After a deluge of Sprint downgrades FBR Capital’s David Dixon offered some kinds words.
He swapped AT&T out of the firm’s top pick spot, in favor of Sprint.
Dixon cited a few key advantages:
1. Simplicity of its offering
2. Strong value proposition
3. Solid product lineup
4. Improving network quality
The move paints a sharp contrast to a string of Street downgrades some of which you see below:
Firm Previous Rating Current
JPMorgan Overweight Neutral
Deutsche Bank Buy Hold
Mizuho Securities Buy Neutral
Kaufman Bros. Buy Hold
Collins Stewart Buy Neutral
Raymond James Strong Buy Outperform
So who’s right – Dixon or the slew of analysts who downgraded the stock earlier in the week?
For insights we turned to Jonathan Schildkraut of Evercore Partners. Check out what he said. Watch the video now!
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