Wall Street’s Top Analysts Upgrades, Downgrades & Initiations

Wall Street’s Top Analysts Upgrades, Downgrades & Initiations


Daily HeffX-LTN reviews Wall Street analysts research reports to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some reports cover stocks to buy, and others cover stocks to sell or avoid.

Below is a list of Wall Streets top analysts upgrades, downgrades and initiations for Wednesday, as follows:

American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) analyts raised to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.  AIG has a 52-wk trading range of 48.41 – 67.47 and a consensus analyst target price of 68.43.


Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral with a 31 price target at Citigroup. Its consensus target price was 37.89 ahead of the call.

Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) analysts started with a Hold rating and assigned a 35 price target at Loop Capital. Whole Foods is not being given much of a takeover chance here based on a lower price target, and the consensus analyst target price is 34.05 with a 52-wk trading range of 27.67 – 38.29.

Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE:VLO) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a 73 price target at Goldman Sachs. It trades in a 52-wk range of 46.88 to 71.40 and with a consensus target price of 73.76.

Yum! Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) was raised to Buy from Hold with a price target of 80 at Argus. The firm noted that Yum continues to transform its business through re-franchising and that it now plans to raise the percentage of franchised restaurants from a current 93% to 98% by Y 2018. The stock trades in a 52-wk range of 56.31 – 69.43 and with a consensus target price at 73.53.

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