Analysts Give The Thumbs Up For Alent PLC, UK Mail Group PLC And Ashtead Group plc

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Investment analysts at Berenberg Bank initiated coverage on shares of Ashtead (LSE: AHT). Ashtead is a construction and industrial-equipment hire company and is a recent addition to the FTSE 100; its current market capitalisation is £4.57bn.

Berenberg set a buy rating and a £11.10 price target on the stock. Berenberg’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 22.58% from the company’s current price of £9.06. From a total of 13 analysts covering the company, one has rated the stock with a hold and 12 have assigned it a buy. The company has an average price target of £10.35.17.

UK Mail Group (LSE: UKM)is now being covered by Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, and they have set a buy rating with a £7.00 price target on the stock. Cantor’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 17.25% from the company’s current price of £5.97.  UK Mail Group is a holding company of UK Mail Limited and UK Pallets Limited. UK Mail is the UK’s largest independent express delivery company, and UK Pallets provides a network for independent logistic and distribution companies.

Alent (LSE: ALNT) is a supplier of chemicals to the electronics, automotive and industrial market, and has now been picked up by Liberum Capital. Liberum initiated coverage on shares with a buy rating and a £4.00 price target on the stock. Analysts at Espirito Santo Investment Bank Research have also initiated coverage on shares of Alent and set a buy rating of £4.30 price target.

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Lisa Walls-Hester owns shares in Ashtead.