Shares of IBM climbed higher in pre-market trading on Wednesday after receiving an upgrade from RBC Capital Markets.
The firm upgraded IBM from “sector perform” to “outperform” and said that it expects a range of secular and cyclical
catalysts to push shares even higher this year.
A team of analysts led by Amit Daryanani wrote, “A return to gross margin stability coupled with revenue growth in 2018 should set-up the stock for a year of out performance especially considering the depressed valuation.”
“We think IBM is an attractive large-cap value stock for investors in 2018 as the potential for revenue and margin stability should enable a re-rating.”
According to the firm, IBM’s valuation of 11 times price-to-earnings and dividend yield over 3% make the stock “very attractive” in 2018.
RBC also raised its stock price target from $160 to $180. The new price target represents a 17% upside to Tuesday’s closing price for the stock.
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