Notable Upgrades: eBay Inc. (EBAY), AMC Networks (AMCX), Chuy’s Holdings (CHUY), F5 Networks (FFIV), SodaStream International (SODA)

eBay Inc. (EBAY) gained $2.48 to $55.86 in mid-day trading today. Approximately 14.67M shares have already changed hands, compared to the stock’s average daily volume of 8.01M shares. The name was upgraded to ‘Equal Weight’ from ‘Underweight’ at Morgan Stanley. Separately, Susquehanna came out with an upgrade this morning, raising the price target on the shares to $59 from $52.

EBAY’s shares have declined 7.21% in the last 4 weeks and advanced 8.50% in the past three months. Over the past 5 trading sessions the stock has lost 3.17%. Shares of eBay are down 4.88% this year.

The San Jose, California-based company, which is currently valued at $69.57B, has a median Wall Street price target of $58.00 with a high target of $69.00. EBAY is down 1.42% year-over-year as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Shares of AMC Networks Inc. (AMCX) were upgraded to a ‘Buy’ rating from ‘Neutral’ by Nomura on Thursday.

On valuation-measures, shares of AMC Networks have a trailing-12 and forward P/E of 21.87 and 14.40, respectively. P/E to growth ratio is 1.32, while t-12 profit margin is 10.92%. EPS registers at $3.01. The company has a market cap of $4.75B and a median Wall Street price target of $72.00 with a high target of $97.00.

On trading-measure, AMCX has a beta of 1.52 and a short float of 7.86%. In the past 52 weeks, AMCX shares have traded between a low of $52.73 and a high of $78.39 with its 50-day MA and 200-day MA located at $62.40 and $61.15 levels, respectively. AMCX currently prints a one year loss of about 3.85% and a year-to-date return of around 1.05%.

Analysts at Wells Fargo are out with a report this morning upgrading shares of Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. (CHUY) with an ‘Outperform’ from ‘Market Perform’ rating.

CHUY shares recently gained $2.15 to $22.10. The stock is down more than 50.16% year-over-year and has gained roughly 1.42% year-to-date. In the past 52 weeks, shares of the Austin, Texas-company have traded between a low of $18.40 and a high of $43.40.

Chuy’s Holdings closed Wednesday at $19.95. The name has a current market cap of $363.32M.

Shares of F5 Networks, Inc. (FFIV) are down $15.99 to $109.96 in mid-day trading today after analysts at Buckingham Research issued an upgrade on the name. The stock was upgraded to ‘Buy’ from ‘Neutral’. Separately, Oppenheimer and Piper Jaffray came out with downgrades this morning, lowering the price target on the shares to $145 from $160, and to $128 from $140, respectively.

In the past 52 weeks, shares of the Seattle, Washington-based firm have traded between a low of $99.26 and a high of $136.11. Shares are up 28.26% year-over-year ; down 3.46% year-to-date.

SodaStream International Ltd. (SODA) is up 67c (3.49%) in mid-day trading. The name was upgraded to ‘Hold’ from ‘Sell’ at Stifel. In the past 52 weeks, shares of the Airport City, Israel-based company have traded between a low of $17.81 and a high of $47.30 and are now at $19.20. Shares are down 52.17% year-over-year and 7.90% year-to-date.

SODA shares are currently priced at 19.34x this year’s forecasted earnings compared to the industry’s 28.36x earnings multiple. Ticker has a PEG and forward P/E ratio of 0.75 and 15.57, respectively. Price/Sales for the same period is 0.70 while EPS is $0.99. Currently there is one analyst that rates SODA a ‘Buy’, 8 rate it a ‘Hold’. 1 analyst rates it a ‘Sell’. SodaStream has a median Wall Street price target of $24.00 with a high target of $25.00.

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