Investment Analysts’ upgrades for Wednesday, September 6th:

Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

BWX Technologies (NYSE:BWXT) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

City Office REIT (NYSE:CIO) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

DIALOG SEMICONDUCT GBP0.10 (NASDAQ:DLGNF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Dialog Semiconductor PLC provides integrated standard and custom mixed-signal integrated circuits, for smartphone, tablet, IoT, LED Solid State Lighting and Smart Home applications. Its technology portfolio includes audio, Bluetooth Smart(R), Rapid Charge(TM) AC/DC power conversion and multi-touch. The company operates primarily in the United Kingdom, China and internationally. Dialog Semiconductor PLC is headquartered in Reading, the United Kingdom. “

DAQO New Energy Corp. (NYSE:DQ) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $29.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Daqo New Energy Corp. is engaged in the manufacture and sale of high-quality polysilicon to photovoltaic product manufacturers. The polysilicon is further processed into ingots, wafers, cells and modules for solar power solutions. Daqo New Energy Corp., formerly known as Mega Stand International Limited, is headquartered in Wanzhou, The People’s Republic of China. “

Destiny Media Technologies (OTCMKTS:DSNY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $0.25 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Destiny Media Technologies Inc. is a software development company which provides tools that some of the world’s largest media companies use to distribute their content on the Internet. Products include Play MPE, Clipstream and Radio Destiny. The Company develops technologies that allow for the distribution over the Internet of digital media files in either a streaming or digital download format. The technologies are proprietary. The Company operates out of Vancouver, BC, Canada and serves customers predominantly located in the United States and Canada. Destiny operates through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Destiny Software Productions Inc. and MPE Distribution, Inc. The Company has two main product lines: MPE, which enables content to be transferred permanently to authorized recipients, and Clipstream, an analogous to radio or television where content is streamed to the viewer in a transient manner. “

Elevate Credit (NYSE:ELVT) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Elevate Credit, Inc. offer online credit solutions to non-prime consumers. The Company offers online installment loans and lines of credits. Its products include credit building, financial wellness programs, credit reporting, free credit monitoring and online financial literacy videos and tools. Elevate Credit, Inc. is based in Forth Worth, United States. “

East West Bancorp (NASDAQ:EWBC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $61.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “East West Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for East West Bank, East West Capital Trust I, East West Capital Trust II and Risk Services, Inc. “

First Connecticut Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNK) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $27.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. is a banking company. Farmington Bank provides commercial, consumer and banking services to businesses, individuals and governments across Central Connecticut. It also offers residential mortgage loan services along with brokerage and investment advisory services. The Company’s consumer loans include installment, demand, revolving credit and collateral loans. Its installment and collateral consumer loans generally consist of loans on new and used automobiles, loans collateralized by deposit accounts and unsecured personal loans. “

FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $65.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “FirstCash Inc. is an operator of pawn stores. The company focuses on serving cash and credit constrained consumers through its retail pawn locations, which buy and sell jewelry, consumer electronics, power tools, household appliances, sporting goods, musical instruments and other merchandise. It operates primarily in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. FirstCash, Inc., formerly known as First Cash Financial Services Inc., is based in Arlington, United States. “

FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $75.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “FBL FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. is a holding company and hrough its subsidiaries underwrites, markets and distributes life insurance, annuities, property-casualty insurance and mutual funds to individuals and small businesses in 15 midwestern and western states. The Company has exclusive marketing arrangements with the state Farm Bureau Federations in its territory and targets sales to approximately 700,000 Farm Bureau member families and other rural, small town andsuburban residents through an exclusive agency force. The Company offers a full range of life insurance products. “

Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $52.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Fidelity National Title Group, Inc. is a leading provider of title insurance, specialty insurance and claims management services. FNT is one of the nation’s largest title insurance companies through its title insurance underwriters. FNT also provides flood insurance, personal lines insurance and home warranty insurance through it specialty insurance business. FNT also is a leading provider of outsourced claims management services to large corporate and public sector entities through its minority-owned subsidiary, Sedgwick CMS. “

General Finance (NASDAQ:GFN) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Inovalon Holdings (NASDAQ:INOV) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Leading Brands (NASDAQ:LBIX) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:MACK) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Natural Gas Services Group (NYSE:NGS) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Oramed Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ORMP) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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

ZAIS Group Holdings (NASDAQ:ZAIS) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

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