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KR

Kroger

$22.29

-2.27 (-9.24%)

, AMZN

Amazon.com

$987.71

23.54 (2.44%)

05:55
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Kroger selloff last week a buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank analyst Shane Higgins views last week's 27.6% selloff in shares of Kroger (KR) following the weaker than expected Q1 results and Amazon.com's (AMZN) acquisition of Whole Foods (WFM) as a buying opportunity. Kroger can still compete and is well positioned to capitalize on market disruption, Higgins tells investors in a research note. He lowered his price target for the shares to $26 from $35 and keeps a Buy rating on the name.

KR

Kroger

$22.29

-2.27 (-9.24%)

AMZN

Amazon.com

$987.71

23.54 (2.44%)

WFM

Bought by AMZN

$42.68

9.62 (29.10%)

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KR Kroger
$22.29

-2.27 (-9.24%)

06/16/17
RBCM
06/16/17
NO CHANGE
RBCM
Kroger risk/reward 'favorable,' says RBC Capital
After Kroger lowered its fiscal 2017 EPS guidance. RBC Capital analyst William Kirk says that the company's increased investments in prices and labor are "alarming." However, the analyst notes that the company still had positive ID sales so far this quarter, and he thinks that it will benefit from the closure of a number of competing stores. He says that the stock's risk/reward ratio is positive, and he keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
06/16/17
BARD
06/16/17
NO CHANGE
Target $72
BARD
Outperform
Amazon deal for Whole Foods a 'mild negative' for Vantiv, says Baird
Baird analyst David Koning believes Whole Foods (WFM) could be about 0.15-0.2% of Vantiv's (VNTV) revenue, making the deal for the grocer to be acquired by Amazon (AMZN) a "mild negative" for Vantiv. Vantiv may trade down today following that news and the guidance cut from Kroger (KR), which Koning estimates accounts for about 1% of Vantiv's revenue. However, he likes Vantiv shares given its valuation and potential for rising estimates and keeps an Outperform rating and $72 price target on the stock.
06/16/17
06/16/17
DOWNGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Nike (NKE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan with analyst Matthew Boss saying his work suggests Nike's sales in North America are likely to get worse before getting better. 2. Kroger (KR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs, to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan, and to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory. 3. Booz Allen (BAH) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill, to Hold from Buy at Vertical Research, and to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. 4. Square (SQ) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse with analyst Paul Condra saying the shares at current levels are fully valued. 5. Noble Corp. (NE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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."
AMZN Amazon.com
$987.71

23.54 (2.44%)

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
BARD
06/16/17
NO CHANGE
BARD
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.
06/16/17
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Neutral
Costco downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman Sachs
As previously reported, Goldman downgraded Costco (COST) to Neutral from Conviction Buy and lowered its price target to $176 from $197. Analyst Matthew Fassler believes Costco's valuation will be capped due to Amazon's (AMZN) ongoing moves into consumables, online investments by Wal-Mart (WMT) and fading fundamental catalysts. He believes Amazon will offer superior pricing and delivery competency versus incumbents but does not anticipate meaningful erosion in warehouse business trends any time soon.
06/19/17
DBAB
06/19/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $172
DBAB
Hold
Costco downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell downgraded Costco (COST) to Hold and lowered his price target for the shares to $172 from $187. Positive pipeline catalysts have played out while competition is intensifying with Amazon.com (AMZN) and Wal-Mart (WMT) accelerating in-store and online efforts, Trussell tells investors in a research note titled "Past Its Prime? Downgrade to Hold." He believes Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods (WFM) is a "game changer" for Costco's "competitive moat in grocery."
WFM Bought by AMZN
$42.68

9.62 (29.10%)

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.

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