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3M Co is a technology company. The Company operates through four segments: Safety and Industrial, Transportation and Electronics, Health Care and Consumer. Safety and Industrial segment consist of personal safety, industrial adhesives and tapes, abrasives, closure and masking systems, electrical markets, automotive aftermarket, and roofing granules. Transportation and Electronics segment consists of electronics, including display materials and systems, electronic materials solutions, automotive and aerospace, commercial solutions, advanced materials, and transportation safety. Health Care segment’s products and services include medical and surgical supplies, skin health and infection prevention products, oral care solutions, separation and purification sciences, health information systems and food safety products. Consumer segment serves consumers and consists of home improvement, stationery and office supplies, home care and consumer health care.

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Palantir's stock pummeled after Morgan Stanley recommends selling

10:39 am ET December 2, 2020 (MarketWatch)

Tomi Kilgore

Shares suffering worst day since going public, as the more-than doubling since going public led to 'unattractive' investment outlook

Shares of Palantir Technologies Inc. took a beating Wednesday, after Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss turned bearish on the big-data software company, saying the sharp rally over the last couple months has led to an "unattractive" investment profile.

The stock (PLTR) dropped 11.5% in active morning trading, which would be the biggest one-day percentage decline since it went public on Sept. 30. It was also headed for a fourth-straight loss, in which the stock has tumbled 21.8% since closing at a record $29.05 on Nov. 25.

Trading volume swelled to 57.1 million shares in the first hour after the opening bell, already just below the full-day average of 64.3 million shares.

Weiss cut his rating on Palantir to underweight, and has now swung to bearish from bullish in a little over a month. He had downgraded the company to equal weight on Nov. 13, after initiating coverage at overweight on Oct. 26.

Weiss nudged up his stock price target to $17 from $15, but the new target is still 25.2% below current levels.

He said the run up in price since Palantir's direct listing left the stock "priced to perfection," although key investor debates remain unresolved.

Don't miss: The Palantir non-IPO: 5 things to know about the (formerly) secretive software company's direct listing (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-palantir-non-ipo-5-things-to-know-about-the-formerly-secretive-software-companys-direct-listing-11601351442).

"With [Planatir's stock] up 155% since listing with very little change in the fundamental story, the risk/reward paradigm shifts decidedly negative for the shares," Weiss wrote in a note to clients.

He believes the most notable investor debates are around whether Palantir is a true software company or a "less desirable" consulting firm. There is also uncertainty over whether significant cuts to operating expenditures will hurt growth, and whether customer acquisition will start accelerating as the company builds out its commercial distribution channel.

Also read: Palantir posts huge loss but outlook cheers investors (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/palantir-shares-fall-sharply-after-first-earnings-report-as-public-company-11605216662).

Weiss said he suspects the reason for the stock's explosive gains since the listing are related to factors outside of fundamentals, such as strong buying interest from retail investors forcing bearish institutional investors to cover their short bets.

The stock closed at $9.50 on its first day of trading. It more than tripled (up 205.8%) to reach its record close of $29.05 on the day before Thanksgiving, before the pullback began.

The stock was still up 139.3% since the end of September, while the SPDR S&P Software and Services exchange-traded fund (XSW) has advanced 15.7% and the S&P 500 index has gained 8.8%.

-Tomi Kilgore; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com

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December 02, 2020 10:39 ET (15:39 GMT)

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