UPDATE: UBS Downgrades Westlake Chemical (WLK) to Sell; Ethane Headwinds Loom

August 27, 2012 7:26 AM EDT
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(Updated - August 27, 2012 10:02 AM EDT)

UBS downgraded Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK) from Neutral to Sell. PT raised from $54 to $61.

Analyst, Gregg A. Goodnight, said, "We reduce our rating for WLK to Sell based on our view of a $61 per share valuation which provides an excess return of a negative 17%. We believe that the current stock at near $69 has been buoyed in the near-term by an unusual combination of factors that will moderate starting later in 2012."

"We expect WLK’s 3Q EPS will beat the consensus, as cheap ethane and higher ethylene/PE pricing boost margins. We trim our 2012E EPS to $5.00 from $5.25 to reflect lower 4Q margins and the Petro 2 cracker outage. We cut our 2013/2014E EPS to $5.20/$6.15 from $6.00/$7.00 on lower assumed margins."

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Shares of Westlake Chemical closed at $69.50 yesterday.

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