Esure: Barclays downgrades to Equal Weight with a target price of 234p.
UBS adjusted its ratings on UK motor insurers on Friday to reflect changes to the Ogden discount rate used to calculate lump sum payouts for personal injury claims, which was recently cut to -0.75% from 2.5%.
Shares in Cape are up almost 4% after it reached agreement to settle the insurer product-liability (Insurer PL Litigation) claims, allowing the matter to be resolved outside the court process.
Shares in life insurers and financials paced gains at the end of the week, with the likes of Old Mutual, Standard Life and Pruential all trading near the top of the leaderboard.
WH Smith: Barclays upgrades to Overweight with a target price of 1990p.
Rightmove: Morgan Stanley downgrades to Equal Weight with a target price of 4400p.
London shares closed lower on Thursday with banks leading the drop in blue-chip stocks in a session overflowing with mostly well-received corporate news.
The latest raft of earnings reports was the main driver behind sector movements on Thursday afternoon, with Non-life insurers and Mining shares leading the way.
RSA Insurance reported a 25% jump in full year operating profits to £655m as it lifted its annualised cost savings target for the third time to more than £400m from £350m.
London equities limped to a lower close Thursday, pulled down by a trinity of factors including dollar weakness, a tendency to safe-haven gold and ex-dividend stocks.
Hargreaves Lansdown: Citi reiterates Sell with a target price of 1200p.
RSA announced on Wednesday that it has signed contracts to dispose of £834m of UK legacy insurance liabilities to Enstar Group.
Housebuilding shares led the FTSE 100 higher for the second day, with Persimmon head of the pack as it issued a bullish year-end update.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded St James's Place as it took a look at the insurance sector on Friday, reversing some of its post-Brexit conservatism in the wake of a significant rise in bond yields.
RSA Insurance reported a fall in net written premiums in the first nine months of the year, reflecting the impact of disposals, but the group said it was on track for strong operating earnings increases for the year.
Grocers and non-life insurance paced advances, with Morrisons buoying the former after posting what analysts described as an "encouraging" set of interims.
Boosted by encouraging retail data and a serene Bank of England, the FTSE 100 turned higher by Thursday afternoon, with Morrisons topping the index.
Numis placed its rating and target price on Genus 'under review' on Thursday, after the animal genetics company reported its full year results.
HSBC upgraded RSA Insurance to 'buy' from 'hold' and raised the price target to 595p from 520p despite the strong share price performance.
Britvic: Berenberg reiterates buy with a target price of 775p.