Investment Analysts’ upgrades for Thursday, August 17th:

Archer-Daniels-Midland (NYSE:ADM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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

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

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

BGC Partners (NASDAQ:BGCP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Badger Meter (NYSE:BMI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. (NYSE:BSMX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE:CIM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

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

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ:CRESY) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Crh Plc (NYSE:CRH) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

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

DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE:DCT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Dow Chemical Company (The) (NYSE:DOW) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Everi Holdings (NYSE:EVRI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

FleetCor Technologies (NYSE:FLT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Amicus Therapeutics (NASDAQ:FOLD) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Galapagos NV (NASDAQ:GLPG) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ:GOOD) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Blackhawk Network Holdings (NASDAQ:HAWK) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE:HPP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

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

Ituran Location and Control (NASDAQ:ITRN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

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

Kennametal (NYSE:KMT) was upgraded by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co to a buy rating.

Coca Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:KOF) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

M/I Homes (NYSE:MHO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Martin Midstream Partners L.P. (NASDAQ:MMLP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Model N (NYSE:MODN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

MSA Safety Incorporporated (NYSE:MSA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Nova Measuring Instruments (NASDAQ:NVMI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Orthofix International N.V. (NASDAQ:OFIX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Pattern Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI) (TSE:PEG) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

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

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

Post Holdings (NYSE:POST) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

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

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

Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Regency Centers Corporation (NYSE:REG) was upgraded by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from an outperform rating to a top pick rating. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has $75.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $72.00.

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ:ROIC) was upgraded by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $23.00 target price on the stock.

Scorpio Bulkers (NYSE:SALT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

A. Schulman (NASDAQ:SHLM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ:SNCR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

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

New Senior Investment Group (NYSE:SNR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE:SRC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

SPDR MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF (NYSE:STN) (TSE:STN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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

Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

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

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

Texas Pacific Land Trust (NYSE:TPL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Terreno Realty Corporation (NYSE:TRNO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Verona Pharma PLC American Depositary Share (NASDAQ:VRNA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Verona Pharma plc is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. It researches, discovers and develops therapeutic drugs to treat respiratory diseases primarily in the United Kingdom and North America. Verona Pharma plc is based in London, the United Kingdom. “

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

WebMD Health Corp (NASDAQ:WBMD) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $74.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “WebMD announced today that is has signed an agreement to acquire Conceptis Technologies Inc., a Montreal-based provider of online and offline medical education and promotion aimed at physicians and other healthcare professionals. Conceptis has been successful in developing a strong online presence in the cardiology community and is highly respected for the depth and breadth of content contained on its flagship. With the combination of two of the leading cardiology channels on the Internet, Medscape Cardiology and www.theheart.org, WebMD is well positioned to further its lead and penetration in this high value segment of medical marketing. “

Westport Fuel Systems (NASDAQ:WPRT) (TSE:WPT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ:XNET) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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