Investment Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Thursday, August 17th:

Citigroup Inc. began coverage on shares of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). The firm issued a neutral rating and a $53.00 price target on the stock.

Citigroup Inc. began coverage on shares of Baxter International (NYSE:BAX). The firm issued a neutral rating and a $63.00 price target on the stock.

Aegis initiated coverage on shares of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC). The firm issued a buy rating on the stock.

Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at UBS AG. UBS AG currently has a $76.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $67.00.

CommScope Holding (NASDAQ:COMM) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

Mizuho initiated coverage on shares of El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE). The firm issued a neutral rating and a $55.00 target price on the stock.

Nu-Oil and Gas PLC (LON:ENEG) had its speculative buy rating reissued by analysts at Beaufort Securities.

Eaton Corporation, PLC (NYSE:ETN) was downgraded by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co from a neutral rating to an underweight rating.

Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ:GOOD) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services.

Hershey Company (The) (NYSE:HSY) was upgraded by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. They currently have $127.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $109.00.

Maxim Group initiated coverage on shares of IEC Electronics Corp (NYSE:IEC). Maxim Group issued a buy rating and a $7.00 price target on the stock.

KAZ Minerals PLC (LON:KAZ) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Canaccord Genuity.

Kingfisher plc (LON:KGF) had its sell rating reaffirmed by analysts at Investec. They currently have a GBX 268 ($3.48) price target on the stock.

Kenmare Resources plc (LON:KMR) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The firm currently has a GBX 530 ($6.88) price target on the stock.

L Brands (NYSE:LB) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The). They currently have a $59.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $67.00.

China Life Insurance Company Limited (NYSE:LFC) was downgraded by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein from an outperform rating to a market perform rating.

Molina Healthcare (NYSE:MOH) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating. They currently have $65.00 price target on the stock.

Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) (NYSE:MTW) was upgraded by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co from an underweight rating to a neutral rating.

Netshoes (CAYMAN) (NASDAQ:NETS) was downgraded by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC from a buy rating to a hold rating.

NN (NASDAQ:NNBR) had its market perform rating reiterated by analysts at William Blair.

National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) was upgraded by analysts at Loop Capital from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Jefferies Group LLC assumed coverage on shares of Nutanix (NASDAQ:NTNX). They issued a buy rating and a $30.00 target price on the stock.

Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at Craig Hallum. They currently have a $41.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $46.00. They noted that the move was a valuation call. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

Cowen and Company started coverage on shares of Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT). They issued an outperform rating on the stock.

Aegis assumed coverage on shares of Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII). Aegis issued a buy rating on the stock.

Pointer Telocation (NASDAQ:PNTR) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at HC Wainwright. HC Wainwright currently has a $18.00 price target on the stock.

Pluristem Therapeutics (NASDAQ:PSTI) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at HC Wainwright. HC Wainwright currently has a $3.50 target price on the stock.

Pretium Resources (NYSE:PVG) (TSE:PVG) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at HC Wainwright. HC Wainwright currently has a $16.50 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “Analyst Visit; New Mine Is Going Strong; Maintain Buy Stock Data 08/16/2017 Price $8.28 Exchange NYSE Price Target $16.50 52-Week High $12.53 52-Week Low $6.82 Enterprise Value (M) $2,135.8 Market Cap (M) $1,501 Public Market Float (M) 179.7 Shares Outstanding (M) 181.3 3 Month Avg Volume 1,430,590 Short Interest (M) 12.28 Balance Sheet Metrics Cash (M) $55.31 Total Debt (M) $689.88 Total Cash/Share $0.31 General: all figures in US$ unless otherwise noted. EPS Diluted Full Year – Dec 2016A 2017E 2018E FY (0.35) 0.04 0.49 Revenue ($M) Full Year – Dec 2016A 2017E 2018E FY 0.0 145.7 472.4 14 12 10 8 6 AUG- 16 DEC- 16 APR- 17 AUG- 17 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 Vol. (mil) Price Continuing coverage under the name H.C. Wainwright & Co. with a Buy rating. Effective August 14, 2017, research in the above titled name will now be published under H.C. Wainwright & Co. and no longer distributed in conjunction with ‘Rodman & Renshaw, a unit of H.C.””

Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) was downgraded by analysts at Stephens from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating.

Seeing Machines Limited (LON:SEE) had its corporate rating reissued by analysts at FinnCap. The firm currently has a GBX 12 ($0.16) target price on the stock.

Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wedbush.

Sixt SE (ETR:SIX2) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

TriNet Group (NYSE:TNET) was downgraded by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co from a neutral rating to an underweight rating.

TechTarget (NASDAQ:TTGT) was downgraded by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC from a buy rating to a hold rating.

Cowen and Company began coverage on shares of Workhorse Group (NASDAQ:WKHS). The firm issued an outperform rating on the stock.

Zoe’s Kitchen (NYSE:ZOES) was upgraded by analysts at Telsey Advisory Group from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. They noted that the move was a valuation call. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

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