Equities Research Analysts’ upgrades for Wednesday, August 23rd:

American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ:AOBC) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Corindus Vascular Robotics (NYSEMKT:CVRS) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Hornbeck Offshore provides technologically advanced, new generation OSVs serving the offshore oil and gas industry, primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and in select international markets. The focus of their OSV business is on complex exploration and production activities, which include deepwater, deep well and other logistically demanding projects. They also transport petroleum products through their tug and tank barge segment serving the energy industry, primarily in the northeastern United States and Puerto Rico. “

Horiba (NASDAQ:HRIBF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $72.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Horiba Ltd. engages in manufacture and sale of instruments and systems for industrial applications. Its operating segments include Automotive Test Systems, Process and Environmental Instruments, Semiconductor Instruments, Medical-Diagnostic Instruments and Systems and Scientific Instruments and Systems. The company operates primarily in America, Asia and Oceania, Japan and Europe. Horiba Ltd is engaged in Kyoto, Japan. “

Histogenics Corporation (NASDAQ:HSGX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $2.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Histogenics Corporation is a regenerative medicine company. It is focused on developing and commercializing products in the musculoskeletal segment. The company is developing NeoCart(R) product to provide treatment in the orthopedic space. Histogenics Corporation is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. “

Houston Wire & Cable (NASDAQ:HWCC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “With more than three decades of experience in the electrical industry, HOUSTON WIRE & CABLE COMPANY is one of the largest distributors of specialty wire and cable and related services in the U.S. electrical distribution market. Headquartered in Houston, HWCC has sales and distribution facilities in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa. Standard stock items available for immediate delivery include continuous and interlocked armor, instrumentation, medium voltage, high temperature, portable cord, power cables and private branded products, including LifeGuard, a low-smoke, zero-halogen cable. HWCC’s comprehensive value-added services include same-day shipping, knowledgeable sales staff, inventory management programs, just-in-time delivery, logistics support, customized internet-based ordering capabilities and round-the-clock, throughout-the-year service. “

Integrated Device Technology (NASDAQ:IDTI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Integrated Device Technology, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of high-performance semiconductor products and modules. Applications for the company’s products include data and telecommunications equipment, such as routers, hubs, switches, cellular base stations and other devices; personal computers; and networked peripherals and servers, such as RAID arrays, servers, and printers. “

Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Inphi Corporation operates as a provider of fabless high-speed analog semiconductor solutions for the communications and computing markets. Its solutions provides interface between analog signals and digital information in high-performance systems such as telecommunications transport systems, enterprise networking equipment, datacenter and enterprise servers, storage platforms, test and measurement equipment and military systems. The Company’s products are designed into systems sold by OEMs, including Agilent Technologies, Inc., Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Inc., Danaher Corporation, Dell Inc., EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Huawei, International Business Machines Corporation and Oracle Corporation. Inphi Corporation is headquartered in Santa Clara, California “

Investors Bancorp (NASDAQ:ISBC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Investors Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Investors Savings Bank, which provides a range of banking services in the United States. The company generates deposits and originates loans. The company operates from its corporate headquarters in Short Hills, New Jersey, and fifty-three branch offices located in Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties, New Jersey. The Bank is engaged in the business of attracting deposits from the public through its branch network and borrowing funds in the wholesale markets to originate loans and to invest in securities. It originates mortgage loans secured by one-to four-family residential real estate and consumer loans, the majority of which are home equity loans and home equity lines of credit. “

JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Jack Henry & Associates (NASDAQ:JKHY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated technology solutions and data processing services for financial institutions. Jack Henry markets and supports its systems throughout the United States. A technology provider for the financial industry. That’s the simplest way to describe what they do. But it hardly describes what Jack Henry & Associates is really about. Jack Henry & Associates are about solutions and support. They’re about building relationships and making things work. The Company are about doing the right things for our customers, no matter what. It began as a vision, and it’s become our tradition. “

Kaz Minerals Plc (NASDAQ:KZMYY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $5.25 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “KAZ Minerals PLC is involved in mining, producing and selling copper concentrates primarily in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The company’s operating segment consists of East Region Operations, Mining Projects and Bozymchak segments. It operates underground mines in the East Region of Kazakhstan and open-pit mine in Bozymchak, Kyrgyzstan and develops various mining projects situated at Bozshakol, Aktogay, and Koksay. KAZ Minerals PLC, formerly known as KAZAKHMYS LTD, is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. “

LendingClub Corporation (NYSE:LC) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE:NM) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

OncoCyte Corporation (NYSEMKT:OCX) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Protalex (OTCMKTS:PRTX) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Zynex (OTCMKTS:ZYXI) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.