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SYF

Synchrony

$32.95

-1.86 (-5.34%)

, WMT

Walmart

$86.50

0.13 (0.15%)

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Synchrony may have 'upper hand' in Walmart credit card bidding, says BTIG

BTIG analyst Mark Palmer is keeping his Buy rating and $44 price target on Synchrony (SYF), noting the 5.3% decline in its stock price after media reports that Walmart (WMT) is considering shifting its credit card program to Capital One (COF). The analyst believes that Synchrony may still have the upper hand over Capital One because Walmart's objective to build out its digital wallet and mobile payment capabilities is better served by Synchrony's "understated solid experience helping retailers to develop their mobile capabilities" given its recent acquisition of GPShopper, which assists retailers in developing mobile apps. Palmer adds that given the risks and complexity around the transfer of a store-card program, Walmart should require a "very significant advantage", and it is more likely that it will renew its Synchony agreement at "somewhat less favorable terms for the issuer".

SYF

Synchrony

$32.95

-1.86 (-5.34%)

WMT

Walmart

$86.50

0.13 (0.15%)

COF

Capital One

$95.25

-0.06 (-0.06%)

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SYF Synchrony
$32.95

-1.86 (-5.34%)

07/12/18
BUCK
07/12/18
NO CHANGE
BUCK
Buckingham says Synchrony will do 'almost anything' to keep Walmart relationship
Buckingham analyst Chris Brendler said he remains positive on Synchrony (SYF) following a Bloomberg report that Capital One (COF) is bidding for Walmart's (WMT) credit card business. He feels less optimistic about Synchrony's chances of retaining the long-standing relationship, lowering his estimate of the odds of keeping it to 60% from 80%, but Brendler also said it is "difficult, expensive and risky" to move a portfolio of this size and he could see a split deal as possible. Given that Walmart represents about 15% of its revenue, he also thinks Synchrony will do "almost anything" to keep the relationship, said Brendler, who added that Synchrony shares are now cheapest in their peer group. The analyst has a Buy rating on Synchrony shares.
04/17/18
RBCM
04/17/18
INITIATION
Target $45
RBCM
Outperform
Synchrony initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Jason Arnold initiated Synchrony with an Outperform rating and a price target of $45. Arnold says the company is "poised for solid growth" based on his outlook for opportunity in the private label card space as well as the positive trends in the online/mobile spending category. Given the expected return on equity, the analyst believes that Synchrony's valuation of 9.7-times expected FY18 earnings is modest, forecasting a "more fair value" of 12-times with his price target.
05/02/18
JEFF
05/02/18
NO CHANGE
Target $50
JEFF
Buy
Synchrony remains a top pick among card issuers at Jefferies
After spending time with management, Jefferies analyst John Hecht says Synchrony Financial remains a top pick among his coverage of card issuers. Synchrony's "high touch, high value add and enhanced capabilities" position it well into contract renewals. The company has two large retail contracts with terms extending to next year, by which time they need to be renewed, Hecht tells investors in a research note. He believes Synchrony is difficult to replace for a retail partner and keeps a Buy rating on the shares with a $50 price target.
07/09/18
JPMS
07/09/18
DOWNGRADE
Target $20
JPMS
Neutral
Santander Consumer downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Richard Shane downgraded Santander Consumer (SC) to Neutral with an unchanged price target of $20. The analyst believes higher oil prices represent an increasing risk for the U.S. consumer and thinks the stock's upside is limited following the recent outperformance. His top pick Consumer Finance is Synchrony Financial (SYF). Shane raised his price target for the shares to $41 from $40 and keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
WMT Walmart
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0.13 (0.15%)

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JEFF
07/02/18
NO CHANGE
Target $32
JEFF
Buy
Jefferies remains bullish on PetIQ, boosts price target to $32
Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy raised his price target for PetIQ (PETQ) to $32 from $30 following a Walmart (WMT) store visit to a new VetIQ Petcare clinic in Lehighton, PA. The analyst sees see PetIQ's retail strategy as sensible given the high margin/return profile of the model. He believes the company's clinic rollout is on track and remains bullish on the stock with a Buy rating.
06/29/18
MKMP
06/29/18
NO CHANGE
Target $91
MKMP
Buy
Target is in 'early end of benefit cycle', says MKM Partners
MKM Partners analyst Patrick McKeever kept his Buy rating and $91 price target on Target (TGT), saying the company remains his Top Pick for 2018 in the space. The analyst sees a number of remaining growth drivers and positive catalysts, noting that the company is "still on the early end of the benefit cycle". McKeever further cites the 3.7% rise in store traffic in Q1 - the biggest increase in over 10 years - and also sees Q2 comps tracking near his 4% estimate, which is slightly above consensus. The analyst further states that despite the 16% run-up in the stock price this year, it still trades at a valuation discount of 2.7 multiple points relative to WalMart (WMT).
07/03/18
CLVD
07/03/18
NO CHANGE
CLVD
Walmart mentioned positively at Cleveland Research
COF Capital One
$95.25

-0.06 (-0.06%)

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07/09/18
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray with analyst Andrew Nowinski saying a recent round of channel checks showed a "significant improvement" in demand trends for the company. 2. BP (BP) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital with analyst Biraj Borkhataria saying the company's visibility for volume growth will lead to higher cash flows from operations. 3. Capital One (COF) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer with analyst Ben Chittenden saying the delinquency formation is improving and Q2 expectations seem too low to him. 4. Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow with analyst Alton Stump saying his conversations with U.S. franchisees lead him to believe the company's Q2 same-store sales rose 0.5-1.0%, which would be in-line with the consensus view and slightly better than his prior forecast for them to have been flat with last year. 5. Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse and to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
07/09/18
07/09/18
UPGRADE
Target $113

Outperform
Capital One upgraded to Outperform at Oppenheimer
As previously reported, Oppenheimer analyst Ben Chittenden upgraded Capital One to Outperform from Perform, with a $113 price target, as the delinquency formation is improving and Q2 expectations seem too low to him. The analyst believes Q2 will lead to both a positive EPS revision cycle as well as multiple expansion.
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OPCO
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UPGRADE
OPCO
Outperform
Capital One upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer

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