Greggs: Berenberg downgrades to hold with a target price of 1,225p.
Clothing retailer Next upgraded its profit guidance for the year on Thursday as it posted a rise in first-quarter sales thanks to unusually warm weather in recent weeks.
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Next chief executive Simon Wolfson's pay fell by more than a third for 2017 - a year he described as the most difficult faced by the company for a quarter of a century.
There was mixed news for retailers, pubs and restaurants on Tuesday as encouraging high street research was published by the British Retail Consortium but spending data from Barclaycard painted a more gloomy picture.
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.
Provident financial: Berenberg downgrades to sell with a target price of 550p.
RBS: Deutsche Bank upgrades to buy with a target price of 305p.
Profits fell at Next for the third year in a row in 2017 and are expected to fall again in 2018 as falling store sales and good online growth largely cancel each other out and the clothing retailer looks to "attack costs" and "defend sales and profitability".
More than 300 Next employees are claiming up to £30m in total in back pay from the clothing retail over the thousands of female staff they say are paid less than male counterparts.
Debenhams is negotiating to rent out space in its flagship department store to hot-desking company WeWork in a move to save costs.
Standard Life Aberdeen: Deutsche Bank upgrades to buy with a target price of 440p.
Next said on Tuesday that group operations director, Michael Law, plans to retire in July after 23 years with the retailer.
Next plc: RBC Capital Markets upgrades to outperform with a target price of 5,500p.
Positive broker notes helped boost health care equipment plays on Thursday, as the FTSE 100 remained in the black with Smith & Nephew shares led the way.
Retailer Next got a boost on Thursday as RBC Capital Markets upped its stance on the stock to 'outperform' from 'sector perform' and hiked the price target to 5,500p from 4,800p.
Next has nudged up its full-year profit target after a better online sales performance in the run up to Christmas, but the clothing retailer said it expects profits to fall in the coming year.
Analysts at Investec reiterated their 'buy' recommendation for shares of Next, pointing to the shares' supportive valuation and the "consistency" of the company's cash generation to back up their case.
Two people are understood to have been killed after Iranian security forces reportedly opened fire on anti-government demonstrators on Saturday as the largest protests seen in the country since 2009 continued for a third day. Reports of the two deaths were were posted on social media. There was no official confirmation of the fatalities but the posted images appeared to show several bodies being carried away after clashes with police in the western city in Dorud. - The Sunday Telegraph
G4S: Deutsche Bank upgrades to Buy with a target price of 330p.