Analyst Downgrades: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., and NVIDIA Corporation

Analysts downwardly revised their ratings and price targets on Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL), and NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)

Jul 15, 2016 at 9:12 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on fast-casual restaurant operator Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), aviation stock Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL), and chipmaker NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA). Here's a quick roundup of today's bearish brokerage notes on CMG, DAL, and NVDA.

  • Morgan Stanley cut its rating on CMG to "equal weight" from "overweight," and slashed its price target to $405 from $500. According to the brokerage firm, the chain's recovery from E. coli and salmonella outbreaks "could take years." The bearish note has Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. pointed 2.1% lower pre-market, and at $417.98, the stock has lost nearly 37% year-over-year. Things will get interesting next week, too, with earnings due out after the close on Thursday. Short sellers have been ramping up their bets ahead of the event, with short interest spiking 23.3% over the last two reporting periods -- and now accounting for 15.6% of CMG's float.

  • DAL is down 2.2% in electronic trading, pressured by the attack in Nice, France, and bearish brokerage attention. Specifically, Evercore ISI lowered its rating to "hold" from "buy," and slashed its price target to $50 from $60. Similarly, Deutsche Bank cut its target price to $40 from $48 -- just days after upgrading the stock. Last night, Delta Air Lines, Inc. settled at $40.98 -- above its 60-day moving average for the first time since mid-April. In 2016, however, the stock has lost over 19%. Eventually, DAL could be hit with even more downgrades, considering the extreme levels of optimism seen among analysts.

  • ​Despite rallying nearly 62% year-to-date at $53.32, and touching a record high of $53.80 yesterday, NVDA was hit with a downgrade to "underperform" from "market perform" at Wells Fargo. The brokerage firm cited "growing competition" that "could limited NVIDIA's ability to beat expectations in the near term." On the other hand, Mizuho Securities initiated coverage on the outperformer with a "buy" opinion and a $60 price target. Ahead of the bell, NVIDIA Corporation is off 1.4%, but this is hardly surprising, as its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is 78 -- in solidly overbought territory, suggesting a short-term speed bump may be in the cards. Assuming the stock resumes its uptrend, a capitulation among bearish options traders could add fuel to the fire. NVDA's 50-day International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) put/call volume ratio of 1.01 ranks in the high 86th annual percentile.
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