JPMorgan downgrades PPG to Underweight, says company split unlikely
JPMorgan analyst Jeffrey Zekauskas downgraded PPG Industries to Underweight from Neutral with an unchanged price target of $106. PPG shares have been drifting higher in 2019 as the market continues to prefer higher quality and less cyclical materials companies to their more cyclical counterparts, Zekauskas tells investors in a research note. However, the analyst believes general economic business conditions are "arguably weaker than they have been because of decreased rates of economic growth in China and in Europe." He continues to think that an 11.5 times multiple of 2019 EBITDA represents fair value for PPG, which implies a $106 share price objective for 2019. Further, PPG is unlikely to split itself into two different coatings entities as Trian has suggested, Zekauskas contends.