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CTSH

Cognizant

$69.59

-1.59 (-2.23%)

10:48
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Easing immigration reform worries seen as boost for Cognizant

Research firm Berenberg upgraded Indian IT outsourcing company Cognizant (CTSH) to Buy from Hold, saying that the stock is poised to rise because investors have become less worried about the company being hurt by immigration reform. EASING WORRIES: Noting that Cognizant's stock has rallied recently, Berenberg analyst Georgios Kertsos says the surge indicates that investors are less worried that Cognizant could be hurt by immigration reform. The longer it takes Congress to enact immigration reform, the better positioned Cognizant will be since it is reducing its reliance on foreign workers by hiring more employees who are already in the U.S., Kertsos added. Meanwhile, Kertsos is upbeat about the company's decision to expand its consulting business, saying that this strategy will increase the company's addressable market and "drive sustainable top-line performance." He raised his price target on the stock to $85 from $65. LOOP MORE BULLISH TOO: On August 4, Loop Capital analyst Joseph Vafi upgraded Cognizant to Buy from Hold. "Demand headwinds" that had been hurting the company are easing, while the company "has ample room" to meet its 2019 margin target, wrote Vafi, noting that its margins are currently below those of its peers. Easy comparisons should help the company's earnings per share growth begin to accelerate at the end of this year, potentially enabling its multiple to rise slightly, according to the analyst. He raised his price target on Cognizant shares to $83 from $63. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Cognizant added 0.7% to $70.

CTSH Cognizant
$69.59

-1.59 (-2.23%)

08/04/17
FBCO
08/04/17
NO CHANGE
Target $80
FBCO
Outperform
Cognizant price target raised to $80 from $70 at Credit Suisse
After its Q2 report, Credit Suisse analyst Charles Brennan said Cognizant (CTSH) remains one of the fastest growing companies in Computer Services & IT Consulting and deserves a valuation more in line with slower-growing peer Accenture (ACN). The analyst raised his price target on Cognizant to $80 from $70 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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BREN
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UPGRADE
Target $85
BREN
Buy
Cognizant upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg
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BREN
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Target $85
BREN
Buy
Cognizant upgraded to Buy on less immigration risk at Berenberg
Berenberg analyst Georgios Kertsos upgraded Cognizant Technology Solutions to Buy from Hold and raised his price target for the shares to $85 from $65. The market now considers U.S. immigration policy changes as unlikely, which leaves upside for investors, Kertsos tells investors in a research note. The analyst also thinks upside from potential U.S. tax reforms are not priced into Cognizant shares.
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