Stocks were indicated to open higher on Friday as a follow-on bounce from Thursday’s recovery after Wednesday’s major sell-off. Investors need to consider that the markets are still very close to all-time highs. Even with the bull market over eight years old, note that investors have found myriad reasons to buy every single major sell-off for more than five years now. Investors and traders alike also are looking for new trading and investing ideas.
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Some additional color and commentary has been added on most of the following daily analyst calls, and the consensus sell-side analyst price targets are taken from Thomson Reuters. These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Friday, May 19, 2017.
Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) closed up 2% on Thursday after reporting a narrower loss, and it was indicated up 12.5% at $107.85 on Friday. Autodesk was raised to Neutral from Underperform at Merrill Lynch. Wedbush reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its target to $125 from $120. Its prior high was $98.05, and the consensus analyst target ahead of these target hikes was $95.67.
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) was started with a Sector Perform rating at Pacific Crest. IBM was down 0.1% at $150.78 on Thursday and was indicated up 0.4% at $151.35 on Friday. IBM shares have a consensus target price of $165.70, and their 52-week trading range is $142.50 to $182.79.
Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LL) was raised to Outperform from Perform with a $34 price target at Oppenheimer. The firm noted that its recovery is quickly taking shape. The stock was up 2.5% at $26.21 on Thursday and was indicated up another 4.6% at $27.41 on Friday.
NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA) was started as Outperform with a $165 price target at Bernstein. Shares closed up 4.2% at $133.07 on Thursday and were indicated to open up another 2.5% at $136.40 on Friday. The 52-week and all-time high is $137.44, and the consensus price target was $125.08.
Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) was reiterated Outperform at Oppenheimer, but the target price was raised to $100 from $95. Jefferies reiterated its Hold rating and its $80 price target. Stifel has a Buy rating and raised its target to $105 from $100.
Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) was downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Markets. After several downgrades and a down week, Symantec was down 1.26% at $29.74 on Thursday and was indicated to open marginally lower on Friday morning.
T-Mobile US Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) was already rated as Buy at Goldman Sachs, but the firm added it to the prized Conviction Buy list with an $81 price target. T-Mobile closed up 2.8% at $65.72 on Thursday and was indicated up 1.9% more at $66.99 on Friday.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) was raised to Market Perform from Underperform with an $80 price target at BMO Capital Markets. Wal-Mart closed up 3.2% at $77.54 on Thursday and rose another 0.4% at $77.85 on Friday.
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