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Fitbit

$4.50

-0.15 (-3.23%)

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Apple

$214.49

-1.89 (-0.87%)

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Fitbit upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter upgraded Fitbit (FIT) to Outperform from Neutral, citing the company's expansion into the healthcare/MedTech vertical. In a research note to investors, Pachter says Fitbit has captured a large share of both the smartwatch and fitness tracker markets, but its watches must compete with Apple's (AAPL) offering. He thinks Fitbit has an "excellent" opportunity ahead with MedTech, particularly in collaboration with Google (GOOG, GOOGL), and believes Fitbit may begin reporting meaningful contribution from MedTech as early as 2019. Pachter also notes that shares have recently pulled back well below his $6.50 price target, providing an opportunity to get involved in the Medtech vertical at a reasonable price.

FIT

Fitbit

$4.50

-0.15 (-3.23%)

AAPL

Apple

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-1.89 (-0.87%)

GOOG

Alphabet

$1,079.50

-1.9 (-0.18%)

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Alphabet Class A

$1,091.37

-0.63 (-0.06%)

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FIT Fitbit
$4.50

-0.15 (-3.23%)

09/13/18
MSCO
09/13/18
NO CHANGE
Target $4
MSCO
Underweight
Fitbit drop after Apple reveal 'righlty reflects' concerns, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Yuuji Anderson said Fitbit's (FIT) 7% drop yesterday was likely a reaction to Apple (AAPL) unveiling a Series 4 Watch with sensors and an app that can help detect atrial fibrillation, which is a use case Fitbit is also pursuing. Anderson believes the drop in Fitbit shares "n rightly reflects" concerns over the pace of software and sensor improvements at Fitbit, but adds that he is more concerned that the functionalities of the Versa and Charge 3 are not sufficiently differentiated to avoid cannibalization and their aggregate demand will not sufficiently offset legacy product declines. Anderson keeps an Underweight rating on Fitbit shares with a $4 price target.
10/12/18
WEDB
10/12/18
UPGRADE
WEDB
Outperform
Fitbit upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
09/19/18
CHLM
09/19/18
NO CHANGE
Target $10
CHLM
Buy
Fitbit launch of 'Care' service a significant evolution, says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum analyst Alex Fuhrman called Fitbit's (FIT) launch of its new enterprise-level service called "Fitbit Care" a "significant evolution" in the company's strategy to add value as a healthcare partner and to increase its recurring revenues. He also views the concurrent Humana (HUM) partnership announcement as evidence of the strong market demand for companies and healthcare providers to partner with Fitbit and integrate its data into users' other care plans. Fuhrman reiterates his Buy rating and $10 price target on Fitbit shares.
09/13/18
DADA
09/13/18
NO CHANGE
Target $265
DADA
Buy
Apple new product lineup increases near term sales confidence, says DA Davidson
DA Davidson analyst Tom Forte kept his Buy rating and $265 price target on Apple (AAPL) after its product re-fresh yesterday, saying the event increases his confidence in the company "meeting or exceeding" consensus for sales in the near term. The analyst believes that the starting price points for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max should boost Apple's average selling prices and allow the company to "bear financial fruit" of the updated lineup without having to increase unit sales. As part of his broader research note, Forte also keeps his Neutral rating on Fitbit (FIT), saying the cost-conscious consumers will still purchase its Versa smartwatch rather than opt for the more expensive Apple Watch. The analyst is also positive on Zagg (ZAGG), maintaining his Buy rating and $20 price target on expectation that consumers will want to protect their expensive smartwatch products with the company's screen protectors and cases.
AAPL Apple
$214.49

-1.89 (-0.87%)

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VERF
10/09/18
INITIATION
Target $175
VERF
Sell
Apple initiated with a Sell at Vertical Group
Vertical Group initiated Apple with a Sell and $175 price target.
10/10/18
BFIN
10/10/18
NO CHANGE
BFIN
BlueFin checks show Lumentum received increased orders from Apple
BlueFin analysts John Donovan and Steve Mullane say their firm's latest supply chain checks suggest "strong and stable" iPhone demand. While unit demand has not changed, the mix to higher storage models has increased, which should benefit Toshiba (TOSBF), Samsung (SSNLF), and Micron Technology (MU), Donovan and Mullane tell investors in a research note. Further, BlueFin's latest checks reveal Lumentum (LITE) has received increased orders recently while competitors II-VI (IIVI) and Finisar (FNSR) continue to focus on securing second-source positioning. The latest on the two latter companies is mixed, but overall "encouraging," the analysts contend. As far as the rumors that Apple is exploring internal VCSEL development, they believe this is "more of a negotiating tactic at this point." VCSEL demand "looks to be skyrocketing" and the frustration in developing a secure second-source has likely caused Apple to explore internal development, write Donovan and Mullane. They understand Apple has looked into fabs in Taiwan to see about VCSEL development but note the earliest this could materialize is 2020-2021. This is likely more of a "call to arms" by Apple for Finisar, II-VI, and Lumentum to increase production to meet the demand, "or else face the consequences."
10/11/18
JPMS
10/11/18
UPGRADE
Target $80
JPMS
Overweight
JPMorgan upgrades Lumentum to Overweight after 19% selloff
JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee upgraded Lumentum to Overweight from Neutral with an unchanged price target of $80. The shares closed yesterday down 3%, or $1.68, to $55.58. The 19% stock decline from the highs in late August, driven by concerns relative to U.S.-China trade, over-appreciates the "modest risks" for Lumentum, Chatterjee tells investors in a research note. He believes this creates an "attractive buying opportunity" to capitalize on the near-term improvement in the earnings outlook The analyst sees an improved outlook for Lumentum's telecom business on 5G investment tailwinds as well as benefits to pricing and market share in the datacom business. Further he expects "strong growth" in 3D sensing revenues on wider adoption of facial recognition technology on Apple (AAPL) iPhones and androids.
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Neutral
Coherent downgraded to Neutral on OLED timing, industrial malaise at Longbow
As previously reported, Longbow analyst Joe Wittine downgraded Coherent (COHR) Neutral from Buy based upon a potentially elongating OLED investment cycle. Wittine views Apple's (AAPL) iPhone XR/LCD dynamic as partially responsible for this extension. Should advanced LCD devices prove to have a longer shelf life, the investment cycle will face extensions, he contends. The analyst also cited the weakening seen in his Q3 industrial laser survey confirmed by IPG Photonics' (IPGP) Q3 preannouncement last week.
GOOG Alphabet
$1,079.50

-1.9 (-0.18%)

10/10/18
BARD
10/10/18
NO CHANGE
Target $1380
BARD
Outperform
Alphabet Q3 earnings should spotlight TAC improvement, says Baird
Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said he remains constructive on Alphabet shares heading into Q3 results as the company benefits from generally stable trends in core search, ongoing mobile search, diversifying revenues, ramping contributions from cloud services and further easing of TAC growth concerns. Sebastian reiterated his Outperform rating and $1,380 price target on Alphabet shares.
10/10/18
JEFF
10/10/18
NO CHANGE
Target $1450
JEFF
Buy
Alphabet's Waymo the leader in autonomous vehicles, says Jefferies
After hosting an autonomous vehicle expert who recently worked at Waymo/Google X for two years, Jefferies analyst Brent Thill says the valuation of Google "remains compelling." While wide availability of autonomous vehicles is still far off, Waymo is in the lead, Thill tells investors in a research note. Further, the analyst sees "many ways" for Google to monetize the "long-dated Waymo call option." Thill points out that in October 2017, he "conservatively" valued Waymo at $75B-$125B. The analyst keeps a Buy rating on Google parent Alphabet with a $1,450 price target.
10/08/18
COWN
10/08/18
NO CHANGE
COWN
Google may face FTC probe after Google+ breach report, says Cowen
After The Wall Street Journal reported that third-party developers had access to personal information of some Google+ users for about three years, which Google is said to have discovered in March 2018 without notifying users, Cowen analyst Paul Gallant said he suspects the FTC will investigate whether Google violated a 2011 consent decree or a 2012 consent decree, which both imposed new privacy duties on Google. Follow-up FTC action could range anywhere from just a fine to a tougher new consent decree for Google, Gallant added. Additionally, today's report will likely lead to rougher questioning and bipartisan criticism from both parties when CEO Sundar Pichai testifies in mid-November, said Gallant.
10/09/18
UBSW
10/09/18
NO CHANGE
Target $280
UBSW
Buy
Baidu price target lowered to $280 from $310 at UBS
UBS analyst Jerry Liu lowered his price target on Baidu (BIDU) to $280 from $310 but said he is incrementally more positive on the shares as he believes the company's improving news feed will offset slower growth in search. Google (GOOG) search is an overhang, but the probability of Google Search entering China is decreasing based on comments from Google management, Liu tells investors. He reiterated his Buy rating on Baidu shares.
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Veritex

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Veritex reports Q3 core EPS 34c, consensus 46c »

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Crane

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NBT Bancorp

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