Research Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Thursday, August 31st:

Actua Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Actua Corporation is a multi-vertical cloud company. The Company brings the power of the cloud to vertical markets and processes, including insurance, public sector communications and compliance. It operates in two business segments: the core reporting segment and the venture reporting segment. The Company’s core reporting segment includes those companies in which its management provides strategic direction and management assistance. Its venture reporting segment includes companies to which it generally devote less capital than it does to its core companies and, therefore, in which it holds relatively smaller ownership stakes than it does in the core companies. Actua Corporation, formerly known as ICG Group Inc Common Stock, is based in Radnor, Pennsylvania. “

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a $300.00 price target on the stock.

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:AINV) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The firm currently has a $6.50 target price on the stock.

bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen and Company.

Caseys General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. Jefferies Group LLC currently has a $134.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $139.00.

TCG BDC (NASDAQ:CGBD) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. They currently have a $20.00 target price on the stock.

CSPC Pharmaceutical Group (NASDAQ:CHPTY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Limited operates as a pharmaceutical group in China. Its bulk drug products include vitamin C, penicillin G and 7-ACA. The Company is also a major manufacturer of antibiotic finished drugs such as penicillin and cephalosporin products. CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Limited, formerly known as China Pharmaceutical Group Limited, is based in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. “

China Shenhua Energy – (NASDAQ:CSUAY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “China Shenhua Energy Company Limited is engaged in production and sales of coal, railway and port transportation of coal-related materials along with power generation and sales. It operates coal mines, railway network and seaports that are mainly used to transport its coal sales. The Company sells coal primarily to power plants and metallurgical producers. In addition, the company generates and sells coal-based power to provincial/regional electric grid companies. It operates a number of railways including Shenshuo-Shuohuang Railway, Huanghua Port, and Shenhua Tianjin Coal Berth. Moreover, China Shenhua also processes large-scale clean power business on a fast growing basis, which complements the Company’s coal business. China Shenhua Energy Company Limited is headquartered in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China. “

Culp (NASDAQ:CULP) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Culp, Inc. manufactures, sources, markets, and sells mattress fabrics and upholstery fabrics. The Company’s fabrics are used in the production of residential and commercial furniture and bedding products, including sofas, recliners, chairs, loveseats, sectionals, sofa-beds, office seating, panel systems, and mattress sets. It operates in two segments, Mattress Fabrics and Upholstery Fabrics. The Mattress Fabrics segment offers woven jacquard, knitted, and converted fabrics for covering mattresses, box springs, and foundations. The Upholstery Fabric segment provides synthetic leathers, velvets, woven jacquards, woven dobbies, and suedes. Culp, Inc. is headquartered in High Point, North Carolina. “

Dime Community Bancshares (NASDAQ:DCOM) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a $22.00 target price on the stock.

Meridian Bancorp (NASDAQ:EBSB) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a $19.00 price target on the stock.

Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. Jefferies Group LLC currently has a $62.00 price target on the stock.

FormFactor (NASDAQ:FORM) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at DA Davidson. DA Davidson currently has a $20.00 price target on the stock.

Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ:GSM) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. The firm currently has a $16.75 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $17.00.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HIG) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a $60.00 target price on the stock.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC.

Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. The firm currently has a $23.00 target price on the stock.

MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The firm currently has a $13.00 target price on the stock.

New Mountain Finance Corporation (NYSE:NMFC) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The firm currently has a $15.00 target price on the stock.

NMI Holdings (NASDAQ:NMIH) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The firm currently has a $13.00 price target on the stock.

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital (NASDAQ:PFLT) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The firm currently has a $15.50 target price on the stock.

iStar Financial (NYSE:STAR) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a $14.00 target price on the stock.

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