Goldman Sachs Downgrades Philip Morris International (PM) to Neutral, Removes from CL Buy

November 21, 2013 6:49 AM EST
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Goldman Sachs downgraded Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) from Conviction Buy to Neutral with and cut their price target from $103 to $95.

The firm lowered EPS estimates by 4-6% in 2014/15/16 to $5.64/$6.21/$6.85, respectively, due to lower volumes, FX, and higher investment spending in 2014.

"Weaker end market demand and higher investment needs drive our rating downgrade, and we have lowered our 12- month P/E-based price target to $95 from $103 as we incorporate the lower estimates and a lower multiple (16.0X from 16.5X), the latter of which is driven by a murkier near-term outlook," analyst Judy Hong said.

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Shares of Philip Morris closed at $89.30 yesterday.

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