Deutsche Bank has upgraded Whitbread from hold to buy. Analyst Mark Finnie thinks the recent price weakness of the company has brought the shares back to a more attractive level. He does not think Whitbread will win the auction for Premier Lodge, which is in the hands of Spirit. Whitbread has reassured investors it will not overpay for such assets. Finnie things failure to buy Premier Lodge will please the market. The shares rose 13.5p at 755p on Friday. The Times 14/02/04 page 57 (Stock Markets)