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Equities Research Analysts’ upgrades for Friday, May 16th:

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) was upgraded by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. They currently have $64.00 target price on the stock.

Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) was upgraded by analysts at Susquehanna from a neutral rating to a positive rating. Susquehanna currently has $55.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $44.00.

Home Bancshares (NASDAQ:HOMB) was upgraded by analysts at Drexel Hamilton from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Home Bancshares (NASDAQ:HOMB) was upgraded by analysts at Wunderlich from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. Wunderlich currently has $35.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “We are upgrading the shares of HOMB to Outperform from Market Perform. Our target price of $35 represents 22% potential upside from last night’s closing price. The shares are down 23% year-to-date, underperforming the KRX decline of 10%. With the valuation premium to peers just 11% currently, down from 28% in February, and our expectations of superior profitability we believe the current share price provides an attractive entry point.”

Home Bancshares (NASDAQ:HOMB) was upgraded by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $35.00 target price on the stock.

Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) was upgraded by analysts at Credit Suisse from a neutral rating to an outperform rating.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America from a neutral rating to a buy rating. Bank of America currently has $113.00 target price on the stock.

L-3 Communications Holdings (NYSE:LLL) was upgraded by analysts at Credit Suisse from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. Credit Suisse currently has $145.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $122.00. They noted that the move was a valuation call. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

National Bank of Greece (ADR) (NYSE:NBG) was upgraded by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a neutral rating to an overweight rating.

Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from an outperform rating to a strong-buy rating. Raymond James currently has $67.00 target price on the stock.

Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America from an underperform rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $62.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $53.00.

Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU) was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $96.00 target price on the stock.

RWE AG (NASDAQ:RWEOY) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Stonegate Mortgage Corp (NYSE:SGM) was upgraded by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. They currently have $17.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “Operating EPS excludes a $7.9 million negative MSR valuation adjustment, $9.6 million of ramp and other one-time expenses, and other non-recurring expenses of $1.0 million. We are reducing our 2014 and 2015 EPS estimates on lower mortgage banking volumes. We are upgrading SGM to Outperform on valuation. We are maintaining our $17 price target, which equates to roughly 7x our 2015 EPS estimate.”

Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ:SMCI) was upgraded by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $23.00 target price on the stock.

Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP) was upgraded by analysts at ISI Group from a neutral rating to a buy rating. ISI Group currently has $75.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $60.00. They noted that the move was a valuation call. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

Thomas Cook Group Pl (NASDAQ:TCKGY) was upgraded by analysts at Natixis from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Total System Services (NYSE:TSS) was upgraded by analysts at First Analysis from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) was upgraded by analysts at Wunderlich from a sell rating to a hold rating. Wunderlich currently has $35.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $38.00.

ViaSat (NASDAQ:VSAT) was upgraded by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co. from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

Dentsply International (NASDAQ:XRAY) was upgraded by analysts at Barrington Research from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

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