“Ferrari has introduced the 296 GTS, the 1st V6 Spider road car to wear the Prancing Horse badge”--Paul Ebeling
When the 296 GTB debuted last yr, its new plug-in hybrid powerplant represented a revolution for Ferrari as the 120° V6 engine arrived in a Prancing Horse road-car for the 1st time.
Today, that belief in the engine’s epoch-changing importance to Maranello continues with the arrival of the 296GTS, although this time the sound of the ‘piccolo V12’ is even more dramatic, thanks to the retractable hard top.
Every Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) is rooted in 75 yrs of racing innovation, and there are elements throughout the 296GTS of technological advancements found on other models. The active spoiler is inspired by LaFerrari for example, integrated into the rear bumper to generate a high level of rear downforce. The brake cooling system was developed around the Aero calipers that debuted on the SF90 Stradale, with ventilation ducts integrated into their castings, while the design itself – sporty, sinuous and compact – references the likes of the 1963 250 LM, a perfect marriage of simplicity and functionality.
Just like the 296GTB, the 296GTS will be available with the Assetto Fiorano package, which involves new livery (based on the 250LM), lightweight features and impressive aero modifications (the rear high-downforce configuration delivers the equivalent of 360kg at 250 km/h). The package’s dedication to weight and aerodynamics requires some parts to be redesigned, including the door panel, to lower the weight by 8kg. All that increased performance also means a tire upgrade, and optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2R high-performance tires provide the required grip for track performance.
Ferrari is The Aristocrat of the automotive sector.
Ferrari is 1 of the most recognizable brands in the world, even becoming the world’s strongest luxury brand in Y 2021, according to Brand Finance. Its Brand Strength Index scored 93.9 pts out of 100 and has a brand strength of AAA+.
Our overall technical outlook is still Bullish, all Key indicators are Bullish long-term. Ferrari reported strong earnings for Q-3 on 3 November and did the same for Q-4 and F-Y 2020 as reported on 2 February.
Ferrari finished Tuesday at 225.85 within its 52 wk range of 127.73 – 275.30 in NY, down from its all time closing high at 275.30 on 22nd November.
Key technical indicators are Bearish in here. The candlestick pattern indicated the confirmation of the break out at 196.01 on 3 November and confirmed.
The Key resistance is at 223.54, the Key support is at 202.24, our Key technical indicators are now Very Bullish.
Societe Generale places a Street high price target of $290 on RACE as compared to the average sell-side price target at 195.93. Most Street analysts still do not know how to view Ferrari.
Morgan Stanley called out $RACE a “sleeper” EV play as the firm can justify more than 100% of the company’s value with its ICE business. MS’s new price target of $350 reps more than 35% Northside potential for shares and is above the average analyst 1 yr target is at 208.64.
MS automotive analyst says, “Longer term, we see scope for Ferrari to offer a range of EV products at potentially higher prices than the average selling price of today’s Ferrari, while leveraging economies of scale on higher volumes.“
Note: At the beginning of Y 2020 I called RACE at 230 by year’s end, the stock was trading at 165.22 on 1 January 2020, on 29 December 2020 it marked 233.66 intraday, an all time high
The Maranello Outfit’s shares were raised to Buy from Hold at HSBC, and Buys at Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.
UBS is now calling the stock at 365. I have not seen any other Street downgrades.
Ferrari will continue to create value in the long term as it becomes the world’s 1st Super Luxury brand.
Ferrari is a quality 1st long term luxury products investment, BAML raised its call to 270 long term.
I have raised my long term target to 375, a Strong Bull call, the strongest on the Street and am holding the mark during this recent profit taking, and seeing RACE as a buying opportunity.
Ferrari has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price at 208.29.
Ferrari will continue to create value in the long term. Ferrari is a quality 1st long term luxury products investment, and I am calling it 375 long term, the Top call on the Street, and adjusting it to 250/share short term.
A number of large investors have recently bought shares of RACE, and Ferrari continues to buy back its stock in here.
The stock is considered defensive in the sector.
Have a prosperous day, Keep the Faith!