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Equities Research Analysts’ upgrades for Friday, February 14th:

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

EQT Corp. (NYSE:EQT) was upgraded by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus to an equal weight rating. Stifel Nicolaus currently has $100.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $85.00. The analysts wrote, “EQT trades at a fair multiple to reflect its superior production growth through 2018. Significant midstream assets limit downside risk and provide a source of capital as EQT drops down these assets to its midstream MLP (EQM), over time. Trades 1 turn above gas weighted peers on 2016e EV/EBITDA based on our 2014-16e production CAGR of 30%. One of the most shareholder friendly management teams in the industry that continuously seeks ways to increase shareholder value.”

Manulife Financial (TSE:MFC) was upgraded by analysts at NBF to an outperform rating.

Manulife Financial (NYSE:MFC) was upgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating.

Newport Corp. (NASDAQ:NEWP) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a hold rating to a buy rating. The analysts wrote, “Newport Corporation (NEWP) 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 solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.”

Rolls-Royce Holding PLC (OTCMKTS:RYCEY) was upgraded by analysts at Societe Generale from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Societe Generale SA (OTCMKTS:SCGLY) was upgraded by analysts at UBS AG from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Technicolor SA (NASDAQ:TCLRY) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a sell rating to a hold rating. The analysts wrote, “Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) 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, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company’s earnings per share.”

The Whitewave Foods Company (NYSE:WWAV) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley to an overweight rating. Morgan Stanley currently has $29.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $28.00. The analysts wrote, “Q4 exceeded our already high expectations and provides very strong momentum into ’14. FY14 guidance may prove conservative, in our view, and we raise our PT to $29, supported by high-teens base EPS growth and further strategic catalysts.”

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) was upgraded by analysts at ISI Group from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

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