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AAPL

Apple

$159.27

-0.71 (-0.44%)

, ULTA

Ulta Beauty

$233.71

1.65 (0.71%)

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Notable open interest changes for August 25th

Thursday's total option volume of 12.8 million contracts resulted in net open interest growth of 2.24 million calls and 2.39 million puts. Apple (AAPL), Ulta Beauty (ULTA), Amazon (AMZN) and Target (TGT) saw the greatest growth. Top five new positions opened include 23k Genworth (GNW) Dec-17 4 calls, 19k Caesars (CZR) Oct-17 12 calls, 15k L Brands (LB) Oct-17 32.5 puts, 15k American Airlines (AAL) Jan-18 55 calls and 14k MBIA (MBI) Feb-18 10 calls.

AAPL

Apple

$159.27

-0.71 (-0.44%)

ULTA

Ulta Beauty

$233.71

1.65 (0.71%)

AMZN

Amazon.com

$952.45

-5.55 (-0.58%)

TGT

Target

$54.21

-2.25 (-3.99%)

AAPL Apple
$159.27

-0.71 (-0.44%)

08/22/17
OPCO
08/22/17
NO CHANGE
Target $35
OPCO
Underperform
Synaptics price target lowered to $35 from $45 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz lowered his price target for Synaptics (SYNA) to $35 from $45, citing his bearish outlook on the company's fingerprint and DDIC business. The analyst's model implies "significant" fingerprint revenue loss from Samsung (SSNLF) and ongoing decline of DDIC revenues from Apple (AAPL). Meanwhile, Uerkwitz believes its new products such as optical fingerprint sensor and OLED DDIC are unlikely to offset the decline until after FY19. He reiterates an Underperform rating on Synaptics' shares.
08/23/17
ADAM
08/23/17
NO CHANGE
Target $300
ADAM
Buy
Broadcom price target raised to $300 from $272 at Canaccord
Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley raised his price target on Broadcom to $300 from $272 ahead of Q3 earnings. The analyst said Broadcom is potentially increasing its iPhone platform content by as much as 40%. Steady iPhone sales ahead of its September launch and the anticipation of a strong 2018 upgrade cycle will drive Broadcom to record earnings, said Walkley, who reiterated his Buy rating on the shares.
08/23/17
ADAM
08/23/17
NO CHANGE
Target $180
ADAM
Buy
Apple seeing steady iPhone sales ahead of September launch, says Canaccord
Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said his recent survey indicates iPhone sales remain resilient and he believes consumer enthusiasm for new iPhone products is greater than last year. As sales remain steady heading into the September launch, he anticipates a strong 2018 upgrade cycle to drive record earnings. Walkley reiterated his Buy rating and $180 price target on Apple shares.
08/23/17
BOFA
08/23/17
NO CHANGE
Target $180
BOFA
Buy
Apple 2019 estimates 'just too low,' says BofA/Merrill
BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Wamsi Mohan predicts that the blended average selling price of the iPhone will grow from year-to-year just from the impact of mix even if there are no further price increases for the phones to be released in 2018 and in 2019. Given his view that the two-year runway for iPhone price is underappreciated, Mohan contends that calendar year 2019 estimates for Apple are "just too low." He keeps a Buy rating and $180 price target on Apple shares.
ULTA Ulta Beauty
$233.71

1.65 (0.71%)

08/25/17
LOOP
08/25/17
NO CHANGE
Target $300
LOOP
Buy
Ulta Beauty price target lowered to $300 on valuation at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba said he has a difficult time finding anything in Ulta Beauty's Q2 report that makes him any less enthusiastic about the stock, but he also noted growing investor valuation concerns. While he keeps a Buy rating on Ulta shares, he lowered his price target on the stock to $300 from $350.
08/25/17
COWN
08/25/17
NO CHANGE
Target $336
COWN
Outperform
Ulta Beauty weakness a buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen analyst Oliver Chen said Ulta Beauty reported industry leading comps, gross margins, and earnings growth. He said shares could be weak following guidance, which he views as conservative, but he would use the weakness as a buying opportunity. Chen reiterated his Outperform rating and $336 price target on Ulta Beauty shares.
08/25/17
BARD
08/25/17
NO CHANGE
Target $295
BARD
Outperform
Ulta Beauty price target lowered to $295 from $335 at Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager lowered his price target on Ulta Beauty to $295 from $335 following Q2 results. The analyst cited the lack of comp upside, expectations for higher margins, and competitive threats as weighing on valuation. Altschwager maintained his Outperform rating on Ulta Beauty shares.
08/25/17
08/25/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $235

Market Perform
Ulta Beauty downgraded on slowing market, rising competition at BMO Capital
As previously reported, BMO Capital analyst Shannon Coyne downgraded Ulta Beauty (ULTA) to Market Perform from Outperform, citing the slowing beauty market, department stores becoming more promotional and rolling out loyalty programs better targeted toward beauty consumers and Amazon (AMZN) gaining ground in the mass market and potentially gaining access to prestige brands. The analyst, who thinks the Ulta story is "shifting to a market share war from market expansion," lowered his price target on Ulta shares to $235 from $345.
AMZN Amazon.com
$952.45

-5.55 (-0.58%)

08/25/17
08/25/17
UPGRADE
Target $120

Buy
VMware upgraded to Buy on cloud transition acceleration at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan upgraded VMware (VMW) to Buy from Neutral, citing his belief the company will see through a transition of its business model and this trend will be accelerated by VMW Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AMZN). VMware's forward looking indicators reported with its Q2 report were stronger than expected, giving Rangan confidence that double-digit revenue growth can be sustained into next year and potentially longer, he tells investors. He raised his price target on VMware shares to $120 from $108.
08/25/17
BARD
08/25/17
NO CHANGE
Target $200
BARD
Outperform
Costco risk/reward favorable for patient investors, says Baird
Baird analyst Peter Benedict said Costco's (COST) selloff since Amazon's (AMZN) announcement of its deal to buy Whole Foods (WFM) has vastly improved its valuation profile, suggesting a favorable risk/reward for patient investors. The analyst said easing comps, steady traffic, and emerging ticket support suggests improving fundamentals. Benedict reiterated his Outperform rating and $200 price target on Costco shares.
08/25/17
UBSW
08/25/17
NO CHANGE
UBSW
Buy
Selloffs overdone in Costco, Sprouts Farmers shares, says UBS
UBS analyst Michael Lasser noted Amazon (AMZN) said it would lower certain food prices following the close of its purchase of Whole Foods (WFM) next week, though he pointed out that the initial price cuts are in very specialized categories. With the overall sector seeing signs of positive trends, including a slight return to food inflation, he believes the pullbacks in Sprouts Farmers (SFM) and Costco (COST) are overdone.
TGT Target
$54.21

-2.25 (-3.99%)

08/17/17
BWSF
08/17/17
NO CHANGE
Target $14
BWSF
Strong Buy
Barnes & Noble Education 'a weapon' as retailers take on Amazon, says BWS
Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) has become "a weapon" in the fight between traditional brick and mortar retailers and Amazon (AMZN), BWS Financial analyst Vahid Khorsand tells investors in an intraday research note. Target's (TGT) partnership with Barnes & Noble Education to deliver college essentials directly to students "has so far gone unappreciated by the market," the analyst contends. He believes Barnes & Noble Education's earnings report on August 30 could serve as a catalyst for the stock on "multiple fronts." Khorsand has a Buy rating on the name with a $14 price target.
08/22/17
JEFF
08/22/17
NO CHANGE
JEFF
Weak spending from Hispanic consumers likely temporary, says Jefferies
A team of Jefferies analysts note that several consumer companies have flagged weakness from Hispanic consumers during this earnings season, which they attribute to likely being linked to uncertainty around immigration policy more than a result of a deteriorating economic backdrop. Companies that have been hurt may be due for a rebound as this is assumed to be a short term phenomenon and some have already noted improvement, the team tells investors. Some of the companies that recently have specifically flagged weakness in Hispanic spending include Foot Locker (FL), Murphy USA (MUSA), O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), Target (TGT), Valvoline (VVV) and Wingstop (WING), the firm noted.
08/25/17
08/25/17
NO CHANGE

Price cuts not a 'silver bullet' for Amazon to disrupt grocery, says Citi
Citi analyst Alvin Concepcion noted that a number of food retail stocks sold off yesterday after Amazon (AMZN) announced price reductions on certain top selling items at Whole Foods (WFM) stores beginning on Monday when their deal closes, but he contends "price cuts alone are not a silver bullet to becoming a disruptive threat" in an industry that already has many discount operators. He adds that he would be wary of a more significant negative overreaction to news around Amazon's price plans at Whole Foods at this time. Some of the food retailing stocks that declined yesterday included Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Kroger (KR), Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), Costco (COST) and Supervalu (SVU).
08/17/17
08/17/17
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners. 2. Hershey (HSY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein with analyst Alexia Howard saying lower input costs could boost the company's gross margins heading into 2018. 3. EnerSys (ENS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti with analyst citing the recent pullback in shares and maintained an $83 price target. 4. Mosaic (MOS) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Vertical Research with analyst Sandy Klugman citing valuation. 5. Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital with analyst Wes Golladay saying that Regency has "one of the best portfolios amongst the shopping center REITs." This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.

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