McDonald's, Visa, Skechers Upgraded

McDonald's, Visa, and Skechers stocks are on analysts' bullish radar today

Apr 21, 2017 at 9:17 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on Dow stocks McDonald's and Visa Inc (NYSE:V), as well as shoe retailer Skechers. Here's a quick roundup of today's bullish brokerage notes on MCD stock, V stock, and SKX stock.

Bullish Notes Could Send McDonald's Stock to New Highs 

Ahead of next Tuesday morning's earnings report, MCD was started at "outperform" by BMO, along with a $153 price target, which said the company is a "premium brand" in the early stages of a turnaround. Separately, SunTrust Robinson and Telsey Advisory raised their price targets to $139 and $140, respectively. All three price targets sit in record-high territory for McDonald's stock. Yesterday, the shares ended at $133.27, but not before hitting their loftiest level on record, at $133.44 -- which they could surpass today. Additional upgrades remain a distinct possibility for MCD stock, considering half of its 20 covering analysts still have lukewarm "hold" opinions.

Visa Earnings Should Stoke the Stock's Fire

Fresh off a rock-solid earnings report, V was on the receiving end of a raft of bullish brokerage notes. No fewer than five analysts boosted their priced targets, with SunTrust Robinson setting the most ambitious mark at $110. Visa Inc stock is pointed 2.3% higher ahead of the opening bell after closing at $91.15 yesterday, so it should take out its record high of $92.05 in early trading. Plus, a short-squeeze rally could add fuel to the fire. At V stock's average trading volume, it would take over a week to cover the 43.2 million shares sold short.

Skechers Stock Scores Earnings-Induced Upgrade

SKX posted an earnings beat last night, prompting B. Riley to upgrade the retail stock to "buy" from "neutral." Plus, the brokerage firm lifted its price target to $32 from $28. Yesterday, Skechers stock settled at $26.15, down 13% on a year-over-year basis. But options traders have nonetheless gravitated to short-term calls over puts. Specifically, SKX stock sports a Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 0.54, below 79% of all readings taken in the past year.

 

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