Zacks Investment Research Upgrades Cree, Inc. (CREE) to “Hold”

Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued 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. “

A number of other equities analysts have also issued reports on CREE. TheStreet raised Cree from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 27th. BidaskClub lowered Cree from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Northland Securities reissued a “hold” rating and set a $28.00 price target on shares of Cree in a report on Thursday, September 28th. Needham & Company LLC reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Cree in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation lowered their price target on Cree from $28.00 to $26.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $27.50.

Cree (NASDAQ CREE) traded up $0.51 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $36.93. The company had a trading volume of 1,411,645 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,231,971. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06, a quick ratio of 3.61 and a current ratio of 4.82. Cree has a 52-week low of $20.50 and a 52-week high of $37.43.

Cree (NASDAQ:CREE) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The LED producer reported $0.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.04. Cree had a negative return on equity of 0.44% and a negative net margin of 8.42%. The firm had revenue of $360.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $360.01 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.09 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Cree will post -0.27 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System lifted its position in shares of Cree by 3.3% during the 2nd quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 25,400 shares of the LED producer’s stock valued at $626,000 after acquiring an additional 800 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. acquired a new stake in shares of Cree during the 1st quarter valued at approximately $346,000. Alliancebernstein L.P. lifted its position in shares of Cree by 108.4% during the 2nd quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 155,105 shares of the LED producer’s stock valued at $3,823,000 after acquiring an additional 80,681 shares during the period. Zacks Investment Management acquired a new stake in shares of Cree during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $1,069,000. Finally, BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in shares of Cree by 26.8% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 10,245,032 shares of the LED producer’s stock valued at $252,541,000 after acquiring an additional 2,164,847 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 91.73% of the company’s stock.

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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