Packaging Corp. downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo
As previously reported, Wells Fargo analyst Gabe Hajde downgraded Packaging Corp. to Market Perform from Outperform and lowered his price target on the shares to $93 from $110. The analyst notes that the domestic containerboard prices have yet to fracture, though a downshift in demand could provide the necessary ingredient for weakness to emerge. Evading a drop in containerboard pricing will prove to be a difficult undertaking for the domestic containerboard industry in 2019, he adds. Hajde believes demand growth could stay in the 1.0%-2.0% range in 2019 and beyond as global economic activity downshifts and the e-commerce channel continues to emphasize "right-sized" packaging. Lastly, the potential for China to alter its hardline on recovered paper imports would limit any upside potential in export containerboard markets, he contends.