Citi Upgrades VF Corp. (VFC) to Buy, Adds to 'Top Picks Live' List

January 3, 2012 8:33 AM EST
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Price: $52.10 +0.48%

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    Up: 24 | Down: 17 | New: 14
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Citi's Kate McShane upgraded shares of VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC) from Neutral to Buy Tuesday morning, also adding the stock to the firm's "Top Picks Live" list. McShane's price target was raised from $137 to $157.

McShane cites "strong brands" and "secular growth opportunities." The analyst is expecting gains in the double-digit range within the company's outdoor segment following the acquisition of Timberland and "continued strength of The North Face, which will also likely gain more momentum..." as Dick's (NYSE: DKS) sets up "shop-in-shops" for North Face. McShane also pointed to wider margins as cotton prices come down next year.

Despite the upgrade and "Top Picks" call, shares of VF Corp. are flat at $126.99 in pre-open action. The analyst's new price target implies potential upside of about 24 percent from where the stock is currently trading.

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