Thursday, December 2, 2010

Smart Grid: Goldman Initiates Itron at Sell, Stock Buckles (ITRI)

The stock is down 5.72% at $53.11. The price target is 22% lower than yesterday's close.
From Benzinga:
Goldman Sachs has published a research report on Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) and has initiated coverage on the company at Sell.

In the report, Goldman writes "We initiate coverage of Itron, a leading global supplier of electricity, gas and water meters and smart grid solutions with a Sell rating with 22% potential downside to our $45, 12-month price target. We are positive on the industry's AMI transition but see Itron as a share donor in 2012-2013. Brisk 2006-08 order flow is driving robust 2010-11 financials, but we expect a lull in 2011 orders – and thus decelerating 2012 results – owing to (1) post-stimulus inertia across domestic utilities, (2) global austerity and (3) a more gradual ramp for European customers. We estimate $3.85/$4.25/$3.25 for 2010/11/12E EPS and do not expect multiple expansion."

Goldman has also issued a $46 price target on Itron, which closed yesterday at $56.33.