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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: BP, Chipotle, Citigroup, Electronic Arts, Eli Lilly, McDonald’s, Texas Instruments, US Steel and More

Stocks were indicated to open higher again on Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 close to all-time highs all over again. The bull market is now more than eight years old, and the one theme that hasn’t wavered for much of that time is that investors find new reasons to buy the major indexes and their favorite stocks after every single market sell-off. Investors also are searching for new investing and trading ideas.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week. Our goal is to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some analyst reports cover stocks to buy and some cover stocks to sell or to avoid.

Additional color and commentary also has been added on most of the daily analyst calls. Consensus analyst price target data are from the Thomson Reuters sell-side research service.

These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

BP PLC (NYSE: BP) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale. Its American depositary shares closed up 1.3% at $34.90 on Tuesday and were indicated up 0.4% at $35.04 due to stronger oil prices on Wednesday. BP’s 52-week trading range is $32.50 to $38.68, and the consensus analyst price target is $37.52.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) was raised to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies, but the $350 price target was maintained (versus a $348.62 prior closing price). Wedbush Securities maintained its Neutral rating and $350 target. Still, some firms cut target prices: Maxim to $435 from $470, Cowen to $370 from $440, SunTrust to $505 from $520, RBC to $400 from $500 and Morgan Stanley to $380 from $445. Shares closed up 2.5% at $348.62 ahead of earnings and were indicated up another 2.7% at $358.00 afterward. Chipotle has a 52-week range of $336.52 to $499.00.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) just hosted its investor day, but most analysts had made their key changes after the CCAR release and also after recent earnings. Credit Suisse reiterated its Outperform rating, and Jefferies maintained its Hold rating. Barclays...