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Herbalife Bull: 'A Very Cheap Stock' Ahead Of Q4 Results

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Herbalife Bull: 'A Very Cheap Stock' Ahead Of Q4 Results

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF), set to post earnings Thursday, is a "powerfully attractive" stock at its current price, according to a long-time bull.

Pivotal Research's Timothy S. Ramey reiterated a Buy and $75 target on the stock Monday and said the company is "clearly a sensible, ethical business," despite a pending investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

Ramey has been positive on Herbalife since at least last January, when he issued a bullish note at his former employer, D.A. Davidson.

Herbalife shares are down nearly 49 percent since then, partly from a high-decibel short campaign by Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital.

Herbalife closed Monday down 3.7 percent at $34.10.

Related Link: Herbalife Calls Ackman's Comments A 'Tirade'

Ackman has characterized Herbalife's multi-level marketing model as an illegal pyramid scheme.

With about 80 percent of Herbalife's business derived in non-U.S. markets, Ramey said the strengthening dollar makes the company's November guidance for the fourth-quarter earnings of $1.30 to $1.40 a share is "stale."

Analysts on average expect earnings of $1.22 a share, on sales of $1.16 billion.

For 2015, Ramey expects Herbalife sales will fall 3.4 percent on a 2.1 percent increase in volume offset by a 5.5 percent currency headwind.

"Yet the stock remains very cheap," Ramey said, adding that investors with a 12-to-18-month horizon will be "well-rewarded."

Handicapping the risk of the FTC investigation is "very difficult," Ramey said, but he added that an adverse outcome is "unlikely."

Latest Ratings for HLF

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Aug 2019UpgradesNeutralBuy
Aug 2019MaintainsBuy
Oct 2018Initiates Coverage OnBuy

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