Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of April 23, 2018



Upgrades:


BP (NYSE:BP) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Monday, The Fly reports. Other equities research analysts have also issued reports about the stock. TheStreet lowered shares of BP from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Vetr lowered shares of BP from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $44.43 price target on the stock. in a research note on Monday, March 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of BP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Piper Jaffray reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of BP in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Societe Generale upgraded shares of BP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 12th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $42.54. Read more …

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) was upgraded by equities researchers at Citigroup from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, The Fly reports. A number of other analysts also recently issued reports on CAT. Buckingham Research began coverage on Caterpillar in a research note on Wednesday, April 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $170.00 target price for the company. Wells Fargo set a $180.00 target price on Caterpillar and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 16th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $168.00 target price on shares of Caterpillar in a research note on Friday, April 13th. Cleveland Research reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Caterpillar in a research note on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, Vetr raised Caterpillar from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $164.34 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, eighteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $171.95. Read more …

BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Kansas City Southern Railway (NYSE:KSU) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research report released on Monday, Marketbeat reports. BMO Capital Markets currently has $120.00 price target on the transportation company’s stock. Several other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the company. Cowen reissued a hold rating and set a $116.00 price objective on shares of Kansas City Southern Railway in a research note on Monday. Zacks Investment Research raised Kansas City Southern Railway from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, April 6th. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on Kansas City Southern Railway from $102.00 to $104.00 and gave the company an equal weight rating in a research note on Friday, April 6th. Seaport Global Securities reissued a neutral rating on shares of Kansas City Southern Railway in a research note on Friday, March 23rd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued an outperform rating and set a $121.00 price objective (down previously from $126.00) on shares of Kansas City Southern Railway in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $117.57. Read more …


Goldman Sachs upgraded shares of Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Monday, Marketbeat reports. Goldman Sachs currently has $58.83 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $60.15. MRK has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Jefferies Group set a $55.00 price target on shares of Merck & Co. and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Friday, March 23rd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Merck & Co. from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. DZ Bank raised shares of Merck & Co. from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Morgan Stanley raised their target price on shares of Merck & Co. from $60.00 to $63.00 and gave the company an equal weight rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group cut their target price on shares of Merck & Co. from $67.00 to $66.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, February 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $65.82. Read more …


Barclays upgraded shares of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating in a research note published on Monday morning, MarketBeat reports. Barclays currently has $56.00 target price on the cell phone carrier’s stock. VZ has been the subject of a number of other reports. Bank of America raised their price objective on Verizon Communications from $55.00 to $58.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Vetr raised Verizon Communications from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $54.80 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Howard Weil raised Verizon Communications from a sector perform rating to a sector outperform rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Guggenheim started coverage on Verizon Communications in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. They issued a buy rating and a $58.00 target price for the company. Finally, HSBC raised Verizon Communications from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $55.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, March 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $55.19. Read more …

Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Monday. The firm currently has a $23.00 price objective on the textile maker’s stock, up from their previous price objective of $21.00. Stifel Nicolaus’ price objective points to a potential upside of 33.64% from the company’s previous close. Several other equities analysts have also commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Hanesbrands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 18th. DA Davidson set a $27.00 price objective on shares of Hanesbrands and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, April 13th. Bank of America initiated coverage on shares of Hanesbrands in a research note on Friday, April 6th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $21.00 price objective for the company. Macquarie initiated coverage on shares of Hanesbrands in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $19.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Hanesbrands in a research note on Monday, March 12th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $21.00 price objective for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $24.52. Read more …

Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) was upgraded by Deutsche Bank from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Monday. The brokerage presently has a $86.00 price target on the lifestyle brand’s stock. Deutsche Bank’s price objective points to a potential upside of 28.15% from the stock’s current price. A number of other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Michael Kors from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 11th. Credit Suisse Group assumed coverage on Michael Kors in a report on Monday, March 12th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $75.00 price target for the company. ValuEngine downgraded Michael Kors from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, March 2nd. JPMorgan Chase assumed coverage on Michael Kors in a report on Friday, February 9th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $62.00 price target for the company. Finally, Wolfe Research boosted their price target on Michael Kors from $73.00 to $81.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $64.48. Read more …

The Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) was upgraded by BMO Capital Markets from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report released on Wednesday, The Fly reports. Several other analysts have also issued reports on DIS. Vetr upgraded shares of The Walt Disney from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $112.50 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, January 1st. Macquarie upgraded shares of The Walt Disney from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $112.00 to $125.00 in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of The Walt Disney from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price target on shares of The Walt Disney to $135.00 and gave the stock a “top pick” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, Rosenblatt Securities upgraded shares of The Walt Disney from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $115.00 to $130.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $118.64. Read more …

Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) was upgraded by research analysts at BMO Capital Markets from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday, The Fly reports. Several other equities research analysts have also recently weighed in on BMY. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and set a $66.00 price objective on shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb in a research note on Friday, April 13th. Cowen reissued a “hold” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb in a research note on Friday, April 20th. Bank of America reduced their price objective on Bristol-Myers Squibb from $68.00 to $61.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. Credit Suisse Group set a $58.00 price objective on Bristol-Myers Squibb and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. Finally, ValuEngine cut Bristol-Myers Squibb from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $63.68. Read more …

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was upgraded by investment analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report issued on Friday, The Fly reports. Several other analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Credit Suisse Group boosted their price objective on Intel from $55.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on Intel to $54.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a report on Tuesday. Citigroup boosted their price objective on Intel from $58.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday. Barclays boosted their price objective on Intel from $55.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, April 19th. Finally, Bank of America reissued a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price objective on shares of Intel in a report on Wednesday, April 18th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have given a hold rating, twenty-six have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $51.62. Read more …

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was upgraded by research analysts at JPMorgan Chase from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report released on Friday, The Fly reports. Several other brokerages have also recently commented on MSFT. Deutsche Bank set a $120.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Vetr cut shares of Microsoft from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $106.32 price target for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, April 18th. UBS set a $110.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Wells Fargo set a $105.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $105.00 price target on shares of Microsoft and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and thirty-two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $100.42. Read more …

Nike (NYSE:NKE) was upgraded by analysts at HSBC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Friday, The Fly reports. NKE has been the subject of several other reports. Buckingham Research assumed coverage on Nike in a report on Sunday, December 31st. They set a “buy” rating and a $72.00 price objective for the company. Credit Suisse Group set a $60.00 target price on Nike and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 28th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “hold” rating and set a $62.00 target price (up from $60.00) on shares of Nike in a research report on Sunday, March 25th. Wedbush restated an “outperform” rating and set a $74.00 target price (down from $75.00) on shares of Nike in a research report on Friday, March 23rd. Finally, JPMorgan Chase set a $58.00 target price on Nike and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and twenty-five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $68.55. Read more …

Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO) was upgraded by research analysts at UBS from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday, The Fly reports. Several other research firms have also recently weighed in on TSCO. Telsey Advisory Group cut Tractor Supply from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and increased their price objective for the stock from $62.00 to $83.00 in a report on Thursday, January 25th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BidaskClub cut Tractor Supply from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Guggenheim reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 target price on shares of Tractor Supply in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised Tractor Supply from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $89.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, Stephens set a $79.00 target price on Tractor Supply and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. Tractor Supply has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $72.70. Read more …


Downgrades:


Imperial Oil (NYSEAMERICAN:IMO) (TSE:IMO) was downgraded by research analysts at Raymond James from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday. Other equities analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. TheStreet downgraded shares of Imperial Oil from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. AltaCorp Capital raised shares of Imperial Oil to a “hold” rating and set a $43.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, January 15th. Tudor Pickering raised shares of Imperial Oil to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Royal Bank of Canada raised shares of Imperial Oil from an “underperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, Bank of America initiated coverage on shares of Imperial Oil in a research note on Thursday, April 5th. They issued an “underperform” rating for the company. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and ten have given a hold rating to the company’s stock. Imperial Oil has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $41.00. Read more …

Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) was downgraded by stock analysts at Vertical Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday, The Fly reports. Other equities analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Barclays assumed coverage on shares of Rockwell Automation in a research report on Thursday, February 15th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $200.00 price objective for the company. Cowen upped their price objective on shares of Rockwell Automation from $165.00 to $175.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Rockwell Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. JPMorgan Chase upped their price objective on shares of Rockwell Automation from $182.00 to $190.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, Wells Fargo upped their price objective on shares of Rockwell Automation from $190.00 to $200.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $189.58. Read more …

Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) was downgraded by investment analysts at Bank of America from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note issued on Thursday. They currently have a $115.00 target price on the consumer goods maker’s stock. Bank of America’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 12.79% from the stock’s previous close. A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on BUD. Zacks Investment Research lowered Anheuser-Busch InBev from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $128.00 target price on Anheuser-Busch InBev and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Jefferies Group set a $134.00 target price on Anheuser-Busch InBev and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Deutsche Bank raised Anheuser-Busch InBev from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase reduced their price target on Anheuser-Busch InBev from $106.68 to $98.72 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Anheuser-Busch InBev has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $122.33. Read more …

The Hershey (NYSE:HSY) was downgraded by Societe Generale from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Friday, The Fly reports. HSY has been the topic of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered The Hershey from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Goldman Sachs lowered The Hershey from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $101.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $120.00 target price on shares of The Hershey in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Morgan Stanley set a $93.00 target price on The Hershey and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 18th. Finally, UBS lowered The Hershey from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $106.00 to $90.00 in a research note on Tuesday, April 10th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The Hershey currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $105.94. Read more …


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