc. (NYSE: ACI): Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to Equal Weight from Underweight and raised its $30 price target to $26. The consensus target is $33.08. Wednesday’s close was at $27.20.
Alliant Energy Corp. (NASDAQ: LNT): Wolfe Research’s downgrade was to Peer Perform from Outperform. The consensus target is $61.89. The stock closed 1% lower on Wednesday at $50.35.
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY): Wells Fargo downgraded the shares from Equal Weight to Underweight with a $23 price target. Morgan Stanley lowered its Overweight rating Equal Weight and cut its $40 price target to $28. Shares most recently closed at $26.00. The consensus price target of $36.89 represents more than 31% upside from that close.
American States Water Co. (NYSE: AWR): Wells Fargo’s downgrade was from Equal Weight to Underweight with an $85 price target. The consensus target is $89.50. Wednesday’s close at $86.12 was a 1% loss for the day.
American Water Works Co. Inc. (NYSE: AWK): Wells Fargo upgraded it to Equal Weight from Underweight and has a $140 price target. The consensus target is $161.58. The stock closed most recently at $134.00.
ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ: ASML): The Hold rating at Deutsche Bank was raised to Buy. The consensus price target is $624.03, and Wednesday’s closing trade was at $424.02.
Boston Properties Inc. (NYSE: BXP): Credit Suisse’s Outperform rating was cut to Neutral. The consensus target is $91.61. Wednesday’s close was at $71.82.
Coupa Software Inc. (NASDAQ: COUP): When Piper Sandler downgraded the stock to Underweight from Neutral, it also cut its $67 price target to $55. The consensus target is $74.24, and Wednesday’s closing print was $52.37.
Datadog Inc. (NASDAQ: DDOG): Canaccord Genuity’s upgrade to Buy from Hold included a price target cut to $110 from $120. The consensus target is $135.65. The stock ended Wednesday’s regular session at $79.00.
Denbury Inc. (NYSE: DEN): Stifel resumed coverage with a Buy rating and a $146 price target. The consensus target is $104.73. Wednesday’s close was at $96.00.
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