Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of January 28, 2019



Upgrades:


Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America to a “buy” rating in a report released on Monday, The Fly reports. The brokerage presently has a $140.00 price target on the software giant’s stock, down from their prior price target of $150.00. Bank of America‘s price target points to a potential upside of 30.63% from the stock’s previous close. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. A number of other analysts also recently issued reports on the stock. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $125.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Sunday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Microsoft from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $118.00 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $123.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Wednesday, January 23rd. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $124.00 price target on shares of Microsoft in a report on Monday, January 21st. Finally, Morgan Stanley reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $130.00 price objective on shares of Microsoft in a research note on Monday, December 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, thirty-three have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $121.95. Read more …

American Express (NYSE:AXP) was upgraded by stock analysts at Atlantic Securities from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. Several other research analysts also recently commented on AXP. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their target price on shares of American Express from $115.00 to $122.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, October 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of American Express from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 9th. Oppenheimer reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $114.00 target price on shares of American Express in a report on Thursday, October 18th. Nomura lifted their target price on shares of American Express from $128.00 to $130.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 19th. Finally, Barclays lifted their target price on shares of American Express from $113.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 19th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. American Express has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $111.37. Read more …

Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday morning, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The brokerage currently has $405.36 price objective on the asset manager’s stock. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for BlackRock’s Q1 2019 earnings at $5.98 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $6.50 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $6.71 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $6.81 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $26.00 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $28.75 EPS. Several other research analysts also recently weighed in on the company. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $532.00 target price on shares of BlackRock in a research note on Thursday, January 17th. Argus reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of BlackRock in a research note on Thursday, January 17th. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $425.00 target price (up from $410.00) on shares of BlackRock in a research note on Wednesday, January 16th. Deutsche Bank downgraded BlackRock from a buy rating to a hold rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $444.00 to $405.00 in a research note on Thursday, January 10th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of BlackRock in a research note on Thursday, January 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. BlackRock has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $501.03. Read more …



Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) from a neutral rating to an overweight rating in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning, Marketbeat Ratings reports. A number of other brokerages also recently weighed in on BTI. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of British American Tobacco from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Sanford C. Bernstein assumed coverage on shares of British American Tobacco in a research note on Tuesday, October 16th. They set a market perform rating for the company. DZ Bank reaffirmed a sell rating on shares of British American Tobacco in a research note on Thursday, October 18th. UBS Group downgraded shares of British American Tobacco from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, October 18th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada raised shares of British American Tobacco from an underperform rating to a sector perform rating in a research note on Thursday, November 29th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. British American Tobacco has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $66.00. Read more …



Liberum Capital upgraded shares of Diageo (NYSE:DEO) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Thursday morning, Marketbeat Ratings reports. A number of other research firms also recently issued reports on DEO. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Diageo from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Monday, January 7th. Macquarie restated a buy rating on shares of Diageo in a report on Sunday, December 16th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein downgraded shares of Diageo from a market perform rating to an underperform rating in a report on Friday, January 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Diageo presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $158.75. Read more …

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) was upgraded by research analysts at Credit Suisse Group from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note issued on Thursday, The Fly reports. Several other research analysts have also recently issued reports on the company. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $53.00 price objective on shares of Pfizer in a research note on Wednesday, October 17th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Pfizer in a research note on Tuesday, October 30th. Barclays set a $40.00 price objective on Pfizer and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, October 19th. Wolfe Research started coverage on Pfizer in a research note on Tuesday, October 23rd. They issued a “market perform” rating on the stock. Finally, UBS Group cut Pfizer from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 23rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Pfizer presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $43.70. Read more …

Telsey Advisory Group upgraded shares of TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research note released on Thursday, Marketbeat reports. Telsey Advisory Group currently has $56.00 price target on the apparel and home fashions retailer’s stock, up from their prior price target of $51.00. TJX has been the subject of a number of other reports. ValuEngine cut TJX Companies from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 7th. Barclays set a $55.00 price objective on TJX Companies and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 21st. Citigroup raised their price objective on TJX Companies from $55.50 to $62.50 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded TJX Companies from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $61.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, November 16th. Finally, Argus upgraded TJX Companies from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $55.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, November 29th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and nineteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $53.54. Read more …

Evercore ISI upgraded shares of T. Rowe Price Group (NASDAQ:TROW) from an in-line rating to an outperform rating in a research report released on Thursday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. They currently have $99.00 price target on the asset manager’s stock. Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of T. Rowe Price Group from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $122.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, October 11th. Bank of America restated a buy rating and issued a $108.00 price objective (down from $125.00) on shares of T. Rowe Price Group in a report on Thursday, December 6th. Morgan Stanley decreased their price objective on shares of T. Rowe Price Group from $105.00 to $98.00 and set an equal weight rating for the company in a report on Friday, January 4th. Deutsche Bank decreased their price objective on shares of T. Rowe Price Group from $109.00 to $103.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 16th. Finally, Citigroup decreased their target price on shares of T. Rowe Price Group from $113.00 to $105.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a research note on Monday, October 29th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $103.36. Read more …

Baxter International (NYSE:BAX) was upgraded by investment analysts at Barclays from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report released on Friday, The Fly reports. BAX has been the topic of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Baxter International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $80.00 target price on shares of Baxter International in a research note on Friday. BMO Capital Markets lowered their target price on Baxter International from $86.00 to $76.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. Citigroup lowered their target price on Baxter International from $76.00 to $69.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, November 13th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Baxter International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 15th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Baxter International has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $76.47. Read more …

United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) was upgraded by investment analysts at Goldman Sachs Group from a “buy” rating to a “conviction-buy” rating in a report released on Friday, The Fly reports. Several other analysts also recently weighed in on UTX. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of United Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 26th. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their target price on shares of United Technologies to $129.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a report on Thursday, January 24th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of United Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 23rd. Robert W. Baird dropped their target price on shares of United Technologies from $167.00 to $149.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 28th. Finally, Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $185.00 target price on shares of United Technologies in a report on Thursday, January 24th. Five 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 company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $144.54. Read more …





Downgrades:


TD Securities lowered shares of Fortis (NYSE:FTS) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Tuesday morning, MarketBeat Ratings reports. A number of other equities analysts also recently issued reports on FTS. Bank of America started coverage on Fortis in a research note on Tuesday, October 9th. They set a buy rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Fortis from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 17th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Fortis from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, December 21st. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold. Read more …

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) was downgraded by analysts at Raymond James from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday, Marketbeat.com reports. WHR has been the topic of a number of other reports. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on Whirlpool in a research note on Tuesday, October 2nd. They issued a “sell” rating and a $107.00 price target on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut Whirlpool from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 9th. Cleveland Research reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Whirlpool in a research note on Wednesday, October 10th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $111.00 price target on Whirlpool and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 26th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $125.00 price target on shares of Whirlpool in a research note on Wednesday, November 28th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. Whirlpool has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $146.40. Read more …

Invesco (NYSE:IVZ) was downgraded by stock analysts at Barclays from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday, The Fly reports. They currently have a $19.00 price objective on the asset manager’s stock. Barclays‘s price target would suggest a potential upside of 4.63% from the company’s previous close. Several other research firms have also issued reports on IVZ. UBS Group cut their price target on shares of Invesco from $26.00 to $24.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 8th. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on shares of Invesco from $29.00 to $28.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 9th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $27.00 price target (down from $34.00) on shares of Invesco in a report on Friday, October 19th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $30.00 price target on shares of Invesco in a report on Friday, October 19th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co lowered shares of Invesco from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $27.00 to $22.00 in a report on Tuesday, December 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $25.09. Read more …

Argus cut shares of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, Marketbeat reports. The firm currently has $170.91 price target on the aerospace company’s stock. GD has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded General Dynamics from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 10th. Cowen restated a buy rating and issued a $253.00 price objective on shares of General Dynamics in a report on Monday, October 15th. Wells Fargo & Co decreased their price objective on shares of General Dynamics from $250.00 to $210.00 and set an outperform rating for the company in a report on Thursday, October 25th. Citigroup decreased their price objective on shares of General Dynamics from $210.00 to $195.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a report on Thursday, October 25th. Finally, Robert W. Baird decreased their target price on shares of General Dynamics from $243.00 to $222.00 and set an outperform rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $212.58. Read more …


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