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Here's a quick rundown of some key analyst calls that grabbed attention this week: Stifel Initiates on Tesla (Buy with $265 Price Target): Investment firm St

This Week's Analyst Calls: Tesla Upgraded, Alphabet Downgraded

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Here's a quick rundown of some key analyst calls that grabbed attention this week:

  • Stifel Initiates on Tesla (Buy with $265 Price Target): Investment firm Stifel initiated coverage on Tesla with a bullish "Buy" rating and a price target of $265 per share. This signifies their belief in Tesla's strong growth potential, particularly in the coming years (2025-2027+). Factors like the revamped Model 3, upcoming Model Y refresh, and the highly anticipated Model 2 production are expected to drive sales significantly.

  • Rosenblatt Downgrades Alphabet to Neutral: Rosenblatt Securities downgraded Alphabet (Google's parent company) to "Neutral" from its previous "Buy" rating. This downgrade reflects concerns about potential risks to Alphabet's core business. These risks include:

    • The disruptive potential of AI on search functionality, particularly the introduction of AI Overviews which could impact search ad revenue.
    • Emerging competition from Bing, potentially eroding Alphabet's market share in search.
    • The growing shift in advertising revenue towards retail media networks, fueled by companies like Amazon, posing further challenges for Alphabet.

Market Reaction:

  • Tesla's stock price did not react significantly to the Stifel initiation.
  • Alphabet's stock price closed 1.76% lower on the day of the downgrade announcement.

Analyst Call Takeaways:

These analyst calls highlight the ongoing dynamics within the tech sector. While Tesla appears to be in a favorable position for future growth, Alphabet faces potential headwinds that could impact its performance.

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