Jefferies downgrades its recommendation on Anglo American from 'buy' to 'hold' with a price target lowered by 16% to 2700 pence, 'based on the risk of value leakage and delays as the break-up of the group progresses'.

BHP failed in its attempt to acquire Anglo American, as the structural problems associated with the inter-conditional demergers of Kumba and Amplats were too great to overcome', the broker believes.

'It is now up to Anglo's management to execute its own announced restructuring plan', Jefferies continues, although it sees 'significant upside potential for the share in the longer term'.

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