Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of January 7, 2019



Upgrades:


Enbridge (NYSE:ENB) (TSE:ENB) was upgraded by stock analysts at Wolfe Research from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, The Fly reports. Other research analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Enbridge from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Monday, December 31st. ValuEngine upgraded Enbridge from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 2nd. Wells Fargo & Co upgraded Enbridge from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, November 5th. Citigroup restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Enbridge in a research report on Monday, September 24th. Finally, UBS Group assumed coverage on Enbridge in a research report on Thursday, October 4th. They set a “buy” rating for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $48.20. Read more …

BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday, The Fly reports. GM has been the topic of several other reports. Goldman Sachs Group set a $36.00 target price on shares of General Motors and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. Citigroup cut their target price on shares of General Motors from $60.00 to $57.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 4th. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of General Motors from $43.00 to $44.00 and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 6th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of General Motors from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, Barclays set a $48.00 target price on shares of General Motors and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Friday, January 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, twelve have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. General Motors currently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $44.91. Read more …

Scotiabank upgraded shares of Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating in a research report report published on Monday, The Fly reports. UNP has been the topic of a number of other reports. Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $175.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, November 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $176.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, September 19th. UBS Group increased their price objective on shares of Union Pacific from $161.00 to $185.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Thursday, September 20th. Bank of America lowered shares of Union Pacific from a buy rating to a neutral rating and set a $164.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Thursday, October 18th. Finally, Loop Capital upgraded shares of Union Pacific from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, September 18th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $163.82. Read more…


Bank of America upgraded shares of Accenture (NYSE:ACN) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a research report report published on Tuesday, MarketBeat reports. Bank of America currently has $143.07 price target on the information technology services provider’s stock. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Several other analysts have also commented on ACN. Deutsche Bank raised their price objective on shares of Accenture from $170.00 to $180.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Thursday, September 20th. SunTrust Banks raised their price objective on shares of Accenture to $178.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Monday, October 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Accenture from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, September 25th. Moffett Nathanson initiated coverage on shares of Accenture in a report on Thursday, October 4th. They issued a buy rating and a $200.00 price objective for the company. Finally, UBS Group set a $180.00 price objective on shares of Accenture and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, September 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $173.55. Read more …


Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, The Fly reports. Several other brokerages have also recently issued reports on CL. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Colgate-Palmolive from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 29th. Argus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $75.00 target price (up previously from $72.00) on shares of Colgate-Palmolive in a report on Tuesday, September 18th. Citigroup reduced their target price on shares of Colgate-Palmolive from $68.00 to $63.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 29th. Wells Fargo & Co reduced their target price on shares of Colgate-Palmolive from $62.00 to $58.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 29th. Finally, SunTrust Banks cut shares of Colgate-Palmolive from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their target price for the company from $80.00 to $65.00 in a report on Friday, October 26th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Colgate-Palmolive presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $67.71. Read more …

Keurig Dr Pepper (NYSE:KDP) was upgraded by stock analysts at Goldman Sachs Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Tuesday, MarketBeat.com reports. The brokerage currently has a $26.35 price objective on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group’s price target would indicate a potential downside of 0.45% from the stock’s previous close. A number of other research analysts also recently commented on KDP. Guggenheim initiated coverage on shares of Keurig Dr Pepper in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $22.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Keurig Dr Pepper from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 18th. ValuEngine raised shares of Keurig Dr Pepper from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 2nd. Macquarie set a $24.00 price objective on shares of Keurig Dr Pepper and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 12th. Finally, Gabelli downgraded shares of Keurig Dr Pepper from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $28.48 price objective for the company. in a research report on Thursday, November 8th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $28.20. Read more …

Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Nucor (NYSE:NUE) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Several other research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Deutsche Bank cut shares of Nucor to a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Nucor from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, October 4th. BMO Capital Markets cut their target price on shares of Nucor from $75.00 to $70.00 and set a market perform rating for the company in a research report on Friday, October 19th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Nucor from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. Finally, Argus restated a buy rating on shares of Nucor in a research report on Tuesday, October 23rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $71.58. Read more …

ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) was upgraded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. A number of other brokerages also recently issued reports on OKE. Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of ONEOK in a research report on Monday, October 8th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $68.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of ONEOK from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, October 19th. ValuEngine raised shares of ONEOK from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 19th. Credit Suisse Group assumed coverage on shares of ONEOK in a research report on Thursday, October 11th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $74.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Seaport Global Securities raised shares of ONEOK from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, October 19th. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $70.39. Read more …

Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of Boeing (NYSE:BA) from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating in a research note released on Wednesday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. Morgan Stanley currently has $450.00 target price on the aircraft producer’s stock. Several other research analysts also recently commented on the company. Goldman Sachs Group set a $387.00 target price on Boeing and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Credit Suisse Group lifted their target price on Boeing from $455.00 to $456.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Cowen reiterated a buy rating and set a $445.00 target price on shares of Boeing in a research note on Tuesday, November 13th. Sanford C. Bernstein lifted their target price on Boeing from $426.00 to $440.00 and gave the stock a positive rating in a research note on Friday, October 26th. Finally, Argus reiterated a fair value rating and set a $395.00 target price on shares of Boeing in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Boeing currently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $411.36. Read more …

Waste Management (NYSE:WM) was upgraded by equities research analysts at UBS Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, The Fly reports. A number of other research analysts have also weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Waste Management from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, December 31st. Goldman Sachs Group raised Waste Management from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $84.00 to $107.00 in a report on Tuesday, December 4th. Raymond James reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Waste Management in a report on Monday, October 29th. Finally, Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 target price on shares of Waste Management in a report on Thursday, October 25th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $96.50. Read more …

Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) was upgraded by equities researchers at Bank of America from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Friday, MarketBeat.com reports. The firm presently has a $120.00 target price on the restaurant operator’s stock, up from their previous target price of $113.00. Bank of America‘s price objective points to a potential upside of 11.48% from the stock’s previous close. Several other research analysts also recently weighed in on DRI. Argus increased their price target on Darden Restaurants to $240.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 13th. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on Darden Restaurants from $103.00 to $110.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 13th. Maxim Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $112.00 price target on shares of Darden Restaurants in a research note on Thursday, September 20th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price target on Darden Restaurants from $125.00 to $135.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 21st. Finally, Mizuho increased their price target on Darden Restaurants from $115.00 to $125.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 21st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and twenty have given a buy rating to the company. Darden Restaurants has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $120.75. Read more …


Downgrades:


Guggenheim downgraded shares of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday morning, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Several other equities research analysts have also issued reports on AEP. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of American Electric Power from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, December 11th. Mizuho lowered shares of American Electric Power from a buy rating to a neutral rating and set a $72.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Thursday, January 3rd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. ValuEngine upgraded shares of American Electric Power from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, October 24th. Barclays lifted their price objective on shares of American Electric Power from $81.00 to $84.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Monday, November 19th. Finally, Morgan Stanley decreased their price objective on shares of American Electric Power from $80.00 to $78.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a report on Friday, September 21st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $76.41. Read more …

Cowen downgraded shares of British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI) from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research note released on Monday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. Several other brokerages have also issued reports on BTI. Jefferies Financial Group set a $66.00 price target on British American Tobacco and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Monday, September 17th. Sanford C. Bernstein assumed coverage on British American Tobacco in a report on Tuesday, October 16th. They issued a market perform rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded British American Tobacco from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Tuesday, December 18th. Royal Bank of Canada upgraded British American Tobacco from an underperform rating to a sector perform rating in a report on Thursday, November 29th. Finally, DZ Bank reiterated a sell rating on shares of British American Tobacco in a report on Thursday, October 18th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. British American Tobacco currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $73.00. Read more …

Cowen downgraded shares of Altria Group (NYSE:MO) from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research note published on Monday, MarketBeat.com reports. Several other analysts also recently weighed in on MO. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $75.00 price target on shares of Altria Group and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 23rd. Citigroup boosted their price target on shares of Altria Group from $59.00 to $67.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Friday, September 21st. ValuEngine cut shares of Altria Group from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 13th. Barclays began coverage on shares of Altria Group in a research report on Friday, December 7th. They issued an overweight rating and a $64.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group set a $56.00 price objective on shares of Altria Group and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, November 29th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $61.31. Read more …

Bank of America downgraded shares of Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) from a neutral rating to an underperform rating in a research note published on Tuesday morning, MarketBeat reports. They currently have $170.00 price objective on the basic materials company’s stock. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. Other equities research analysts also recently issued reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Air Products & Chemicals from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $179.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, November 13th. ValuEngine upgraded Air Products & Chemicals from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, November 16th. Sanford C. Bernstein assumed coverage on Air Products & Chemicals in a report on Monday, September 24th. They set an outperform rating and a $202.00 target price on the stock. BMO Capital Markets set a $200.00 target price on Air Products & Chemicals and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Thursday, November 8th. Finally, BNP Paribas assumed coverage on Air Products & Chemicals in a report on Tuesday, October 2nd. They set an outperform rating on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Air Products & Chemicals has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $188.54. Read more …

Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN) was downgraded by investment analysts at Evercore ISI from an “in-line” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, MarketBeat reports. They presently have a $30.19 price objective on the closed-end fund’s stock. Evercore ISI’s price objective would indicate a potential downside of 0.43% from the company’s current price. Several other research firms also recently issued reports on BEN. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Franklin Resources from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 5th. ValuEngine upgraded Franklin Resources from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 20th. Deutsche Bank lifted their target price on Franklin Resources from $31.00 to $32.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 27th. Morgan Stanley set a $29.00 target price on Franklin Resources and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 14th. Finally, UBS Group lowered their target price on Franklin Resources from $34.00 to $33.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 8th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and six have assigned a hold rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Sell” and an average price target of $32.02. Read more …

Mastercard (NYSE:MA) was downgraded by investment analysts at Bank of America from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. They currently have a $207.00 price target on the credit services provider’s stock, down from their prior price target of $230.00. Bank of America‘s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 5.74% from the company’s previous close. Other research analysts also recently issued reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Mastercard from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 20th. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $217.00 price target on shares of Mastercard in a report on Monday. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co dropped their price target on Mastercard from $235.00 to $228.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, January 3rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-six have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $220.20. Read more …

Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) was downgraded by stock analysts at Wolfe Research to a “market perform” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports. A number of other brokerages have also weighed in on ROK. Stephens initiated coverage on shares of Rockwell Automation in a research note on Monday, November 19th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $200.00 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Rockwell Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 30th. ValuEngine raised shares of Rockwell Automation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 21st. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $155.00 target price on shares of Rockwell Automation in a research note on Friday, January 4th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group boosted their price objective on shares of Rockwell Automation from $171.00 to $173.00 and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 8th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. Rockwell Automation currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $172.27. Read more …

HSBC downgraded shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Sunday, December 9th. The brokerage currently has $181.37 price objective on the iPhone maker’s stock. AAPL has been the topic of a number of other research reports. BidaskClub downgraded Apple from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 12th. Morgan Stanley restated a buy rating and set a $247.00 price target on shares of Apple in a research report on Wednesday, September 26th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a buy rating and set a $272.00 price target on shares of Apple in a research report on Wednesday, October 10th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a buy rating and set a $240.00 price target on shares of Apple in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co set a $210.00 price target on Apple and gave the company a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 5th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have assigned a hold rating and twenty-three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $221.36. Read more …

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) was downgraded by stock analysts at Bank of America from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday, MarketBeat reports. They presently have a $87.00 target price on the utilities provider’s stock, down from their previous target price of $88.00. Bank of America‘s target price suggests a potential upside of 2.50% from the company’s current price. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call. A number of other brokerages have also recently weighed in on DUK. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Duke Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Wells Fargo & Co reduced their price target on shares of Duke Energy from $89.00 to $88.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, November 5th. ValuEngine raised shares of Duke Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 21st. Barclays lifted their price objective on shares of Duke Energy from $86.00 to $88.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, November 19th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of Duke Energy from $86.00 to $91.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. Duke Energy currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $85.25. Read more …

Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning, Marketbeat Ratings reports. They currently have $300.00 price target on the aerospace company’s stock. Other equities analysts also recently issued reports about the stock. Credit Suisse Group upped their price target on shares of Lockheed Martin from $340.00 to $368.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Lockheed Martin from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, October 5th. Goldman Sachs Group raised shares of Lockheed Martin from a neutral rating to a conviction-buy rating and upped their price target for the stock from $391.00 to $394.00 in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. dropped their price target on shares of Lockheed Martin from $395.00 to $370.00 and set a neutral rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Lockheed Martin from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 11th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $358.60. Read more ...

BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) was downgraded by research analysts at Deutsche Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Thursday, The Fly reports. Several other research analysts have also issued reports on BLK. Zacks Investment Research lowered BlackRock from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $472.00 target price on shares of BlackRock in a research report on Wednesday. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $410.00 target price (down from $440.00) on shares of BlackRock in a research report on Tuesday. Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of BlackRock in a research report on Thursday. Finally, Morgan Stanley reduced their target price on BlackRock from $514.00 to $489.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. BlackRock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $523.07. Read more …

Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW) was downgraded by equities research analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday, The Fly reports. A number of other research analysts also recently weighed in on ITW. Seaport Global Securities downgraded shares of Illinois Tool Works from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their price target for the company from $170.00 to $132.00 in a report on Thursday, October 25th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Illinois Tool Works from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 11th. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Illinois Tool Works from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and cut their price target for the company from $131.00 to $115.00 in a report on Tuesday, December 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Illinois Tool Works from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 25th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $131.00 price target on shares of Illinois Tool Works in a report on Friday, December 7th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $146.13. Read more …

Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) was downgraded by Bank of America from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday, The Fly reports. Several other research analysts also recently commented on the company. Barclays started coverage on Dominion Energy in a report on Monday, October 22nd. They set a “buy” rating and a $78.00 price objective on the stock. Argus raised their price objective on Dominion Energy from $74.00 to $79.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 19th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Macquarie set a $74.00 price objective on Dominion Energy and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 25th. ValuEngine upgraded Dominion Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, October 6th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded Dominion Energy from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $78.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $85.55. Read more …

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) was downgraded by research analysts at Goldman Sachs Group from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued on Friday, The Fly reports. A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Starbucks from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 13th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price target on shares of Starbucks to $63.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, December 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Piper Jaffray Companies lifted their price target on shares of Starbucks from $53.00 to $60.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their price target on shares of Starbucks to $68.00 and gave the company a “positive” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $73.00 price target (up previously from $66.00) on shares of Starbucks in a report on Friday, December 14th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Starbucks has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $66.23. Read more …

VF (NYSE:VFC) was downgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday, The Fly reports. A number of other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Citigroup decreased their price objective on VF from $95.00 to $92.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 22nd. Wedbush initiated coverage on VF in a report on Monday, October 15th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $94.00 price objective on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Cowen raised VF from a “market perform” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $96.00 to $106.00 in a report on Friday, September 14th. Credit Suisse Group decreased their price objective on VF from $105.00 to $98.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 22nd. Finally, Pivotal Research set a $90.00 price objective on VF and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 15th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. VF presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $94.75. Read more …


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