Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alibaba, Electronic Arts, NVIDIA, Occidental Petroleum, SeaWorld, Yelp and More
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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) was reiterated as Overweight and the price target was raised to $132 from $130 (versus a $120.00 prior close) at Barclays. Alibaba has a 52-week trading range of $73.30 to $120.00 and a consensus analyst target price of $129.97.
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) closed up 0.3% at $96.01 ahead of earnings but was indicated up 8.2% at $103.95 afterward. EA was reiterated as Buy at Jefferies and the price target was raised to $123 from $110, noting digital spending in Battlefield and FIFA drove a big earnings beat. Wedbush reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its price target to $116 from $95. 24/7 Wall St. has offered much more detail in expanded analyst coverage for EA shares.
NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) closed up almost 0.2% at $102.94 ahead of earnings and was up 12% at $115.45 after beating earnings and raising guidance. Jefferies reiterated its Buy rating and $140 target price, calling it a top pick. Barclays has an Equal Weight rating but raised its target to $105 from $90.
Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) was raised to Neutral from Underweight and the price target was raised to $67 from $66 (versus a $59.88 close) at JPMorgan. Occidental has a 52-week range of $57.20 to $78.48, and the consensus target price was $73.57.
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) closed up 3.2% at $18.11 on Tuesday after earnings, in a 52-week range of $11.77 to $20.13. SeaWorld was reiterated as Buy with a $25 fair value estimate (versus an $18.11 close) at Janney, noting that the outlook continues to improve and that it’s time to get on board. Wedbush maintained its Neutral rating and $20 price target, noting that guidance was underwhelming.
Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) was down 2.8% at $34.70 ahead of earnings, but it was down almost 25% at $26.10 afterward. Wedbush maintained its Neutral rating and lowered its price target to $29 from $37. RBC cut its rating to Sector Perform from Outperform, and the price target was slashed to $27 from $49. JPMorgan maintained an Overweight rating but cut its target to $37 from $48.
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