Amazon, Darden Restaurants, TESARO Upgraded

Amazon, Darden Restaurants, and TESARO stocks are on analysts' bullish radar today

Mar 28, 2017 at 10:10 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on e-commerce stock Amazon, olive garden parent Darden Restaurants, and drugmaker TESARO Inc (NASDAQ:TSRO). Here's a quick roundup of today's bullish brokerage notes on AMZN stock, DRI stock, and shares of TSRO.

AMZN Stock Gains After Souq.com Acquisition

AMZN stock is up 0.8% at $853.70 this morning, after the company announced it's buying Dubai-based e-commerce firm Souq.com. What's more, Stifel Nicolaus boosted its price target to $1,025 from $912, predicting continued momentum in e-commerce and the company's cloud business, Amazon Web Services (AWS). Although Amazon.com, Inc. continues to trade atop a key moving average, options traders have been unusually bearish. For instance, AMZN shares have a 10-day put/call volume ratio of 1.19 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), which ranks in the 97th annual percentile. 

DRI Stock Rallies to All-Time High on Earnings Beat, M&A News

DRI stock is up 8.1% this morning at $81.72 -- earlier notching a new record high of $81.90 -- after the company not only posted a fiscal third-quarter earnings beat, but said it's buying Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for $780 million in cash. In response, J.P. Morgan Securities raised its price target to $74, while KeyBanc is eyeing a more ambitious move up to $88 for the shares. Darden Restaurants, Inc. is now up 12.4% year-to-date, and higher highs could be ahead should further bullish analyst notes come through. At the moment, 10 of 16 covering brokerage firms say DRI shares are a "hold" or "sell." 

TESARO Jumps on FDA Approval

TSRO shares got an early lift today, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the company's ovarian cancer treatment, niraparib. What's more, Wedbush and SunTrust Robinson raised their respective price targets to $174 and $235. The stock topped out above $167, at the site of its 50-day moving average, and has since pared its gains to trade at $157.27. Although TESARO Inc is up more than 240% in the past 52 weeks, short interest remains elevated. In fact, these bearish bets account for roughly 15.6% of TSRO stock's total float. 

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