AAPL, KEYS, PLAY Stocks Upgraded Today

Dave & Buster's posted strong quarterly earnings results, but the stock is pointed lower

Josh Selway
Jun 7, 2017 at 9:28 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on tech giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), electronics equipment manufacturer Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS), and entertainment stock Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAY). Here's a quick roundup of today's bullish brokerage notes on shares of AAPL, KEYS, and PLAY.

Argus Raises Price Target for AAPL Stock

Apple stock is edging higher ahead of Day 3 of its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), after Argus raised its price target to $175 (subscription required). Most analysts are already bullish on AAPL shares, with 23 of 30 covering brokerage firms rating them "strong buy" or "buy." However, Apple closed yesterday at $154.45, and its average 12-month price target comes in at $155.84, so it wouldn't be surprising to see more price-target increases come through. During the past three months, AAPL stock has outperformed the S&P 500 Index (SPX) by 8.4 percentage points, touching a record high of $156.65 on May 15. 

KEYS Stock Ready to Unlock Record Highs

Keysight Technologies stock is set to continue its quest for record highs, rising 6.8% in pre-market trading, thanks to the company's strong fiscal second-quarter earnings results and upbeat current-quarter outlook. At least four price-target hikes have come through in response, with BofA-Merrill Lynch setting the highest bar at $53. KEYS stock settled at $40.25 yesterday, after touching a record best $40.75 intraday, up 27% year-over-year. The equity sees little action in the options pits, but some traders may have been speculating on such an upside move, since June calls accounted for four of the five largest increases in open interest during the past five days. 

Bull Notes Come In on PLAY Stock After Earnings

Dave & Buster's stock is down 1.9% ahead of the open, even after the company topped Wall Street's estimates with its first-quarter results. Specifically, the company posted revenue of $304.1 million for the period, better than the consensus estimate of $299.8 million, while posting better-than-expected adjusted per-share earnings. However, PLAY shares rallied hard into the quarterly event, hitting a record high of $70.42 yesterday before closing at $70.17. As it stands now, the stock is up 24.6% year-to-date, and analysts expect more upside. Maxim was one of at least five brokerages to raise its price target, setting its mark at $78. Meanwhile, Dave & Buster's stock could stand to benefit from a short-squeeze situation, since 11% of its float is sold short. 


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