Facebook, Cirrus Logic, Qorvo Upgraded

Analysts upwardly revised their ratings and price targets on FB, CRUS, and QRVO

Feb 2, 2017 at 9:27 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on social media stock Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), as well as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) suppliers Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS) and Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO). Here's a roundup of today's bullish brokerage notes on FB, CRUS, and QRVO.

Facebook Eyes Fresh Highs After Earnings

FB's earnings beat was met with a flurry of bullish analyst notes. No fewer than 15 brokerage firms raised their price targets on the stock -- with Susquehanna and Raymond James setting the highest bar, at $180 -- even as Pivotal Research lowered its rating and price target to "hold" and $135, respectively. As such, the shares are pointed 0.3% higher pre-market, after settling at $133.23 yesterday, on track to topple their previous record high. Today's bullish analyst attention is just more of the same for FB, which has received 30 "buy" or better ratings, versus three "holds" and not one "sell."

Cirrus Logic Braces For Post-Earnings Slide

CRUS is set to plunge 9.7% out of the gate on a weak outlook, despite topping earnings estimates and subsequently receiving applause on the Street. Specifically, Oppenheimer, Craig-Hallum, and Needham boosted their price targets. On the other hand, Canaccord Genuity trimmed its target to $68 from $70. Today's potential plunge would mark a sharp reversal for CRUS, which touched a record high of $64.16 yesterday before settling at $63.96. Heavy losses could provoke a round of downgrades, as eight of 11 analysts rate the stock a "buy" or better, compared to three "holds" and not a single "sell" opinion.

Current-Quarter Guidance Slams Qorvo

QRVO is basking in brokerage attention this morning, following a generally upbeat earnings report. No fewer than four analysts raised their price targets on the shares -- though BMO downgraded its rating to "market perform" from "outperform," and was one of three brokerage firms to slash its price target. After closing Wednesday at $64.55 -- up 22.4% in 2017, and fresh off an annual high of $65.97 -- QRVO is pointed 5.7% lower ahead of the open, pressured by a disappointing current-quarter forecast. This could be a coup for short sellers, who upped their positions by 7.7% in the latest two-week reporting period. Nearly one-tenth of the stock's available float is now sold short, representing 8.5 sessions of trading, at QRVO's typical daily volumes.

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