Analyst Upgrades: Fabrinet, Mobileye NV, and Lockheed Martin Corporation

Analysts upwardly revised their ratings and price targets on Fabrinet (NYSE:FN), Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY), and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT)

Aug 16, 2016 at 9:28 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on tech stocks Fabrinet (NYSE:FN) and Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY), as well as aerospace company Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT). Here's a quick roundup of today's bullish brokerage notes on FN, MBLY, and LMT.

  • FN's fiscal fourth-quarter revenue beat was met with a round of applause on Wall Street, with no fewer than five brokerage firms boosting their price targets on the stock. Needham offered up the most optimistic outlook, raising its price target to $54 from $48. As such, shares of the optical equipment specialist are up 7.2% in pre-market trading -- on track to notch a new record high out of the gate. Longer term, FN stock has more than doubled year-over-year, and hit an all-time peak of $42.51 yesterday before closing at $42.30. Not surprisingly, analysts are already on Fabrinet's bullish bandwagon, with all six covering brokerages maintaining a "buy" or "strong buy" rating.

  • Piper Jaffrey reiterated its "overweight" rating and $60 price target on MBLY. The brokerage firm said reports that a key mapping executive has exited Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) could be a "positive sign" for MBLY, which recently severed its relationship with TSLA. "Any speed bumps in Tesla's own (competing) self-driving program could eventually force the company to admit that MBLY's platform is the only viable way forward ... locking [MBLY] into a quasi-monopolistic position." In fact, following TSLA's big "autopilot" news yesterday, the shares of MBLY jumped 3.1% to settle at $46.65. Should the shares widen their 10.3% year-to-date gain, short sellers could continue to exit their bearish bets. While short interest is down 20.8% in the most recent reporting period, it still accounts for a lofty 18.4% of Mobileye NV's available float -- or 5.3 times the average daily pace of trading.

  • Barclays boosted its price target on LMT to $250 from $225, although this still represents a discount to last night's close at $266.50. On the charts, the stock has been a technical standout, rallying more than 25% year-over-year -- and notching a fresh record high of $266.93 yesterday. Nevertheless, sentiment is decidedly skeptical toward Lockheed Martin Corporation. Not only did short interest jump by an astronomical amount in the two most recent reporting periods, but the stock's 10-day put/call volume ratio of 2.31 across the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) ranks just 1 percentage point from a 52-week peak. A capitulation from these bearish bettors could help LMT extend its trek into uncharted territory.
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