) to equal-weight from underweight.
Analyst Joel Tiss says his upgrade is based on improving valuation, as the stock has fallen from the $53 per share reached in March.
Tiss also notes management is smart, and says the company has a cash-rich balance sheet, with over $1 billion in cash on hand. He further notes that Paccar's board recently approved a three million share buyback, which was among the list of positive moves he had been expecting. Tiss sees $2.24 2002 earnings per share. He cut the $2.55 2003 earnings per share estimate to $2.25 in step with the 2003 estimate cuts for his machinery universe to try to account for a worst-case scenario and to probe for bottom-end valuations for many of the stocks. Tiss maintains his $43 target.