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Antofagasta downgraded to ‘sell’ by UBS over copper price consolidation

“The stock offers little apart from 'clean' copper price exposure making it vulnerable when the copper price consolidates”

Antofagasta PLC - Antofagasta downgraded to ‘sell’ by UBS over copper price consolidation

Antofagasta PLC (LON:ANTO) was downgraded to ‘sell’ from ‘neutral’ by UBS as the copper price is expected to consolidate in the near-term.

Analysts also said the stock is expensive after outperforming peers and has limited support from growth or dividends but maintained the target price at 900p.

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“We do not see a clear company-specific catalyst to trigger a de-rating of ANTO near-term, though medium-term falling grades will increase unit costs, high capex will constrain free cash flow/ dividends, and taxation changes in Chile remain a tail risk,” they commented.

“The stock offers little apart from 'clean' copper price exposure making it vulnerable when the copper price consolidates.”

The bank noted the mining giant has a robust balance sheet, a reasonable cost position and low risk growth options which, combined with reliable management and predictable guidance, has resulted in the stock trading at a premium to peers.

Shares rose1% to 1,090.5p on Monday morning.

Quick facts: Antofagasta PLC

Price: 1022 GBX

LSE:ANTO
Market: LSE
Market Cap: £10.08 billion
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