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A Slam Dunk for Splunk? Some Analysts Think So

I guess you could call it a damn Splunk? Shares of big-data software sorter and analyzer Splunk were rising on Monday after receiving an upgrade from analysts at Morgan Stanley, who see the company's "robust" free-cash-flow potential as having a positive influence on future revenue and earnings. In a research note to clients just ahead of the company's earnings release this week, Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss upgraded his rating on the stock to overweight from equal weight and also lifted his one-year price target to $169 from $140 on what he sees as "increasing clarity" in the company's shift toward a recurring revenue model. The shift "likely reveals a durable 25%+ [annual recurring revenue] growth story, with FY23 FCF approaching $1B - which looks undervalued at current levels," the analyst wrote, noting that Splunk currently trades "at a ~30% valuation discount relative to peers." Splunk last month rolled out a number of updates to its Data-to-Everything platform in an effort to compete more with the likes of Microsoft , Salesforce , SAP , Oracle and Workday in providing more robust software-as-a-service platforms for businesses. It's also looking to fo tete-a-tete with the likes of Cisco Systems . Shares of Splunk were up up 2.41%, or $2.87 a share, at $122.07. Splunk's stock has been on a rough trajectory this year, trading about 7.5% lower since late August. Cisco, Microsoft and Salesforce are holdings in Jim Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio. Want to be alerted before Cramer buys or sells MSFT or CRM? Learn more now. Bull Market Fantasy: LIVE TUESDAY & THURSDAY @10:45AM Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for more videos : Listen our latest Podcasts on Soundcloud Catch Up: Today's Top News Videos Below

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