Analysts were busy this week, upgrading, changing price targets, and initiating coverage of a variety of companies.
Under Armour (UAA) - Get Under Armour, Inc. Class A Report was upgraded to buy from hold by a Deutsche Bank analyst who said he saw opportunities for the athletic apparel maker in multiple areas and increased margins.
TC Energy (TRP) - Get TC Energy Corporation Report was upgraded to outperform from neutral by Credit Suisse analyst Andrew Kuske, who said President Joe Biden’s decision to revoke the permit for TC’s Keystone XL pipeline removes a distraction for the company.
American Express (AXP) - Get American Express Company Report is in a position to rebound to be "a top-line leader," according to a J.P. Morgan analyst, who double upgraded shares of the credit card giant to overweight from underweight.
Gilead Sciences (GILD) - Get Gilead Sciences, Inc. Report was upgraded by Morgan Stanley to overweight from equal weight. Morgan Stanley analyst Matthew Harrison also raised his price target on the biotechnology giant to $83 from $67.
Facebook (FB) - Get Meta Platforms Inc. Class A Report was upgraded to outperform by BMO Capital Markets analyst Daniel Salmon who said the social media giant will be able to grow advertiser conversions within the platform rather than from outside signals as it unifies its e-commerce, payments and messaging infrastructures.
Fastly (FSLY) - Get Fastly, Inc. Class A Report was upgraded to outperform from perform with a $125 price target by Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan, who said he has grown "incrementally positive" about the cloud-service provider.
Virgin Galactic (SPCE) - Get Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc Report was downgraded to neutral from positive by Susquehanna with a $32 price target. Also, Abu Dhabi's sovereign-wealth fund, Mubadala Investment, reduced its stake in the company to 11.8 million shares, or 5.04%, from 14.9 million shares, or 7.08%.
Peloton (PTON) - Get Peloton Interactive, Inc. Class A Report, Fiverr (FVRR) - Get Fiverr International Ltd. Report, and Chewy (CHWY) - Get Chewy, Inc. Class A Report were all downgraded by UBS, which also lowered its price targets to $124 from $158 for Peloton; to $190 from $267 for Fiverr; and to $75 from $108 for Chewy.
Ceragon Networks (CRNT) - Get Ceragon Networks Ltd Report was downgraded by analysts at Needham to underperform from buy amid valuation concerns as the stock has more than doubled (up 120%) year to date.
Tesla (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report saw its price target raised by $550 a share, to $1,036. Oppenheimer analyst Colin Rusch said production-cost cuts, self-driving advances and improving China sales should continue to provide a tailwind for the shares.
Benchmark analyst Mark Miller raised his price target on Seagate (STX) - Get Seagate Technology Holdings PLC Report stock to $70 from $60 and affirmed a buy rating. "The recovery in enterprise demand is expected to continue, offsetting some seasonal March quarter weakness in consumer-related drive sales," Miller said in a note published Thursday. "This recovery should also aid margins. Further improvements in margins are expected in 2021, as covid-related costs wane and factory utilization improves."
Roku (ROKU) - Get Roku, Inc. Class A Report is "well positioned as TV viewing increasingly shifts to streaming," according to a J.P. Morgan analyst, who initiated coverage of the media-streaming platform with an overweight rating and $475 price target.
Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation Report received a buy rating and Oracle (ORCL) - Get Oracle Corporation Report received a sell rating from Goldman Sachs Friday, as the investment bank initiated coverage of 12 software companies.