Analysts Bash Big Blue; Chipotle Stock Downgraded After Norovirus Scare

Goldman Sachs stock is testing its 200-day moving average

Jul 19, 2017 at 11:06 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on tech company International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), restaurant Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), as well as investment banking company Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS). Here's a quick roundup of today's bearish brokerage notes on shares of IBM, CMG, and GS.

IBM Stock Sinks After Sales Miss

IBM reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter revenue, sending the stock down 4.1% to $147.71 -- and just off an annual low of $146.71. No fewer than four brokerage firms reduced their price targets on the Dow stock. Among them, Morgan Stanley cut its price target on IBM to $192 from $212, alongside RBC, which cut its price target to $160 from $165.On the flip side, BMO raised its price target to $167 from $165.

IBM stock is down 11% year-to-date, stymied by resistance at its 60-day moving average. Since peaking at $182.79 in February, the shares of Big Blue have dropped roughly 19%.

CMG Stock Continues to Nosedive

BMO Capital downgraded Telsey Advisory Group upgraded Chipotle stock to "market perform" from "outperform," and cut its price target by $200 to $350, following Tuesday's reports of a norovirus outbreak which forced a Virginia location to close. The analyst said Chipotle's "customer psyche likely remained somewhat fragile in the wake of CMG's previous food safety issues," and media coverage of the Viriginia incident could weigh on same-store sales. On the other hand, Telsey Advisory Group upgraded Chipotle stock to "outperform" from "market perform," but cut its full-year earnings estimates. CMG stock took a nosedive yesterday, turning lower for 2017, and today is down another 2% to trade at $367.39.

CMG has an International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) 10-day call/put volume ratio of 1.31, which sits in the 77th percentile of all other ratios in the past 12 months. An unwinding of optimism among options buyers could send Chipotle shares to new lows.

GS Stock Downgraded After Earnings

A day after Goldman Sachs earnings led the Dow lower, KBW downgraded GS stock to "market perform" from "outperform," and cut its price target to $230 from $260. BMO cut Goldman Sachs' price target to $202 from $208, while Oppenheimer raised its price target to $256 from $251.

Goldman Sachs stock is down 0.1% at $223.17, testing support at its 200-day moving average.Recent options buyers have been upping the bearish ante on the bank stock, which sports a 10-day put/call volume ratio of 1.28 on the ISE, in the 99th percentile of all other ratios in the past 12 months.


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