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AeroVironment

$73.67

0.66 (0.90%)

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09:22

William Blair starts AeroVironment at Outperform on drone spending growth

William Blair analyst Louie DiPalma last night initiated coverage of AeroVironment with an Outperform rating. According to an analysis by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, the U.S. Department of Defense requested $8.9B for unmanned systems in the government's fiscal 2019 budget, DiPalma tells investors in a research note. Annual growth for the U.S. fiscal year drone budget allocation accelerated to 20%, with a 14.7% five-year annual growth rate, adds the analyst. He points out that AeroVironment is the industry leader in small unmanned aerial systems for military users. DiPalma sees the shares trading to a range of $82 to $105 over the next 18 months. He expects defense budget drone spending growth to continue to exceed overall defense budget growth by a wide margin.

AVAV AeroVironment
$73.67

0.66 (0.90%)

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DOWNGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. AeroVironment (AVAV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel with analyst Joseph DeNardi citing valuation, but he continues to maintain a positive bias on the stock. 2. Beacon Roofing (BECN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital with analyst Michael Eisen saying he sees a threat to consensus estimates based on the higher oil price and freight costs amid declining industry demand. 3. Green Plains (GPRE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens with analyst Farha Aslam stating that its restructuring plan is a long-term positive, but in the near-term the company may be "forced to cut muscle." 4. Mattel (MAT) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson with analyst Linda Bolton Weiser noting that the stock price has risen 29% from its April low even though the company's fundamentals have not improved. 5. Aquinox (AQXP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham with analyst Alan Carr noting that the company's Phase 3 trial of rosiptor in Interstitial Cyrstitis failed to demonstrate efficacy, with no evidence of activity at any point or within any subset of patient subset. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here
09/06/18
PIPR
09/06/18
NO CHANGE
Target $77
PIPR
Neutral
AeroVironment price target raised to $77 from $56 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen raised his price target for AeroVironment to $77 saying the company reported "strong" fiscal Q1 results with revenue and earnings well above Street expectations. Strong sales were primarily due to strength in unmanned aircraft, which should continue due to President Trump's focus on military defense spending with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 coming into effect, Jensen tells investors in a post-earnings research note. The analyst remains bullish on AeroVironment's long-term opportunities but views the stock as fully valued at current levels. As such, he reiterates a Neutral rating on the name.
11/30/18
PIPR
11/30/18
NO CHANGE
Target $78
PIPR
Neutral
AeroVironment shares fully valued at current levels, says Piper Jaffray
AeroVironment reported fiscal Q3 results with revenues below and earnings above Street expectations, Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen tells investors in a research note. The analyst continues to believe the company's largest growth opportunity is from sales to international governments. He remains bullish on AeroVironment's long-term opportunities but thinks a "lot of this optimism" is currently priced into the stock. Jensen raised his price target for the shares to $78 from $77 and reiterates a Neutral rating on the name. He finds AeroVironment fully valued at current levels.
01/24/19
WBLR
01/24/19
INITIATION
WBLR
Outperform
AeroVironment initiated with an Outperform at William Blair
William Blair started AeroVironment with an Outperform rating saying the company is the leading provider of small military drones.

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