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WMT

Walmart

$75.29

-3.62 (-4.59%)

, COST

Costco

$180.06

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Wal-Mart, Costco weakness on Amazon news a buying opportunity, says Baird

Baird analyst Peter Benedict said he we views Amazon's (AMZN) deal to buy Whole Foods (WFM) as reinforcing the value of local distribution and he believes Wal-Mart (WMT) and Costco (COST) are particularly well positioned to compete in the omni-channel grocery market. The analyst, who recommends using today's weakness in those two stocks as a buying opportunity, keeps an Outperform rating on both, while maintaining a Neutral rating on Target (TGT), noting that he thinks today's news "raises the bar" on its need to find an effective strategy to turn its grocery business.

WMT

Walmart

$75.29

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COST

Costco

$180.06

-1.61 (-0.89%)

AMZN

Amazon.com

$964.17

-12.3 (-1.26%)

WFM

Bought by AMZN

$33.06

-2.39 (-6.74%)

TGT

Target

$51.77

-3.6919 (-6.66%)

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WMT Walmart
$75.29

-3.62 (-4.59%)

06/16/17
JEFF
06/16/17
NO CHANGE
Target $88
JEFF
Buy
Wal-Mart should be rallying on Whole Foods takeover, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Daniel Binder views the "knee-jerk" selloff in Wal-Mart (WMT) shares following Amazon's (AMZN) acquisition of Whole Foods (WFM) as overdone. The deal suggests having a store base in food "is important after all," Binder tells investors in a research note. Investors should be buying Wal-Mart today, not "taking it to the woodshed," the analyst argues. The company has roughly 4,500 points of distribution in food while Amazon just bought 461, Binder writes in a research note titled "Stores Are Important After All!." He recommends buying Wal-Mart on the weakness today and keeps a Buy rating on the name with an $88 price target. The retailing giant is down 5%, or $3.67, to $75.24 in afternoon trading.
06/16/17
LEHM
06/16/17
UPGRADE
Target $48
LEHM
Overweight
Barclays upgrades Whole Foods on potential for bidding war
As previously reported, Barclays analyst Karen Short upgraded Whole Foods (WFM) to Overweight from Equal Weight and raised her price target on the stock to $48 from $38, telling investors that she would not be surprised to see a bidding war break out following Amazon's (AMZN) announcement of a takeover agreement. Short, who thinks a strategic retail buyer would generate up to $600M in synergies from a deal to buy Whole Foods, said bidders could include Kroger (KR), Target (TGT), and Wal-Mart (WMT), all of which may "have too much to lose not to bid."
06/16/17
06/16/17
NO CHANGE

Pacific Crest calls Amazon deal a 'turning point' in fight with Wal-Mart
Amazon's (AMZN) agreement to acquire Whole Foods (WFM) marks a "significant step" in its push into physical retail and a "turning point" in the company's battle against Wal-Mart (WMT), Pacific Crest analyst Edward Yruma tells investors in an intraday research note. The deal gives Amazon attractively located stores, a very strong brand, and "credibility" within food retail, added Yruma.
06/15/17
NOMU
06/15/17
NO CHANGE
NOMU
Amazon.com price target raised to $1,100 from $975 at Nomura Instinet
Nomura Instinet analyst Anthony DiClemente says that Amazon's (AMZN) current valuation is "reasonable." The analyst says that, assuming the cloud business is worth $220B, based on a 2020 multiple similar to that given Microsoft (MSFT), while its Prime video business is worth $8B, or 12% of Netflix's (NFLX) current valuation, and its advertising business is worth $27B, or double his estimate of Snap's (SNAP) total valuation, the company's e-commerce business is only being valued at about $210B at current levels. Noting that Wal-Mart (WMT) is currently valued at $280B, the analyst says that Amazon's valuation "is not excessively strencthed." DiClemente raised his 2020 EV/EBITDA multiple for the cloud business to 14x from 13.5x, noting that SAP (SAP), Oracle (ORCL) and Microsoft (MSFT) all had higher multiples at similar points in their histories. The analyst raised his target multiple for Amazon's North America e-commerce business to 13x from 12x, which he says is in-line with Wal-Mart's mean multiple from 1992-2001. He raised his price target on Amazon to $1,100 from $975 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
COST Costco
$180.06

-1.61 (-0.89%)

05/01/17
CLVD
05/01/17
NO CHANGE
CLVD
Costco April sales slightly softer versus March, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Costco's April sales are slightly softer versus March ex-Easter shift, but still in line with channel expectations. The firm said Costco has been focused on price/value recently, which could incrementally pressure gross margins.
04/21/17
04/21/17
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Costco (COST) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays with analyst Karen Short citing a survey by the firm where results showed analytically that Costco (COST) is "very protected" from Amazon (AMZN). 2. CSX (CSX) was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Aegis and to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. 3. Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel with analyst Patrick Newton citing valuation and his belief that the company has a number of potential positive catalysts, including the 100G upgrade cycle at T-Mobile (TMUS), in-line SSL decryption, and the potential for reduced competition from Ixia (XXIA). 4. Skechers (SKX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley with analyst Jeff Van Sinderen citing "strong" international growth and worldwide comps following the company's better than expected first quarter results. The analyst raised his price target for the shares to $32 from $28. 5. Quest Diagnostics (DGX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James with analyst Nicholas Jansen saying Quest has delivered two strait quarters of high single digit adjustment EBIT growth and sees room for sustained mid-to-high single digit growth driven by improved commercial execution, strengthening health system relationships and outreach deals, and invigorate programs. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
05/26/17
FBCO
05/26/17
NO CHANGE
Target $195
FBCO
Outperform
Costco price target raised to $195 after 'bounce-back quarter' at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Edward Kelly noted that Costco followed up a "disappointing" Q2 performance with a "much better" Q3, noting that its new card continued to contribute while core merchandise margin also improved and fuel turned into a tailwind. The quarterly report was "clearly positive," comparisons remain fairly easy in the near-term and Costco's performance is notable given the landscape of other "structurally challenged retail names," which suggests the stock could still have legs, Kelly tells investors. He raised his price target to $195 from $187 and keeps an Outperform rating on Costco shares.
04/21/17
LEHM
04/21/17
UPGRADE
Target $185
LEHM
Overweight
Costco upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Karen Short upgraded Costco Wholesale (COST) to Overweight after her survey of 800 customers indicated more than 80% of them go to Costco stores specifically for food. This suggests the company is "very protected" from Amazon (AMZN), Short tells investors in a research note. The analyst expects Costco's traffic to accelerate amid easing comparisons into the second half of the year. Short also sees the potential for a special dividend from a tax break on foreign cash repatriation. She raised her price target for the shares to $185 from $170.
AMZN Amazon.com
$964.17

-12.3 (-1.26%)

06/16/17
PIPR
06/16/17
NO CHANGE
Target $1200
PIPR
Overweight
Piper reiterates $1,200 target on Amazon following Whole Foods deal
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson believes the importance of Amazon's (AMZN) acquisition of Whole Foods (WFM) centers on the accelerations in its grocery strategy. Amazon's proximity to the U.S. consumer with grocery delivery range locations will increase from 20%-30% to near ubiquity, which "significantly" accelerates its grocery go-to-market, Olson tells investors in a research note titled "The Future of Grocery is Bright, Disruptive and Amazon's." Further, he believes Whole Foods' localized sourcing can "significantly improve" Amazon's grocery SKU quality. He reiterates an Overweight rating on Amazon with a $1,200 price target.
06/16/17
JEFF
06/16/17
NO CHANGE
Target $39
JEFF
Buy
Jefferies does not expect higher bid for Whole Foods
Jefferies analyst Christopher Mandeville does not see a higher bid coming for Whole Foods (WFM) given the premium paid by Amazon.com (AMZN). The analyst believes the synergies from the deal are "unclear at this time." He also expects grocery stocks to remain under pressure following today's news. Further, United Natural Foods' (UNFI) relationship with Whole Foods is now "more questionable than ever," Mandeville tells investors in a research note.
WFM Bought by AMZN
$33.06

-2.39 (-6.74%)

06/16/17
LEHM
06/16/17
UPGRADE
LEHM
Overweight
Whole Foods upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Price target raised to $48 from $38.
TGT Target
$51.77

-3.6919 (-6.66%)

05/09/17
CLVD
05/09/17
NO CHANGE
CLVD
Neutral
Target Q1 comps likely ahead, but outlook remains cautious, says Cleveland
Cleveland Research analyst Scott Bender said Target sales appear to have improved in Q1 against easier comps and sees upside to consensus comp expectations for the quarter. However, the channel outlook remains cautious as there are concerns that EDLP could hurt sales, and the merchandising re-organization could cause disruptions. Bender has a Neutral rating on Target.
03/01/17
WOLF
03/01/17
DOWNGRADE
WOLF
Underperform
Target downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
05/17/17
BARD
05/17/17
NO CHANGE
Target $55
BARD
Neutral
Target Q1 results a positive step, but visibility still low, says Baird
Baird analyst Peter Benedict said Target's Q1 earnings beat was "a step in the right direction," but he adds that the bar was low and visibility remain limited. Week-to-week results remain volatile and driving positive comps remains the key for a re-rating of the stock, contends Benedict, who keeps a Neutral rating and $55 price target on Target shares.

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