TripAdvisor and Booking Holdings upgraded, Southwest Airlines downgraded

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TripAdvisor and Booking Holdings upgraded, Southwest Airlines downgraded
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NEW YORK - In today's stock market analysis, several companies received notable rating changes from research firms. TripAdvisor ( NASDAQ : NASDAQ: TRIP ) received an upgrade from Bernstein to Outperform, highlighting Viator's potential for high-margin revenue that could counterbalance operational leverage challenges. Similarly, Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: NASDAQ: BKNG ) was upgraded by the same firm, with its unchallenging valuation and a commitment to stock buybacks contributing to the positive outlook.

In the technology sector, HP Inc. (NYSE: NYSE: HPQ ) saw an upgrade from Citi thanks to improvements in its PC ecosystem. Citi set a new price target for HP at $33. Crowdstrike (NASDAQ:CRWD), known for its cloud-based endpoint security solutions, also received an upgrade from Stifel, which raised its price target to $225. Oracle (NYSE: NYSE: ORCL ) was upgraded by Edward Jones due to its successful transition to a subscription model that is expected to boost sales growth.

On the downside, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: NYSE: LUV ) faced a downgrade by Melius Research, which cited an ineffective growth strategy and reduced the price target to $19. Educational technology company 2U (NASDAQ: NASDAQ: TWOU ) was downgraded by Citi over concerns of unresolved overleverage. Regions Financial (NYSE: NYSE: RF ) received a downgrade from Odeon Capital due to its strategy focusing more on margins rather than sales growth. Lastly, Waters Corporation (NYSE: NYSE: WAT ), operating in the analytical instruments sector, was downgraded by Barclays (LON: BARC ) amid a lack of visibility on instrument down cycles and potential recovery, with a new price target set at $230.

These rating changes reflect analysts' latest assessments of company performance, market conditions, and strategic directions, providing investors with insights into potential risks and opportunities in the stock market.

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