The shares of NRG Energy Inc. rose 6.0% Monday afternoon, beating the S&P 500’s SPX by +0.89%. This was after BofA Securities became bullish on the fossil fuel and nuclear fuel production company citing the value of the Vivint Smart Home Inc. acquisition as well as improvements in retail fundamentals. Julien Dumoulin Smith and Paul Zimbardo, BofA analysts, raised their rating for NRG to buy from neutral and increased the stock price target from $35 to $39 The stock fell to a 2 1/2 year low on March 15, after the Vivint deal was closed for $5.2 billion. BofA analysts stated that while Vivint’s deal was not the best use of capital, the stock closed at a 2 1/2-year low on March 15.