UPDATE: UBS Upgrades Franklin Resources (BEN) to Neutral

November 10, 2016 7:18 AM EST
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Price: $39.21 -0.88%

Rating Summary:
    3 Buy, 17 Hold, 6 Sell

Rating Trend: Up Up

Today's Overall Ratings:
    Up: 11 | Down: 31 | New: 42
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(Updated - November 10, 2016 9:50 AM EST)

UBS upgraded Franklin Resources (NYSE: BEN) from Sell to Neutral with a price target of $38.00 (from $28.00).

Analsyt Brennan Hawken said, "We believe the recent US election results benefit BEN as both a repatriation story and the likely softening of the DOL rule (more below). Specifically, BEN has nearly $6 billion in cash overseas (generated from foreign earnings), which we estimate could translate into a 22% yield as a special dividend or 29% accretion to EPS if returned via buybacks. We still see a weaker fundamental outlook for BEN given significant underperformance of their investment products, but in the near-term expect BEN shares are at less risk of underperformance. Importantly, if EM markets remain under pressure due to a more hostile approach to global trade, we expect many of BEN's large investment strategies will continue to face performance headwinds."

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Shares of Franklin Resources closed at $38.49 yesterday.



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