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Broker Round-up Part 2: Ncondezi Coal, Tertiary Minerals, Ferrex, Rambler Metals & Mining, and Firestone DiamondsJune 18 2012, 4:15pm
Lloyds Banking Group (LON:LLOY) was dubbed a “stable, attractive, high-return business” by broker UBS today.
Lloyds is also at the top of the broker’s list of UK bank stocks, with a ‘buy’ rating and 50 pence target price.
UBS analyst Nick Nelson signalled the more “constructive approach” from the UK authorities as a reason for optimism for the UK banking sector.
Nelson also sees the potential for it to deliver meaningful returns to its shareholders through dividends, share price appreciation and capital return.
He said that on a stand-alone basis the stock should be valued at a premium to book value.
Shares in Lloyds shed 0.7 pence or 2.3 per cent today to stand at 30.6 pence.
Daniel Stewart reckons however that a switch from Lloyds (LON:LLOY) to HSBC (LON:HSBA) would make sense given that Lloyds and its subsidiary Halifax have raised mortgage rates over the last couple of months.
HSBC on the other hand is underwriting mortgages for first-time buyers at a rate of 60,000 per annum which could represent a market share of more than 10 per cent this year, twice its natural market share.
“With the better news on Greece, last week’s more positive news on UK bank regulation and the more encouraging Q1 figures, the stock looks fundamentally very cheap,” said Daniel Stewart analyst Simon Willis, who upgrades the stock to ‘buy’ with a target price of 650 pence.
Today, its analysts now estimate the world’s leading supplier of heating and plumbing products could actually be worth as much as 5,000 pence by 2015 with a little help from market conditions.
With more confidence about the margin potential, market share gain opportunities and the benefit of balance sheet options, Citi analyst Clyde Lewis reckons the world’s leading distributor of heating and plumbing products could reach the magic mark in just two and a half years.
Although the stock’s been relatively quiet this year having outperformed in the previous two years, the analyst sees the newsflow from margins and the balance sheet driving the stock over the next 12 months.
Shares rose 38 pence or 1.75 per cent today to 2,214 pence.
Analyst Jane Sparrow said: “While the macro uncertainty is likely to lead to continued volatility in the share price, we believe the worst is over in terms of share price performance.”
The dividend yield of 6.5 per cent also offers some support at current levels, capping the downside, she added.
Sparrow’s target price of 213 pence, cut from 235 pence today, still implies 30 per cent upside to the current price of 163.6 pence, down 0.6 per cent today.
UBS chopped mining giant Anglo American’s (LON:AAL) target price from 3,100 pence to 3,260 pence today, but remains a ‘buyer’ on value, highlighting the growth pipeline, late cycle diversified commodity mix and further potential savings.
The broker reckons the falling share price, which is at an all-time low, is in stark contrast to the company’s progress, as it continues to go from strength to strength.
“We see this as providing those with a longer-term horizon an excellent entry opportunity,” said analyst Yuen Low.
The analyst added that with cash of US$24 million as of the end of May, Ncondezi has the funds needed until the time comes to construct its projects.
Elsewhere, Seymour Pierce analyst Matthew McDonald is looking forward to upcoming project news at Tertiary Minerals (LON:TYM) following today’s announcement of a £10 million equity facility agreement with Darwin Strategic Ltd.
Next up for the company is the release of the results from the scoping study on the Lassedalen fluorspar project next quarter.
Iron ore and manganese company Ferrex (LON:FRX) remains a ‘buy’ in the eyes of Canaccord Genuity, which gave it a positive write-up today.
Canaccord analyst Jeremy Dibb was bullish on its prospects following successful initial metallurgical work at Nayega.
And with positive newsflow expected in the near future, Dibb has high hopes for the share price, with a 12 pence target on the stock against the current 2.3 pence market price.
Rambler Metals' (LON:RMM, CVE:RAB) quarterly results give further evidence of its strong financial position and the great success of its initial gold production phase, according to Ocean Equities.
The broker says that from an operational perspective, Rambler presents little risk now that the copper circuit is approaching commercial commissioning.
Northland Securities reckons Firestone Diamonds (LON:FDI) will be able to start operations and generate cash flow at a minimum cost by reusing and modifying the existing Pilot Plant at Liqhobong in Lesotho.