The major equity indexes were indicated marginally lower after the payrolls report looked light prior to adding in higher revisions. That said, the drops were small and the Nasdaq was indicated marginally positive. Investors have had less success buying the all the stock market dips in 2018 than in prior years. Many investors also are reconsidering how they want their investments positioned ahead of the midterm elections and with international trade concerns.
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These were the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and other research calls from Friday, August 3, 2018.
Cree Inc. (NASDAQ: CREE) was started with a Buy rating and assigned a $61 price target. The stock closed up 1.3% at $47.69 a share on Thursday.
Blue Apron Holdings Inc. (NYSE: APRN) was maintained as Equal Weight but the target price was cut to $1.30 from $1.90 at Morgan Stanley. This was after a 24% drop to $1.83 on Thursday after 2018 and 2019 guidance showed no major turnaround.
Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE: ETP) was maintained as Equal Weight and the target price was raised to $27 from $22 at Morgan Stanley. It was maintained as Overweight and the target price was raised to $21 from $19 at Morgan Stanley.
EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE: EOG) was maintained as Buy but the price target was cut to $147 from $148 (versus a $125.93 prior close) at Stifel.
Funko Inc. (NASDAQ: FNKO) was reiterated as Buy but the price target was raised to $20 from $12 at Stifel.
GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) posted a narrower than expected loss, and the 2.1% drop to $5.99 on Thursday was reversed with a 2.6% gain to $6.15 on Friday morning. Wedbush Securities maintained it as Neutral.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) was started as Overweight with a $145 price target (versus a $114.35 close) at Barclays.
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. (NASDAQ: SFM) was reiterated as Buy and the target was raised to $28 from $27 at UBS.
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