Morgan Stanley has backed the household, personal care and cosmetics sector – but sounded a note of warning about tobacco companies.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley bumped up their target price for shares of Barratt Developments from 625p to 675p, following what they termed a "robust" full-year trading update and inexpensive valuation relative to peers, but remained a tad more cautious than the company when looking out to the medium-term.
Canaccord Genuity cut its stance on Hiscox, Beazley and Lancashire on Monday as it took a look at the UK insurance sector and said first-quarter commentary points to more challenges.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded its stance on shares of Spectris to 'underperform' from 'buy' on Friday, cutting the price target to 2,700p from 2,900p as it pointed to a loss of momentum.
UBS and Peel Hunt have maintained their recommendations on Persimmon, as the housebuilder looks to improve its battered reputation.
Just Eat got a boost on Wednesday as RBC Capital Markets reiterated its 'top pick' on the stock, saying the shares should re-rate from here.
Croda International was under the cosh on Tuesday as UBS downgraded its stance on the shares to 'neutral' from 'buy', as it argued that the stock's multiple was now fair and 2019 growth is likely to be weighted to the second half.
In Liberum's eyes, the acquisition of rFpro, a developer and provider of simulation software, for an initial cash consideration of £18. 1m and £3. 5m contingent was an "excellent strategic acquisition" for AB Dynamics, which designs, manufactures and supplies advanced testing systems.
Analysts at Liberum maintained their 'buy' rating on public services provider Serco on Thursday, noting that the group's current share price was "cheap" given its "significant earnings momentum".
Lookers' valuation looks "extreme", Liberum said on Wednesday, a day after the car dealership's shares tanked on news of a Financial Conduct Authority investigation into its sales processes.
William Hill got a boost on Tuesday as Morgan Stanley said it was set to benefit from US casino owner Eldorado Resorts' merger with Caesars Entertainment.
Barclays has cut its recommendation for cruise operator Carnival over concerns earnings will continue to suffer from weak European demand.
Analysts at Berenberg hiked their target price of Berkeley Group from 3,280p to 3,480p, complimenting the strength of the property developer's balance sheet and its ability to deliver strong results in a "soggy" sales market, but told clients there were better pickings to be had elsewhere.
Analysts at Berenberg trimmed their target price for Vodafone's shares but reiterated their 'buy' recommendation, telling clients they spied 'greenshoots' in Italy and Spain and scope for a reduction in the telco carrier's leverage.
Barclays reiterated its choice of Royal Dutch Shell as its 'top pick' in the the European Integrated Oil and Refinancing space, labelling the 9%-plus dividend and buyback yield on which Shell shares were trading "attractive" and reiterating its 3,250. 0p target price.
Credit Suisse downgraded its stance on credit-checking firm Experian to 'neutral from 'outperform' on Tuesday and removed the stock from its focus list, as it said the current price is reflecting the growth potential of the business.
Peel Hunt has reiterated its 'hold' recommendation on Hargreaves Lansdown, despite the pressure heaped on the blue-chip firm after Woodford Investment Management gated its flagship fund.
Shore Capital upgraded its stance on AO World to 'hold' from 'sell' on Friday following recent share price declines.
Jefferies reiterated its 'buy' recommendation for shares of Ferguson on Thursday, highlighting the company's better-than-average growth prospects, inexpensive valuation and the possibility of higher returns to shareholders.