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UPDATE: Morgan Stanley Upgrades 3M to Overweight; Safety Trade for Rebound From Slowdown

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Morgan Stanley raised its rating on 3M (NYSE: MMM) from Equal-Weight to Overweight and announced a price target of $102 on shares.

Morgan Stanley said, "3M is normally first to emerge from a slowdown/recession. We believe the “safety trade” aspect of the 3M story is largely understood, given its leverage to more stable Healthcare, Consumer & Security markets, geographic diversity, and limited CapEx exposure. Less recognized is that 3M's core growth can outperform during 2H12 as we emerge from the current mid-cycle slowdown, aided by over-exposure to highly cyclical Electronics verticals and EM – these factors could represent ~2ppts of tailwind in 2013 vs. EE/MI peers."

3M closed at $87.59 on Friday.

Latest Ratings for MMM

DateFirmActionFromTo
Jan 2015UBSInitiates Coverage onBuy
Jan 2015JP MorganMaintainsNeutral
Jan 2015BarclaysMaintainsEqual-weight

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