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Broker Recommendations
31 Jul
howden, kitchen
Broker tips: Howden Joinery, Tullow Oil, BP

Analysts at Berenberg upped their target price on kitchen outfitter Howden Joinery from 490p to 520p on Wednesday following the firm's "good" first-half results published during the preceding week.

30 Jul
BP, oil & gas
Broker tips: BP, Hiscox

Analysts at Morgan Stanley reiterated their 'overweight' recommendation for shares of BP on Tuesday, pointing to its sustained organic free cash flow generation, likely fall in gearing going forwards, scheduled divestments most of which still lay ahead and "significant" remaining leeway for share buybacks in the second half of 2019.

29 Jul
just eat delivery
Broker tips: Just Eat, Aveva, Cobham

Analysts at Canaccord Genuity upgraded Just Eat to 'buy' on Monday following an announcement that the group and Takeaway. com had reached an agreement in principle for an all-share merger.

26 Jul
victrex, plastic
Broker tips: Victrex, Howden Joinery

Berenberg lowered its target price on speciality chemicals outfit Victrex from 2,250p to 2,200p on Friday, stating the group's "cautious" third-quarter sales update brought it "one step closer" to the end of the downgrade cycle, but adding that it was "not there yet".

25 Jul
drax biomass train
Broker tips: Informa, Drax

Analysts at Berenberg downgraded events and publishing company Informa to 'hold' from 'buy' on Thursday, pointing to strong movements in the group's share price, on its recent results and over the last few weeks in general.

24 Jul
Broker tips: HSBC, Oakley Capital

Analysts at Jefferies downgraded HSBC to 'hold' on Wednesday, stating the bank needs to find "a new narrative" as past rate hikes had not transmitted through to margin improvement.

23 Jul
whitbread premier
Broker tips: Whitbread, Scapa

Premier Inn owner Whitbread was under the cosh on Tuesday as Bernstein downgraded the stock to 'underperform' from 'market perform', pointing to a return to a fundamental-led performance following the recent cash return.

22 Jul
asos sede logo
Broker tips: Asos, Tui

Analysts at JP Morgan Cazenove downgraded shares of fashion retailer Asos to 'neutral' from 'overweight' on Monday following the group's profit warning last week.

19 Jul
Broker tips: EasyJet, Beazley

Analysts at Berenberg upped their target price on low-cost carrier EasyJet from 1,120p to 1,150p on Friday, noting that momentum appeared to have improved earlier than they expected.

17 Jul
polymetal, albazino, gold, mining
Broker tips: Hochschild, Polymetal, Rolls Royce, Ultra Electronics, Burberry

Analysts at Berenberg initiated coverage on precious metals producers Hochschild Mining and Polymetal on Wednesday.

16 Jul
lloyds bank
Broker tips: Lloyds, ITV, Aston Martin

JPMorgan Cazenove has downgraded Lloyds Banking Group, warning that Brexit is weighing on the wider UK banking sector.

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
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:
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.