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<strong>CRANSWICK</strong><br />KBC peel Hunt say that Cranswick&rsquo;s success story this year is &ldquo;more than just a BBQ boost&rdquo; &ndash; although the hot weather has provided a boost to the sale of sausages &ndash; but also because of new business and the consumer switchover to beef and lamb products. After meeting the firm for an update, the broker retains a &ldquo;buy&rdquo; rating. <br /><br /><strong>HMV GROUP</strong><br />Investec increased its forecasts and moved its recommendation on the stock to &ldquo;buy&rdquo;. The broker thinks the shares are oversold, although its unchanged target price of 130p still implies a considerable price-to-earnings discount to the sector, given future strategic issues. Consensus pre-tax profit forecasts are &pound;75m for 2009/10.<br /><br /><strong>MORGAN SINDALL</strong><br />Morgan Sindall&rsquo;s trading remains in line with expectations, said Panmure Gordon, although the order book has eased slightly since May and competitive pressures are increasing in construction. The broker said that, after a strong run in the share price, it is time to lock in profits, and downgraded its recommendation from &ldquo;buy&rdquo; to &ldquo;sell&rdquo;.