Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA): Stifel has initiated Tesla with a Hold rating as the firm believes that the company is one of history’s best auto start-ups, but warns that it faces significant, under-appreciated risks. Moreover, Tesla has shown little evidence of customer retention or ability to sell cars at lower prices, the firm notes.
Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS): Morgan Stanley believes that Dicks Sporting Goods shares have priced in a challenging second quarter and would use weakness as a buying opportunity. The analyst said the company remains well positioned and that 2014 will be an inflection point for both comps and margins. The shares are Overweight rated with a $58 price target.
Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM): Following channel checks, Stifel expects Salesforce.com’s bookings to increase significantly in the fourth quarter. The firm believes that the company’s secnd quarter results will be similar to its first quarter results, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT): Nomura upgraded Microsoft to Buy from Neutral and initiated a $38 price target. The analyst sees a potential catalyst in shareholder activism following ValueAct’s stake in the company and its agenda for change. They believe it might be better for Microsoft’s board to address ValueAct’s agenda, nominate a board seat to them, and work behind closed doors rather than initiate a proxy battle and increase shareholder frustration.
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