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Loblaw wins price target raise at National Bank

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National Bank Financial analyst Vishal Shreedhar thinks things are looking up for Loblaw Companies (Loblaw Companies Stock Quote, Chart, News, Analysts, Financials TSX:L)

As reported by the Globe and Mail Tuesday, the analyst reiterated his “Outperform” rating but raised his one-year price target on L stock from $142.00 to $149.00. With the stock having closed Monday at $133.30, the new target implied a return of 11.8 per cent at the time of publication.

“We continue to maintain a favourable view on Loblaw and recommend it as our preferred grocer supported by several key themes: (1) Benefits from management’s improvement initiatives; (2) Ongoing stable EPS growth, and (3) Favourable trends in discount and drug store (where Loblaw over-indexes),” Shreedhar said.

On the subject of inflation, the analyst said things are normalizing.

““We estimate Q4/23 food store inflation of 4.9 per cent versus 7.2 per cent last quarter,” he wrote. “In December, inflation moderated to 4.7 per cent; we expect further moderation, reflecting a decline in the price of major inputs and base effects,” he said. “Our review of peer commentary suggests: (i) Inflation moderated further; (ii) Ongoing cautious consumer spending behaviour (trade-down, discount, private label, etc.); (iii) Higher promotional penetration, although we understand promotional intensity is largely unchanged; and, (iv) Margin headwinds from shrink (albeit moderating sequentially).”

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