Analyst Downgrades: Netflix, Inc., hhgregg, Inc., and Cray Inc.

Analysts downwardly revised their ratings and price targets on streaming stock Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), electronics retailer hhgregg, Inc. (HGG), and tech stock Cray Inc. (CRAY)

Jan 10, 2017 at 10:33 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on streaming stock Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), electronics retailer hhgregg, Inc. (NYSE:HGG), and tech stock Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY). Here's a quick roundup of today's bearish brokerage notes on NFLX, HGG, and CRAY.

  • NFLX is up 0.1% at $131.74 -- in spite of Wedbush reiterating its "underperform" rating and $60 price target, which represents a decline of more than 50% from the stock's current price -- thanks to alleged takeover chatter that cites Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) as a potential suitor (subscription required). The shares have been on a tear upwards over the last several weeks, up more than 19% since their November lows, touching a record high of $133.88 on Friday. Netflix, Inc.'s Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.09 ranks just 3 percentage points from an annual peak -- indicating near-term traders have rarely been more put-skewed in the past 12 months.

  • HGG is down a whopping 45.5%, trading at just $0.71, after issuing a disappointing preliminary sales for the fiscal third quarter. hhgregg, Inc. was also hit with a price-target drop to $0.50 from $1 from UBS analyst Michael Lasser, who also reiterated UBS' "sell" rating. HGG has been declining since late 2013, and today touched a record low of $0.60. Short sellers are likely cheering today's drop, with short interest accounting for more than 45% of HGG's float -- an amount that would take a whopping 61.3 days to cover, at HGG's average daily volume.

  • CRAY is up 3.6% at $20.98, even after estimating full-year sales below expectations. The stock is also shaking off a pair of price-target cuts, with Craig-Hallum slashing its price target to $16 from $18, while Pacific Crest trimming its target to $27 from $29. CRAY seems to have found a foothold near the $18-$20 level in recent weeks, though the shares are also looking up at potential resistance from their 80-day moving average. Elsewhere, although absolute volume runs relatively light, bearish betting has ramped up in recent weeks, with CRAY's 50-day put/call volume ratio at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) of 1.20 sitting higher than 92% of all other readings from the past 12 months.
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