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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Ambarella, Apple, Campbell Soup, Ciena, Dollar Tree, Electronic Arts, Lululemon, Signet Jewelers, Ulta and More

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Stocks were indicated lower on Friday after taking a breather on Thursday. The market indexes may have recently hit all-time highs after a strong earnings season, but investors have seen less upside from the “buy the sell-offs” mentality that worked several years. Those same investors also are trying to decide how they want their investments positioned for the rest of 2018.

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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) was last seen down 12.5% at $34.78 on Friday morning as earnings beat estimates but guidance was under expectations. Stifel maintained its Buy rating but lowered its price target to $45 from $56, and Deutsche Bank maintained its Hold rating while cutting its target to $38 from $44.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was reiterated as Neutral at Nomura/Instinet, but the price target was raised to $210 from $190. Apple shares closed up 0.9% at $225.03 on Thursday, in a 52-week range of $149.16 to $228.28 and with a consensus target price of $216.99.

Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) was maintained as Hold and the price target was cut to $36 from $40 at Deutsche Bank. Shares closed down 2.1% at $39.15 on Thursday, in a 52-week range of $32.63 to $51.07 and with a consensus target price of $36.77.

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) was up 12.5% at $30.71 on Thursday after earnings. Now we have seen more analysts chime in. Citigroup maintained its Buy rating and raised its price target to $36 from $29, and Needham reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $33 From $29. Nomura/Instinet reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $35 from $30, while BMO Capital Markets reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its target to $36 from $28.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) was down about 1% after Dollar Tree’s earnings report, but Raymond James reiterated its Strong Buy rating and raised its target to $122 from $115. Deutsche Bank reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $125 from $123.

Dollar Tree Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) fell 15.5% to $79.78 a share on Thursday after earnings, but Raymond James maintained its Outperform rating, despite cutting its target price to $90 from $95.

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Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) lost close to 10% of its value after delaying its “Battlefield V” game. Wedbush Securities reiterated EA as Outperform with a $158 price target (versus a $115.94 prior close). KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained its Overweight rating but lowered its price target to $137 from $168.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) was reiterated as Strong Buy and the price target was raised to $133 from $128 (versus a $115.94 close, after a 2.9% drop) at Raymond James.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) was maintained as Neutral but the price target was raised to $152 from $127 at Citigroup. Canaccord Genuity maintained it as Hold but raised the price target to $152 from $131. Stifel reiterated its Hold rating but raised its target to $150 from $113, and Deutsche Bank reiterated its Buy rating and raised its target to $162 from $138.

Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $180 from $141 at Argus.

Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE: SIG) was up almost 24% at $67.68 after blowing out earnings expectations. Wells Fargo maintained it as Market Perform with a price target hike to $65 from $50, based on stronger earnings recovery efforts.

Tech Data Corp. (NASDAQ: TECD) was downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Merrill Lynch in a rare two-notch downgrade, and its price objective was lowered to $80 from $95. Citigroup maintained its Neutral rating but lowered its price target to $85 from $95.

Ulta Beauty Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA) was up 1.1% at $244.41 on Thursday but was indicated down 1.5% at $240.65 on Friday. Stifel maintained it as Hold and cut the price target to $235 from $245. UBS maintained its Buy rating but lowered its target to $285 from $290.

Virtusa Corp. (NASDAQ: VRTU) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to $70 from $60 (versus a $56.87 close) at Wedbush.

WellCare Health Plans Inc. (NYSE: WCG) was reiterated as Buy and the price target was raised to $360 from $265 (versus a $300.24 close) at Argus.

Thursday’s top analyst calls were in Glaukos, Itau, MongoDB, 3M, PayPal, Salesforce.com, Tandem Diabetes, Vodafone, Greek banks and many more.

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