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EasyJet leads FTSE 100 higher but mining shares hit by poor Chinese data

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    Analysts raise target price and push budget airline shares higher

    Despite poor trade data hitting mining shares, the UK market is moving higher after its recent weakness.

    Budget airline easyJet is leading the way, up 38p to £14.54 after analysts at RBC moved from underperform to outperform and raised its target price from £14.50 to £15.00 ahead of its half year results on Tuesday.

    Smith & Nephew has rebalanced away from hips/knees and now has leading positions in higher-growth segments. Trading at a 17% sector discount, the market has overstated CJR reimbursement risk and undervalued a 150 basis points uplift in organic growth atop a leaner cost base. Beyond 12% earnings per share compound annual growth rate, there is upside optionality from capital deployment and M&A. China is a key second quarter risk but we expect second half inflection, reducing overhangs and facilitating re-rating. We upgrade our price target to £13.75 (from £10.44)

    We have updated estimates for Pearson post-2015 results and their first quarter trading update. Our overall view remains the same. Pearson is the most structurally challenged stock within the large cap European media space relative to its multiple, and management guidance of £800m 2018 estimated operating profit will be difficult to achieve. Reiterate sell with a reduced target price of 435p (from 450p).

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