Equity Insights May 4th: Total, AIG, Liquidity Services, Costco, Sally Beauty

American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG): After AIG reported stronger than expected results, Bernstein expects the Treasury to sell its AIG shares, and AIG to buy them back as soon as the middle of this month, providing an additional catalyst for the stock. The firm maintains an Outperform rating on the shares.

Total SA (NYSE:TOT): Bernstein notes that Total’s valuation is low compared with historical norms, and the firm thinks that the company will benefit from its high exposure to LNG and low decline rate assets. The firm maintains an Outperform rating.

Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT): Oppenheimer increased its target on Liquidity Services after the company reported stronger than expected Q2 results. The firm maintains an Outperform rating.

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST): Baird recommends using any weakness in Costco as a buying opportunity. The firm said traffic remains solid despite lower comps and cited strong regional trends. Shares are Outperform rated with a $97 price target.

Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SBH): Baird raised its price target on Sally Beauty following strong Q2 results. The firm cited market share gains, international growth, and steady margins. Shares are Outperform rated.

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