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Investment Analysts’ upgrades for Friday, January 31st:

AutoNation (NYSE:AN) was upgraded by analysts at Gabelli from a hold rating to a buy rating.

B2Gold Corp (NYSE:BTG) was upgraded by analysts at Scotiabank from an outperform rating to a focus stock rating.

D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI) was upgraded by analysts at Jefferson Research from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Hennes and Mauritz (NASDAQ:HNNMY) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Intersil Corp. (NASDAQ:ISIL) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “Intersil Corporation (ISIL) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.”

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (OTCMKTS:ITYBY) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Contango Oil & Gas Co. (NYSE:MCF) was upgraded by analysts at Jefferson Research from a sell rating to a hold rating.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “MKS Instruments (MKSI) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.”

Meritor (NASDAQ:MTOR) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a sell rating to a hold rating. The analysts wrote, “Meritor (MTOR) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company’s profit margins have been poor overall.”

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) was upgraded by analysts at Standpoint Research to a hold rating.

Retail Properties of America (NASDAQ:RPAI) was upgraded by analysts at B. Riley from a neutral rating to a buy rating. B. Riley currently has $68.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $60.00.

Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.”

SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE:SLG) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “SL Green Realty Corporation (SLG) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.”

Solar Capital (NASDAQ:SLRC) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “Solar Capital (SLRC) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.”

Southern (NYSE:SO) was upgraded by analysts at Hilliard Lyons from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

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