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Analysts’ upgrades for Monday, July 7th:

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ:AHGP) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from a market perform rating to a strong-buy rating. The firm currently has $77.00 price target on the stock.

Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) was upgraded by analysts at BB&T Corp. from a hold rating to a buy rating. BB&T Corp. currently has $64.00 price target on the stock.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) was upgraded by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a neutral rating to an overweight rating. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has $30.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $19.00. The analysts wrote, “neutral” to “overweight.”

Associated Banc Corp (NASDAQ:ASBC) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from an underperform rating to a market perform rating.

Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) was upgraded by analysts at BB&T Corp. from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $138.00 target price on the stock.

Century Aluminum (NASDAQ:CENX) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs from a sell rating to a neutral rating. They currently have $15.50 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $8.00.

City of London Investment Group PLC (LON:CLIG) was upgraded by analysts at Investec to a buy rating. The firm currently has GBX 497 ($8.52) price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of GBX 560 ($9.61).

Clinigen Group PLC (LON:CLIN) was upgraded by analysts at Investec to a buy rating. Investec currently has GBX 497 ($8.52) target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of GBX 560 ($9.61).

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) was upgraded by analysts at FBR Capital Markets from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. FBR Capital Markets currently has $40.00 price target on the stock.

Devon Energy Corp (NYSE:DVN) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

iGATE (NASDAQ:IGTE) was upgraded by analysts at Noble Financial from a hold rating to a buy rating.

King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE:KING) was upgraded by analysts at Piper Jaffray from a neutral rating to an overweight rating. The firm currently has $28.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $19.00. The analysts wrote, “neutral” to “overweight.”

Norcraft Companies (NASDAQ:NCFT) was upgraded by analysts at KeyCorp from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $18.00 price target on the stock.

Southern Copper Corp (NASDAQ:SCCO) was upgraded by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $40.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $30.00. The analysts wrote, “market perform” to “outperform.”

Charles Schwab Corp (NASDAQ:SCHW) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from an underperform rating to a market perform rating.

Seaworld Entertainment (NASDAQ:SEAS) was upgraded by analysts at Longbow Research from a neutral rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $37.00 price target on the stock.

Solid State PLC (LON:SSP) was upgraded by analysts at WH Ireland to an outperform rating. The firm currently has GBX 429 ($7.36) target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of GBX 365 ($6.26).

TCF Financial (NYSE:TCB) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from an underperform rating to a market perform rating.

Ultratech (NASDAQ:UTEK) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Weir Group Plc (The) (NASDAQ:WEIGY) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

The Weir Group PLC (LON:WEIR) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc. to a buy rating. They currently have GBX 3,100 ($53.17) target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of GBX 2,600 ($44.60).

WestJet Airlines (TSE:WJA) was upgraded by analysts at BMO Capital Markets to an outperform rating. BMO Capital Markets currently has C$31.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of C$28.00.

Western Refining (NYSE:WNR) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

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