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Palantir jumps as Raymond James assigns PLTR stock a ‘strong buy’

Palantir jumps as Raymond James assigns PLTR stock a ‘strong buy’

On 21 July, Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) shares climbed as financial firm and investment bank Raymond James started coverage of the software company, dubbing it a ‘cultural unicorn.’ 

The firm assigned the company a “strong buy” rating and a $20 price target on Palantir shares. As a result of the initiation of coverage, PLTR stock closed the last trading session 3% higher.

Even though the shares of PLTR are down more than 40% year-to-date (YTD), investors are hoping that the Q2 earnings report will propel the stocks higher after its release on 8 August.  

PLTR charts and analysis

Over the last month, PLTR has been trading between $8.65 and $10.76, while currently remaining near the high of this range. The price action has seen the stock close above 20-day and 50-day Simple Moving Averages (SMAs) on slightly increased trading volume.

Furthermore, the support line for PLTR has formed between $8.74 to $8.79, with the resistance line established at $20.08.

PLTR 20-50-200 SMA lines chart. Source. Finviz.com data. See more stocks here.

Notably, TipRanks analysts rate the shares currently as hold, with an average next 12-month price target of $12.04, which is 14.78% higher than the current trading price of $10.49.

Wall Street analysts’ price targets for PLTR. Source: TipRanks

Raymond James analyst Brian Gesuale further argues that the shares of PLTR are currently undervalued and have ample growth room. 

“The company then nearly doubled its revenue from 2018 to 2020, crossing the billion dollar sales mark, and we believe the company will nearly double again and flirt with the $2 billion revenue mark in 2022,” he said.

After everything is said and done, Raymond James market experts claim that the risk/reward profile of the company makes it worthwhile to invest in it due to a 75% drop in price since its peak in early 2021.

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