Research Analysts’ upgrades for Thursday, August 10th:

ABIOMED (NASDAQ:ABMD) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (NYSE:ACH) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Great Ajax Corp. (NYSE:AJX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

ARMOUR Residential REIT (NYSE:ARR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions (NYSE:BFAM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE:BITA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

CBOE Holdings (NASDAQ:CBOE) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

The Chefs’ Warehouse (NASDAQ:CHEF) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

CenterPoint Energy (NYSE:CNP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Care.com (NYSE:CRCM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

CYS Investments (NYSE:CYS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Energizer Holdings (NYSE:EPC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Golden Star Resources (NYSEMKT:GSS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Triple-S Management Corporation (NYSE:GTS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Humana (NYSE:HUM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE:INT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

J.C. Penney Company, Inc. Holding (NYSE:JCP) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. The firm currently has $6.25 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “J. C. Penney shares, which have underperformed the industry in the past six months, recently took a sharp U turn after the company informed that the sales performance has improved in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Moreover, the company whose top line has missed the estimate in the trailing five quarters announced that it expects to post substantial improvement in sales in the second quarter in comparison with the first quarter. Further, in an effort to lure more customers and ramp up sales, management has introduced new loyalty program. These along with remodeling, renovation and refurbishment of stores with special attention on enhancing the reach of national and especially private-label brands looks promising. J. C. Penney is also gradually increasing the count of Sephora stores. However, the impact of challenging retail landscape, high debt level, stiff competition from online retailers, and waning store traffic concerns linger.”

Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Jacobs’ third-quarter fiscal 2017 earnings of 79 cents per share came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company also recently inked a $2.85-billion deal to acquire CH2M, in a bid to become a $15-billion global solutions provider, moving ahead. Jacobs noted that its restructuring initiatives would likely generate greater cost synergies in the quarters ahead. The company is also poised to grow on the back of lucrative business contracts and is well focused in maximizing shareholders’ value. However, over the last one year, the stock underperformed and looks overvalued compared to the industry. Notably, headwinds such as stiff industry rivalry, challenging energy market conditions, weaker field services business or reduced public spending in the UK might hurt near-term results.”

Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE:KIM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Lands’ End (NASDAQ:LE) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE:MAIN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

MiMedx Group (NASDAQ:MDXG) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ:NEOG) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Newfield has a huge inventory of drilling wells in the prospective crude oil and condensate shale plays of Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma. In these resources, the company has been investing significantly that will likely contribute to production growth. We appreciate the company’s measures to reduce cost related to core operations, especially in an unfavorable business scenario. Since the beginning of this year, Newfield has managed to lower its operating cost by more than 65%. However, the company has significant exposure to debt as its debt-to-capitalization ratio is 66.8%, much higher than 49.3% of the broader industry. On top of that, Newfield is primarily focused on the U.S. shale plays, with little exposure to China. Hence, less exposure to more profitable international oil resources is a drag.”

Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

National Western Life Group (NASDAQ:NWLI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

OSI Systems (NASDAQ:OSIS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

PNM Resources, Inc. (Holding Co.) (NYSE:PNM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

PRA Group (NASDAQ:PRAA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ:PRIM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Paratek Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PRTK) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Radware (NASDAQ:RDWR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

RBC Bearings (NASDAQ:ROLL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $119.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Over the last three months, RBC Bearings' shares outperformed the industry. The company reported better-than-expected earnings for first-quarter fiscal 2018. Quarterly earnings came in at 91 cents, comfortably surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 82 cents. In addition, net sales during the reported quarter beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.8%. The upswing was stemmed by sturdy sales in both aerospace and industrial end markets. Robust demand, effective integration of Sargent business, lower costs and greater operational efficacy will likely enhance near-term profitability. Moving ahead, RBC Bearings also intends to lower debt, finance new investments and issue new share buyback programs on the back of increased cash flow generation.”

Steven Madden (NASDAQ:SHOO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $73.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Tyson Foods posted strong third-quarter fiscal 2017 results, wherein both earnings and sales surpassed estimates. The results mainly benefitted from the strong performance of its segments, primarily Beef and Chicken. Improved availability of cattle supply and higher exports aided growth across its segments during the quarter. Shares also outperform the broader industry over the past three months. Tyson Foods has also been focusing on acquisitions to expand its portfolio. During the third quarter the company witnessed acquisition related synergies from AdvancePierre that aided enhancing volumes in the Prepared Food segment. Additionally, the company has also been putting efforts towards improving protein-packed brands through innovation. However, Tyson Foods’ margins remains exposed to rising operational costs as a result of increasing investments.”

Toro Company (The) (NYSE:TTC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

UNITIL Corporation (NYSE:UTL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Visa (NYSE:V) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Vector Group (NYSE:VGR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

WhiteHorse Finance (NASDAQ:WHF) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Xplore Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:XPLR) was upgraded by analysts at Roth Capital from a neutral rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $3.85 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $2.40.

Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $4.25 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Zynga Inc. is the world’s largest social game developer with users playing their games which include CityVille, FarmVille, FrontierVille, Words With Friends, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, Cafe World, and Treasure Isle. Zynga Inc. games are available on a number of global platforms including Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo, the iPad, the iPhone and Android devices. They operate their games as live services, by which they mean that they continue to support and update games after launch and gather daily, metrics-based player feedback that enable them to continually enhance their games by adding new content and features. All of their games are free to play, and they generate revenue through the in-game sale of virtual goods and advertising. “

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ZYNE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company which focuses on developing and commercializing proprietary synthetic cannabinoid therapeutics formulated for transdermal delivery. Its product candidates which are in clinical trial stage include ZYN002 and ZYN001 synthetic transdermal cannabinoid therapeutics for indications including refractory epilepsy, Fragile X syndrome, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathic pain. Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Devon, Pennsylvania. “

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