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Fly News Breaks for September 27, 2019
Sep 27, 2019 | 07:07 EDT
BofA/Merrill analyst John Babcock initiated iRobot with a Buy rating and a price target of $70. The analyst notes that the valuation on the stock at 17.9-times his expected 2020 earnings is "relatively attractive" while investor sentiment is "relatively negative", saying that its near term results are likely to "surprise positively". Babcock adds that while his FY20 earnings projection is below consensus, expecting estimates to come down, he believes that is already priced into the shares.
News For IRBT From the Last 2 Days
Oct 16, 2019 | 06:54 EDT
JPMorgan analyst Mark Strouse lowered his price target for iRobot (IRBT) to $69 from $83 and keeps a Neutral rating on the shares ahead of the company's Q3 results. The analyst expects "some quarter-to-quarter noise" in the second half of 2019 related to timing of Amazon (AMZN) orders, which he notes are expected to be unseasonably tilted towards Q4 owing to tariffs. In addition, initial reviews for the competing high-end Shark RVC are mostly positive, which may lead to share loss for iRobot during the key holiday season, Strouse tells investors in a pre-earnings research note. While iRobot has sued Shark for patent infringement, the analyst does not expect a decision prior to year-end, "meaning that holiday sales may still be at risk."