Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) was raised to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen, which has a $120 price target for the fast-food chain. The consensus target is $103.67. The stock closed Thursday at $94.28.
Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) was upgraded at JPMorgan to Neutral from Underweight. The firm also raised the price target to $171. That compares with a higher $187.20 consensus target and Thursday’s $169.83 final print.
NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) was upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays, which raised its price target to $330. The $290 consensus target is still well above the most recent close of $262.66, despite an almost 4% gain on Thursday.
NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) was started at Goldman Sachs with a Buy rating and a $57 price target. The consensus target for the utility giant is $47.40. The closing price on Thursday was $41.22, after an almost 4% gain on the day.
Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE: RL) saw its $88 price target at Telsey Advisory Group raised to $120. The firm maintained its Outperform rating on the stock. The consensus target is $111.59. The share price rose almost 3% on Thursday and closed at $103.54.
Sallie Mae Corp. (NYSE: SLM) was upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Markets, which also raised the target price to $20. The consensus target is $15.23. The last trade to hit the tape came in at $13.93 on Thursday, which was a whopping 14% gain for the day. Shares were up another 3% in Friday’s premarket action.
Skyworks Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS) saw its target price raised to $215 from $185 at Cowen. The posted consensus target is $171.81. The shares were last seen on Thursday at $159.79.
Stitch Fix Inc. (NASDAQ: SFIX) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird, which raised the price target to $85. The much lower consensus target is $51.88. However, the last trade on Thursday was reported at $99.87, despite pulling back over 6% for the day.
STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) saw its price target raised to $49 from $45 at Cowen, which reiterated its Outperform rating. The consensus target is $43.73. Thursday’s close was at $40.33, which was up almost 7% on the day.
Tractor Supply Co. (NASDAQ: TSCO) saw its price target raised to $175 from $165 at Telsey Advisory Group. The consensus target is $159.63, and shares were last seen changing hands on Thursday at $149.44.
Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) was upgraded to Outperform from In-line with the price target raised to $80 at Evercore ISI. The much lower consensus target is $55.78. The stock ended Thursday’s session at $52.65. The shares were up almost 10% in the premarket, after posting solid results yesterday.
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Thursday’s early top analyst upgrades and downgrades included Abbott Laboratories, American Express, eBay, Exact Sciences, Lam Research, ServiceNow, Tesla and Twitter. Analyst calls made later in the day featured Apple, Bed Bath & Beyond, First Solar, Snap and more.
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