The futures traded lower, after a solid Monday across Wall Street that saw all the major indexes post gains to start off the trading week. The Nasdaq led the way higher, up over 1% on the day. After a losing week, the buyers held serve on Monday, even though the consumer price index data for August comes out Wednesday morning, and many feel that soaring energy prices could push it above the expectations.
Treasury yields were mostly higher to start the week, as bond traders are also sizing up the inflation data, which as mentioned could be stronger than anticipated. Despite the potential for higher than expected CPI, many feel the Federal Reserve will pass on raising rates next week and make the final increase of this cycle in November. The 10-year note closed at 4.29%, while the two-year paper was last seen on Monday at 4.99%. The inversion suggests recession, perhaps early next year.
Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude both closed flat, a small pause after a strong run for the benchmarks, which were up 2.3% last week. Traders are still mulling the ongoing production cuts, which OPEC and the Saudis extended to the end of the year, plus some recent big inventory draws. Brent closed at $90.59, while WTI finished the session at $87.26. Both are at their highest levels in almost a year. Natural gas also closed higher at $2.62.
Gold had a solid start to the week, up 0.43%, as analysts cited dollar weakness, continued demand from central banks and short covering for the move higher. The December contract closed on Monday at $1,947.10. Bitcoin had another brutal day, closing down 2.89% at $25,085.90 after a Fed official warned he is “deeply concerned” over the $120 billion stablecoin market.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
Align Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN): Stifel reiterated a Buy rating on the shares and has a $430 target price. The consensus target is $397.92, and the stock closed on Monday at $335.18.
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN): Citing strong growth across its business segments, Zacks named this stock as its Bull of the Day. Shares last closed at $143.10, and the consensus price target of $169.91 would be a 52-week high.
Bluebird Corp. (NASDAQ: BLBD): Barclays started coverage on the stock with an Overweight rating and a $25 price target. The consensus target is higher at $28.10. Monday’s final trade was at $21.98.
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Brown-Forman Corp. (NYSE: BF-B): Bernstein raised its Market Perform rating to Outperform and its $73 target price to $76.40. The consensus price target is $69.82. The stock closed on Monday at $65.
Brunswick Corp. (NYSE: BC): When J.P. Morgan downgraded the shares to Neutral from Overweight, its $109 price target dropped to $79. The consensus target is $100.07, and Monday’s close was at $75.50.
DoorDash Inc. (NYSE: DASH): Then Jefferies upgrade to Hold from Underperform included a price target hike to $90 from $70. The consensus target is $92.91. Shares closed on Monday at $83.27, up close to 2% for the day.
Dutch Bros Inc. (NYSE: BROS): Stifel lowered its $36 price target to $32 and stuck with a Hold rating. The consensus target is $36.10. The stock closed on Monday at $26.92.
Ecovyst Inc. (NYSE: ECVT): Citigroup initiated coverage with a Buy rating and a $12 price target. The consensus target is $14.25. Monday’s final trade was for $10.09 a share.
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