Goldman Sachs Upgrades Capital One Financial (COF) to Buy, Sees Return of Capital as Next Driver

January 14, 2013 7:34 AM EST
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Price: $86.37 -2.79%

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Goldman Sachs upgraded Capital One Financial (NYSE: COF) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $75.00 (from $65.00), suggesting 21% upside.

As acquisition-related costs subside and the company moves beyond loan run-off in 2013, Goldman sees upside to out-year estimates from expense leverage. While 2013 will likely be a transition year for capital returns, there is room for a meaningful increase in 2014, they said, which will reward the company with a higher valuation (two point P/E expansions, on average).

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Shares of Capital One Financial closed at $61.99 yesterday.

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