BEST OF THE BROKERS

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SCHRODERS
Evolution reiterates its “neutral” rating on Schroders ahead of today’s full-year results. It expects new cash to support revenues, but says the shares are already fully valued. It remains Evolution’s favourite asset manager.

PROVIDENT FINANCIAL
Collins Stewart says now is a good time to “sell” Provident Financial, saying 800p is a good target price with the net asset value just 200p a share. It says market conditions will not improve near-term and expects market forecasts to be cut soon.

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