Analyst Downgrades: Ford Motor Company, LendingClub Corp, and TubeMogul Inc

Analysts downwardly revised their ratings and price targets on Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC), and TubeMogul Inc (NASDAQ:TUBE)

Josh Selway
Aug 9, 2016 at 10:16 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on automaker Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), financial stock LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC), and digital branding specialist TubeMogul Inc (NASDAQ:TUBE). Here's a quick roundup of today's bearish brokerage notes on F, LC, and TUBE.

  • is up 0.8% this morning, trading at $12.28, even after Jefferies initiated coverage with an "underperform" rating and $10 price target. It's been almost four years since the stock has breached the $10 mark, but it has been trending lower for months, dropping 22.5% since its annual high of $15.84, seen last October. Regardless, short-term options traders remain call-skewed, as evidenced by Ford Motor Company's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 0.67. This reading not only shows call open interest well above put open interest among options expiring in three months or less, but also ranks in the low 13th percentile of its annual range. 
  • LC is down 4.8% this morning at $4.56, after the company announced a bigger-than-expected second-quarter loss, as well as the resignation of a top executive. Cannacord Genuity was one of at least three brokerage firms to lower its price target on the stock, setting its market at $6, while Goldman Sachs raised its price target to $5. LendingClub Corp has had a dreadful 12 months, plummeting from its perch above $19 just over a year ago. In the meantime, short sellers are having a field day, as more than one-fifth of the stock's float is currently sold short. 
  • TUBE is selling off this morning due to the company's lackluster quarterly results and downbeat full-year outlook. What's more, JMP Securities downgraded the shares to "market perform" from "market outperform," and at least four other brokerages lowered their price targets on the stock. At last check, TubeMogul Inc was down 18.7% at $10.28, having now shed over one-fourth of its value year-to-date. More analyst-induced losses are possible, too, since 63% of following brokerages still say TUBE is a "strong buy," and none consider it a "sell." 
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