Ctrip.com upgraded at CLSA As previously reported, CLSA ugpraded Ctrip.com (CTRP) to Buy from Underperform. The analyst said Ctrip's extended partnership with Priceline (PCLN) is a strategic positive for both as they can cross-sell products and expects Ctrip to better capitalize on China's fast growing outbound travel market. Price target raised to $78.
On The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Demandware (DWRE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Total (TOT) upgraded at RBC Capital... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
Ctrip.com upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson upgraded Ctrip.com to Overweight saying the company is making the right investments to take further share of the Chinese travel market. Olson believes Ctrip.com's is positioned for margin expansion and that long-term investors should own the stock. He raised his price target for the name to $90 from $54. Shares of the hotel accommodations and airline tickets consolidator closed Monday at $61.17.