Equities Research Analysts’ upgrades for Friday, August 18th:

CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Corrections Corp. of America (NYSE:CXW) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Geo Group Inc (The) (NYSE:GEO) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

HALMA (NASDAQ:HLMAF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $16.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Halma PLC is a health and safety sensor technology company. It manufactures products which detect hazards and also protect assets and people at work in public and commercial buildings. Halma PLC is headquartered in Amersham, the United Kingdom. “

InterDigital (NASDAQ:IDCC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $77.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “INTERDIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS develops and markets advanced digital wireless telecommunications systems using proprietary technologies for voice and data communications and has developed an extensive patent portfolio related to those technologies. “

IntriCon Corporation (NASDAQ:IIN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $9.50 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “IntriCon designs, develops, engineers and manufactures microminiaturized medical and electronic products. The Company supplies microminiaturized components, systems and molded plastic parts, primarily to the hearing instrument manufacturing industry, as well as the computer, government, electronics, telecommunications and medical equipment industries. The Company has facilities in the United States, Asia and Europe. “

IMI Plc (NASDAQ:IMIAY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $29.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “IMI PLC is an engineering company. It provides designs, manufactures and services for engineered products which control the movement of fluids. The company primarily serves energy, transportation and infrastructure sector. IMI PLC is headquartered in Birmingham, the United Kingdom. “

Intra-Cellular Therapies (NASDAQ:ITCI) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Japan Airlines (OTCMKTS:JAPSY) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Kerry Group PLC (NASDAQ:KRYAY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $106.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Kerry Group plc provides food ingredients and flavors for the food and beverage industries. Its culinary, dairy, lipid, meat, cereal, sweet and beverage systems and flavors provide product solutions to food manufacturers and foodservice companies. It offers savory ingredients, sweet ingredients, food coating systems, nutritional systems, and specialty protein applications. It also provides prepared meals, soups sauces and dressings, savory snacks, meats, appetizers and side dishes, and dairy products, as well as cereals and bars, ice cream and frozen desserts, bakery products, and confectionery products. In addition, it provides beverage systems and flavors, including soft drinks, alcoholic and nutritional beverages, and tea and coffee products comprising cold/iced tea, cold coffee drinks, hot coffee and tea, tea and coffee mixes, chocolate, cocoa and malt beverages, coffee syrups, and cleaners. Kerry Group plc is headquartered in Tralee, Ireland. “

Ascendant Solutions (OTCMKTS:MYDP) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Synthetic Biologics (NYSEMKT:SYN) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Synthetic Biologics (NYSEMKT:SYN) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Truett-Hurst (NASDAQ:THST) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

United Bancorp (NASDAQ:UBCP) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

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