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UPDATE: JP Morgan Downgrades Family Dollar Stores to Neutral; Risk/Reward Now Balanced

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JP Morgan reduced its rating on Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO) from Overweight to Neutral and lowered its price target from $75 to $70.

JP Morgan noted, "Taking a step back FDO is up 30% over the past year (significantly outpacing DG/DLTR +12%/-11% and S&P +4.8%) given new mgmt at the helm (M. Bloom) and operational levers put in place (re-worked marketing approach, private label, and direct sourcing penetration). Net/net – we believe in Bloom and FDO's array of top-line (national brand additions, tobacco) and bottom-line drivers but believe improvement is largely priced into the stock at this level (particularly trading at 109 bps premium to DG/DLTR) with competitive pressures heating up."

Family Dollar Stores closed at $70.58 on Monday.

Latest Ratings for FDO

DateFirmActionFromTo
Apr 2015JefferiesMaintainsHold
Jan 2015BarclaysMaintainsEqual-Weight
Jan 2015JefferiesDowngradesBuyHold

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