Monday, June 20, 2011

J.P. Morgan Raises Estimates, Price Target on Molycorp; Piper Raises to Overweight (MCP)

In premarket action the stock is changing hands at $50.95, up $2.02.
From Notable Calls:

Molycorp (NYSE:MCP): Bounce?
Molycorp (NYSE:MCP) is getting bumped at two firms this morning:

- J.P. Morgan is out with a very positive note raising their estimates and price target on the Rare Earths miner. Firm's new price tag is $105 (prev. $87) to reflect the continued rise in rare earth prices and their belief that MCP can operate significantly below its planned capacity and still realize sharp increases in shareholder value.

In fact, the firm estimates MCP could operate at 50% of capacity and see current spot prices drop 40% and still generate an NPV of $105/share. They think the stock will start to move higher as four misconceptions about MCP and the sector are ultimately dispelled: 1) MCP is struggling to achieve market prices, 2) ramping production from MCP will bring on too much supply post 2014, 3) China will ultimately reverse its production and export tightening measures, and 4) new supply outside of China will chase prices and eventually bring on too much supply.

Raising EPS. JPM is raising their EPS estimates (2012 to $5.93 from $5.25, 2013 to $14.48 from $12.51, and 2014 to $27.01 from $22.45) to reflect the continued increase in rare earth prices. In just the last month, average oxide export prices are up 22% and 195% YTD. In China over the last month, average domestic oxide prices are up 81% and 472% YTD.

- Piper Jaffray is upgrading MCP to Overweight from Neutral with a $73 price target (unch) following the stock's ~40% correction since early May....