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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Agilent, AT&T, Halcon Resources, HP, International Paper, Seagate, Snap and More

Stocks closed sharply higher on Wednesday after Fed Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) may be close to having rates at a normalized level and reconfirming that the unwinding of the more than 44.4 trillion balance sheet would be gradual and controlled. Thursday’s market indications were indicated to open slightly higher, and even with a bull market of more than eight years, it keeps being demonstrated that investors will buy stocks on any pullback or sell-off. Those same investors also continue to search for new investing and trading ideas.

24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each day of the week in an effort to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some of these analyst reports cover stocks to buy. Other reports cover stocks to sell or to avoid.

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

These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Shares closed up 1.56% at $60.73 on Wednesday, and the stock has a 52-week trading range of $42.92 to $61.15, as well as a consensus analyst target price of $64.61.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy with a $39 price objective (versus a $36.83 prior close) at Merrill Lynch. AT&T shares were indicated down 0.6% at $36.63. They have a 52-week range of $36.10 to $43.50 and a consensus price target of $40.73.

Halcon Resources Corp. (NYSE: HK) was raised to Equal Weight from Underweight with an $8 price target (versus a $6.37 close) at Barclays. Halcon recently saw its shares surge by almost 50% on a huge asset sale, but it gave back 5.6% on Wednesday. The 52-week range is $3.69 to $15.86, and the consensus price target is $8.83.

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) was started with a...