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Why Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. Stock Plummeted Today

By Daniel Sparks – May 11, 2017 at 6:31PM

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A lower price target for Hertz stock isn't helping the market's recent bearish sentiment toward the company.

What happened

Shares of rental car company Hertz (HTZG.Q) fell as much as 11.7% on Thursday after analysts at Morgan Stanley cut its price target for the stock from $15 to $12. Shares closed the trading day down about 11.4%.

So what

Hertz's decline on Thursday continues a bearish run for the stock recently, driven largely by the company's worse-than-expected loss in its first quarter as CEO Kathryn Marinello aims to execute on a turnaround plan.

Car driving with text above the car reading, "The road is yours"

Image source: Hertz.

Morgan Stanley cited "unprecedented" fleet costs as one of the reasons for the lowered price target. Marinello acknowledged in the company's first-quarter earnings release that "headwinds related to used car residual values" were a problem for the company.

First-quarter revenue and adjusted earnings per share in Hertz's first quarter was $1.35 billion and a loss of $1.61, down from revenue of $1.41 billion and a loss of $0.79 in the same period last year, respectively.

Now what

Marinello is only in the early stages of the company's turnaround plans. She warned investors in the first-quarter earnings release that Hertz performance "doesn't yet reflect our investments and may continue to be uneven, we are seeing signs of progress."

Daniel Sparks has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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