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UBS downgrades Smith & Nephew on surgical robot market concerns

UBS also sees a potential slowdown in Smith & Nephew's hip and knee market
Smith & Nephew CEO Namal Nawana
Smith & Nephew's new CEO needs to unveil an updated strategy, says UBS

Swiss bank UBS has downgraded its recommendation on Smith & Nephew PLC’s (LON:SN.) shares to ‘neutral’ from ‘buy’ due to scepticism over the share of the surgical robots market the medical equipment manufacturer will be able to command.

UBS also cut Smith & Nephew’s price target to 1,340p from 1,363p.

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“Our underlying market view is that the adoption of surgical robots will be widespread in orthopaedics has not changed. However, we now believe our initial assumption of S&N’s share of the market was too positive,” UBS analysts said.

The bank also said it sees a risk of a potential slowdown in the hip and knee market and could not be more positive on the company’s prospects until new CEO Namal Nawana unveils a "concrete strategy" for the group.

Shares in Smith & Nephew pared early losses and were trading down 0.3% at 1,359p in mid-morning trade.

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