Carnival Corporation (CCL) - Bear of the Day

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Following the recent sinking of Carnival Corp.'s ( CCL ) cruise ship, we are cautious about the sector in the near term. This disaster shook customer confidence, thereby sharply reducing the booking volume and consequent earnings guidance.

Moreover, a slowdown in the European economy and faltering consumer confidence in Europe are currently acting as major hindrances to the company's growth. Surging fuel prices and a greater exposure to a sluggish European market remain other headwinds for the company.

Hence, we downgrade the stock from Neutral to Underperform. Our six-month target price of $29.00 equates to about 18.1x our estimate for 2012. The target price implies an expected negative return of 7.9% over that period.
 
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