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Friday’s Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Beyond Meat, Carvana, Embraer, Lennar, Moderna, Peloton, VICI Properties, Vroom and More

24/7 Wall St.
24/7 Wall St.
 2022-01-21

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=4HWs6C_0drxjObH00 The futures were down across the board as we close out the holiday-shortened trading week, one that most are ready to see come to an end. The markets tried for yet another snapback rally on Thursday, but that faded in the final hour of trading, with all the major indexes, including the badly damaged Russell, posting losses yet again. Most across Wall Street chalked up the early buying to the market being very oversold, as the Nasdaq actually has slipped into correction territory, and it went even deeper by the close. Treasury yields were up across the curve, as the sellers returned Thursday.

Many on Wall Street continue to focus on the big increases in energy and food costs and the other spiraling inflation issues. While strategists and economists are divided on when the current inflation surge will ease, the ongoing supply chain concerns and stagflation worries remain front and center, and they will until the price increases start to decline.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week with a goal of finding fresh 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 Friday, January 21, 2022.

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. ( NYSE: ASH ): Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped the target price to $110 from $120. The consensus target is $124. The final trade on Thursday was reported at $98.09.

Ball Corp. ( NYSE: BLL ): Morgan Stanley downgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Overweight and reduced the price objective to $100 from $110. The consensus target is $102.18. Thursday’s last trade came in at $90.54.

Beyond Meat Inc. ( NASDAQ: BYND ): HSBC Securities raised the Reduce rating on plant-based food stock to Hold with a $62 target price. The consensus target is $72.43. The final trade Thursday was reported at $61.42.

Carvana Co. ( NYSE: CVNA ): KeyBanc Capital Markets downgraded the stock to Sector Weight from Overweight. Over the past year, the shares have traded between $147.67 and $376.83, and they have a $356.73 consensus price objective. The closing share price on Thursday was $157.99.
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C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. ( NASDAQ: CHRW ): BofA Securities upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral and raised the $108 price objective to $125. The consensus target is $107.35. The stock ended Thursday’s session at $105.04.

Embraer S.A. ( NYSE: ERJ ): Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to Overweight from Equal Weight and moved the target price to $23 from $20. The consensus target for the South American defense and aerospace giant is $22.27. The stock closed on Thursday at $15.39.

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. ( NYSE: AQUA ) Oppenheimer upgraded the shares to Outperform from Perform and has a $45 price objective. The consensus target is higher at $49.78. The closing share price on Thursday of $39.18 was over 4% higher for the day.

Holly Energy Partners L.P. ( NYSE: HEP ): Barclays downgraded the shares to Underweight from Equal Weight and trimmed the price target to $17 from $20. The consensus price target is $20.67. The stock closed at $17.77 on Thursday.

Lennar Corp. ( NYSE: LEN ): UBS started coverage with a Buy rating and a $145 target price. The consensus target is just $131.13. The stock traded on Thursday's close at $95.61 a share.

Moderna Inc. ( NASDAQ: MRNA ): BofA Securities raised its Underperform rating on the vaccine maker to Neutral and lifted the target price to $180 from $135. The consensus target is much higher at $284.26. The stock closed Thursday at $167.52, which was down almost 4%  for the day.

Paramount Group Inc. (NYSE: PGRE): Though Mizuho upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral, it trimmed the target price to $10.50 from $11. The consensus target is $9.93. The stock closed on Thursday at $8.84.
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Paysafe Ltd. ( NASDAQ: PSFE ): Cowen upgraded the stock from Market Perform to Outperform with a $7 price target. The consensus target is $6.39. The last trade for Thursday came in at $3.61.

Pear Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PEAR): Credit Suisse started coverage with an Outperform rating and an $11 price target. The consensus target is $13.50. The stock closed trading on Thursday at $4.41.

Peloton Interactive Inc. ( NASDAQ: PTON ): Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, but it also cut its $56 target price to $40. The consensus target for the popular home exercise equipment stock is $67.69. The stock closed Thursday at $24.22, down almost 24% on the day after rumors surfaced that it would halt production, which the CEO of the company has denied. Shares were up almost 7% in the premarket.

PetMed Express Inc. (NASDAQ: PETS): Sidoti upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral and has a $32 price target. The consensus target is lower at $28.50. The stock ended trading on Thursday at $23.81.
Photronics Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAB): Zacks named this as the Bull of the Day stock. The analyst wonders if there could be a buyout ahead for this stock that has seen solid growth and rising margins. The stock most recently closed at $17.36 and has a consensus price target of $20.67, which would be a 52-week high.

PulteGroup Inc. ( NYSE: PHM ): UBS started coverage of the homebuilder with a Neutral rating and a $63 price target. The consensus target is $65.92. The last trade on Thursday was recorded at $52.37.

Sealed Air Corp. ( NYSE: SEE ): Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to Overweight from Equal Weight and lifted the price target to $79 from $61. The consensus target is $68.93. The final trade on Thursday was reported at $68.10.

Ventas Inc. ( NYSE: VTR ): Mizuho upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral and boosted the price target to $61 from $45. The consensus target is $59.27. The shares closed Thursday at $51.34.

VICI Properties Inc. ( NYSE: VICI ): Berenberg started coverage on the casino properties real estate investment trust with a Buy rating and a $35 price target. The consensus target is $36.13. The last trade on Thursday hit the tape at $27.57.

Vroom Inc. ( NASDAQ: VRM ): KeyBanc Capital Markets upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight and has a $13 price target. That compares with a much higher $28.64 consensus and Thursday’s closing print of $7.70, which was up almost 5% for the day.

W.P. Carey Inc. ( NYSE: WPC ): BofA Securities downgraded the real estate giant to Underperform from Neutral. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $65.75 to $83.19 and have a consensus price target of $86.38. The stock closed on Thursday at $75.84.
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Thursday's early top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Advanced Micro Devices, Affirm, Bank of New York Mellon, Cloudflare, DoorDash, Ford, Juniper Networks, Truist Financial and Unilever. Analyst calls seen later in the day were on Etsy, U.S. Bancorp, Walmart and more.

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