Equities Research Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Tuesday, August 22nd:

Boeing Company (The) (NYSE:BA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. The firm currently has $271.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Boeing is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world in terms of revenue, orders and deliveries, and one of the largest aerospace and defense contractors. Demand for its commercial airplanes is on the rise due to a steady improvement in passenger and freight traffic. Recently, the company released 20-year market outlook, as per which it forecasts jetliner demand to increase by 3.6%. The single-aisle jets are expected to be the major driver behind demand growth. Further, the company’s defense business stands out among its peers by virtue of its broadly diversified programs, strong order bookings and order backlog. Boeing’s share price has outperformed the broader industry's price over the last one year. However, the company continues to face challenges from the uncertain fate of high-cost programs, order cancellations, stiff competition as well as falling delivery numbers.”

Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They currently have a $60.45 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $60.00.

Cinemark Holdings (NYSE:CNK) had its price target lowered by J P Morgan Chase & Co from $47.00 to $42.00.

Deere & (NYSE:DE) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Argus. Argus currently has a $115.62 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $140.00.

Direct Line Insurance Group PLC (LON:DLG) had its overweight rating reissued by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co.

Hastings Group Hldg PLC (LON:HSTG) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at Shore Capital.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Kansas City Southern's shares comfortably outperformed the industry it belongs to. The stock has gained 19.2%, as against the industry’s decline of 0.1% in the last three months. The stock, however, lags its fellow railroad operator, Norfolk Southern that saw a gain of 3.6% in the last three months. The improving scenario with respect to coal is aiding Kansas City Southern significantly. We are also bullish on the company's efforts to reward shareholders dividend payments and buybacks. In line with this objective, the company recently hiked its quarterly dividend in excess of 9%. Moreover, its board cleared a new share repurchase program worth $800 million.  Sluggish intermodal revenues and high fuel costs, however, remain concerns.”

aTyr Pharma (NASDAQ:LIFE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $3.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “aTyr Pharma, Inc. is a bio-therapeutics company. The Company is involved in the discovery and development of medicines for severe, rare diseases of physiological modulators. aTyr Pharma, Inc. is a based in SAN DIEGO, United States. “

Lenovo Group (OTCMKTS:LNVGY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Lenovo Group Limited is a personal technology company. The Company is dedicated to building PCs and mobile internet devices. Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Lenovo Group Limited is based in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. “

LOOMIS AB SER'B'NPV (NASDAQ:LOIMF) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Loomis AB provides solutions for the distribution, handling, storage and recycling of cash and other valuables primarily in Europe, the United States and internationally. It serves financial institutions, retailers, other commerce related business and the public sector. The company offers cash in transit and cash management services. It also offers international valuables logistics which includes international transport, management and storage of foreign currencies and precious metals. Loomis AB is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. “

Lonestar Resources US (NASDAQ:LONE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. They currently have $3.50 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Lonestar Resources US Inc. is an oil and gas company. It is involved in exploration, production and acquisition of unconventional oil and gas reserves. Lonestar Resources US Inc. is headquartered in Fort Worth, United States. “

Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE:LUK) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Leucadia recorded an improved performance in the debt capital market in second-quarter 2017, along with a solid contribution from equity capital markets, advisory activities and a favorable sales and trading environment. With significant margin contribution from National Beef and other businesses, Leucadia remains well positioned to grow. The company’s businesses have separate revenue streams that move according to their own cycle and mitigate operating risks. The company also outperformed the industry year to date. However, high network maintenance costs to prevent any intrusion and data theft of confidential and sensitive client information strain margins and remain significant headwinds for the company. In addition, diffused business focus and lack of clarity in strategic goals and priorities make it susceptible to high operating risks and lower its profitability to some extent.”

Marks and Spencer Group Plc (NASDAQ:MAKSY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $9.25 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “MARKS & SPENCER is one of the UK’s leading retailers, offering high quality, great value clothing, as well as home products and outstanding quality food. M&S employs over 75,000 people and has over 600 stores in the UK and over 275 stores in 39 territories around the world. “

Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc..

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. Jefferies Group LLC currently has a $87.20 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $105.00.

New Age Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:NBEV) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “New Age Beverages Corporation is a beverage company. The company’s brand portfolio include XingTea (R) , Aspen Pure (R) , Artesian Water, BĂșcha (R) Live Kombucha, Marley One Drop (R), RTD Coffee and Marley Mellow Mood (TM). New Age Beverages Corporation, formerly known as American Brewing Company Inc., is based in USA. “

Minerva Neurosciences (NASDAQ:NERV) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $6.75 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. It is focused on the development and commercialization of a portfolio of product candidates to treat central nervous system diseases. The Company’s pipeline will initially target the treatment of schizophrenia, major depressive disorder (MDD), insomnia, and Parkinson’s disease. Its product candidates include MIN-101, MIN-117, MIN-202 and MIN-301. Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. is based in Cambridge, MA, United States. “

Natural Gas Services Group (NYSE:NGS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. manufactures, fabricates, sells, rents and services natural gas compressors that enhance the production of natural gas wells. The Company also manufactures and sells flare systems and flare ignition systems for plant and production facilities. “

Nihon Kohden Corp. (Japan) (NASDAQ:NHNKY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Nihon Kohden Corporation is a Japan-based company engaged in the research, development, manufacture and sale of medical electronic equipment, as well as the provision of maintenance and repair services. The Company offers electroencephalograph, electromyography, evoked potential testing equipment, electrocardiographs, cardiac catheterization equipment, diagnostic information systems and related consumables (paper, electrodes, catheters and others), biological information monitors, clinical information systems, artificial respiration, artificial ear, hemocytometer, ultrasonic diagnostic equipment, research equipment and transformers, among others. The Company is also engaged in the sales promotion for its products, as well as the general affair-related and manpower dispatching businesses. “

Nomura Holdings Inc ADR (NYSE:NMR) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “NOMURA HLDG-ADR is a leading financial services group in Japan and has worldwide operations, providing a wide range of value-added financial services and competitive products. These include brokerage, trading, underwriting, M&A financial advisory services, merchant banking, and development and management of investment trusts and investment advisory services to diversified clients such as individuals, corporations, financial institutions, governments and governmental agencies. “

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (OTCMKTS:NSSMY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Nippon Steel Corporation engages in steelmaking, engineering & construction, urban development, chemicals, new materials and system solutions. The Steelmaking and Fabrication operations at Nippon Steel offers steel as well as an assortment of solutions, including processing and welding. The engineering technologies could be applied in construction projects, ranging from steel, environmental and energy plants to buildings and long-span bridges. The urban development engages in transformation of low use urban districts in major cities and the sale of condominium complexes. Chemical Group undertakes operations that enhance the coal chemicals business with petrochemicals. Its new materials business supply materials solutions. NS Solutions is a source of integrated services, from system designing to subsequent development and operations. Its products include Plates, Sheets, Bars and Wire Rods, Shapes, Pipe and Tubes and Titanium. Nippon Steel Corporation is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. “

Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Northern Trust’s shares underperformed the industry over the past year. The company’s second-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate on elevated operating expenses and reduced non-interest income. The company continues to benefit from its strong wealth management operations with diversified products. Also, the rising interest-rate environment has eased margin pressure aiding revenues. Moreover, approval of 2017 capital plan, expected lesser regulations and steady capital deployment activities are other positives. However, despite undertaking cost-savings measures, mounting expenses continue to hurt the company's financials. Moreover, unstable economic environment is a headwind.”

Natl Express Grp (NASDAQ:NXPGF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $5.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “National Express Group plc is a transport operator. It provides bus, coach and rail services primarily in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and the Middle East. National Express Group plc is based in Birmingham, United Kingdom. “

New York Mortgage Trust (NASDAQ:NYMT) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “New York Mortgage Trust is a real estate investment trust focused on owning and managing a leveraged portfolio of residential mortgage securities and a mortgage origination business. The mortgage portfolio is comprised largely of prime adjustable-rate and hybrid mortgage loans and securities, much of which, over time will be originated by NYMT’s wholly owned mortgage origination business, The New York Mortgage Company, a taxable real estate investment trust subsidiary. “

Obic Co (NASDAQ:OBIIF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $51.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “OBIC Co., Ltd provides system integration services, system support services, office automation services, and package software services. It also sells, leases and develops computers, peripherals, related systems and customized software. OBIC Co., Ltd is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. “

Ocado Group PLC (LON:OCDO) had its under review rating reiterated by analysts at Shore Capital.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings (NASDAQ:OLLI) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. is a retailer of closeouts, excess inventory and salvage merchandise. The Company’s product includes housewares, food, books and stationery, bed and bath, floor coverings, toys and hardware. Its brand portfolio consist of Ollie’s, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Ollie’s Army, Real Brands! Real Bargains! and Good Stuff Cheap. The company operates primarily in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. is based in Harrisburg, United States. “

Premier Oil PLC (LON:PMO) had its price target boosted by Royal Bank Of Canada from GBX 75 ($0.97) to GBX 80 ($1.04). Royal Bank Of Canada currently has an outperform rating on the stock.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at Barclays PLC. Barclays PLC currently has a GBX 2,750 ($35.70) target price on the stock.

J Sainsbury plc (LON:SBRY) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Shore Capital.

Tesco PLC (LON:TSCO) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Shore Capital.

Volkswagen AG (ETR:VOW3) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Wpp Plc (LON:WPP) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Kepler Capital Markets. Kepler Capital Markets currently has a GBX 2,100 ($27.26) target price on the stock.

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