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Energizer's stock falls toward 3-year low after J.P. Morgan turns bearish, slashes price target

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By Tomi Kilgore

Shares of Energizer Holdings Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209643437/lastsale ENR +0.42% dropped 5.6% toward a more-than 3-year low in premarket trading Wednesday, after J.P. Morgan turned bearish on the battery maker, citing evidence of deteriorating Rayovac battery sales. Analyst Andrea Teixeira cut her rating to underweight from neutral, and slashed her price target to $36 from $45. Teixeira said that based on recent Nielsen data, worsening retailer shelf-space losses for Rayovac will likely continue to hurt results until at least Energizer's fiscal third quarter, which she believes could hurt gross margins and the company's ability to achieve its full-year guidance. Teixeira said what could put further pressure on Energizer's stock is Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc.'s /zigman2/quotes/209008733/lastsale SPB +6.85% 7.6% share stake in the company, as the lock-up agreement expires in January 2020. The stock, which is on track to open at the lowest price seen during regular-session hours since March 2016, has tumbled 32.2% over the past 12 months, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +2.24% has gained 7.2%.

/zigman2/quotes/209643437/lastsale
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 28.61
+0.12 +0.42%
Volume: 1.20M
April 2, 2020 6:30p
P/E Ratio
261.28
Dividend Yield
4.19%
Market Cap
$1.98 billion
Rev. per Employee
$449,075
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/zigman2/quotes/209008733/lastsale
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 35.56
+2.28 +6.85%
Volume: 510,540
April 2, 2020 6:30p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
4.72%
Market Cap
$1.53 billion
Rev. per Employee
$259,538
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/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
21,413.44
+469.93 +2.24%
Volume: 534.67M
April 2, 2020 5:11p
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