Its interim management statement for the 13 weeks to 28 May showed why Whitbread (LSE: WTB) deserves plenty of attention: like-for-like sales growth at Premier Inn and Costa stands at 6.3% and 5%, respectively.
Thanks to its leading proposition across a multitude of markets, the City expects Ashtead to keep earnings growing with advances of 24% and 16% pencilled in for the years ending April 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Shares in life insurance leviathan Prudential (LSE: PRU) (NYSE: PUK.US) took a whack earlier this month following news that chief executive Tidjane Thiam - mastermind of the company's drive into overseas markets - would be leaving the firm in May.
Ashtead may be ranked at number 80 in the FTSE 100, but it's top of the pops with analysts. The UK and US rental group, which supplies a comprehensive range of construction and industrial equipment, has been given a unanimous thumbs up by the City.
Ashtead Group plc logo Ashtead Group plc (LON:AHT) had its price target hosited by Barclays from GBX 1,413 ($20.57) to GBX 1,434 ($20.88) in a report published on Wednesday morning, Market Beat reports.