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June 25, 2014
10:59 EDTBC, HOGHarley slides, Brunswick advances after ratings changes
Harley-Davidson (HOG) is falling and Brunswick (BC) is advancing after KeyBanc downgraded the shares of the motorcycle maker and upgraded the stock of the boat maker. WHAT'S NEW: There have been indications of "sluggish" motorcycle sales trends so far this year, KeyBanc analyst Brett Andress wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The trends appear to be "essentially flat," the analyst stated. Andress believes that Harley-Davidson performed better than the industry as a whole this quarter, as he estimates that the company's sales rose by low single digit percentage levels. Still, that is below the motorcycle maker's full-year guidance for a 7%-9% increase in shipments, the analyst noted. He downgraded his rating on the shares to Hold from Buy. Conversely, Brunswick should benefit from "modest, sustained momentum" in overall boat sales and a strong rebound in sales of its flagship SeaRay boats, the analyst believes. Andress cited positive registration data and anecdotes from retailers as two reasons for his optimism about the SeaRay line. Sales of the boats could double by 2017 to about $600M, he estimated. However, supply constraints may keep newer versions of the SeaRay line from coming on the market until the second half of 2014 or the first half of next year, so 2014 may be more of a transitional year for Brunswick, Andress warned. However, Brunswick's stock more adequately reflects this dynamic following its recent decline, according to the analyst, who upgraded the shares to Buy from Hold and set a $55 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Harley-Davidson dropped 1.2% to $69.85 and Brunswick gained 2% to $41.64.
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November 16, 2014
17:00 EDTBCBrunswick shares could climb 20%, Barron's says
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November 14, 2014
11:45 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson advances after Goldman ups rating to Buy
Shares of Harley-Davidson are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors today. The company's comparative U.S. retail sales growth accelerated last month, the firm reported. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting channel checks, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote that the motorcycle maker's U.S. sales growth for October came in above the 3.4% increase the company reported for the third quarter. The accelerating comparative sales were driven by easier comparisons and the company's new products, according to Archambault. He expects the company's momentum to continue into next year and is upbeat on the stock's longer term outlook. The analyst set an $81 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Harley-Davidson gained 1% to $68.50.
10:00 EDTHOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:26 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Harley-Davidson to Buy after its channel checks indicated U.S. retail sales accelerated in October. Goldman expects new products to drive improved revenue growth and upped its price target for shares to $81 from $66. Shares of the motorcycle maker closed yesterday up 54c to $67.65.

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