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BP stock gets boost from Jefferies, cites higher FCF vs peers

EditorEmilio Ghigini
Published 04/03/2024, 08:46
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On Monday, BP (NYSE:BP) received an upgrade from a Hold to a Buy rating by a Jefferies analyst, along with an increase in the price target, which was set at $42.30, up from the previous $38.60. The adjustment reflects a 10% increase in the price target, now equivalent to £5.7 per share, indicating an approximate 30% total shareholder return.

The analyst cited several reasons for the optimistic outlook on the energy company's stock. One of the key factors influencing the upgrade is the expectation that BP will continue to narrow its valuation gap compared to its peers. The forecast is based on the company's high free cash flow (FCF) yield, which is estimated at 17% for the fiscal year 2024, compared to the average of 14% across the European sector.

The improved sentiment towards BP is also supported by the company's strategic emphasis on increasing distributions to shareholders, a reduction in capital expenditure risks, and what the analyst perceives as conservative consensus expectations for earnings growth. This combination of factors contributes to the belief that BP's stock presents a favorable buying opportunity.

The upgrade and new price target reflect the firm's confidence in BP's potential for growth and profitability. The Jefferies analyst also provided insights into the larger sector, ranking major energy companies in order of preference, with BP coming in second behind Shell (LON:SHEL) and ahead of TotalEnergies (EPA:TTEF) (TTE) and Equinor (EQNR). This sector ranking offers a perspective on how BP is positioned relative to its competitors in the industry.

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