Check out today's top analyst calls from around Wall Street, compiled by The Fly.
CISCO CUT AT WILLIAM BLAIR: William Blair analyst Jason Ader downgraded Cisco Systems (CSCO) to Market Perform from Outperform. The analyst sees "signs of tightening demand" across IT infrastructure, which he believes could pressure growth in Cisco's fiscal 2020, "especially when compared against unusually strong demand in fiscal 2019." Further, one-time tailwinds to the company's fiscal 2019 revenue growth, including ASC 606 and tariff-driven price hikes, will expire, Ader tells investors in a research note. The analyst also sees long-term threats to Cisco from Arista Networks' (ANET) entry into the campus market. Ader now believes upside to Cisco's consensus estimates, as well as multiple expansion, "will be more challenging from here."
BEYOND MEAT DOWNGRADED FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY: Bernstein analyst Alexia Howard downgraded Beyond Meat (BYND) to Market Perform from Outperform with a price target of $123. . The downgrade is due to "valuation considerations as the stock has traded in a highly volatile manner since its IPO likely due to its limited public float," Howard tells investors in a research note. The analyst now sees limited upside for the stock. Beyond Meat closed yesterday down 25%, or $42.06, to $126.04 after JPMorgan analyst Ken Goldman downgraded the shares on valuation concerns yesterday.
NXP UPGRADED AT MORGAN STANLEY: Morgan Stanley analyst Craig Hettenbach upgraded NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) to Overweight from Equal Weight as he sees relative value in the stock after the shares have underperformed peers by 73% during the last three years. While peers such as Analog Devices (ADI), ON Semiconductor (ON), Maxim Integrated (MXIM) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY) have inventory levels at the high end or even above targets, NXP's inventory in distribution has stayed flat and is just below the mid-point of its target, said Hettenbach. As NXP's business recovers, he likes the company's ability to constrain spending to get it back in line with its target and drive operating margin, the analyst added. He also noted that the stock's multiple is at the biggest discount to peers in its history. Hettenbach raised his price target NXP shares to $114 from $99, but recommends an opportunistic approach when adding to positions given the ongoing risks of the current semiconductor cycle.
NOMURA LOWERS TRADE DESK TO SELL: Nomura Instinet analyst Mark Kelley downgraded Trade Desk (TTD) to a Sell-equivalent rating of Reduce from Neutral with an unchanged price target of $144. The company's underlying business fundamentals, "while relatively solid, are out of sync with near- to medium-term investor expectations and the story being told," Kelley tells investors in a research note. He believes Trade Desk "isn't outpacing the industry as much as investors think" and that its total addressable market is not $1 trillion. The company's revenue potential is $12B, roughly in line with its $11B market cap, says Kelley.
GRUBHUB SEEN AS ATTRACTIVE AMAZON TARGET: Mizuho analyst Jeremy Scott says the Wall Street Journal's report that Amazon.com (AMZN) is dropping its restaurant delivery platform in the U.S. underscores his view that the market will eventually consolidate to two-to-three players. The shuttering of the platform doesn't necessarily mean that Amazon won't eventually invest in the space, but it at least temporarily removes the "existential threat of an aggressive organic expansion" and, in turn, positions the company as a potential acquirer, Scott told investors yesterday in a research note. He believes Amazon's recent investment in U.K. delivery company Deliveroo signals the company continues to actively participate in the space. Grubhub (GRUB) is likely an attractive takeover target, says Scott. However, the analyst continues to believe there are more effective combinations for Grubhub that can better enable the company to "carve an inside track of restaurant-centric, enterprise solutions." He keeps a Buy rating on Grubhub shares with a $100 price target.
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