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Equities Research Analysts’ upgrades for Thursday, August 14th:

Apricus Biosciences (NASDAQ:APRI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from an underperform rating to a neutral rating. They currently have $2.00 price target on the stock.

Atlas Energy (NASDAQ:ATLS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from an underperform rating to a neutral rating. The firm currently has $45.70 price target on the stock.

BJ's Restaurants (NASDAQ:BJRI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. They currently have $43.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We upgrade our recommendation on BJ’s Restaurants Inc. to Outperform from Neutral mainly driven by improved second-quarter 2014 results. Earnings of $0.30 surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 25% attributable to improvement in restaurant level margin. Further, revenues were up year over year driven by increased total operating weeks. However, earnings declined 3.2% owing to higher costs and expenses. Nevertheless, we are encouraged by BJ’s Restaurants’ prudent expansion initiatives to drive comps growth. Additionally, the company’s marketing and operational initiatives as well as prudent menu price adjustments are expected to boost sales in the upcoming quarters. The company also remains committed to its target of achieving restaurant level margin of 19.0%, primarily driven by cost savings initiatives focused on non-strategic restaurant operating cost and support.”

Cree (NASDAQ:CREE) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet to a buy rating.

Connecticut Water Service (NASDAQ:CTWS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. They currently have $38.50 target price on the stock.

Jiayuan.com (NASDAQ:DATE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from an underperform rating to a neutral rating. Zacks currently has $5.80 target price on the stock.

E2open (NASDAQ:EOPN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from an underperform rating to a neutral rating. The firm currently has $16.10 target price on the stock.

El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE:EPB) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating.

Fiera Capital Corp (TSE:FSZ) was upgraded by analysts at Scotiabank from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating. Scotiabank currently has C$14.00 target price on the stock.

Great Canadian Gaming (TSE:GC) was upgraded by analysts at Pi Financial from a neutral rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has C$20.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of C$15.00.

HudBay Minerals (NYSE:HBM) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from an underperform rating to a neutral rating. The firm currently has $10.50 price target on the stock.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet to a hold rating.

ICU Medical, (NASDAQ:ICUI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $66.90 target price on the stock.

Kate Spade & Co (NASDAQ:KATE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $32.80 target price on the stock.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating. Morgan Stanley currently has $105.00 target price on the stock.

Metalico (NYSE:MEA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. They currently have $1.60 target price on the stock.

Marvell Technology Group (NASDAQ:MRVL) was upgraded by analysts at Standpoint Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $17.00 target price on the stock.

Metro Inc Cl A Sub V (NASDAQ:MTRAF) was upgraded by analysts at Desjardins from a hold rating to a buy rating.

NuVista Energy (TSE:NVA) was upgraded by analysts at Cormark from a market perform rating to a buy rating.

Pacific Drilling SA (NASDAQ:PACD) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from an underperform rating to a neutral rating. Zacks currently has $10.10 price target on the stock.

Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF) was upgraded by analysts at Stephens from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

Statoil ASA(ADR) (NYSE:STO) was upgraded by analysts at Swedbank from a reduce rating to a neutral rating.

Transatlantic Petroleum Limited (NYSE:TAT) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $12.80 target price on the stock.

TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) was upgraded by analysts at TheStreet to a buy rating.

U.S. Energy (NASDAQ:USEG) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from an underperform rating to a neutral rating. The firm currently has $4.20 price target on the stock.

500.com (NASDAQ:WBAI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. They currently have $40.90 target price on the stock.

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