Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Cree (NASDAQ:CREE) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report published on Friday.
According to Zacks, “Cree, Inc. is a market-leading innovator and manufacturer of semiconductors that enhance the value of solid-state lighting, power and communications products by significantly increasing their energy performance and efficiency. Key to Cree’s market advantage is its world-class materials expertise in silicon carbide and gallium nitride for chips and packaged devices that can handle more power in a smaller space while producing less heat than other available technologies, materials and products. Cree drives its increased performance technology into multiple applications, including exciting alternatives in brighter and more-tunable light for general illumination, backlighting for more-vivid displays, optimized power management for high-current switch-mode power supplies and variable-speed motors, and more-effective wireless infrastructure for data and voice communications. Cree customers range from innovative lighting-fixtures makers to defense-related federal agencies. “
Several other equities analysts have also weighed in on CREE. KeyCorp reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of Cree in a research note on Monday, December 11th. TheStreet raised Cree from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Northland Securities reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $28.00 price objective on shares of Cree in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. BidaskClub lowered Cree from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Bank of America reduced their price objective on Cree from $28.00 to $26.00 and set a neutral rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $27.50.
Cree (NASDAQ:CREE) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The LED producer reported $0.04 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.04. The business had revenue of $360.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $360.01 million. Cree had a negative return on equity of 0.44% and a negative net margin of 8.42%. The company’s revenue was down 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.09 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Cree will post -0.27 EPS for the current year.
A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Profund Advisors LLC increased its holdings in Cree by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 33,127 shares of the LED producer’s stock worth $817,000 after purchasing an additional 102 shares during the last quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. increased its holdings in Cree by 0.8% during the 2nd quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 42,003 shares of the LED producer’s stock worth $1,035,000 after purchasing an additional 317 shares during the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System increased its holdings in Cree by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 41,000 shares of the LED producer’s stock worth $1,011,000 after purchasing an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC increased its holdings in Cree by 3.3% during the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC now owns 17,339 shares of the LED producer’s stock worth $424,000 after purchasing an additional 553 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. increased its holdings in Cree by 1.8% during the 2nd quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 34,696 shares of the LED producer’s stock worth $855,000 after purchasing an additional 627 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 98.96% of the company’s stock.
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Cree Company Profile
Cree, Inc is a manufacturer of lighting-class light emitting diode (LED) products, lighting products and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications. The Company’s products are focused for applications, such as indoor and outdoor lighting, video displays, transportation, electronic signs and signals, power supplies, inverters and wireless systems.
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