J Sainsbury: Berenberg reiterates buy with a target price of 369p.
Hiscox's gross written premiums rose by a fifth in the first quarter but the insurer warned of slower growth ahead as competitors pile into the market.
Ascential plc: Berenberg downgrades to hold with a target price of 400p.
Lloyd's of London reported its first annual loss in six years after the insurance market was battered by hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters in what it said was an exceptionally difficult year.
esure: RBC Capital Markets upgrades to outperform with a target price of 275p.
FTSE 250 insurer Hiscox was under the cosh on Monday as it posted a 91% drop in full-year profit following "an historic year for catastrophes".
Hiscox announced two senior appointments on Thursday, subject to regulatory and immigration approvals, as the board continued to 'evolve' the company's management structure to build on growth momentum in its retail businesses.
Insurer Hiscox reported a rise in gross written premiums for the first nine months of the year, as it revised down its estimates for claims related to recent hurricanes.
Hiscox said on Monday that net claims from hurricanes Harvey and Irma were likely to total around $225mm based on an insured market loss of $35bn.
Insurer Hiscox said on Monday that it expects to see claims of around $150m as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Hiscox reported a 12.5% jump in pre-tax profit for the first half on Monday thanks to a solid performance in its retail business.
Vodafone: HSBC maintains Hold with a target price of 225p.
Beazley: Credit Suisse initiates at Buy with a target price of 565p.
Credit Suisse initiated coverage of Beazley and Lancashire on Tuesday, and downgraded Hiscox, as it took a look at the Lloyd's of London insurers.
Business at Hiscox continues to grow briskly thanks to sustained strong trading in Retail, although the London Market unit continues to come under pressure reminiscent of the 1990s, as the firm pulls out of the political risks and sets up an EU subsidiary after Brexit.
The FTSE 250 index rose 0.89% to 18,421.49 at 1609 GMT on Friday.
The FTSE 250 was led moderately lower on Tuesday as most markets moved skittishly sideways ahead of a US election that is seen as having potentially widespread implications for the global economy.
International specialist insurer Hiscox issued its interim management statement for the first nine months of the year to 30 September on Monday.
Insurer Hiscox increased gross written premiums and enjoyed surging profits and earnings thanks to sizeable currency gains.
Insurers are likely to face more more claims, more intense price competition and slimmer margins, Fitch Ratings said, due to changes to UK laws on disputing commercial insurance claims and timing of payments due to come into force in August and next year.