Western Digital, ServiceNow, Boeing Upgraded

Analysts upwardly revised their ratings and price targets on data storage firm Western Digital Corp (WDC), cloud stock ServiceNow Inc (NOW), and aerospace company Boeing Co (BA)

Jan 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on data storage firm Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ:WDC), cloud stock ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW), and aerospace company Boeing Co (NYSE:BA). Here's a quick look at today's bullish brokerage notes on WDC, NOW, and BA.

Analysts Hike Price Targets For Western Digital

WDC is 1.5% higher at $81.23, fresh off a new annual high of $81.67, after the data storage company delivered an earnings win. The stock has since received no fewer than 14 price-target hikes, including a lift to $122 from $95 at Craig-Hallum -- never-before-seen territory. WDC has been climbing steadily from its May 2016 low near $35, up 86% year-over-year. Now appears to be a prime time to buy options on Western Digital Corp, too. Its Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 40% sits lower than 83% of all other readings from the past year, indicating near-term options are attractively priced, from a historical perspective.

ServiceNow Price Targets Raised After Earnings

NOW is up 4.9% at $90.62 -- and earlier hit a new all-time high of $92.98 -- after the cloud company delivered better-than-expected earnings. NOW has received no fewer than 12 price-target hikes, including one to $110 from $100 at Cowen and Company. ServiceNow Inc shares recently took a sharp bounce off their 200-day moving average, and the stock has roughly doubled since its February lows. Short interest rose 5.3% in the latest reporting period, and now accounts for 4.5% of NOW's float. It would take almost eight sessions to cover these bearish bets, at NOW's average trading volume, meaning an exodus of short sellers could fuel the shares higher.

Boeing's Post-Earnings Boom Attracts Analyst Attention

BA is up 0.7% at $168.57 -- and tagged a record peak of $169.25 not long ago -- adding to yesterday's 4.2% post-earnings pop. BA has since attracted no fewer than seven price-target hikes, including one to $200 from $185 at Jefferies. BA is up 45% year-over-year, and recently bounced off its rising 30-day moving average. Though Boeing Co's short interest dropped 13% in the latest reporting period, it would still take shorts more than a week to cover the remaining bearish bets, at BA's average pace of trading. If short sellers continue to exit their positions, the resulting short squeeze could help BA fly even higher.

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