Stocks were indicated higher going into the unemployment and payrolls report on Friday. Yet again, after two days of post-terrorism enhanced market weakness, investors have proven that they will buy stocks on pullbacks. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each morning in an effort to find new investing and trading ideas for its readers. Some analyst reports cover stocks to buy, while other calls cover stocks to sell or avoid. These are this Friday’s top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations.
Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) was down over 8% at $53.10 in Friday’s premarket (versus a $57.88 prior close), after beating earnings but giving soft guidance. Canaccord Genuity said to aggressively Buy the weakness as the broader story remains intact, but the firm did lower its price target to $90 from $100. Topeka Capital markets maintained its Buy rating but cut its price target to $75 from $100.
GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at R.W. Baird, and the price target was cut in half to $18.00. GoPro was indicated down over 3% at $18.25 on Friday, with a consensus analyst price target of $39.18 and a 52-week trading range of $18.75 to $73.75.
LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) was started as Buy with a $290 price target (versus a $239.44 close) at Nomura Securities. LinkedIn has a consensus price target of almost $280 and a 52-week range of $166.57 to $276.18.
Mattel Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) was started as Buy with a $27 price target (versus a $24.48 close) at Jefferies. Mattel was said to be an early turnaround story and 2016 headwinds persist, but the firm sees revenue stabilizing in 2017 and 200 basis points of upside in long-term margin opportunity.
Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) was raised to Buy at Canaccord Genuity on the strength of the Starwood acquisition, and the firm raised Marriott’s price target to $88 from $83 (versus a $68.78 close). Marriott has a $83.28 consensus price target and a 52-week range of $63.95 to $85.00.
Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) was started as Overweight and was assigned a $64 price target (versus $51.40 close) at Pacific Crest. Qualcomm has a consensus price target of $63.82 and a 52-week range of $47.52 to $75.72.
Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus, and the cut was also to Symantec’s earnings estimates and earnings power ahead. Shares closed at $19.71, has a consensus price target of $23.25 and has a 52-week range of $19.07 to $27.32.
Additional analyst upgrades and downgrades on Friday were seen in the following: