Stock Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Monday, November 13th:

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) had its equal weight rating reiterated by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a $5.00 target price on the stock.

AutoCanada (TSE:ACQ) was upgraded by analysts at CIBC from a neutral rating to a sector outperform rating.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at B. Riley. They currently have a $63.00 target price on the stock.

AMETEK (NYSE:AME) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $76.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “AMETEK is a leading manufacturer of electronic appliances and electromechanical devices. The company continues to reap the benefits from the execution of its four core growth strategies of operational excellence, global market expansion, investments in product development and strategic acquisitions. This, in combination with a strong portfolio of differentiated businesses, is expected to help the company post better results, going forward. However, weakness in its balance sheet, integration issues and an overly high goodwill associated with an aggressive acquisition strategy are concerns. Foreign exchange headwinds remain. Notably, over the last one year, the stock has underperformed the Zacks Electronic Test Equipment industry.”

A-Mark Precious Metals (NASDAQ:AMRK) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at B. Riley. They currently have a $19.00 target price on the stock.

Aemetis (NASDAQ:AMTX) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at B. Riley. They currently have a $2.00 price target on the stock.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $28.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “American Public Education’s third-quarter earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 28.6% and revenues beat the same by 2.9%. Revenues however declined 0.7% year over year owing to lower contribution from American Public University System (APUS). Hondros College of Nursing revenues increased 25.4% from the prior-year quarter on increased enrollments and higher revenue per student resulting from a change in program mix and other factors. Though net course registrations at APUS declined 4%, the rate of decline is less compared to that in the second quarter and over the last three quarters. Total enrollment at the Hondros College Nursing Programs increased 11% year over year to 1,790 students, while new student enrollment rose 58% year over year. The company has taken up several initiatives to boost its top line. It will continue to improve enrollment trends by adding new programs and expanding its strategic relationships.”

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Berkshire have outperformed the industry quarter to date. Its inorganic story remains impressive with strategic acquisitions. Continuous investment through strategic buyouts testifies confidence in business environment in the Trump era. The company’s strong cash position allows it to make earnings-accretive bolt-on acquisitions. Demand for utilities is expected to rise in the future and drive earnings growth. Continued insurance business growth also fuels increase in float. A sturdy capital level further adds impetus to the company. However, the company’s insurance business generates maximum return on equity and thus exposure to catastrophe loss remains a concern. Huge capital expenses on account of railroad operations remain headwinds. Capital expenditure is estimated at $2.6 billion for the remainder of 2017. The company also witnessed its estimates moving down in the last 30 days.”

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at B. Riley. B. Riley currently has a $34.00 price target on the stock.

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE:CLI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Mack-Cali Realty reported third-quarter 2017 core funds from operations (FFO) per share of 57 cents, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. Results indicate decrease in base rents and revenues from real estate services. Mack-Cali has been making progress in the 2015 strategic plan, aimed at transforming the company by focusing on waterfront and transit-based office holdings, and luxury multi-family portfolio growth. Therefore, it has been aggressively disposing assets. While such measures are a strategic fit for the long term, the dilutive impact on earnings from huge asset sales cannot be bypassed in the near term. Nevertheless, Mack-Cali has been able to improve its overall portfolio mix, lower exposure to suburban office assets and expand multi-family portfolio. The stock has also seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth-quarter 2017 being revised upward in a week’s time.”

CompuGroup Medical Societas Europaea (ETR:COP) was given a €62.00 ($72.09) target price by analysts at Commerzbank Ag. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Cardiovascular Systems (NASDAQ:CSII) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Cardiovascular Systems exited the first quarter of fiscal 2018 on a mixed note. The earnings compared favorably with the Zacks Consensus Estimate while revenues missed the same. Fiscal first-quarter revenues declined on a year-over-year basis owing to the impact of hurricanes. The company incurred net loss in the reported first quarter. Also, intense competition adds to the woes. On a positive note, despite the decline in revenues, the reaffirmed revenue guidance for fiscal 2018 buoys optimism. The reported net loss in the quarter was narrower than the guided range. Also, the expansion in gross margin was impressive. To note, the company is currently focusing on product innovation through R&D investments. During the quarter, the company released one-year positive data from its LIBERTY 360° clinical study in a late-breaking presentation at the 2017 Amputation Prevention Symposium (AMP) in Chicago.”

Energizer Holdings (NYSE:ENR) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Energizer reported strong fourth quarter fiscal 2017 results with both earnings and revenues beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Strength in battery business coupled with strength across all geographies led to a strong quarterly performance. Energizer is one of the leading names in the global batteries and lighting products business. The company’s battery business generates over majority of the revenues. Acquisition of HandStands diversified its portfolio by including brands like Refresh Your Car!, California Scents and Eagle One. Acquisition and strong product portfolio will continue to drive top line. Energizer also has a strong shareholder returns plan in place, which is an added positive. On a year-to-date basis, the stock has relatively performed better than the industry.”

E*TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ETFC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of E*TRADE have outperformed the industry so far, this year. The performance was supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history. It has surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in all the trailing four quarters. The company’s third-quarter 2017 earnings reflected increased net revenues and a benefit to provision for loan losses. Further, the quarter witnessed rise in customer accounts and reduced delinquencies. E*TRADE’s several restructuring measures and balance-sheet growth plans keep us encouraged. We anticipate the company’s focus on core operations and strategic initiatives to lead to an improved performance of the top line. Further, the company’s improving credit quality and solid capital position will aid profitability. However, E*TRADE’s escalating expenses and intense competition remain near-term concerns.”

Farmland Partners (NYSE:FPI) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at B. Riley. They currently have a $10.00 price target on the stock.

W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. They currently have a $245.00 price target on the stock.

Lion Biotechnologies (NASDAQ:IOVA) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at HC Wainwright. They currently have a $16.00 target price on the stock.

Lion Biotechnologies (NASDAQ:IOVA) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at B. Riley. B. Riley currently has a $18.00 price target on the stock.

Lion Biotechnologies (NASDAQ:IOVA) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. They currently have a $13.00 target price on the stock.

Ideal Power (NASDAQ:IPWR) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at B. Riley. B. Riley currently has a $5.00 price target on the stock.

Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Over the last three months, Intuitive Surgical has been consistently trading above the broader industry. The company’s procedure performance in Asia showed continued strength with solid growth in China, Japan and Korea. Intuitive Surgical gained significantly on the CE Mark approval for da Vinci X in Europe. The stock received further boost on the recent FDA approval of the same. A solid outlook for the coming quarters also raises our confidence in the stock. However, the da Vinci Surgical System has a long sale and purchase order cycle which might act against the company. Furthermore, Intuitive Surgical expects sales to decline outside the United States in the coming quarters.Intuitive Surgical looks a little overvalued at the moment. Furthermore, the ongoing political conundrum in the U.S. MedTech space is likely to dampen the company’s top line in the coming quarters.”

J.C. Penney Company, Inc. Holding (NYSE:JCP) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at B. Riley. They currently have a $3.50 price target on the stock.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLIC) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at B. Riley. B. Riley currently has a $31.00 target price on the stock.

MAM Software Group (NASDAQ:MAMS) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at B. Riley. The firm currently has a $8.00 target price on the stock.

Contango Oil & Gas (NYSEMKT:MCF) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has a $6.00 price target on the stock.

Model N (NYSE:MODN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $16.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Model N reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 results.  Revenues increased on a year-over-year basis driven by the successful integration of Revitas. Management is also optimistic about the steady progress in the company’s transformation to a 100% Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based model. The Revenue Cloud offering for med-tech, pharma and high tech companies is also gaining traction, driving expansion in customer base. Moreover, the transition to cloud-based applications will drive recurring revenue growth in the long term. We note that the stock has outperformed the industry on a year-to-date basis. However, the company is yet to report profit, which doesn't augur well for investors.”

Maxim Integrated Products (NASDAQ:MXIM) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Maxim is an OEM of analog and mixed signal ICs. The company's first-quarter earnings surpass the Zacks Consensus Estimate on the back of solid performances by industrial and automotive segments. On a year to date basis, the stock has outperformed the industry to which it belongs to. Maxim has a solid portfolio that generates steady design wins, a highly profitable and well-diversified core business, a policy of maintaining efficiency that has led to cost cutting measures and regular cash returns.  Maxim’s exposure to the consumer and communications markets increases risks. However, the diversification of the consumer revenue across a variety of tablets, wearables, peripherals and smartphones is adding stability to the company’s business profile.”

Nordex SE (ETR:NDX1) was given a €8.50 ($9.88) price target by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Nevsun Resources (NYSEAMERICAN:NSU) was upgraded by analysts at Macquarie from a neutral rating to an outperform rating.

Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Palo Alto allows firms, service providers and government bodies to impose tighter security measures through its network security platform. Estimates have been stable lately ahead of the company’s Q1 earnings release. The company has positive record of earnings surprises in recent quarters. The decelerating revenue growth trend makes us slightly cautious about Palo Alto's near-term performance. Notably, the company has witnessed over 50% growth in quarterly revenues for nearly two years except in the past four quarters. Moreover, Palo Alto’s revenue growth guidance range of 21% to 24% for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 has increased our concerns. Furthermore, although the company’s billings growth rate of 17% during 4Q17 was higher than Q3 growth rate of 12%, it is still lower than Q1 and Q2 growth rates of 33% and 22%, respectively. The stock has underperformed the industry in the year-to-date period.”

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (FRA:PBB) was given a €12.00 ($13.95) target price by analysts at Nord/LB. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Pretium Resources (NYSE:PVG) (TSE:PVG) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at HC Wainwright. The firm currently has a $16.50 target price on the stock.

QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM) had its target price boosted by Canaccord Genuity from $76.00 to $83.00. Canaccord Genuity currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE:RBA) (TSE:RBA) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc..

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $540.00 price target on the stock.

SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of SVB Financial have significantly outperformed the industry over the past six months. The performance was supported by impressive earnings surprise history, having surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in all the trailing four quarters. The company’s third quarter 2017 results benefited from higher revenues, while increase expenses and credit costs were the headwinds. The company remains well positioned to capitalize on future opportunities driven by sturdy capital position and consistent growth in loans and deposits. Also, its focus on improving non-interest income is expected to support top-line growth. While mounting expenses and deteriorating asset quality remain major concerns, the bank remains well positioned to benefit from an improved rate scenario and global expansion efforts.”

Sierra Metals (NYSEMKT:SMTS) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at HC Wainwright. HC Wainwright currently has a $3.50 target price on the stock.

Senior Housing Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SNH) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at B. Riley. B. Riley currently has a $24.00 price target on the stock.

PHLX Semiconductor (NYSE:SOX) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The firm currently has a $7.50 price target on the stock.

Superior Industries International (NYSE:SUP) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at B. Riley. The firm currently has a $25.00 price target on the stock.

Trevena (NASDAQ:TRVN) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. They currently have a $5.00 price target on the stock.

Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) was upgraded by analysts at Pivotal Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. The firm currently has $75.00 target price on the stock.

Vivendi SA (EPA:VIV) was given a €40.00 ($46.51) target price by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

VolitionRX (NYSEMKT:VNRX) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at HC Wainwright. The firm currently has a $10.00 target price on the stock.

Vista Outdoor (NYSE:VSTO) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen and Company. Cowen and Company currently has a $14.50 price target on the stock.

Wizz Air Holdings PLC (LON:WIZZ) had its price target boosted by HSBC Holdings plc from GBX 2,000 ($26.31) to GBX 2,300 ($30.25). HSBC Holdings plc currently has a reduce rating on the stock.

Select Energy Services (NASDAQ:WTTR) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at B. Riley. B. Riley currently has a $21.00 target price on the stock.

Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Alleghany’s strong performance across insurance and reinsurance operations will continue to fuel premium revenues. It strives to grow via acquisitions and organic initiatives as these not only diversify and strengthen its portfolio but also expand its international footprint. A solid balance sheet with healthy capital position supports shareholder-friendly moves and growth initiatives. However, exposure to cat loss induces volatility to underwriting results and thus drags the bottom-line performance. Escalating expenses weighing on margin expansion remain concern. Investment results too remain depressed owing to the still low interest rate. Also, shares of the Alleghany have underperformed the industry year to date.”

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