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Investment Analysts’ upgrades for Friday, August 8th:

Allergan (NYSE:AGN) was upgraded by analysts at Leerink Swann from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

Amlin plc (LON:AML) was upgraded by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd to a buy rating. Numis Securities Ltd currently has GBX 525 ($8.83) price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of GBX 445 ($7.49).

Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) was upgraded by analysts at Longbow Research from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Bird Construction (TSE:BDT) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from an outperform rating to a strong-buy rating. They currently have C$17.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of C$16.00.

Sierra Bancorp (NASDAQ:BSRR) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

Compass Group plc (LON:CPG) was upgraded by analysts at HSBC to a neutral rating. They currently have GBX 960 ($16.15) target price on the stock.

CST Brands (NYSE:CST) was upgraded by analysts at Credit Suisse from an underperform rating to a neutral rating.

Delek US Holdings (NYSE:DK) was upgraded by analysts at Cowen and Company from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. Cowen and Company currently has $43.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $32.00.

Brinker International (NYSE:EAT) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

Etrion SA (TSE:ETX) was upgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from an underperform rating to a sector perform rating. They currently have C$0.65 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of C$0.50.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NYSE:FSC) was upgraded by analysts at Guggenheim from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Mercantile Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:MBWM) was upgraded by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods to an outperform rating.

Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ:MNST) was upgraded by analysts at Longbow Research to a neutral rating.

NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) was upgraded by analysts at Needham & Company LLC from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co SA (NASDAQ:OCCH) was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Premium Brands Holdings Corp (TSE:PBH) was upgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has C$24.50 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of C$22.00.

POZEN (NASDAQ:POZN) was upgraded by analysts at Ascendiant Capital Markets from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Tornier NV (NASDAQ:TRNX) was upgraded by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

TUI Travel PLC (LON:TT) was upgraded by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd to an add rating. Numis Securities Ltd currently has GBX 425 ($7.15) price target on the stock.

WGL Holdings (NYSE:WGL) was upgraded by analysts at Brean Capital from a hold rating to a buy rating. Brean Capital currently has $45.00 target price on the stock.

Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC) was upgraded by analysts at KLR Group from a hold rating to an accumulate rating.

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