Analyst Upgrades: Pandora Media Inc, Netflix, Inc., and Coupa Software Inc

Analysts upwardly revised their ratings and price targets on Pandora Media Inc (P), Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), and Coupa Software Inc (COUP)

Dec 6, 2016 at 9:26 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on streaming media specialists Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), as well as software stock Coupa Software Inc (NASDAQ:COUP). Here's a quick roundup of today's bullish brokerage notes on P, NFLX, and COUP.

  • P is up 3.4% in electronic trading following an upgrade to "outperform" from "perform" at Oppenheimer. The brokerage firm said it sees the company as a legitimate buyout target for Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI), with the shares worth as much as $21 apiece. In fact, similar buyout rumors helped Pandora Media Inc surge more than 16% on Friday -- barreling past previous resistance at the 200-day moving average. But the shares are still in negative year-to-date territory, at $13.37, and short sellers have been piling on. Specifically, these bearish bets rose by 23.5% in the last two reporting periods, and now represent 25.7% of P's available float -- or nearly seven sessions' worth of trading, at the equity's average daily pace. 

  • NFLX received an upgrade to "hold" from "sell" at Evercore ISI, which also raised its price target on the stock by $10 to $111, saying previously feared competition has not been gaining traction. Still, this brokerage note has barely been a boon for the stock, which closed last night at $119.16, and is only 0.4% higher ahead of the bell. On the charts, the round $120 level is just overhead, while the underfoot 40-day moving average has been providing support of late. Longer term, Netflix, Inc. got off to a rough start in 2016, but has been muscling its way back in recent months, now up 4.2% year-to-date. Meanwhile near-term options traders have been unusually put-heavy toward the security, per NFLX's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.00 -- higher than 77% of the past year's readings. 

  • COUP last night unveiled its first quarterly earnings report since going public in October, posting a slimmer-than-expected loss. The results led JMP and Raymond James to increased their price targets to $31 and $33, respectively, and have put the shares on track to pop 7.1% at the open. It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing since Coupa Software Inc's IPO, though, as the stock hasn't come close to matching its highs from its initial trading session, finishing Monday at $26.02. While COUP options haven't been available for long, early speculators have been showing a pronounced preference for puts. Over the past 10 days at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), traders have bought to open 414 COUP puts, compared to just 87 calls. 
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