Shares of the artificial intelligence lender Upstart Holdings (NASDAQ: UPST) traded more than 16% lower as of 11:14 a.m. ET today after it received yet another downgrade from Wall Street. Wedbush analyst David Chiaverini maintained his underperform rating on Upstart but lowered his price target from $20 to $15 per share. The lower price target comes just a week after Chiaverini lowered his price target on Upstart from $35 to $20.
Shares in these companies were trading above $300 in 2021 and they have what it takes to return to those levels in time.
Lending is one of society's oldest industries, where staples like credit scores and credit cards have ruled the roost for years. The FICO credit score is the traditional measure of a consumer's creditworthiness, but Upstart claims its AI can reduce loan defaults by 75% while approving borrowers at the same rate. The company started with unsecured personal loans, but recently launched automotive lending, with business and small-dollar loans imminent, and mortgages still ahead on Upstart's future growth plans.