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Wedbush: Nintendo's New Switch Lite A Sales Driver

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Wedbush: Nintendo's New Switch Lite A Sales Driver

Shares of Nintendo Ltd/ADR (OTC: NTDOY) were on the rise again Thursday after an upgrade from Wedbush following the company’s announcement of the handheld Nintendo Switch Lite.

The Analyst

Michael Pachter upgraded Nintendo from Neutral to Outperform and boosted the target price for the Tokyo-listed stock from ¥38,000 ($351.16) to ¥49,000 ($452.81). 

The Thesis

Investors clearly like the idea of cheaper Switch Lite, Pachter said in a Wednesday note. (See his track record here.) 

Shares of Nintendo on the U.S. OTC market and in Japan rose sharply after Kyoto-based Nintendo’s Wednesday announcement that it will launch the Lite in September.

“We expect the introduction of the Nintendo Switch Lite to drive hardware and software sales well above FY:20 guidance and maintain the company’s positive momentum into FY:21,” the analyst said. 

The Lite will have a suggested retail price of just under $200, compared with about $300 for the Nintendo Switch, and Pachter said the lower price will drive sales, along with a strong catalog of Switch games that will be playable on the new device.

Wedbush is betting on the release of the mobile "Mario Kart Tour" this summer as a positive for Nintendo’s stock price.

Price Action

Nintendo OTC shares were up 0.73% at $48.35 at the time of publication Thursday. 

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Photo courtesy of Nintendo. 

Latest Ratings for NTDOY

DateFirmActionFromTo
Jul 2019UpgradesNeutralOutperform
Oct 2016UpgradesNeutralBuy
Sep 2016UpgradesHoldBuy

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