Oil continues to barrel its way lower, finding new lows as 2017 enters the summer trading months. This could have big implications if the commodity continues lower. Even though crude oil has rebounded from its 2015 lows, that doesn't mean a number of energy companies are flourishing.
Morgan Stanley downgraded Marathon Oil (MRO) to an equal-weight rating, downgraded Nabors (NBR) to an equal-weight rating with a $10 price target and downgraded Superior Energy (SPN) to an equal-weight rating with a $14 price target.
The lone positive note came from Barclays, after it upgraded Weatherford (WFT) to an overweight rating.
Don't Forget About the Autos
Auto stocks also saw some action when it came to Wednesday's analysts' actions. Specifically, Guggenheim revved up its coverage of the industry, initiated coverage on five different companies.
BorgWarner (BWA) was initiated with a neutral rating and $45 price target.
Delphi Automotive (DLPH) was initiated with a buy rating and $104 price target.
Ford (F) was initiated with a neutral rating and $13 price target.
General Motors (GM) was initiated with a neutral rating and $37 price target.
Goodyear (GT) was initiated with a buy rating and $39 price target.
That's a busy morning for Guggenheim. Interestingly though, even with neutral ratings on Ford and GM, the analyst still sees solid upside. Ford's $13 price target implies roughly 17% upside from current levels, while their $37 price target for GM implies more than 7% upside. Keep in mind these stocks have big dividend payouts, too.
Of the five stocks with new coverage, Guggenheim sees the most upside in Delphi, as its $104 price target implies that there's almost 24% upside to the name.
Other Noteworthy Ratings Changes
D.R. Horton (DHI) was downgraded to in-line and assigned a $35 price target at Evercore ISI.
Lennar (LEN) was downgraded to in-line and assigned a $56 price target at Evercore ISI.
Honeywell (HON) was upgraded to buy and assigned a $147 price target at HSBC.
PayPal (PYPL) was upgraded to overweight and assigned a $60 price target at Pacific Crest.
Red Hat (RHT) was upgraded to buy and assigned a $115 price target at Stifel.
VMware (VMW) was upgraded to buy and assigned a $109 price target at Stifel.
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