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Next plc Can ‘Thrive’ In Difficult Times – Stifel

Sam Boughedda
Sam Boughedda trader
Updated 23 Dec 2022

It’s been a challenging year for retail stocks, and Next plc (LON: NXT) is no different, with its share price down over 31% in 2022.

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Of course, inflation has been a significant issue, and while in the UK, it eased slightly in the latest reading, we can’t yet assume the macroeconomic headwinds are on the way out.

Even so, Next was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel on Friday by analyst Caroline Gulliver.

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The analyst maintained the firm’s price target on the stock at 6,500p in a note to clients, stating that the Next share price has declined significantly this year, UK consumer confidence is still close to record lows, and she sees declines in discretionary income in 2023. However, Gulliver believes Next “can thrive in these difficult times” given its multi-channel, multi-brand offering, and discipline.

Next shares are up 1.2% at the time of writing on Friday.

Elsewhere, a the start of December, Morgan Stanley analyst Grace Smalley assumed coverage of Next with an Equal Weight rating and a 5,575p price target.

Smalley noted that pressures and cost headwinds are “colliding,” creating a “perfect storm” for apparel retail. The analyst said in here research memo that she has assumed coverage of the sector with a “cautious view,” especially on clothing retail due to pressures on disposable incomes.

According to the analyst rating website TipRanks, out of 10 analysts, four have a Buy rating on Next shares, with six assigning the stock a Hold rating. The average price target between those analysts is 5,875p, representing a potential 3% upside.


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Sam Boughedda
Sam is a trader and lead stock market writer at AskTraders. After starting his career in the forex market, Sam now focuses on stocks, specifically consumer staples.