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Thursday’s Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: AT&T, Abbott Labs, Beyond Meat, Caterpillar, UPS, Walmart, Wynn Resorts and More

24/7 Wall St.
24/7 Wall St.
 2021-10-14

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3mYzBW_0cR4MrvC00 The futures were up across the board Thursday, after another tug-of-war day on Wednesday that saw the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq post solid gains, while the Dow Jones industrials ended flat. Earnings season for the big boys got off to a solid start with both JPMorgan and Delta Air Lines providing solid results, although Delta's forward commentary on higher jet fuel pricing hurting fourth-quarter results took the shares down almost 6%. The soaring fuel prices the company discussed remain a big concern on Wall Street, as oil prices are at their highest levels since 2014 and natural gas prices have skyrocketed as well. Interest rates were a nonissue, with some buying across the longer end of the yield curve.

Top strategists across Wall Street remain focused on rising interest rates, Federal Reserve tapering due to begin soon, big increases in energy costs, ongoing supply chain issues and stagflation worries, and many analysts are not nearly as positive on the upcoming earnings season as they were for the second quarter. Toss in the debt ceiling and China worries, and the cauldron continues to simmer.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week with a goal of finding new ideas for investors and traders alike. Some of these daily analyst calls cover stocks to buy. Other calls cover stocks to sell or avoid. Remember that no single analyst call should ever be used as a basis to buy or sell a stock. Consensus analyst target data is from Refinitiv.

These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

AT&T Inc. ( NYSE: T ): KeyBanc Capital Markets upgraded the venerable telecommunications giant's stock to Sector Weight from Underweight. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $25.01 to $33.88 and have a consensus price objective of $31.49. The final trade for Wednesday was reported at $25.30 per share.

Abbott Laboratories ( NYSE: ABT ): Redburn started coverage of the pharmaceutical leader with a Neutral rating. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $103.13 to $129.70 and have a consensus target price of $132.28. The last trade for Wednesday was reported at $117.

Airgain Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRG): Cowen cut its Outperform rating to Market Perform and lowered the target price to $14 from $18. The posted consensus target is $23. The stock closed on Wednesday at $11.94.
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Akamai Technologies Inc. ( NASDAQ: AKAM ): RBC Capital Markets started coverage with an Overweight rating and a $140 price target. The consensus target is $132.50. Wednesday's closing share price was $102.12.

ArcelorMittal ( NYSE: MT ): The Credit Suisse upgrade of the European steel giant to Outperform from Neutral included a target price hike to $42 from $34. The consensus target is $47.88. The stock closed on Wednesday at $31.02.

Assurant Inc. ( NYSE: AIZ ): Piper Sandler started coverage with an Overweight rating and a $200 price target. The consensus target is lower at $189.80 but still well above Wednesday's close at $160.18.

Avis Budget Group Inc. ( NASDAQ: CAR ): Though Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of the rental car giant to Underweight from Equal Weight, it also boosted the price target from $85 to $110. The consensus target is $103.17. The shares closed Wednesday at $149.86, which was down almost 3% on the day, and the stock was hit further in premarket trading, retreating an additional 5%.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. ( NASDAQ: BBBY ): Morgan Stanley downgraded the former meme stock favorite to Underweight from Neutral and reduced the price objective to $12 from $18. The consensus target is up at $18.93. The final trade for Wednesday hit the tape at $14.44 a share.

Beyond Meat Inc. ( NASDAQ: BYND ): This is the Zacks Bear of the Day stock. The analyst points out that the plant-based meat firm has fallen well short of earnings estimates over the last year and is projected to post an even larger adjusted loss in 2021. Shares last closed at $104.99 apiece, and the consensus price target is $116.71.

Burlington Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: BURL): Loop Capital lowered its Buy rating on the discount clothing outlet to Hold and slashed the target price to $285 from $410. The consensus target is $370.21. The stock closed on Wednesday at $264.17.

Caterpillar Inc. ( NYSE: CAT ): Cowen started coverage of the industrial giant with an Outperform rating and a $241 price target. The much lower consensus price objective of $169.06 is also less than Wednesday’s closing print of $188.94 per share.
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Delek US Holdings Inc. ( NYSE: DK ): Goldman Sachs upgraded the refiner to Buy from Neutral and has a $25 price target. The posted consensus target is $22.80. The shares closed at $20 on Wednesday.

EOG Resources Inc. ( NYSE: EOG ): BofA Securities downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy but raised the target price to $104 from $99. The consensus target is $101.94, and the stock closed on Wednesday at $90.41.

IronSource Ltd. ( NYSE: IS ): Credit Suisse began coverage with an Outperform rating and a $16 price target. The consensus target is $12.25. The shares were last seen Wednesday at $11.09 but were up almost 4% in premarket trading.

MDC Holdings Inc. ( NYSE: MDC ): JPMorgan cut the stock from Overweight to Neutral with a $66 price target. The consensus target is up at $71.50. The shares closed at $48.37 on Wednesday.
Meritage Homes Corp. ( NYSE: MTH ): JPMorgan's upgrade to Overweight from Neutral came with a $143 price target. The consensus target is just $130.29, and the last trade on Wednesday came in at $101.58.

Microchip Technology Inc. ( NASDAQ: MCHP ): Stifel started coverage with a Hold rating and a $76 price target. The consensus target is up at $93.46. The last trade Wednesday was posted at $70.25.

National Vision Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EYE): Morgan Stanley upgraded it to Overweight from Equal Weight and has a $70 price target. The consensus target is $60. The stock closed on Wednesday at $56.27. Shares were up almost 5% in the premarket.

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. ( NASDAQ: NBIX ): Even though Morgan Stanley downgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Overweight, the firm nudged the price target from $110 to $112. The consensus target is $122.67. The last trade for Wednesday came in at $103.65.

United Parcel Service Inc. ( NYSE: UPS ): Stifel upgraded the legacy delivery giant to Buy from Hold and raised its price target to $224 from $210. The consensus target is $219.03. The final trade for Wednesday was at $184.06 per share.

Walmart Inc. ( NYSE: WMT ): This stock was named the Bull of the Day at Zacks, which said that its outlook remains strong, so its yearlong underperformance could make for an enticing entry point. Shares most recently closed at $138.37 and have a consensus price target of $168.82, which would be an all-time high.

Wynn Resorts Ltd. ( NASDAQ: WYNN ): Goldman Sachs lowered the price target on the luxury casino group to $102 from $117. The consensus target is $109.42. The last trade on Wednesday was reported at $92.44.
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Goldman Sachs continues to favor three telecom infrastructure stocks ahead of their earnings reports. Though the stocks have had a powerful run over the past few years, they have backed up nicely, offering long-term investors much better entry points.

Thursday's early meme stock movers included Camber Energy and Offerpad.

Wednesday's early top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Analog Devices, Constellation Brands, Crown Castle, Dow, LyondellBasell, On Semiconductor, Plug Power, Sherwin-Williams and Workday. Analyst calls seen later in the day were on DuPont, Monster Beverage, Wayfair and more.

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