Stocks were up across the board approaching midday on Thursday, after all the major indexes closed marginally higher Wednesday, except the Dow Jones industrial average. Investors still locked in yet another month of gains in August, marking the seventh straight month of gains for the S&P 500 and an increase of over 20% for the year thus far.
With the long Labor Day holiday weekend right around the corner, which typically marks the end of the slower summer trading time, investors can expect a return to more normal trading volumes next week. Needless to say, all eyes across Wall Street are laser-focused on the August jobs report, which will be released Friday morning. Analysts are predicting anywhere from 609,000 to 750,000 jobs will be added. Earlier this week, the ADP private jobs report came in at a disappointing 374,000 jobs added, versus the consensus expectations of 600,000. Most of the new jobs came from leisure and hospitality, which added 201,000 positions.
24/7 Wall St. is reviewing some big analyst calls seen on Thursday. We have included the latest analyst call on each stock, as well as a recent trading history and the consensus targets among analysts. Note that analyst calls seen earlier in the day included AMD, Clover Health, Okta, Peloton, Starbucks and Unilever.
Chewy Inc. (NYSE: CHWY): Jefferies reiterated a Buy rating on the popular online pet food and accessories retailer but dropped the price target to $100 from $107. Barclays reiterated its Equal Weight rating and lowered the target price to $90 from $93. The consensus target is $97.92. Over the past 52 weeks, the shares have traded between $51.25 and $120.
Federal Signal Corp. (NYSE: FSS): Sidoti raised the stock to Buy from Neutral and also lifted the target price target $50 from $44. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $28.03 to $43.77 and have a consensus target of $46.50.
Five Below Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVE): Deutsche Bank reiterated its Buy rating on the shares but dropped the target price to $265 from $271. Craig Hallum also reiterated a Buy rating on the popular discount retailer, and it lowered its price objective to $232 from $235. The consensus target is posted at $233.38. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $121.35 to $237.86.
Nutanix Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX): Needham reiterated a Buy rating and raised the target price to $64 from $61. That compares with a consensus target of $45.29. The shares have traded between $20.85 and $41.93 over the past year.
RumbleOn Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBL): Baird started coverage with an Outperform rating and a $42 price target. B. Riley Securities also began coverage, with a Buy rating and a much higher $72 price target. Those compare with a $75 consensus target. The shares have traded between $25.38 and $64.13 over the past year.
Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: SWBI): Craig Hallum reiterated a Hold rating on the venerable gun manufacturer, but the firm raised the price target to $25 from $22. The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $14.50 to $39.61 and have a $32 consensus price objective.
Teradata Corp. (NYSE: TDC): Craig Hallum started coverage with a Buy rating and an $88 price target. The much lower consensus target is $51.50. Over the past year, the stock has traded between $17.99 and $59.88 a share.
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