Analyst Upgrades: Amazon.com, Inc., Resolute Energy Corp, and Micron Technology, Inc.

Analysts upwardly revised their ratings and price targets on Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Resolute Energy Corp (REN), and Micron Technology, Inc. (MU)

by Kirra Fedyszyn

Published on Oct 5, 2016 at 9:41 AM
Updated on Oct 5, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Analysts are weighing in on retail giant Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), oil-and-gas explorer Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE:REN), and semiconductor stock Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU). Here's a quick roundup of today's bullish brokerage notes on AMZN, REN, and MU.

  • AMZN is up 0.3% at $836.67, following a price-target hike to $850 from $800 at SunTrust Robinson, which cited strong expectations for the company's upcoming third-quarter earnings report. Elsewhere, Amazon.com, Inc. introduced Prime Reading in the U.S., which will give Prime members free access to a selection of reading materials. Shares of AMZN have been on a record-setting run lately. In fact, the stock hit an all-time peak of $842.37 on Tuesday, and is up almost 24% in 2016. Still, AMZN could be due for a near-term breather, as its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) closed last night at 73 -- in overbought territory.

  • Rodman & Renshaw initiated coverage on REN with a "buy" rating and $32 price target, after the company announced the acquisition of a 3,300-acre property in the Delaware Basin. Additionally, Seaport Global Securities initiated coverage with a "buy" rating and a $45 price target, while Northland raised its target price by $3 to $38. All three price targets represent territory not charted since 2014. As such, Resolute Energy Corp has jumped 11.6% to trade at $28.66 -- fresh off a new two-year high of $30.70. This is just more of the same for REN, which has been skyrocketing up the charts, tacking on almost 900% over the past three months. Amazingly, short interest represents a hefty 23.7% of REN's available float, with these bearish bets increasing by about 68% during the two most recent reporting periods.

  • MU is down 2.4% at $17.41, after the company's uninspiring current-quarter forecast overshadows a slimmer-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter loss. And while Micron Technology, Inc. received price-target hikes from no fewer than five brokerage firms -- with Brean setting the highest bar, at $23 -- Goldman Sachs broke from the pack, cutting its price target by $2 to $16. The stock has been climbing the charts since May, but has recently run into trouble in the $18 region. Options bulls are likely kicking rocks. At the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), traders have purchased three MU calls for each put over the past 10 weeks. The resulting call/put volume ratio of 3.09 ranks higher than two-thirds of all readings in the last year.
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