STOCKS NEWS EUROPE-Capita a top FTSE faller after investor day

Shares in Capita shed 3 percent, a top FTSE 100 faller, after the outsourcing firm's investor day on Monday failed to excite, according to traders, and leads Seymour Pierce to downgrade its rating for the stock to "hold" from "buy".

"The presentation did bring home the message that Capita has an increasingly diversified revenue base and acquisitions have been instrumental in helping Capita spread its wings. However, we were disappointed to hear that international expansion does not feature greatly in the company's plans," Seymour Pierce says in a note.

The broker adds that, following an 8 percent outperformance by the stock versus the FTSE 100 index over the past month, Capita shares are within reach of its 770 pence target price and, as there was not enough new news in the presentation to warrant an increase in that target, it has downgraded its rating to "hold".

Espirito Santo Investment Bank, meanwhile, says that "the event provided valuable insight into some of Capita's divisions and approach to growth, but it did not change our cautious stance on the business."

"While the risk to current year forecasts is low and Capita will likely return to some organic growth, the group has expanded its balance sheet to fund growth and we believe it requires a lower rating than the group has otherwise historically derived," Espirito adds, repeating its "sell" stance on Capita.

Capita's earnings quality score -- a measure of the sustainability of future earnings based on previous results -- increased to 49 from 27 out of 100 after its June 2012 filing, according to Thomson Reuters Starmine data, which compares favourably with its nearest British peer, Serco Group , which saw its earnings quality score decrease to 22 from 31 after its June filing.

Shares in blue chip Serco are also weak, down 1.4 percent. Reuters messaging rm://