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Valvoline downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill

BofA/Merrill analyst Olivia Tong downgraded Valvoline two notches to Underperform from Buy and cut its price target to $20 from $24 following the Q4 miss and guidance. Tong said core North American margins fell short of expectations and DIY has become increasing competitive as the industry chases worsening volumes. The analyst said the challenging environment will result in increased competitive pressures on pricing and promotions in order to maintain volumes, which will limit profits.

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Check out today's top analyst calls from around Wall Street, compiled by The Fly. WELLS SAYS 'MAY BE AS GOOD AS IT GETS' FOR COSTCO: Wells Fargo analyst Edward Kelly downgraded Costco Wholesale to Market Perform from Outperform with an unchanged price target of $235. While Costco remains one of the highest quality companies within consumer and its near-term results should be positive, "this may be as good as it gets," Kelly told investors. He believes the stock's 50% rally over the past year "has left it priced for perfection" and that Costco's comps "seem destined to slow in 2019" as it laps tough comparisons. JPMORGAN ADVISE CAUTION ON GE: A read of the proxies for the General Electric (GE) and Wabtec (WAB) transportation deal suggests "caution is warranted" in taking the forecasts "to the bank," JPMorgan analyst Stephen Tusa wrote in a research note. The situation "looks eerily similar" to GE's Baker Hughes (BHGE) deal, where management went from pitching $8B in future EBITDA several years forward to "slowly pulling annual guidance once public," with a consensus that is now at $5B, Tusa said. He believes that as each of GE's Industrial businesses get broken out clearly with "clean GAAP" transparency, the less impressive the financials look. Tusa keeps an Underweight rating on General Electric shares. CORNING UPGRADED ON OPTICAL DEMAND STRENGTH: Citi analyst Asiya Merchant upgraded Corning (GLW) to Buy from Neutral with a $40 price target, telling investors that the shares are "poised to continue to grind higher" in the next 12-18 months. The analyst expects Corning's earnings and margins growth will be driving by optical demand strength and better display pricing. JPMORGAN CUTS VALVOLINE TO UNDERWEIGHT ON NEW AMAZON COMPETITION: JPMorgan analyst Jeffrey Zekauskas downgraded Valvoline (VVV) to Underweight from Neutral and lowered his price target for the shares to $20 from $22. Industry trade publication National Oil and Lube New is reporting that Amazon (AMZN) has launched its first private label motor oil called AmazonBasics Full Synthetic Motor Oil, Zekauskas noted. While too early to gauge the effects of the Amazon entry on the Valvoline brand, the new competition from Amazon will likely reduce Valvoline's trading multiple "because the lubricant industry structure is probably weaker for its entry," Zekauskas contends. NVIDIA TARGET HIKED TO $350: Needham analyst Rajvindra Gill raised his price target on Nvidia to $350 from $325 after his investor meeting with its Data Center GM and Director of IR, saying the discussions about the company's AI/ML dominance reminded him of "Wintel" platform during the PC computing era. The analyst believes that Nvidia is "uniquely positioned" to capitalize on the next wave of computing, taking a larger inference market share with its new TensorRT Hyperscaler Platform.
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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. Costco (COST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo with analyst Edward Kelly saying while Costco remains one of the highest quality companies within consumer and its near-term results should be positive, "this may be as good as it gets." 2. Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital with analyst David Palmer saying while sales have accelerated sequentially, the current valuation of 22-times his expected FY20 earnings "reflects much of the turnaround." 3. Valvoline (VVV) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan with analyst Jeffrey Zekauskas saying industry trade publication National Oil and Lube New is reporting that Amazon (AMZN) has launched its first private label motor oil called AmazonBasics Full Synthetic Motor Oil. 4. DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi. 5. Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird with analyst Jeff Johnson saying at some point valuation will matter, so he moved to the sidelines. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Valvoline upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Seaport Global
Seaport Global analyst Michael Harrison upgraded Valvoline to Buy and maintained a $25 price target. Harrison believes last week's selloff is "overblown" and an excellent buying opportunity to involved the the growth stry driven by Quick Lubes and International. The analyst expects normalizing trends in the Core North American segment in Q4, noting base oil prices appear to be stabilizing, and further announcements that the company is adding stores to its quick-lube network.
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Target $27
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Valvoline initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Laurence Alexander started Valvoline with a Buy rating and $27 price target. The company has successfully navigated a rising raw material environment, allaying a key investor concern after the spin off, Alexander tells investors in a research note.

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