Stock Analysts’ Updated EPS Estimates for February, 14th (AB, ACRE, ACU, AGIO, AHEXY, AJMPF, AKAO, ALLT, ALSWF, ANTH)

Stock Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Wednesday, February 14th:

AllianceBernstein (NYSE:AB) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. They currently have $30.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “ALLIANCE CAP MANAGEMENT L.P. provides diversified investment management services, primarily to pension funds, endowments, foreign financial institutions, and to individual investors. “

Ares Commercial Real Estate (NYSE:ACRE) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation is a specialty finance company focused on originating, investing in and managing middle-market commercial real estate loans and other commercial real estate investments. The Company’s financing solutions are comprised of its target investments, which include the following: Transitional senior mortgage loans, Stretch senior mortgage loans, Subordinate debt mortgage loans and Other CRE debt and preferred equity investments. Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation is based in Chicago, Illinois. “

Acme United (NYSEAMERICAN:ACU) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “ACME UNITED CORP. operates principally in two business segments. Operations in the medical segment involve the production and sale of metal disposable medical scissors and instruments, sterile procedure trays, germicidal products, dressings and wound care packs. Operations in the consumer segment involve the production and sale of shears, scissors, knives, rulers, first aid kits and chalk board items for school, office and home use. “

Agios Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AGIO) was downgraded by analysts at UBS Group AG from an outperform rating to a market perform rating.

Adecco Group (OTCMKTS:AHEXY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services that connects colleagues with clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, outsourcing, consulting and outplacement. It also provides services in various business lines such as information technology, finance and legal, engineering and technical, medical and science, human capital solutions, sales, marketing and events. Adecco S.A. is headquartered in Glattbrugg, Switzerland. “

Ashmore Group (OTCMKTS:AJMPF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Ashmore Group plc is an emerging market investment manager. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets. Ashmore Group plc is based in London, United Kingdom. “

Achaogen (NASDAQ:AKAO) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Achaogen, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. It is focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel antibacterials to treat multi-drug resistant, or MDR, gram-negative infections. The Company is developing plazomicin, its lead product candidate, for the treatment of serious bacterial infections due to MDR enterobacteriaceae, including carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae. Achaogen, Inc. is headquartered in South San Francisco, California. “

Allot Communications (NASDAQ:ALLT) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Allot Communications Ltd. is a leading provider of intelligent IP service optimization solutions. Designed for carriers, service providers and enterprises, Allot solutions apply deep packet inspection technology to transform broadband pipes into smart networks. This creates the visibility and control vital to manage applications, services and subscribers, guarantee quality of service, contain operating costs and maximize revenue. Allot believes in listening to customers and provides them access to its global network of visionaries, innovators and support engineers. “

Absolute Software (OTCMKTS:ALSWF) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Absolute Software Corporation engages in the business of providing firmware-persistent endpoint security and management solutions. It provides solutions for computer security monitoring and endpoint management industry. The company’s solutions include data protection, lifecycle management, enterprise mobility management and IT service management as well as data loss prevention. Absolute Software Corporation is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. “

Anthera Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ANTH) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat serious illnesses, including cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. The Company’s clinical-stage programs include one Phase 3 ready program, A-002, and two Phase 2 clinical programs, A-623 and A-001. A-002 and A-001 inhibit a novel enzyme target known as secretory phospholipase A2, or sPLA2. Elevated levels of sPLA2 have been implicated in a variety of acute inflammatory conditions, including acute coronary syndrome and acute chest syndrome, as well as chronic diseases such as stable coronary artery disease. A-623 targets elevated levels of B-lymphocyte stimulator, or BLyS (also known as BAFF), which has been associated with a variety of B-cell mediated autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Graves’ Disease and others. Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Hayward, California. “

AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Robert W. Baird. Robert W. Baird currently has a $92.00 price target on the stock.

British American Tobacco (LON:BATS) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They currently have a GBX 5,800 ($80.13) price target on the stock.

Botswana Diamonds (LON:BOD) had its speculative buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Northland Capital Partners.

Cobham (LON:COB) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at UBS Group AG.

Cousins Properties (NYSE:CUZ) was given a $10.00 price target by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Dana (NYSE:DAN) was given a $36.00 price target by analysts at Guggenheim. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Diageo (LON:DGE) was given a GBX 2,800 ($38.68) price target by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Davita (NYSE:DVA) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. SunTrust Banks, Inc. currently has a $80.00 target price on the stock.

Ellington Financial (NYSE:EFC) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Maxim Group. The firm currently has a $19.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “EFC reported 4Q17 EPS of $0.23, versus its $0.41 dividend. We are maintaining our 2018 EPS estimate of $1.61, and our price target of $19. Our price target equates to 1.0x book value. In our view, mortgage REITs such as EFC should not trade below a valuation level of 1.0x book value in the current environment.””

Evonik Industries (FRA:EVK) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Galliford Try (LON:GFRD) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. They currently have a GBX 1,450 ($20.03) target price on the stock.

Greencore Group (LON:GNC) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at Barclays PLC. They currently have a GBX 253 ($3.50) target price on the stock.

Generac (NYSE:GNRC) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Robert W. Baird. The firm currently has a $52.00 price target on the stock.

Hurricane Energy (LON:HUR) had its speculative buy rating reiterated by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The firm currently has a GBX 85 ($1.17) target price on the stock.

LightPath Technologies (NASDAQ:LPTH) was given a $3.00 price target by analysts at Roth Capital. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Luxoft (NYSE:LXFT) was downgraded by analysts at Pivotal Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. The firm currently has $48.00 price target on the stock.

Mazor Robotics (NASDAQ:MZOR) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Needham & Company LLC. The analysts wrote, “MZOR beat consensus revenue and EPS though we note it had preannounced 27 system orders and revenue of ~$19M on 1/8/18. There were 24 systems delivered in 4Q17, which missed our post-preannouncement estimate of 28 but was up from 19 systems in 3Q17 and we note that the installed base increased by 16 to 188. This was the first full quarter MDT has had responsibility for the distribution of the Mazor X system. MZOR’s gross margin was much lower than expected but more than offset by lower operating expenses which resulted in an operating margin that was higher than expected. Management indicated that MZOR’s revenue growth is likely to slow significantly in 2018 given pricing headwinds under the MDT agreement. Given this, and MZOR’s 2018E EV/sales multiple of 17.6x, we maintain our Hold rating.””

National Retail Properties (NYSE:NNN) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services. The firm currently has a $44.50 price target on the stock.

Nexstar Media Group (NASDAQ:NXST) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Guggenheim. They currently have a $88.00 price target on the stock.

Omeros (NASDAQ:OMER) had its price target raised by Bank of America Corp from $2.44 to $4.00.

Provident Financial (LON:PFG) had its top pick rating reaffirmed by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd.

Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc..

SolGold (LON:SOLG) had its not rated rating reaffirmed by analysts at Shore Capital.

Sophiris Bio (NASDAQ:SPHS) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Maxim Group. Maxim Group currently has a $5.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $6.00.

ThyssenKrupp (FRA:TKA) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Targa Resources (NYSE:TRGP) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Seaport Global Securities. They currently have a $52.00 target price on the stock.

Tesco (LON:TSCO) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at UBS Group AG.

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:TTPH) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. SunTrust Banks, Inc. currently has a $10.00 target price on the stock.

Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Sandler O’Neill. The firm currently has a $75.00 target price on the stock.

Wix.Com (NASDAQ:WIX) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. The firm currently has a $85.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “We believe the best is still ahead as the business scales past a $1B run-rate exiting 2020, with free cash flow expanding at an even faster pace. We believe 2018 has some good things in store and would build positions in this high-quality franchise. We are raising our price target to $85 and our bull case to $110. Key Investment Points Strong close to the year; ACPS drives upside. Wix posted $4.5M upside to collections on 35% growth and free-cash-flow upside on 16% margin. Additionally, existing cohorts continued to convert at very high rates, an encouraging sign of things to come. The expanded Google relationship adds some new sizzle to the story, opening up the door for even more partnership in the future. The disclosure for 140,000 Wix Code users vs. 7,000 just one quarter ago was particularly impressive to us and shows very nice progress on what should be a very important product.””

Watts Water Technologies (NYSE:WTS) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Robert W. Baird. They currently have a $80.00 target price on the stock.

Xeros Technology Group (LON:XSG) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Berenberg Bank. They currently have a GBX 355 ($4.90) price target on the stock.

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