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General Electric's Downgrade
JPMorgan's (JPM) - Get JP Morgan Chase & Co. Report Stephen Tusa, one of the highest-rated analysts on Wall Street and long-time critic of GE's (GE) - Get General Electric Company Report flagging business model, said investors are "underestimating the severity" of challenges and risks at the company while "overestimating the value of small positives." Tusa lowered his price target for GE by $1 to $5 a share, the lowest among major banks covering the firm, and cut his outlook to "underweight" from "neutral." Tusa also said GE's power and renewables business "remains weak" and that GE Capital Services will likely "consume material cash for the foreseeable future."
"The driver of the downgrade is our view that the Street is significantly over projecting the bounce in (free cash flow) in the coming years, off levels that we calculate at zero currently, as Power/Renewables remains weak," Tusa wrote. "GECS will likely consume material cash for the foreseeable future, Aviation fundamentals, as per underlying (free cash flow), are weaker than meet the eye, while lingering sector high leverage including entitlements leaves the company vulnerable to liquidity issues in the event of a recession, for which a potentially dilutive sale of the rest of Healthcare may be needed."
Pinterest Sets its IPO Price
Pinterest, the online image-search company, said it would sell 75 million shares in its initial public offering at a price of $15 to $17 a share.
The company is expected to list on the New York Stock Exchange next week under the symbol "PINS." Its investor roadshow begins Monday.
Wells Fargo's Search for a CEO Is On
Buffett, the largest shareholder in the San Francisco-based bank, told the Financial Times in an interview that the next Wells Fargo CEO shouldn't come from JPMorgan or Goldman Sachs (GS) - Get Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The) Report .
"They just have to come from someplace [outside Wells Fargo] and they shouldn't come from Wall Street," Buffett told the Financial Times. "They probably shouldn't come from JPMorgan or Goldman Sachs."
"There are plenty of good people to run it, but they are automatically going to draw the ire of a significant percentage of the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and that's just not smart," Buffett said in the interview.