STOCKS NEWS EUROPE-H&M falls on JP Morgan "underweight"

Shares in Hennes & Mauritz HMb.ST fall 1.3 percent after JP Morgan initiates coverage on the stock with an "underweight" rating, saying the fashion retailer's prospects for growth from the internet are not as strong as some of its rivals.

“Input cost inflation, a maturing sales base and less internet opportunity,” provide the rationale for JPMorgan’s negative stance on H&M in a note.

In contrast, it starts Inditex ITX.MC with an "overweight" rating, citing growth prospects in Asia/Russia, low relative exposure to inflationary input costs and nascent internet exposure.

Inditex falls 1.8 percent.

In the UK, JP Morgan downgrades Next NXT.L to "underweight" from "overweight" and upgrades Debenhams DEB.L to "overweight" from "neutral".

Next and Debenhams fall 0.5 and 0.1 percent, respectively.

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