Macquarie analyst Paul Golding upgraded Royal Caribbean to Outperform from Neutral with a price target of $132, up from $126. At the "current near-trough" price-to-earnings multiple, Royal Caribbean shares offer "substantially more upside than downside," Golding tells investors in a research note. While near-term results could be "messy," Hurricane Dorian is a one-time event, and booking sentiment remains strong aside from Dorian, says the analyst.
Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Woronka downgraded Royal Caribbean (RCL) to Hold from Buy with a price target of $80, down from $143, and cut his rating on Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) to Hold from Buy with a price target of $36, down from $63, stating that he "cannot realistically recommend buying them" given the many unknowns facing the cruise lines. While the multi-year earnings risk is becoming a greater threat for the group, if he owned the stocks already, he "would not sell them [...] and also would not short them," but he wouldn't be a buyer at this time, Woronka tells investors. He also maintains a Hold rating on shares of Carnival (CCL).