Analysts’ upgrades for Friday, August 11th:

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

Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Alexander & Baldwin Holdings (NYSE:ALEX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Albany Molecular Research (NASDAQ:AMRI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

The Andersons (NASDAQ:ANDE) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Assembly Biosciences (NASDAQ:ASMB) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Atlantic Power Corporation (NYSE:AT) (TSE:ATP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP) (TSE:BIP.UN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

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

Cidara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CDTX) was upgraded by analysts at WBB Securities from a sell rating to a hold rating.

China Mobile (Hong Kong) (NYSE:CHL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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

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

CSW Industrials (NASDAQ:CSWI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Ellington Financial (NYSE:EFC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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

Entercom Communications Corporation (NYSE:ETM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Foot Locker (NYSE:FL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE:FPO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Goldcorp (NYSE:GG) (TSE:G) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Home Depot, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HD) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Invesco Mortgage Capital (NYSE:IVR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ:JBHT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

KNOT Offshore Partners (NYSE:KNOP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Lowe’s Companies (NYSE:LOW) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $88.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Although, Lowe’s shares have underperformed the industry in the past three months owing to lower-than-expected results in first-quarter fiscal 2017, its efforts towards increasing pro-customers base might help drive the stock going forward. Lowe’s recently completed the buyout of Maintenance Supply Headquarters, which will help strengthen relationship with pro customers. Further, we believe improving job scenario, gradual recovery in the housing market and merchandising initiatives along with efforts to provide better omni-channel customer experience bode well. Management expects sales to increase approximately 5% with comps growth of about 3.5% during fiscal 2017. However, Lowe’s fiscal 2017 earnings projections of approximately $4.30 per share, down from the previous estimate of $4.64 is a cause of worry for investors. Of late estimates have been stable ahead of the second-quarter earnings release.”

Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE:MAA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

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

Mobileye N.V. (NYSE:MBLY) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Medifast (NYSE:MED) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

AG Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:MITT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Monogram Residential Trust (NYSE:MORE) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) (NYSE:MTW) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

National HealthCare (NYSEMKT:NHC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Nexstar Broadcasting Group (NASDAQ:NXST) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

OneBeacon Insurance Group (NYSE:OB) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

PDL BioPharma (NASDAQ:PDLI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Progressive Corporation (The) (NYSE:PGR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) was upgraded by analysts at SBG Securities from a sell rating to a hold rating.

PennantPark Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:PNNT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Prothena Corporation PLC (NASDAQ:PRTA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $66.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “The narrower-than-expected loss in the second quarter was encouraging. Prothena’s efforts on developing its pipeline are encouraging. The company's license agreement with Roche for the development and commercialization of selected antibodies targeting alpha-synuclein is a big positive. The collaboration not only boosts Prothena’s pipeline development but also provides it with funds in the form of research reimbursement and milestone payments. Prothena recently earned a $30 million of milestone payment from Roche. The company’s shares have outperformed the industry in the past one year. We expect investor focus to remain on further updates from its late-stage candidate, NEOD001. However, Prothena is highly dependent on its collaboration partners for the development of its candidates. The company itself does not have enough resources to independently conduct studies on its candidates.”

Royal Bank Scotland PLC (The) (NYSE:RBS) was upgraded by analysts at HSBC Holdings plc from a reduce rating to a hold rating.

RE/MAX Holdings (NYSE:RMAX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Sibanye Gold (NYSE:SBGL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Star Gas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:SGU) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Selective Insurance Group (NASDAQ:SIGI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Senior Housing Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SNH) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

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

STAAR Surgical (NASDAQ:STAA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Syngenta AG (NYSE:SYT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Urstadt Biddle Properties (NYSE:UBA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Net 1 UEPS Technologies (NASDAQ:UEPS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

United Insurance Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:UIHC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

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

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Weight Watchers International (NYSE:WTW) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

XO Group (NYSE:XOXO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Zayo Group Holdings (NYSE:ZAYO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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