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TWNK

Hostess Brands

$13.43

-0.05 (-0.37%)

06:22
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06:22

Hostess Brands downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS

UBS analyst Steven Strycula downgraded Hostess Brands to Sell and cut his price target for the shares to $11 from $16. Slowing category trends, market share loss in its Sweet Baked Goods unit and recent management turnover create an unfavorable setup, Strycula tells investors in a research note. The analyst points out that Hostess last night announced the unexpected retirement of CEO Bob Toler, but did not affirm guidance. He views the departure, following the recent exit of the company's chief operating officer, as concerning and sees increased earnings risk.

TWNK Hostess Brands
$13.43

-0.05 (-0.37%)

10/11/17
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10/11/17
JPMS
10/11/17
INITIATION
Target $15
JPMS
Neutral
Hostess Brands initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Joshua Levine started Hostess Brands with a Neutral rating and $15 price target. The analyst believes both the company's category growth and market share gains are likely to decelerate below Street expectations. He notes his earnings estimates for 2018 and 2019 are below consensus by 5%-8%.
09/25/17
MSCO
09/25/17
INITIATION
Target $14
MSCO
Equal Weight
Hostess Brands initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Matthew Grainger started Hostess Brands with an Equal Weight rating and $14 price target, as he believes margins are already at peak levels and that high leverage and competition may limit its acquisition prospects.
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RBCM
09/18/17
INITIATION
Target $16
RBCM
Outperform
Hostess Brands initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst David Palmer started Hostess Brands with an Outperform rating and $16 price target. The analyst views above-consensus EBITDA and a sales acceleration in Q4 as near-term catalysts and points out the stock is down 20%.

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