Shares of Sabre Corp. (SABR) charged 8.7% higher, toward a one-year high, after Deutsche Bank analyst Ashish Sabadra turned bullish on the travel services software and technology company, citing optimism over the recently announced Google partnership and the post-COVID-19 recovery. Sabadra raised his rating to buy from hold, and boosted his stock price target to $17, which implies a 23% gain from current levels, from $12. He said Sabre's "competitive positioning has improved," after Sabre and Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL) Google Cloud said they were joining forces ( /). "In addition, we believe the permanent cost take-out and technology savings from shift to Cloud will drive significant upside to margins and free cash flow coming out of the crisis," Sabadra wrote in a note to clients. "Importantly, the pent-up demand for travel could potentially drive faster recovery than prior recessions." The stock, which is on track to close at the highest level since Feb. 27, has run up 35.2% over the past three months, but was still down 38.2% over the past 12 months. In comparison, the S&P 500 has gained 9.4% the past three months and rallied 15.8% the past year.
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February 19, 2021 09:50 ET (14:50 GMT)
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