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WIN

Windstream

$2.01

-0.03 (-1.47%)

, UNIT

Uniti Group

$17.47

-0.93 (-5.05%)

15:02
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15:02

Windstream, Uniti selloff on S&P change unfounded, says Raymond James

Raymond James analyst Frank Louthan attributes the weakness today in shares of Windstream (WIN) and Uniti Group (UNIT) to Standard & Poor's lowering its ratings on both companies to B from B+. The rating agency's analysis is "very weak" and seems a reaction to recent market moves rather than new information, Louthan tells investors in an intraday research note. The review does not take into account the recent "highly" free cash flow accretive acquisitions or the dividend cut, the analyst adds. He calls the selloff in the stocks "unfounded."

WIN

Windstream

$2.01

-0.03 (-1.47%)

UNIT

Uniti Group

$17.47

-0.93 (-5.05%)

  • 02

    Oct

WIN Windstream
$2.01

-0.03 (-1.47%)

08/04/17
DBAB
08/04/17
NO CHANGE
Target $30
DBAB
Buy
Uniti selloff yesterday a buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Matthew Niknam believes yesterday's pullback in shares of Uniti Group (UNIT) following Windstream's (WIN) dividend cut provides an attractive entry point. The analyst believes Uniti represents a "unique and defensive way" to invest in the Wireline space. He recommends buying the name at current levels and keeps a Buy rating on the shares with a $30 price target.
08/04/17
BOFA
08/04/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $2.5
BOFA
Underperform
Windstream downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill analyst David Barden downgraded Windstream two notches to Underperform from Buy and cut its price target to $2.50 from $8 following the company's surprising move to eliminate its 15c quarterly dividend. Barden believes investors were attracted by the yield and said the valuation premise of the company has materially changed, and its current declining business warrants a discount to peers.
08/14/17
JPMS
08/14/17
NO CHANGE
Target $31
JPMS
Overweight
Uniti Group selloff since Q2 results overdone, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Philip Cusick views the 21% selloff in Uniti Group (UNIT) shares since the company's Q2 results on August 3 as overdone. He attributes the weakness to fears around Windstream's (WIN) dividend cut and notes Windstream shares are down 45% in the same period. The analyst looks at Uniti's lease with Windstream as "essentially secured debt" and sees no reason that Uniti would reduce or renegotiate its lease with Windstream in or out of bankruptcy. He estimates Uniti shares are now pricing in a 22%-28% lease reduction and subsequent 35%-44% dividend cut. Cusick, however, views Windstream's dividend cut as a positive for Uniti as it "strengthens the durability of the Windstream lease payment." He reiterates an Overweight rating on the shares with a $31 price target.
08/16/17
WELS
08/16/17
NO CHANGE
WELS
Uniti Group risk/reward ratio attractive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that fears that Uniti Group (UNIT) will have to renegotiate its lease deal with Windstream (WIN) are overdone. The firm does not see this as a risk in the near-term, and it consequently believes that the risk/reward ratio of Uniti Group "is attractive at current levels." Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Uniti and a Market Perform rating on Windstream.
UNIT Uniti Group
$17.47

-0.93 (-5.05%)

08/15/17
BOFA
08/15/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $20
BOFA
Neutral
Uniti Group downgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Uniti Group (UNIT) to Neutral from Buy and lowered its price target to $20 from $34. Analyst David Barden said Windstream's (WIN) dividend cut increases concerns about the health of the business and, combined with Uniti's increasing cost of capital, creates a negative feedback loop for the stock.
08/15/17
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On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Deere (DE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill with analyst Ross Gilardi saying he is cautious into the print given recent data and expects the pace of earnings performance relative to expectations to begin to subside. 2. Zynerba (ZYNE) was downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer and to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. 3. Uniti Group (UNIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill with analyst David Barden saying Windstream's (WIN) dividend cut increases concerns about the health of the business and, combined with Uniti's increasing cost of capital, creates a negative feedback loop for the stock. 4. Farmland Partners (FPI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird with the firm's analyst saying financial leverage is moving towards 18x EBITDA following the recent preferred offering, and the participating rights could create a liability for the common holders that could grow over time and a common dividend AFFO payout ratio over 130% estimated through YE19. 5. Banco Santander (SAN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs with analyst Jose Abad seeing the valuation as full following the recent outperformance of the shares. The analyst lowered his price target for the shares to EUR 6.40. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
08/23/17
MSCO
08/23/17
NO CHANGE
Target $26
MSCO
Overweight
CenturyLink, Uniti Group risk/reward attractive, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Simon Flannery is surprised by the magnitude of share declines for Overweight rated CenturyLink (CTL) and Uniti Group (UNIT) and continues to view risk/reward as attractive. Flannery said Q2 results showed cable continued to to drive consumer sub growth, reinforcing his view to own these two infrastructure assets that will benefit from growing business IP/mobile traffic. The analyst trimmed CenturyLink's price target to $26 from $27 and cut Uniti's to $24 from $32.

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