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Vista Outdoor's stock shoots up toward a near 4-year high after Cowen analyst said it's time to buy

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By Tomi Kilgore

Share of Vista Outdoor Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205852373/composite VSTO +0.27% shot up 24.6% in midday trading Tuesday, putting them on track for the highest close since February 2017, after Cowen analyst Gautam Khanna turned bullish on the ammunition and shooting sports accessories maker, saying the current ammo demand upcycle is likely to last. Khanna raised his rating to outperform, after being at market perform for at least the last three years, and raised his price target to $33 from $29. Among the reasons Khanna believes ammo demand will continue, he believes President-elect Joe Biden's stricter gun control ambitions than current President Donald Trump's will provide an ammo/firearm "demand stimulant." Also, the recent ammo demand surge reflects and "an influx of new shooters," rather than just stockpiling by longstanding shooters, and the "cultural 'Armageddon' mentality may linger" given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and civil unrest fears. The upbeat assessment of ammo demand was giving the shares of firearms makers a boost amid broader stock market weakness, with Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202273249/composite SWBI +1.77% rallying 2.5% and Sturm Ruger & Co. /zigman2/quotes/200036418/composite RGR +1.61% climbing 2.8%, while the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.95% fell 0.2%.

/zigman2/quotes/205852373/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 29.48
+0.08 +0.27%
Volume: 1.89M
March 5, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
32.59
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1.72 billion
Rev. per Employee
$399,062
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/zigman2/quotes/202273249/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 16.07
+0.28 +1.77%
Volume: 4.42M
March 5, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
23.36
Dividend Yield
1.24%
Market Cap
$855.71 million
Rev. per Employee
$344,360
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/zigman2/quotes/200036418/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 66.21
+1.05 +1.61%
Volume: 301,269
March 5, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
13.02
Dividend Yield
3.08%
Market Cap
$1.16 billion
Rev. per Employee
$304,207
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,841.94
+73.47 +1.95%
Volume: 3.33B
March 5, 2021 5:44p
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