Analyst Downgrades: Cray Inc., The Rubicon Project Inc, and Tableau Software Inc

Analysts downwardly revised their ratings and price targets on Cray Inc. (CRAY), The Rubicon Project Inc (RUBI), and Tableau Software Inc (DATA)

by Alex Eppstein

Published on Aug 3, 2016 at 9:54 AM

Analysts are weighing in on tech stocks Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY), The Rubicon Project Inc (NYSE:RUBI), and Tableau Software Inc (NYSE:DATA). Here's a quick roundup of today's bearish brokerage notes on CRAY, RUBI, and DATA.

  • CRAY has gapped 26.8% lower at $22.91 as analysts reacted negatively to the company's sharper-than-expected quarterly loss (subscription required) and downwardly revised revenue forecast. Specifically, Stifel and Pacific Crest cut their respective price targets on the stock to $40 and $35. While shareholders are smarting, short sellers should be in a good mood. Nearly 8% of CRAY's float is sold short, representing almost 10 times the stock's usual daily trading rate. Today, though, Cray Inc. shares are on the short-sale restricted (SSR) list, trading at their lowest levels since late October.
  • RUBI is down an even steeper 33.8% at $9.06 -- and earlier hit an annual low of $9.00 -- after the company lowered its full-year revenue forecast (even as it topped the consensus earnings view). Adding insult to injury, Raymond James, Needham, SunTrust Robinson, and RBC all downwardly revised their ratings to the equivalent of a "hold," while the latter two were among at least four brokerage firms to cut their price targets on the stock. Additional downgrades could be forthcoming, considering eight of nine analysts as of last night's close rated The Rubicon Project Inc a "buy" or better, versus one "hold" and not a single "sell." Like CRAY, today's losses have landed RUBI on the SSR list.
  • DATA is sliding after the analytics specialist failed to post a quarterly profit, down 8.5% at $51.60. In response, D.A. Davidson lowered its opinion to "neutral" and slashed its price target to $59. At least five other analysts cut their target prices, too, while another three upwardly revised theirs. Year-to-date, Tableau Software Inc has underperformed badly, and is now down 45%. Yet, short-term options traders are unusually call-skewed toward the stock. DATA's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) checks in at 0.40, lower than 80% of all readings taken in the prior year.
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