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Benzinga's Top Upgrades, Downgrades For August 4, 2020

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Upgrades

  • UBS upgraded the previous rating for Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX) from Sell to Neutral. Seagate Technology earned $1.20 in the fourth quarter, compared to $0.86 in the year-ago quarter. At the moment, the stock has a 52-week-high of $64.17 and a 52-week-low of $39.02. Seagate Technology closed at $44.76 at the end of the last trading period.
  • B of A Securities upgraded the previous rating for LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE: LYB) from Underperform to Neutral. For the second quarter, LyondellBasell Industries had an EPS of $0.68, compared to year-ago quarter EPS of $2.70. The stock has a 52-week-high of $98.91 and a 52-week-low of $33.71. At the end of the last trading period, LyondellBasell Industries closed at $62.14.
  • According to Susquehanna, the prior rating for Zillow Group Inc (NASDAQ: ZG) was changed from Negative to Neutral. In the first quarter, Zillow Gr showed an EPS of ($0.25), compared to ($0.02) from the year-ago quarter. At the moment, the stock has a 52-week-high of $70.86 and a 52-week-low of $18.65. Zillow Gr closed at $67.76 at the end of the last trading period.
  • Deutsche Bank upgraded the previous rating for McKesson Corp (NYSE: MCK) from Hold to Buy. McKesson earned $2.77 in the first quarter, compared to $3.31 in the year-ago quarter. At the moment, the stock has a 52-week-high of $172.18 and a 52-week-low of $112.60. McKesson closed at $159.90 at the end of the last trading period.
  • Deutsche Bank upgraded the previous rating for Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co (NYSE: RS) from Hold to Buy. Reliance Steel & Aluminum earned $1.36 in the second quarter, compared to $2.71 in the year-ago quarter. The stock has a 52-week-high of $122.17 and a 52-week-low of $70.57. At the end of the last trading period, Reliance Steel & Aluminum closed at $101.08.
  • According to Goldman Sachs, the prior rating for Landstar System Inc (NASDAQ: LSTR) was changed from Sell to Neutral. Landstar System earned $0.68 in the second quarter, compared to $1.53 in the year-ago quarter. At the moment, the stock has a 52-week-high of $126.13 and a 52-week-low of $85.30. Landstar System closed at $122.53 at the end of the last trading period.
  • According to KeyBanc, the prior rating for Public Service Enterprise Group Inc (NYSE: PEG) was changed from Sector Weight to Overweight. For the second quarter, Public Service Enterprise had an EPS of $0.79, compared to year-ago quarter EPS of $0.58. The current stock performance of Public Service Enterprise shows a 52-week-high of $63.88 and a 52-week-low of $34.75. Moreover, at the end of the last trading period, the closing price was at $54.49.

 

Downgrades

  • According to B of A Securities, the prior rating for Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO) was changed from Neutral to Underperform. Take-Two Interactive earned $2.30 in the first quarter, compared to $0.27 in the year-ago quarter. The stock has a 52-week-high of $169.19 and a 52-week-low of $100.00. At the end of the last trading period, Take-Two Interactive closed at $167.69.
  • Argus Research downgraded the previous rating for Sonoco Products Co (NYSE: SON) from Buy to Hold. For the second quarter, Sonoco Products had an EPS of $0.79, compared to year-ago quarter EPS of $0.95. The stock has a 52-week-high of $62.77 and a 52-week-low of $37.30. At the end of the last trading period, Sonoco Products closed at $52.27.
  • For Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX), Morgan Stanley downgraded the previous rating of Overweight to the current rating Equal-Weight. For the second quarter, Freeport-McMoRan had an EPS of $0.03, compared to year-ago quarter EPS of ($0.04). At the moment, the stock has a 52-week-high of $13.87 and a 52-week-low of $4.82. Freeport-McMoRan closed at $13.09 at the end of the last trading period.
  • RBC Capital downgraded the previous rating for Hexcel Corp (NYSE: HXL) from Outperform to Sector Perform. Hexcel earned $0.08 in the second quarter, compared to $0.94 in the year-ago quarter. The stock has a 52-week-high of $87.00 and a 52-week-low of $24.54. At the end of the last trading period, Hexcel closed at $37.51.
  • JP Morgan downgraded the previous rating for Neurocrine Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: NBIX) from Overweight to Neutral. For the second quarter, Neurocrine Biosciences had an EPS of $1.42, compared to year-ago quarter EPS of $0.71. The current stock performance of Neurocrine Biosciences shows a 52-week-high of $136.26 and a 52-week-low of $72.14. Moreover, at the end of the last trading period, the closing price was at $123.01.
  • For Noble Energy Inc (NASDAQ: NBL), Stifel downgraded the previous rating of Buy to the current rating Hold. In the second quarter, Noble Energy showed an EPS of ($0.24), compared to ($0.10) from the year-ago quarter. The stock has a 52-week-high of $27.31 and a 52-week-low of $2.73. At the end of the last trading period, Noble Energy closed at $9.97.
  • According to Goldman Sachs, the prior rating for The Container Store Group Inc (NYSE: TCS) was changed from Neutral to Sell. In the first quarter, Container Store Group showed an EPS of ($0.32), compared to ($0.08) from the year-ago quarter. The stock has a 52-week-high of $5.63 and a 52-week-low of $1.80. At the end of the last trading period, Container Store Group closed at $3.50.
  • According to Argus Research, the prior rating for ONEOK Inc (NYSE: OKE) was changed from Buy to Hold. For the second quarter, ONEOK had an EPS of $0.32, compared to year-ago quarter EPS of $0.75. The stock has a 52-week-high of $78.48 and a 52-week-low of $12.16. At the end of the last trading period, ONEOK closed at $28.12.
  • For General Dynamics Corp (NYSE: GD), Argus Research downgraded the previous rating of Buy to the current rating Hold. For the second quarter, General Dynamics had an EPS of $2.18, compared to year-ago quarter EPS of $2.77. The current stock performance of General Dynamics shows a 52-week-high of $193.76 and a 52-week-low of $100.55. Moreover, at the end of the last trading period, the closing price was at $147.72.

 

Initiations

  • Stifel initiated coverage on Inventiva SA (NASDAQ: IVA) with a Buy rating. The price target for Inventiva is set to $18.00. At the moment, the stock has a 52-week-high of $11.00 and a 52-week-low of $9.46. Inventiva closed at $10.24 at the end of the last trading period.
  • B of A Securities initiated coverage on Poseida Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PSTX) with a Buy rating. The price target for Poseida Therapeutics is set to $20.00. The current stock performance of Poseida Therapeutics shows a 52-week-high of $15.79 and a 52-week-low of $11.77. Moreover, at the end of the last trading period, the closing price was at $13.41.
  • With a current rating of Buy, Roth Capital initiated coverage on Quhuo Ltd (NASDAQ: QH). The price target seems to have been set at $18.00 for Quhuo. The current stock performance of Quhuo shows a 52-week-high of $9.58 and a 52-week-low of $7.69. Moreover, at the end of the last trading period, the closing price was at $8.73.
  • HC Wainwright & Co. initiated coverage on Lumos Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: LUMO) with a Buy rating. The price target for Lumos Pharma is set to $33.00. The current stock performance of Lumos Pharma shows a 52-week-high of $17.50 and a 52-week-low of $6.74. Moreover, at the end of the last trading period, the closing price was at $13.80.
  • Mizuho initiated coverage on Nkarta Inc (NASDAQ: NKTX) with a Buy rating. The price target for Nkarta is set to $34.00. At the moment, the stock has a 52-week-high of $29.30 and a 52-week-low of $25.50. Nkarta closed at $26.58 at the end of the last trading period.
  • Piper Sandler initiated coverage on Poseida Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PSTX) with an Overweight rating. The price target for Poseida Therapeutics is set to $30.00. At the moment, the stock has a 52-week-high of $15.79 and a 52-week-low of $11.77. Poseida Therapeutics closed at $13.41 at the end of the last trading period.
  • With a current rating of Buy, Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Purple Innovation Inc (NASDAQ: PRPL). The price target seems to have been set at $30.00 for Purple Innovation. For the first quarter, Purple Innovation had an EPS of $0.11, compared to year-ago quarter EPS of ($0.02). The stock has a 52-week-high of $26.18 and a 52-week-low of $4.42. At the end of the last trading period, Purple Innovation closed at $26.16.
 

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