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Costco

$187.75

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Costco price target raised to $210 from $180 at Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel raised his price target for Costco to $210 from $180 as he continues to view it as particularly well-positioned among larger-cap retailers. The analyst believes new tax legislation will afford Costco more opportunity to invest strategically to further solidify its competitive standing in a shifting retail landscape. Further, Nagel expects continued solidifying fundamentals to further ease market concerns and support the premium Costco valuation. He reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.

COST Costco
$187.75

-1.35 (-0.71%)

12/18/17
BMOC
12/18/17
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Target $215
BMOC
Outperform
Costco upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital on accelerating online business
As noted earlier, BMO Capital analyst Kelly Bania upgraded Costco to Outperform from Market Perform and raised her price target to $215 from $160. Bania says the acceleration in the company's online business is at an early stage, which should support its outlook for strong comps and higher valuation. The analyst also expects the company to deepen its digital relationship with its "loyal" customer base, widening its "competitive moat".
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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. Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan with analyst Doug Anmuth saying both the company's investment story and financial results will strengthen in 2018 as Twitter builds on its "differentiated value proposition" for users and returns to revenue growth. 2. Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse with analyst Brad Zelnick citing the 13D filing by activist investor Elliott Management. 3. Costco (COST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital with analyst Kelly Bania saying the acceleration in the company's online business is at an early stage, which should support its outlook for strong comps and higher valuation. 4. General Mills (GIS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo with analyst John Baumgartner saying U.S. retail takeaway is improving faster than he expected, which suggests potential upside to the company's guidance during fiscal 2018. 5. Discover (DFS) and Synchrony (SYF) were upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
01/02/18
BARD
01/02/18
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Target $215
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Outperform
Costco traffic tends should remain best-in-class, says Baird
Baird analyst Peter Benedict said Costco's traffic trends should remain the best-in-class while its core comps should continue to stand out. Also, a favorable calendar shift is an added boost and gas and foreign exchange remain tailwinds. Benedict said Costco remains a compelling staple idea and reiterated his Outperform rating and $215 price target on the shares.
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Ulta rises after Monness Crespi calls company a better Amazon 'target'
Pre-market strength in shares of Ulta Beauty (ULTA) is being attributed to a suggestion made by an analyst at Monness Crespi that the company could be a better M&A fit for Amazon (AMZN) than Target (TGT). AMAZON ALTERNATIVES: In a note to investors this morning, Monness, Crespi, Hardt analyst James Cakmak noted the speculation that has swirled since Amazon's deal to buy Whole Foods about what categories and kinds of companies the e-commerce giant might acquire. He also noted that Target (TGT) most recently "has been floated as a prospect," but he doesn't see how such a deal would "change the game" in terms of pricing and selection for Amazon. Beauty is a category important for Amazon, and Ulta Beauty could be an M&A fit, Cakmak said. Lyft would also makes sense, as would a purchase of Costco (COST), even though that hypothetical deal "is highly unlikely," Cakmak also told investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cakmak's note appears to be in response to Loup Venture's Gene Munster having said yesterday that Amazon may be eyeing Target as its next major retail acquisition. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Ulta is up $4.78, or 2%, to $249.90 per share.

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