Citigroup Upgrades Alcon

Analyst Peter Bye says the eye care company's higher profile products, ReSTOR and RETAANE, will raise its long-term growth rate

Citigroup upgrades Alcon (ACL ) to buy from hold.

Analyst Peter Bye says his upgrade is based largely on clinical checks that give him increased confidence in two of the company's higher profile products: ReSTOR and RETAANE.

He says, if he's correct, these drugs will lead to upward revenue and earnings per share estimate revisions by the Street, raise long-term top- and bottom-line growth rate, and lead to a higher expected multiple.

Bye maintains his $3.32 2005 earnings per share estimate, and raises his $3.95 2006 earnings per share estimate to $4.00. He lifts his $100 price target up to $106.

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