Stocks were indicated lower on Thursday after trading higher on Wednesday. Regardless of a day’s trading, the reality is that investors keep proving that they will still buy stocks after any real weakness. Those same investors also have continued to demonstrate that they are looking for new ideas to generate income or gains ahead.
24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning. The goal is to find new investing and trading ideas for our readers. Some analyst research reports cover stocks to buy, and other reports feature stocks to sell or avoid.
These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Thursday morning:
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was maintained as Overweight at Barclays, but the firm lowered its price target from $115 to $114. This is after reports of Apple increasing component orders for iPhone parts. The stock closed up 0.76% at $113.95 on Wednesday and was indicated down 0.6% at $113.25 on Thursday. Its consensus analyst price target is $125.64 and it has a 52-week trading range of $89.47 to $123.82.
BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ: BBRY) saw its price target raised to $7.50 from $7.00 at RBC Capital Markets after the company announced that it will outsource manufacturing of phones. Macquarie raised BlackBerry’s rating to Neutral from Underperform and raised its price target to $8.50 from $7.00. Shares closed up 5.7% at $8.33 on Wednesday and were indicated down three cents at $8.30 early on Thursday.
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) was raised to Buy from Hold with a $40 price target at Deutsche Bank. The stock closed down 0.3% at $31.85 on Wednesday and was indicated up 3% at $32.95 on Thursday. Its consensus target price is $31.67, and its 52-week range is $21.52 to $32.81.
Fitbit Inc. (NYSE: FIT) was downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest. This was over sales growth and churn concerns. Shares closed up 1% at $16.70 on Wednesday but were indicated down almost 5% at $15.88 on Thursday. The consensus target price is $21.38. The 52-week range is $11.65 to $41.97.
Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was reiterated as Sell at Goldman Sachs, and the firm lowered its price target to $46 from $48. The stock was down 1.57% at $63.51 on Wednesday and was indicated only marginally lower on Thursday. The 52-week range is $43.14 to $81.81, and the consensus price target is $72.14.
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Other key analyst upgrades and downgrades were seen as follows: