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UPDATE: KeyBanc Downgrades Ascena Retail Group to Hold, Removes PT on Valuation

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In a report published Monday, KeyBanc downgraded its rating on Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA) from Buy to Hold, and removed its $23.00 price target.

KeyBanc noted, “We believe that the middle income consumer remains pressured and move to the sidelines on two stocks that are in the midst of transformational activities – Aeropostale, Inc. (ARO-NYSE) and Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (ASNA-NASDAQ). With a +15% increase in gas prices since January 17, 2013, a roughly $36 billion gap in tax refunds paid year-over-year, and the impact of the payroll tax, we believe that consumers remain pressured. For Aeropostale, the Company is still in the early innings of moving its logo business to a higher fashion content business. Change comes slowly in such processes, and the de-emphasis on logo may pressure near-term results. At Ascena, the Company faces a difficult turnaround and integration with its recently acquired businesses and its multi-year growth driver, Justice, is showing signs of a slowdown. Valuation for both companies remains reasonable, but with the potential for further earnings pressure, we move to the sidelines.”

Ascena Retail Group closed on Friday at $17.11.

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May 2015RBC CapitalInitiates Coverage onSector Perform
Apr 2015Guggenheim SecuritiesInitiates Coverage onBuy
Feb 2015KeyBancUpgradesHoldBuy

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