Upside forward for Amazon, however a ‘price lure’ looms for BofA

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On-line market large Amazon took focus within the in a single day market calls, with analysts at Jefferies seeing a broad vary of things prone to contribute to a surge within the firm’s share costs.

The information wasn’t nearly as good for Financial institution of America, with UBS anxious a couple of potential “rate trap” that might slam one of many Massive 4 U.S. banks.

Take a look at the most recent calls and chatter beneath. All occasions ET.

6:06 a.m.: Jefferies raises Amazon worth goal, says firm has ‘loads to be enthusiastic about’

After internet hosting trade specialists and former Amazon workers, Jefferies thinks the corporate has sufficient in its pipeline to offer buyers “plenty to be excited about.”

The agency reiterated a purchase ranking on the e-commerce inventory on Thursday and raised its worth goal to $225 per share from $190. Jefferies’ forecast requires greater than 23% upside from Wednesday’s $182.41 shut.

“The global AWS [Amazon Web Services] and advertising opportunities are driving overall revenue growth with corresponding margin accretion to the whole business,” analyst Brent Thill stated.

“Investment in AWS, content, and fulfillment supports expansion into new products, services, and geographies with sizable potential,” he added.

Thill cautioned that Amazon might want to increase its synthetic intelligence choices to remain aggressive within the sector as “multi cloud adoption grows.”

Shares of Amazon have climbed greater than 20% in 2024.

—Brian Evans

6:06 a.m. UBS downgrades Financial institution of America, says upside is restricted over the following 12 months

UBS thinks Bank of America is headed for a “rate trap” which can restrict upside for the inventory.

The agency downgraded the financial institution inventory to impartial from purchase, however raised its worth goal barely to $40 per share from $39. UBS’ forecast implies practically 7% upside forward from Wednesday’s $37.44 shut.

Analyst Erika Najarian defines the “rate trap” as a double edged sword of central financial institution rate of interest cuts or a higher-for-longer state of affairs. If the Federal Reserve certainly does pivot to cuts, then “asset sensitive BAC will be subject to downward revisions to EPS [earnings per share]” and can harm its market a number of.

If rates of interest stay elevated for longer, Najarian says, then buyers could turn out to be involved with BofA’s held to maturity portfolio which might additionally harm the inventory’s market a number of.

“After adjusting estimates upward to reflect 3 cuts in ’24 and 4 cuts in ’25 (vs. 6 and 2 prior) and raising our PT by $1 to $40, we find upside limited at BAC over the next 12 months,” Najarian stated.

“To be clear, there’s a lot of positive momentum at the company, from strong deposit growth, a reawakened investment banking & markets business, and the prospect for accelerating buybacks, especially in 2H24,” the analyst added.

Financial institution of America inventory has climbed greater than 11% in 2024.

— Brian Evans