Jefferies Upgrades Walgreen (WAG) to Buy

January 7, 2013 7:15 AM EST
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Price: $76.05 --0%

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Jefferies upgraded Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $47.00 (from $40.00).

The firm comments, "We are upgrading WAG to Buy from Hold as our research continues to suggest that purchasing synergies are materializing faster than expected. In addition, the potential for higher script volumes (Flu/Med D/ObamaCare) could also drive better profitability. With valuation at the low-end of its range and at roughly a 2x P/E discount to CVS, investors could be rewarded with both EPS surprises and multiple expansion over the next 12 months."

The firm trimmed Q2 EPS from $0.69 to $0.58 but raised FY13 EPS from $3.23 to $3.27.

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Shares of Walgreen closed at $37.18 yesterday.

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