BofA-Merrill Lynch: This Energy Stock's Sell-Off is Overdone

Most analysts maintain a "hold" or worse rating on PEGI stock

Karee Venema
Dec 27, 2018 at 11:01 AM
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BofA-Merrill Lynch upgraded Pattern Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ:PEGI) to "neutral" from "underperform," calling the renewable energy stock's recent sell-off overdone. The shares have shed 7.4% this quarter, and while the analyst in coverage expects a bottom to be near, they lowered their PEGI price target to $18.50 from $20.

Most analysts are skeptical of PEGI stock, with roughly 63% of those in coverage maintaining a "hold" or worse recommendation. However, the average 12-month price target of $23.04 is a 25.9% premium to current trading levels.

Elsewhere, short interest peaked at 15.13 million shares in the Nov. 1 reporting period but has since declined 13.8%. The 13.03 million shares still sold short represent 14.9% of Pattern Energy stock's available float, or 15 times the average daily pace of trading.

Looking closer at the charts, it's been a range-bound year for PEGI stock. The shares entered 2018 trading near $21.50, a level that's served as a stiff ceiling in the last 12 months. Meanwhile, the $17 region has created a steady floor. The security skimmed the lower end of this trading range during the broader Christmas Eve sell-off, and was last seen down 2.5% at $18.21.

pegi stock daily chart dec 27


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