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Fresnillo higher as Morgan Stanley ups its rating to ‘equal-weight’ from ‘underweight’ as short-term risks recede

The US investment bank's analysts said: “We still see regulatory issues for Fresnillo and other miners in Mexico, although the speed of implementation of change looks slower"

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Morgan Stanley has a 900p target price on the FTSE 100-listed stock, which was trading at 868.40p in early afternoon trading

Morgan Stanley gave a lift to Fresnillo PLC (LON:FRES) shares on Tuesday as it upgraded its rating for the Mexico-focused precious metals group to ‘equal-weight’ from ‘underweight’.

The US investment bank has a 900p target price on the FTSE 100-listed stock which was trading at 868.40p in early afternoon trading, up 2.2% on Monday’s close.

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In a big note to clients on the European Metals & Mining sector, Morgan Stanley’s analysts said: “We still see regulatory issues for Fresnillo and other miners in Mexico, although the speed of implementation of change looks slower, and the short-term risks appear lower than we previously assumed.”

They added: “We therefore upgrade Fresnillo back to Equal-weight, with risk/reward fairly balanced here.

“At 8.6x EV/EBITDA on our base case, the stock is down from 14x+ back in 2017. FCF yield remains muted at 1.2% in 2019e, but not out of sync with history.”

Quick facts: Fresnillo Plc

Price: 555.4 GBX

LSE:FRES
Market: LSE
Market Cap: £4.09 billion
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