Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of April 9, 2018


Upgrades:


General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) was upgraded by research analysts at Morgan Stanley from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, Marketbeat reports. The brokerage presently has a $45.00 target price on the auto manufacturer’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price objective indicates a potential upside of 15.18% from the stock’s current price. Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the stock. Berenberg Bank set a $34.00 price objective on shares of General Motors and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 7th. JPMorgan Chase restated an “overweight” rating and set a $55.00 target price (down from $56.00) on shares of General Motors in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of General Motors from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. TheStreet lowered shares of General Motors from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 27th. Finally, Vetr upgraded shares of General Motors from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $40.24 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $44.65. Read more …

Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating in a report issued on Monday, The Fly reports. Morgan Stanley currently has $72.00 price objective on the data storage provider’s stock, up from their previous price objective of $51.00. STX has been the subject of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Seagate Technology from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $48.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, January 5th. TheStreet raised shares of Seagate Technology from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Vetr downgraded shares of Seagate Technology from a buy rating to a hold rating and set a $56.12 price target for the company. in a research report on Thursday, March 1st. Cross Research raised shares of Seagate Technology from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Wells Fargo reissued a market perform rating and issued a $45.00 price target (up previously from $38.00) on shares of Seagate Technology in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty have given a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $53.12. Read more …

Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) was upgraded by investment analysts at Citigroup from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. Several other analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Becton Dickinson and from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 6th. BMO Capital Markets assumed coverage on Becton Dickinson and in a report on Monday, March 5th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $249.00 price objective on the stock. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on Becton Dickinson and from $245.00 to $250.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Piper Jaffray reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $260.00 target price (up previously from $223.00) on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Tuesday, February 6th. Finally, Bank of America reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $260.00 target price on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Friday, January 19th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $240.53. Read more …


Eaton (NYSE:ETN) was upgraded by stock analysts at Goldman Sachs to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Tuesday. The firm presently has a $88.00 target price on the industrial products company’s stock. Goldman Sachs’ price target would indicate a potential upside of 15.90% from the company’s current price. ETN has been the topic of a number of other research reports. UBS began coverage on shares of Eaton in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. They set a “neutral” rating and a $87.00 price objective on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Eaton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Bank of America raised shares of Eaton from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their price objective for the stock from $81.03 to $85.00 in a report on Thursday, March 8th. JPMorgan Chase raised shares of Eaton from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $82.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Finally, Jefferies Group raised shares of Eaton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, March 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $86.73. Read more …

Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW) was upgraded by equities researchers at Goldman Sachs from a “buy” rating to a “conviction-buy” rating in a report released on Tuesday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The brokerage currently has a $177.00 price objective on the industrial products company’s stock, down from their prior price objective of $191.00. Goldman Sachs’ price target suggests a potential upside of 14.56% from the company’s previous close. A number of other brokerages also recently issued reports on ITW. Argus upped their price objective on Illinois Tool Works to $200.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Citigroup upped their price objective on Illinois Tool Works from $192.00 to $202.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Seaport Global Securities restated a “buy” rating and issued a $200.00 price objective on shares of Illinois Tool Works in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Illinois Tool Works in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upped their price objective on Illinois Tool Works from $180.00 to $185.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $177.71. Read more …

Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP) was upgraded by equities researchers at Wells Fargo from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report issued on Wednesday, The Fly reports. HP has been the subject of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Helmerich & Payne from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $73.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, March 12th. Sanford C. Bernstein lowered shares of Helmerich & Payne from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. Societe Generale upgraded shares of Helmerich & Payne from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. Jefferies Group set a $65.00 target price on shares of Helmerich & Payne and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $68.00 target price on shares of Helmerich & Payne and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $57.04. Read more …

Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC) was upgraded by investment analysts at Bank of America from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday, The Fly reports. Several other equities analysts have also weighed in on GPC. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Genuine Parts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Royal Bank of Canada cut their price objective on shares of Genuine Parts to $100.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. Finally, JPMorgan Chase restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $107.00 price objective (down from $114.00) on shares of Genuine Parts in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $97.71. Read more …


Downgrades:


Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN) was downgraded by equities researchers at Bank of America from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report released on Monday. They presently have a $37.00 target price on the closed-end fund’s stock. Bank of America’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 12.05% from the stock’s previous close. Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Franklin Resources from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. ValuEngine cut shares of Franklin Resources from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Deutsche Bank cut their price objective on shares of Franklin Resources from $37.00 to $34.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Friday. Credit Suisse Group cut their price objective on shares of Franklin Resources from $57.00 to $34.00 and set an “underperform” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $47.00 target price on shares of Franklin Resources in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and nine have issued a hold rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $42.27. Read more …

UBS lowered shares of The Hershey (NYSE:HSY) from a neutral rating to a sell rating in a research report report published on Tuesday morning, 247wallst.com reports. They currently have $90.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $106.00. Several other analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut The Hershey from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, March 29th. JPMorgan Chase assumed coverage on The Hershey in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. They set a neutral rating and a $106.00 price target on the stock. Argus reduced their price target on The Hershey from $125.00 to $120.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. Barclays reduced their price target on The Hershey from $110.00 to $107.00 and set an equal weight rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on The Hershey from $105.00 to $100.00 and set an underweight rating on the stock in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The Hershey currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $109.27. Read more …




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