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UPDATE: J.P. Morgan Downgrades Autoliv to Neutral, Raises PT on Mixed Factors

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In a report published Monday, J.P. Morgan analyst Ryan Brinkman downgraded the rating on Autoliv (NYSE: ALV) from Overweight to Neutral, but raised the price target from $81.00 to $88.00.

In the report, J.P. Morgan noted, “As a result, we believe underlying operating margins are now structurally higher, although margins peaked in 2010 as the firm reinvested gross profit dollars in RD&E to support growth. We believe one of two things is now likely to happen: (1) margins will expand as the firm levers the higher spending; or (2) the firm will reinvest even more profits in growth. Either way, the consequence should be higher EBIT dollars than suggested by consideration of the firm's 2011-2012 margin trajectory alone. Our Neutral rating balances the moderate growth near term during the investment phase before the aforementioned safety-related revenue growth and potential margin expansion drive earnings tailwind beyond the 2014/15 time frame.”

Autoliv closed on Friday at $77.39.

Latest Ratings for ALV

DateFirmActionFromTo
Mar 2017RBC CapitalUpgradesUnderperformSector Perform
Mar 2017BernsteinInitiates Coverage OnUnderperform
Mar 2017MizuhoInitiates Coverage OnNeutral

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