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Analysts’ upgrades for Thursday, February 13th:

Birchcliff Energy (TSE:BIR) was upgraded by analysts at TD Securities from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has C$10.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of C$8.50.

Birchcliff Energy (TSE:BIR) was upgraded by analysts at Scotiabank from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has C$12.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of C$10.00.

Corporate Executive Board (NYSE:CEB) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “Corporate Executive Board Company (CEB) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.”

Gigoptix (NYSE:GIG) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a sell rating to a hold rating. The analysts wrote, “GigOptix (AMEX:GIG) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining.”

Home Capital Group (TSE:HCG) was upgraded by analysts at TD Securities from a hold rating to a buy rating. TD Securities currently has C$92.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of C$87.00.

High Liner Foods (TSE:HLF) was upgraded by analysts at Cormark from a market perform rating to a buy rating.

Joe’s Jeans (NASDAQ:JOEZ) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a sell rating to a hold rating. The analysts wrote, “Joe’s Jeans (JOEZ) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.”

Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.”

Lindsay Corp. (NYSE:LNN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from an underperform rating to a neutral rating. Zacks currently has $96.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We are upgrading our recommendation on Lindsay from Underperform to Neutral, with a target price of $96.00. The company’s earnings per share declined 31% year over year to $0.79 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Total revenue, on the other hand, remained flat year over year at $147.7 million. Lindsay will continue to benefit from its capital allocation plan, dividend hikes and strong backlog. The company has a strong balance sheet with no debt. Moreover, acquisitions and addition of new product lines will drive growth. However, lower expectations for U.S. irrigation sales in 2014 and lack of visibility into the primary selling season for irrigation equipment remain concerns.”

Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. Zacks currently has $15.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Polycom reported improved financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 with both the top and the bottom line beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company continues to show strong signs of improvements as its Unified Communications Personal Devices segment (62% of total revenue) reported solid global growth. Moreover, the company’s cost-control policy by in fiscal 2014 will improve margins while moving ahead. Polycom is currently undergoing a transition from a hardware-centric to a cloud and software-centric business model. It has also made several product enhancements for its popular RealPresence platform, which we believe will act as tailwinds for the company going forward. Based on such positives, we upgrade our recommendation to Outperform from Neutral. “

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.”

Vina Concha y Toro SA (NYSE:VCO) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet to a buy rating.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley to an overweight rating. The firm currently has $74.00 target price on the stock.

Willis Group Holdings PLC (NYSE:WSH) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “Willis Group Holdings (WSH) 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.”

Xylem (NYSE:XYL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. They currently have $45.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Xylem reported improved year-over-year results for the fourth quarter of 2013. Earnings per share in the quarter increased 19% year over year to $0.56. Revenues increased 7% year over year to roughly $1.0 billion. We are bullish about Xylem’s long-term growth prospects. The company’s contract pipeline is strong, which improves the possibility of higher revenues in the coming quarters. Also, inorganic growth through acquisitions is anticipated to contribute immensely to revenue growth. Share buybacks and dividend distribution are the added benefits. The company has also been launching products to gain a significant market share. Based on these factors, we upgrade our recommendation on the stock to Outperform from Neutral.”

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