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Broker Recommendations
15 Jul
bats british american tobacco
Broker tips: British American Tobacco, Sophos, Hastings Group

Morgan Stanley has backed the household, personal care and cosmetics sector – but sounded a note of warning about tobacco companies.

11 Jul
hiring staffing recruitment employment jobs
Broker tips: Barratt Developments, Sumo Games, PageGroup

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.

08 Jul
cars dealership inchcape
Broker tips: Hiscox, Beazley, Lancashire, Mercia, Cineworld, Inchcape

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.

05 Jul
spectris
Broker tips: Spectris, Wood Group, Standard Life Aberdeen

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.

04 Jul
Associated British Foods, ABF, Primark, retail, Photo: PRShots.com
Broker tips: Persimmon, Vodafone, Associated British Foods

UBS and Peel Hunt have maintained their recommendations on Persimmon, as the housebuilder looks to improve its battered reputation.

04 Jul
just eat
Broker tips: Just Eat, Sophos

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.

02 Jul
croda international chemicals
Broker tips: Croda, InterContinental Hotels, Sirius Minerals, Centamin

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.

01 Jul
Oil & gas rig flaring, energy, drilling
Broker tips: AB Dynamics, Hurricane Energy

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.

27 Jun
Serco Environmental Services rubbish truck
Broker tips: Serco, Rightmove, Staffline

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".

26 Jun
ted baker
Broker tips: Lookers, Ted Baker, Hargreaves Lansdown, Dunelm

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.

25 Jun
william hill horseracing racing horses
Broker tips: William Hill, Asos

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.

24 Jun
ep recurs vodafone
Broker tips: Carnival, Petra Diamonds, Melrose Industries, BT, Vodafone, Entertainment One

Barclays has cut its recommendation for cruise operator Carnival over concerns earnings will continue to suffer from weak European demand.

21 Jun
ocado jobs work employment
Broker tips: Berkeley Group, Rolls Royce, Ocado

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.

20 Jun
worker hatch halma jobs
Broker tips: Vodafone, Berkeley Group, Halma

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.

19 Jun
Finance, graph
Broker tips: Just Group, Royal Dutch Shell, Tesco

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.

18 Jun
experian
Broker tips: Experian, London Derwent, InterContinental Hotels, Acacia Mining

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.

17 Jun
Cigarettes, tobacco, smoking
Broker tips: Hargreaves Lansdown, British American Tobacco

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.

14 Jun
ao world deliveries
Broker tips: AO World, 3i, Ferguson, Tyman

Shore Capital upgraded its stance on AO World to 'hold' from 'sell' on Friday following recent share price declines.

13 Jun
ferguson wolseley
Broker tips: Ferguson, Paragon

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.