Deutsche Bank has upgraded its recommendation on Cairn Energy (LON:CNE) to buy (from hold) after reviewing its development portfolio and believing the company has potential to outperform market expectations.
Deutsche highlighted Cairn's opportunity to de-risk its Senegal SNE discovery, the company's robust balance sheet and an option on the Cairn India tax arbitration as offering "investors several potential catalysts for valuation growth this year".
- Target increased to 275 pence from 270 pence -
Conversely, the City heavyweight has downgraded Premier Oil (LON:PMO) to hold (from buy), with catalysts failing to excite analyst David Mirzai.
He said: "Our Buy case for Premier has been based on positive tailwinds coming from bringing Solan onstream and completing its refinancing.
"It's been a volatile 6M, but the catalysts are in and we are somewhat underwhelmed."
- Target left unchanged at 90 pence -
(LON:CNE) Cairn Energy PLC share price was +11.8p at 242.6p
(LON:PMO) Premier Oil PLC share price was -4.87p at 79.88p