Wells Fargo Downgrades Landstar System (LSTR) and Hub Group (HUBG); Cuts Estimates in Sector

Wells Fargo downgraded Landstar System (NASDAQ: LSTR) from Outperform to Market Perform and lowered its valuation range from $58-$60 to $52-$55. The firm also downgraded Hub Group Inc. (NASDAQ: HUBG) from Market Perform to Underperform and lowered its valuation range from $33-$35 to $32-$35. In addition, estimates and valuation ranges were cut on CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRW) and JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT).

HUBG 2013E EPS was cut from $1.99 to $1.96 and 2014 from $2.22 to $2.17. LSTR 2013E EPS from $2.81 to $2.78 and 2014 from $3.33 to $3.22.

CH Robinson 2013E EPS from $2.94 to $2.82 and 2014 from $3.33 to $3.15 and 6-12 month valuation range from $53-55 to $52-54. JBHT 2013E EPS from $3.09 to $3.06 and 2014 unchanged at $3.59 and 6-12 month valuation range from $76-80 to $75-79.

Analyst Anthony P. Gallo said, "We see increased competition in truck brokerage and subsequent pricing pressure leading to margin headwinds and less earnings growth. We also see some √Ęspillover√Ę into intermodal. In truck brokerage, we believe large players are more interested in growth and market share gains versus near-term earnings. We think these dynamics and other factors will in turn keep a lid on intermodal rates even as rail cost inflation continues."

For an analyst ratings summary and ratings history on Landstar System click here. For more ratings news on Landstar System click here. Shares of Landstar System closed at $51.64 yesterday, with a 52 week range of $46.01-$59.97.

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