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Why Beyond Meat Stock Dropped Today

By Joe Tenebruso – Jun 29, 2020 at 6:52PM

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A former bull is now bearish on the meat alternatives company's near-term prospects.

What happened

Shares of Beyond Meat (BYND 0.30%) fell 7.1% on Monday after a previously bullish analyst slashed his rating on the plant-based food maker's stock. 

So what

Barclays analyst Benjamin Theurer cut his rating on Beyond Meat's stock from "overweight" to "underweight," citing a recovery in the traditional meat industry's supply chain. Beyond Meat saw higher demand during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, when grocery stores and consumers rushed to stock up on alternatives to out-of-stock meat. With more conventional meat products now back on store shelves, Theurer says Beyond Meat's sales could wane. 

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Barclays analyst Benjamin Theurer is bearish on Beyond Meat's stock. Image source: Getty Images.

Theurer also warned that analysts may not be fully accounting for the severity of Beyond Meat's restaurant closure-related challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. With Beyond Meat's foodservice segment accounting for roughly half of its sales, a downturn in this area could have a significant impact on the company's revenue and profits. 

Now what 

Theurer did raise his target price from $100 to $115. However, his new target represents a potential downside of approximately 13% for investors, based on Beyond Meat's closing price on Monday.

Joe Tenebruso has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Beyond Meat, Inc. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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