January 24, 2013 at 09:55 AM EST
Canaccord Genuity Downgrades Tiffany to “Hold” on Weakening Sales Momentum (TIF)

Jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. (TIF) on Thursday caught a big downgrade from analysts at Canaccord Genuity.

The firm cut its rating on TIF from “Buy” to “Hold” but left its $58 price target unchanged. That target suggests a 7.5% downside to the stock’s Wednesday closing price of $62.73.

A Canaccord Genuity analyst commented, “We are downgrading shares of TIF from Buy to HOLD as the company’s sales momentum continues to decelerate against an uncertain macroeconomic backdrop. Recent tax law changes threaten to pressure luxury spending, particularly from aspirational consumers. We believe TIF’s near-term visibility is clouded as evidenced by the fact that EPS has missed expectations for four consecutive quarters, and recent guidance for FY12 EPS at the low end of the $3.20-$3.40 range is 19% below management’s initial outlook.”

Tiffany shares were mostly flat in Thursday morning trading. The stock is essentially unchanged over the past year.

The Bottom Line
Shares of Tiffany & Co. (TIF) have a 2.04% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $62.73. The stock has technical support in the $57-$60 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $65-$66 price levels.

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars.

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