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PPL Corp. upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie

Macquarie analyst Angie Storozynski upgraded PPL Corp. to Neutral from Underperform with a price target of $32.50, up from $27 saying an M&A deal is increasingly likely as it would solve the company's balance sheet and dividend problems. The analyst said speculation of a AGR merger makes sense given the combination of their US businesses/balance sheets makes sense and cost benefits. AGR would contribute a strong balance sheet, grow its size/trading liquidity, and avoid another earnings CAGR reset, which would be inevitable on a standalone basis. PPL would contribute decent regulated utilities in good jurisdictions, strong management track record, while avoiding a dividend cut or equity raise, Storozynski wrote in a note to investors.

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PPL PPL Corp.
$32.74

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INITIATION
Target $30
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Neutral
PPL Corp. initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Mizuho analyst Anthony Crowdell started PPL Corporation with a Neutral rating and $30 price target. The analyst believes the company's price-to-earnings discount of 35% is warranted given the uncertainty in its U.K. business. He struggles to see any positive catalyst in the next 12 months.
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PPL Corp. upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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PPL Corp. upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith upgraded PPL Corp to Neutral with a $30 price target after its Q2 earnings beat and backed Ofgem expectations. The analyst notes however that the stock has underperformed its peers by nearly 15% year-to-date because of its lower premium to Regulatory Asset Value for its UK business and sees "substantial negativity" weighing further on shares based on the impact of GBP F/X rates and UK's RIIO-ED2 rate review process. Dumoulin-Smith also sees a "more balanced risk-reward" after the management backed its dividend payout expectations.
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Fly Intel: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. WW (WW) upgraded two notches to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill and upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley FBR. 2. Boston Beer (SAM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie with analyst Caroline Levy citing IRI data that showed sales were up 35% in the 4 weeks ended July 28, which she said confirmed the company's strong sales trends and continued momentum in its portfolio. 3. PPL Corp. (PPL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill with analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith citing its Q2 earnings beat and backed expectations. 4. Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus with analyst John Staszak saying he sees the company growing its comps and accelerating its location openings with the positive view on the upgrades in store experience that includes drive-thru lines for mobile orders, brighter interior designs, espresso machines, digital order boards, and a coffee tap system. 5. Electronic Arts (EA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities. 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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