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Bellway knocked to ‘add’ from ‘buy’ by Peel Hunt as share price bounce leaves less upside

The downgrade followed a record first half for the housebuilder, who reported in a trading update on Thursday that total revenue for the period is expected to be up by more than 12% to just shy of £1.5bn from £1,324.4mln the year before

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The broker retained its target price for Bellway at 2,945p

Broker Peel Hunt has downgraded Bellway PLC (LON:BWY) to ‘add’ from ‘buy’, saying a bounce in the shares in the year to date left less upside than before.

The downgrade followed a record first half for the FTSE 250 housebuilder, who reported in a trading update on Thursday that total revenue for the period is expected to be up by more than 12% to just shy of £1.5bn from £1,324.4mln the year before.

READ: Bellway hails record first half sales despite a rise in cancellation rates

This was accompanied by a rise in the weekly reservation rate of 2.8% to 183 from 178 in the same period a year earlier, the highest level ever achieved by the group in the first half of its fiscal year.

“For the second half, the group is operating from a higher number of outlets and with a pick-up in demand in recent weeks,” said Peel Hunt analysts, adding that its pre-tax profit forecasts for the 2019 fiscal year now looked “achievable”.

The broker also retained its target price for Bellway at 2,945p.

In late-morning trading Thursday, Bellway shares were down 2% at 2,830p.

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