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Broker Recommendations
30 Aug
wood group technical
Broker tips: Melrose Industries, John Wood Group

Analysts at RBC Capital Markets stood by their 'top pick' rating on London-based turnaround specialist Melrose Industries on Friday, stating that "self-help" was set to remain the key driver of the group's value enhancement.

29 Aug
direct line
Broker tips: Direct Line, Smiths Group

Analysts at Berenberg slightly lowered their target price on insurance firm Direct Line from 344p to 331p on Thursday, noting the group's transformation efforts were not without risk yet needed, in the medium-term, to offset the multiple headwinds that were looming ever closer on the horizon.

28 Aug
morrison store, morrisons, supermarket
Broker tips: Greggs, Morrison's, Hostelworld

UBS upped its rating on shares of bakery chain Greggs to 'buy' from 'neutral' on Wednesday, lifting the price target to 2,300p from 1,880p as it pointed to "significant" growth opportunity.

27 Aug
polymetal kyzyl hq 5
Broker tips: Polymetal, On the Beach, Ferguson

Analysts at RBC Capital Markets upped their price target on FTSE 250-listed precious metals mining firm Polymetal on Tuesday, emphasising that a strong second half appeared to lay on the horizon.

23 Aug
food sausage roll greggs
Broker tips: Greggs, Plus500

Analysts at Canaccord Genuity reiterated their 'hold' rating on British bakery chain Greggs on Friday following the group's recent interim report.

22 Aug
rio tinto coal mine mining commodities
Broker tips: BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Ferrexpo, Burford Capital, Diploma, Persimmon

Liberum downgraded its ratings on a host of mining stocks on Thursday as it refreshed its bear case on iron ore, noting that credit growth is not fuelling Chinese property sales as in previous cycles.

21 Aug
victrex, plastics
Broker tips: Victrex, Nostrum Oil and Gas, Tullow Oil, Mitchells and Butlers

Victrex got a boost on Wednesday as Barclays upgraded its stance on shares of the provider of high-performance polymer solutions to 'equalweight' from 'underweight', lifting the price target to 2,020p from 1,990p and highlighting 20% upside to consensus estimates for 2021 earnings per share.

20 Aug
royal mail
Broker tips: Greene King, Royal Mail

Analysts at Canaccord Genuity raised their target price on British landlord Greene King on Tuesday, but lowered their recommendation for the firm's shares from 'buy' to 'hold' following the previous session's accepted offer from CK Noble.

19 Aug
standard life aberdeen sla
Broker tips: Avon Rubber, Standard Life Aberdeen, CYBG

Analysts at Berenberg raised their target price on respiratory protection equipment maker Avon Rubber from 1,650p to 1,800p on Monday, stating that its acquisition of 3M's ballistic-protection business and rights to the Ceradyne brand had been the deal it was "waiting for".

16 Aug
cairn energy offshore
Broker tips: Nichols, Cairn Energy, Kingfisher

RBC Capital Markets upped its target price on shares of Cairn Energy from 185p to 195p on Friday, stating the group was "well positioned" to weather the current "macro storm".

15 Aug
Broker tips: RBS, Glencore, Jadestone Energy

UBS reiterated their 'buy' recommendation for shares of majority state-owned lender RBS in the wake-off of weakness in the share price following its second-quarter results, arguing that while not wholly unexpected, the stock was now "oversold" - if one made an assumption or two.

14 Aug
ladbrokes, gvc holdings, betting, gaming, bookmakers, gambling
Broker tips: Polypipe, GVC Holdings

Analysts at Deutsche Bank kicked off coverage of Polypipe with a recommendation to 'hold' and 445. 0p target price, highlighting the company's dominant position in the space.

13 Aug
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Broker tips: Blue Prism, Aston Martin Lagonda, JPJ Group

Analysts at Berenberg initiated coverage on British software company Blue Prism at 'hold' on Tuesday, noting that despite an "exceptional growth story", adverse issues were emerging.

12 Aug
ultra electronics
Broker tips: Tullow Oil, Ultra Electronics

Berenberg bumped its rating on Tullow Oil up to 'buy' from 'hold' on Monday after the oil and gas exploration group said it had made a "substantial and high value" oil discovery in Guyana.

09 Aug
nmc health
Broker tips: Hastings, NMC Health, Ryanair

Analysts at Berenberg slightly lowered their target price on insurance group Hastings' shares from 228p to 221p on Friday, noting that they expected the pricing cycle to turn and leave the company "well-positioned to benefit".

08 Aug
synthomer, chemicals
Broker tips: Ultra Electronics, Synthomer

Shares of Ultra Electronics hit a fresh 52-week high after analysts at Credit Suisse bumped up their target price on the shares of the defence electronic outfit in the wake of its latest half-year numbers.

07 Aug
hiscox insurance building york
Broker tips: Sirius Minerals, National Express

Analysts at Berenberg downgraded agrochemicals outfit Sirius Minerals from 'buy' to 'hold' on Wednesday after the group's shares plunged a day earlier when it pulled its $500m bond sale.

06 Aug
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Broker tips: Spectris, Ferrexpo

Analysts at Berenberg dropped precision instrumentation manufacturer Spectris' recommendation from 'hold' to 'sell' on Tuesday, telling clients that "there may be trouble ahead".

05 Aug
housebuilding builder housing redrow ibstock
Broker tips: IAG, Unite, Ibstock, M&S

JPMorgan Cazenove reiterated British Airways and Iberia owner International Consolidated Airlines Group as its 'top pick' in the European airlines sector on Monday, rated at 'overweight', noting 70% return potential.