Sabre Insurance Group plc: Numis downgrades to add with a target price of 330.
Johnson Matthey plc: Berenberg upgrades to buy with a target price of 3,680p.
Business and consumer financier, Secure Trust Bank announced it would continue to take steps aimed at decreasing its credit exposure by upping its acceptance criteria for small to medium-sized customers over the first half.
Secure Trust Bank announced a record total group profit after tax of £137.5m for the year to 31 December on Thursday.
European stocks ended higher for the most part on Wednesday despite mixed corporate earnings as government bond yields fell back, although Greek sovereign debt prices continued to trade well below where they began the year in a possible sign of still significant jitters among investors.
Secure Trust Bank issued a pre-close trading update on Friday, ahead of its annual results announcement 2016 calendar year, scheduled for 23 March.
Mortgage approvals from high street banks rebounded slightly in September, according to data from high street banks, after hitting a 19-month low in August.
Lord Forsyth was appointed chairman of AIM-listed Secure Trust Bank after Sir Henry Angest stepped down on Wednesday after 35 years.
Lloyd's Banking Group will continue to struggle as downgrades from two brokers showed, sending its shares promptly lower, according to The Telegraph's Questor column.
Arbuthnot Banking Group intends to cut its stake in Secure Trust Bank to 20%, from 51.9%, by selling about 5.8m shares in the company at a discounted £25 each.
As Tuesday's takeover deadline approaches, Sainsbury's has made a bid of 150p per share for Argos owner Home Retail Group, which is shy of the 170p apparently being demanded. The Sunday Telegraph cited sources that suggested a middle-ground 160p bid would be enough to announce the deal and gain a deadline extension to win over wavering shareholders.
Challenger banks have reportedly requested an extension to the government's flagship industry funding scheme during a meeting at which they expressed their anger over Chancellor George Osborne's plans for an 8% Corporate Tax surcharge on profits of more than £25m.
Smiths Group: Charles Stanley downgrades to reduce while Nomura reiterates buy recommendation.
Afren: Oriel places both target price and recommendation under review. Canaccord Genuity places both its target price (prev.: 150p) and its hold recommendation under review. Investec places its target price (prev.: 195p) under review and downgrades from buy to hold.
Antofagasta: Deutsche Bank cuts target price from 770p to 735p and downgrades to sell. Investec cuts target price from 753p to 726p keeping its sell recommendation.
Admiral Group: JP Morgan cuts target price from 1122p to 1022p maintaining an underweight rating.