Buy, Sell, Hold – what the brokers say

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In the good books

Macquarie upgraded Premier Investments (PMV) to Outperform from Neutral. Buy/Hold/Sell 2/4/0. Macquarie has re-reviewed the outlook for the company’s overseas expansion, while transferring coverage to a new analyst and upgrading the recommendation. Macquarie is now forecasting 3-year EPS compound annual growth rate of 12%, on conservative estimates primarily driven by overseas expansion. Smiggle is the star performer in the group, key risks are with the older, established brands.

UBS has upgraded OceanaGold (OGC) to Neutral from Sell. Buy/Hold/Sell 3/2/0. UBS maintains its 2016 and 2017 gold price forecast at US$1,250/oz. Any downside from here is expected to be ultimately contained. A lower assumption for the Australian dollar helps lift valuation, but 2015 earnings have been reduced by 11%, and 2016 by 9.0%, following a cut to copper price forecasts.

Macquarie has upgraded Suncorp (SUN) to Outperform from Neutral. Buy/Hold/Sell 1/6/1. Macquarie has undertaken detailed reserving analysis for Suncorp and introduced a comparative absolute valuation for the stock as the broker does for QBE Insurance. An upgrade to FY16 forecast reserve releases leads to an upgrade in earnings forecasts.

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