Shore Capital, Vodafone and CRH: Best of the Brokers for 07 December 2015

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Analysts at Jefferies have retained a “hold” rating for building materials group CRH, after the firm released guidance on its recent acquisitions. Analysts found CRH’s core businesses are doing well in the US, where the commercial sector is recovering. The company has a price target of 1,800p from 1,942 currently.

Experian has had its rating left as “hold” by analysts at Shore Capital, following recent interim results that showed the strength of operating and currency headwinds at the data services specialist, with a current price of 1,205p. ShoreCap warns that the firm's US consumer division does not trend into positive growth until full year 2017. Analysts gave a fair value share price for Experian of 1,155p.

Analysts at Accendo Research have issued a “sell” rating for global telecoms giant Vodafone, on a share price of 216p. There are concerns that Vodafone is going to have to spend highly on growth in emerging markets to diversify away from mature markets in Europe. They also warn that major price competition in the wireless telecommunications and internet market could stifle results. Shares for Vodafone have sold down since its first half results.