$AWK, $MRK, $QLYS, $RCL $ZNGA
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Below is a list of The Street’s Key analysts outlook for Key issues for Friday follows:
American Water Works Co. Inc. (NYSE:AWK) was reiterated as Buy and the price target (fair value estimate) was raised to 121 from 102 at Janney, with the firm noting that earnings beat its estimate but were a bit under consensus at the same time that it announced an August retirement for the firm’s CFO.
Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK); Analysts reiterated MRK as Buy and the price target was raised to 88 from 87 at UBS. Merck has a consensus target price of 87.43.
Qualys Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to 102 from 95 at Wedbush. The firm has been consistently positive on Qualys and pointed out a solid Q-1 earnings beat, better than expected bookings and a large operating margin leverage.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) was reiterated as Buy and the target price was raised to 158 from 148 at Buckingham Research. Wedbush reiterated it as Outperform and raised the price target to 145 from 140.
Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ:ZNGA) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to 7.50 from 6.40 at Wedbush. The firm noted that new acquisitions are not appearing to act as a drag on emerging profitability after Q-1 results handily beat guidance and expectations with strength across its core franchises.
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