Buy shares of Estee Lauder as China starts to ease Covid restrictions, based on Deutsche Bank. Analyst Steve Powers upgraded shares to purchase from hold, saying the upper likelihood Beijing will ease Covid restrictions in March or April raises confidence within the stock. “Although EL is more likely to face challenges over the following several quarters, we see such difficulties as well telegraphed by recent guidance. Furthermore, we imagine recent developments in China give more credibility to category resurgence in that market/Hainan by CY2H23 (acknowledging potential parallel risks of US/ EU slowing),” Powers wrote in a Monday note. Shares of Estee Lauder got here under pressure this 12 months as the wonder company with a high exposure to China handled the country’s strict Covid restrictions. The stock is down roughly 37% this 12 months. Still, the analyst’s $266 price goal implies roughly 15% upside from Monday’s closing price. The stock is up greater than 1% in Tuesday premarket trading. The analyst expects that Estee Lauder’s China business will get better after struggling in 2022. Estee Lauder is predicted to have three additional distribution centers over the following half 12 months, with one already open in Guangzhou, based on the note. Meanwhile, recent meetings with management also raised confidence in a makeup margin recovery after segment revenues return to pre-pandemic levels, based on the analyst. “Given our increased confidence in China/makeup prospects longer-term, we could be buyers on any weakness spurred by market/macro volatility within the near term,” Powers wrote. The upgrade comes as a part of a broader outlook on consumer staples, which the analyst has a more neutral view on after being positive on the sector in 2022. He expects that an improvement in some economic signals, comparable to the recent cooling in inflation data , will spur investors to drag back from the defensive names they piled into this 12 months. The analyst also downgraded shares of General Mills and Spectrum Brands Holdings to carry from buy. Moreover, he downgraded shares of Kimberly-Clark and Boston Beer to sell from hold. —CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed to this report.