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Best Buy Shares Fall After Goldman Downgrade

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Best Buy Shares Fall After Goldman Downgrade

Shares of Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) have tumbled as much 4 percent after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy and removed it from the Americas Buy List.

Analyst Matthew Fassler said, "[W]e expect a sluggish wireless market to overshadow ongoing strength in TV sales, driving a choppy sales performance, particularly in the first half of 2016, when our sales and earnings forecasts stand below consensus."

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The brokerage's earlier Buy thesis was based primarily on the anticipated strength of the TV cycle, coupled with Best Buy's powerful position in the TV space as 4K/UHD technology gains traction; this dynamic played out better than expected, as the electronics category beat Goldman's expectation for the year.

However, the analyst said that mobile/computing disappointed, with implications for the forward as well, given an increasingly mature wireless market, an absence of new product, and an arguably fading imperative for Best Buy as a destination for phones as smartphone penetration has increased.

"We believe in the sustainability of BBY's model, but acknowledge that the stock moves with product cycles, given a mature store base, the impact of price transparency on margin, and several years of cost cuts under its belt," Fassler noted.

However, the analyst raised his 12-month price target to $33 from $32 to reflect a higher market multiple (15.4x vs. 14.8x).

Shares of Best Buy have dropped 24 percent in the last one year. They have been trading in the range of $25.31–$42.00 during the past 52 weeks.

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