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BEST OF THE BROKERS

Carrs Milling
FinnCap believes the agriculture, engineering, food and travel company has decent value and should return to profit after a disappointing second half last year. Fertiliser sales have been picking up since early december but the flour markets are proving very competitive and will negate some of the gains made by fertiliser.

Carlsberg
Evolution Securities has issued a "buy" recommendation following the introduction of a minimum retail price on alcohol in Russia. This will almost double the price of the cheapest vodka, making beer a far cheaper alternative. The sale of a former brewery site in Copenhagen could reduce the company's debt by 10 per cent.

Kesa electricals
Investec Securities maintained its "hold" recommendation on the electrical retailer. Trading comparatives for Comet have become much tougher which is expected to be shown in the third quarter trading update later this month. Overseas divisions are targetting store openings while UK operations are focusing on efficiency.

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