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Morgan Stanley Downgrades JinkoSolar On Possibility Of 52% Downside From Consensus

Brett Hershman

Analyst at Morgan Stanley are not optimistic about Chinese utility company JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) after double-downgrading its rating from Overweight to Underweight.

Justification For Significant Downgrade

The double-downgrade is especially significant against the backdrop of an industry the firm views as attractive.

A preview of the first quarter of 2017 shows over 52-percent downside to consensus on net profit, due to lower average selling price and lower margin, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Sheng Zhong.

“We believe the next 1–1.5 years will be even tougher, with extensive new capacity rolling out for the purposes of upgrading technology and lowering production costs, while the demand is gloomy from the uncertainties of polices worldwide,” said Zhong in an analyst note last week.

JinkoSolar shares saw some major price action following the announcement of a strategic meeting with Saudi Electricity Company on May 18; however, shares have since retreated as analysts expect profitability to decrease significantly in fiscal year 2017.

Morgan Stanley has lowered its price target to $16.40 from $19.40.

Joel Elconin contributed to this report.

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Date Firm Action From To
May 2017 Morgan Stanley Downgrades Overweight Underweight
Nov 2016 Credit Suisse Assumes Outperform
Nov 2016 Craig-Hallum Initiates Coverage On Buy

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