Plug Power Rises on Expectation of More Deals Like Wal-Mart

Plug Power Inc., a supplier of fuel cells for electric forklifts, rose to its highest in more than two-and-a-half years after an analyst said the company’s order from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. may lead to more customers including Coca-Cola Co. and Procter & Gamble Co.

Shares rose 25 percent to $5.82 at the close in New York, the highest price since May 20, 2011.

“The six-site Wal-Mart order is also a framework contract for future sites,” Rob Stone, an analyst at Cowen & Co., wrote today in a note to investors. “We expect more deals with customers” including Sysco Corp., Kroger Co. and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG. Stone raised his 12-month price target to $5.50 from $5.

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, will use more than 1,700 hydrogen fuel cell systems at six North American distribution centers, Latham, New York-based Plug Power said Feb. 26. Wal-Mart already uses 535 Plug systems at three sites in the U.S. and Canada.

(Updates with closing share price in second paragraph.)
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