Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of June 25, 2018



Upgrades:


Atlantic Securities upgraded shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) from a neutral rating to an overweight rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, Marketbeat reports. A number of other brokerages also recently commented on MSFT. Argus restated a focus list rating and set a $116.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, June 6th. Goldman Sachs Group restated a buy rating and set a $117.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Tuesday, June 5th. Barclays restated a buy rating and set a $108.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Thursday, June 14th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a buy rating and set a $107.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, June 13th. Finally, Macquarie restated a neutral rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, June 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, thirty-one have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $105.49. Read more …

Citigroup upgraded shares of Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a report released on Monday, MarketBeat.com reports. The brokerage currently has $176.00 price target on the railroad operator’s stock. NSC has been the subject of a number of other reports. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a hold rating and issued a $145.00 price objective on shares of Norfolk Southern in a research report on Tuesday, April 10th. TD Securities upped their price objective on shares of Norfolk Southern from $155.00 to $160.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Cowen reissued a buy rating and issued a $167.00 price objective on shares of Norfolk Southern in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Norfolk Southern from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upped their target price on shares of Norfolk Southern from $155.00 to $165.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $148.67. Read more …

Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) was upgraded by stock analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein to an “outperform” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, The Fly reports. Several other equities analysts also recently commented on the company. Barclays cut their target price on Kinder Morgan from $23.00 to $20.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, April 17th. Bank of America restated a “buy” rating and set a $16.17 target price (down previously from $20.00) on shares of Kinder Morgan in a research report on Thursday, April 19th. Stifel Nicolaus cut their target price on Kinder Morgan from $22.00 to $21.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, April 30th. Wells Fargo & Co upgraded Kinder Morgan from a “market perform” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 20th. Finally, Deutsche Bank began coverage on Kinder Morgan in a research report on Thursday, April 19th. They set a “buy” rating and a $21.00 target price for the company. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $20.82. Read more …

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) was upgraded by research analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares from a “neutral” rating to a “positive” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday. Other analysts have also issued reports about the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Accenture from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Pivotal Research set a $180.00 target price on shares of Accenture and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 14th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $180.00 target price on shares of Accenture in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Accenture from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $176.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 22nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lifted their target price on shares of Accenture from $170.00 to $179.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 21st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Accenture currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $164.59. Read more …


General Electric (NYSE:GE) was upgraded by UBS Group from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday, www.boersen-zeitung.de reports. The firm currently has a $16.00 price objective on the conglomerate’s stock. UBS Group’s price target suggests a potential upside of 16.45% from the stock’s previous close. A number of other equities research analysts also recently commented on GE. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of General Electric in a report on Wednesday, June 20th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of General Electric from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, June 22nd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of General Electric from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of General Electric in a report on Friday, May 18th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group set a $14.00 price target on shares of General Electric and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, April 23rd. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.92. Read more …

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) was upgraded by BTIG Research from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. YUM has been the topic of a number of other reports. Citigroup upped their price objective on Yum! Brands from $80.00 to $87.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 19th. ValuEngine upgraded Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Robert W. Baird upgraded Yum! Brands from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $83.00 target price for the company in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Stifel Nicolaus upped their target price on Yum! Brands from $92.00 to $94.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 18th. Finally, Morgan Stanley cut their target price on Yum! Brands from $92.00 to $90.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Twelve equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $86.10. Read more …

BF-B (NASDAQ:BF-B) was upgraded by investment analysts at Morgan Stanley from an “underweight” rating to an “equal” rating in a research note issued on Thursday. BF-B has been the topic of a number of other reports. Societe Generale lowered shares of BF-B from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 12th. Pivotal Research raised shares of BF-B from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the company from $52.00 to $65.00 in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. BF-B currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $64.00. Read more …


Downgrades:


Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE:OHI) was downgraded by stock analysts at Wells Fargo & Co from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report issued on Monday. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Several other analysts also recently weighed in on the company. ValuEngine downgraded Omega Healthcare Investors from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, June 11th. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded Omega Healthcare Investors from an “underperform” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Omega Healthcare Investors from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 16th. Raymond James assumed coverage on Omega Healthcare Investors in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. They set a “market perform” rating for the company. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and issued a $34.00 price objective on shares of Omega Healthcare Investors in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $31.00. Read more …

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was downgraded by equities researchers at Sanford C. Bernstein from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, The Fly reports. A number of other research firms also recently issued reports on INTC. Nomura lifted their price target on Intel from $50.00 to $60.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 26th. Vetr upgraded Intel from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $54.41 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, March 12th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price target on shares of Intel in a research note on Monday, March 26th. Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $61.00 price target (up previously from $52.00) on shares of Intel in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Intel from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have given a hold rating and twenty-eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. Intel currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $55.65. Read more …


Deutsche Bank downgraded shares of Southern (NYSE:SO) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Tuesday. Deutsche Bank currently has $48.00 price objective on the utilities provider’s stock. Several other analysts also recently issued reports on the company. TheStreet raised Southern from a c rating to a b- rating in a research note on Monday, June 4th. Zacks Investment Research raised Southern from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 1st. SunTrust Banks set a $46.00 price target on Southern and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Monday, March 19th. Credit Suisse Group lifted their price target on Southern to $45.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, May 7th. Finally, Citigroup raised Southern from a sell rating to a neutral rating and set a $44.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, June 22nd. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $48.90. Read more …

TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) was downgraded by Atlantic Securities from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. Several other research firms have also commented on TJX. Credit Suisse Group boosted their price objective on shares of TJX Companies from $90.00 to $100.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday. Wedbush assumed coverage on shares of TJX Companies in a research note on Friday. They set a “neutral” rating and a $100.00 price objective for the company. UBS Group assumed coverage on shares of TJX Companies in a research note on Thursday, June 21st. They set a “sell” rating and a $87.00 price objective for the company. ValuEngine upgraded shares of TJX Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 21st. Finally, Susquehanna Bancshares reiterated a “positive” rating and set a $92.00 price objective on shares of TJX Companies in a research note on Thursday, June 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and eighteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $90.46. Read more …

Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) was downgraded by equities researchers at Jefferies Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Friday. They currently have a $65.00 price target on the pharmacy operator’s stock, down from their prior price target of $85.00. Jefferies Financial Group’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 8.06% from the company’s previous close. Several other analysts have also commented on the stock. Robert W. Baird lowered shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday. Bank of America lowered shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and dropped their price target for the company from $73.00 to $60.00 in a research report on Thursday. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 22nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 20th. Finally, Mizuho set a $77.00 price target on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 29th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Walgreens Boots Alliance currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $79.79. Read more …


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