Compass Point Downgrades SunTrust Banks (STI) to Neutral, Limited Upside

September 24, 2012 7:59 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Compass Point downgraded SunTrust Banks (NYSE: STI) from Buy to Neutral with a price target of $30.00 (from $29.00).

The firm comments, "We are downgrading our rating on STI from Buy to Neutral as the upside potential to our price target no longer warrants a Buy rating. Since Aug-1, the stock has appreciated 21% versus a 12% gain for the BKX. STI has outperformed on the heels of its announced capital actions (Sep-6) and has been bolstered by the larger than expected QE3 announcement. Going forward, earnings should be supported by strong mortgage banking (near-term) as well as a material drop in mortgage putback provision. In order for the stock to outperform our expectation, the company would need to achieve their targeted 60% efficiency ratio which we view as a stretch in this extended period of low rates."

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Shares of SunTrust Banks closed at $28.43 yesterday.


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