Why Deere & Co. (DE) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Deere & Co.  (DE) are down -1.04% to $85.31 after the company was downgraded to "underperform" from "neutral" at Macquarie (MQBKY)  based on weakening demand and excess inventory that will pressure revenues.  

The price target was cut to $75 from $85.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DEERE & CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DEERE & CO (DE) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • DE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 3.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • In its most recent trading session, DE has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, DEERE & CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • DEERE & CO's earnings per share declined by 9.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DEERE & CO increased its bottom line by earning $9.08 versus $7.64 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 7.4% in earnings ($8.41 versus $9.08).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DE Ratings Report
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