Britvic: Berenberg upgrades to buy with a target price of 900p.
B&M European Value Retail said it made a good start to the year as the discount retailer posted a 25% increase in annual profit.
Sage Group: JP Morgan downgrades to neutral with a target price of 670p.
Retailers were among the big movers in London on Friday as Citi adjusted its ratings on several stocks as part of a broader note on European general retail.
Sabre Insurance Group plc: Numis downgrades to add with a target price of 330.
SSP: JP Morgan upgrades to overweight with a target price of 765p.
Discount retailer B&M European Value reported a strong quarter of growth in the pre-Christmas period, helped by 22 new store openings and keeping prices low in the UK and Germany via its far-eastern supply chain.
Card Factory: Investec upgrades to Buy with a target price of 320p.
B&M European Value Retail reported a 21.7% improvement in group revenues to £1.35bn in its half-year results on Tuesday - a 21% rise at constant currencies.
Nex Group: JPMorgan initiates at Neutral with a target price of 650p.
Things are still looking up for B&M Retail's share price, Jefferies argues ahead of the company's interims, pointing to the firm's solid scores on customer satisfaction and the potential for its acquisition of Heron Foods to add to growth.
Standard Chartered: Deutsche Bank upgrades to Hold with a target price of 653p.
Diageo: Berenberg downgrades to Hold with a target price of 2550p.
DS Smith: Berenberg upgrades to Buy with a target price of 550p.
Retailer B&M European Value has snapped up profitable fellow discounter Heron Food Group for £152m as a move into the convenience market, moving on from rumours that it was itself a takeover target for Asda.
Vodafone: HSBC maintains Hold with a target price of 225p.
The construction sector can be a tough bet, writes John Collingridge in the Sunday Times' Inside The City column, noting the number of recent collapses including Connaught and Rok, as well as the the tough few years for Balfour Beatty and the recent profit warning from Carillion.
Asda is exploring a £4.4bn takeover of B&M, the fast-growing discount retailer run by billionaire brothers Simon and Bobby Arora. Britain's third-biggest supermarket chain is understood to be in the early stages of assessing a bid for B&M, which is chaired by the former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy. - The Sunday Times
On the back of rumours suggesting discount retailer B&M European Value was a takeover target for Asda, analysts at Investec poured scorn on there being much logic in such a deal but still like the look of the company.
B&M European Value Retail should "significantly outperform" UK non-food retail sales in its next two years, reckoned Goldman Sachs, which upgraded the discounter's shares to a 'buy' recommendation from 'neutral'.