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How do brokers rate Marks and Spencer?

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Broker recommendations can be a useful indicator when it comes to researching shares. Examining the average (sometimes called the 'consensus') rating among analysts can offer a guide to whether a share is worth buying or not.

Take Marks and Spencer (LON:MKS) as an example. Shares in the company have risen by 8.82% over the past month and it’s currently trading at 149.9p. But what do its brokers think?

According to the consensus of analysts covering the stock, there could be reasons to believe the positive trend will continue. In terms of trading recommendations, Marks and Spencer currently has:

  • 5 Buy recommendations

  • 13 Hold recommendations

  • 0 Sell recommendations

This indicates that analysts are generally positive about the outlook.

At its current price of 149.9p, shares in Marks and Spencer are trading at a discount of -43.0% to its 52 week high price. The 1-year performance of the shares has been -6.20%.

While analyst forecasts can be a useful guide to what City 'experts' think about a stock's near term future, they can be unreliable. To get a better idea about the strengths and weaknesses of Marks and Spencer it's worth doing some investigation yourself. Indeed, we've identified some areas of concern with Marks and Spencer that you can find out about here.

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