Albemarle Earns an Upgrade at Berenberg, Shares Rise

Albemarle (NYSE:ALB) shares rose more than 1% pre-market today after Berenberg analysts upgraded the company to Buy from Hold, setting a new price target of $160, up from $130. This change follows a period where Albemarle’s 2024 outlook and a surprise $2.3 billion convertible preferred stock issuance tempered market expectations, offering a reset point.
Going forward, the analysts anticipate increased lithium production and potential price rises, alongside no further equity fundraising needs. Recent concerns about electric vehicle (EV) sales growth are viewed as an opportunity to buy, as the core growth drivers for lithium miners remain solid. Signs of stabilization in spodumene prices suggest lithium prices may hold or even increase. The recent capital raise positions Albemarle to continue its expansion and solidify its market leadership amid challenging conditions expected in 2024.

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