Analysts’ upgrades for Wednesday, September 21st:

Anglo American plc (LON:AAL) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC to an equal weight rating. The firm currently has GBX 845 ($11.03) price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of GBX 550 ($7.18).

American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating. Vetr currently has $39.50 price target on the stock.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating. The firm currently has $19.36 target price on the stock.

Barclays PLC (LON:BARC) was upgraded by analysts at HSBC to a buy rating. The firm currently has GBX 190 ($2.48) price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of GBX 150 ($1.96).

BP PLC (NYSE:BP) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating. Vetr currently has $37.28 target price on the stock.

Clovis Oncology (NASDAQ:CLVS) was upgraded by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. They currently have $41.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $19.00.

Conn’s (NASDAQ:CONN) was upgraded by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $16.00 target price on the stock.

Dominion Diamond Corp. (NYSE:DDC) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

EP Energy Corp. (NYSE:EPE) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. from a sell rating to a neutral rating.

Ensco PLC (NYSE:ESV) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) was upgraded by analysts at Monness Crespi & Hardt from a neutral rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $17.00 target price on the stock.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating. Vetr currently has $7.32 target price on the stock.

Blackhawk Network Holdings (NASDAQ:HAWK) was upgraded by analysts at Credit Agricole SA from an underperform rating to an outperform rating. They noted that the move was a valuation call. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $53.25 target price on the stock.

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (LON:IMB) was upgraded by analysts at Jefferies Group to a buy rating. They currently have GBX 4,600 ($60.04) target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of GBX 3,550 ($46.34).

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (LON:IMT) was upgraded by analysts at Jefferies Group to a buy rating. Jefferies Group currently has GBX 4,600 ($60.04) price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of GBX 3,550 ($46.34).

J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $10.35 target price on the stock.

Kate Spade & Co. (NYSE:KATE) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating. Vetr currently has $20.75 target price on the stock.

KAZ Minerals PLC (LON:KAZ) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC to an equal weight rating. They currently have GBX 210 ($2.74) target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of GBX 130 ($1.70).

LATAM Airlines Group SA (NYSE:LFL) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc. to a market perform rating.

Legal & General Group Plc (NASDAQ:LGGNY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “LEGAL & GENERAL is a leading UK risk, savings and investment group. Legal & General today provides life assurance and other financial protection products, annuities and long-term savings products including ISA’s and pensions. With over £250 billion in funds under management, it is also the largest investor for UK pension funds. Legal & General has over 5.5 million UK customers. Their products are sold through over thirty bank and building society relationships, through Independent Financial Advisers and also directly to customers. Legal & General Assurance Society Limited, their principal operating company, is one of Europe’s top rated life companies for financial strength, with an AA+ rating from Standard & Poor’s and Aa1 from Moody’s. “

Liberty Sirius XM Group (NASDAQ:LSXMK) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $37.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “The Liberty SiriusXM Group provides satellite radio services consists of commercial-free music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather. The Liberty SiriusXM Group is based in United States. “

Moog (NYSE:MOG.A) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “MOOG, is a worldwide manufacturer of precision control components and systems. Moog actuation devices control high-performance aircraft, strategic and tactical missiles and automated industrial machinery. Products include flight control servoactuators for use on aircraft, propulsion system components, special purpose pumps and filter assemblies, thermal management controls for space stations, pneumatic components and systems, radio control systems, brushless electric servomotors, and controls for industrial automation equipment. “

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) was upgraded by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a neutral rating to an overweight rating.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $16.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Medical Properties Trust, Inc. is a Birmingham, Alabama based self-advised real estate investment trust formed to capitalize on the changing trends in healthcare delivery by acquiring and developing net-leased healthcare facilities. These facilities include inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, regional and community hospitals, women’s and children’s hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, and other single-discipline healthcare facilities, such as heart hospitals, orthopedic hospitals and cancer centers. “

Marlin Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ:MRLN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $20.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Marlin Business Services Corp is a nationwide provider of equipment leasing solutions primarily to small businesses. Marlin finances over 60 categories of commercial equipment, including copiers, telephone systems, computers and certain commercial and industrial equipment. “

Marten Transport (NASDAQ:MRTN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Marten Transport, Ltd. is a long-haul truckload carrier providing protective service and time- sensitive transportation. Protective service transportation means temperature controlled or insulated carriage of temperature-sensitive materials and general commodities. “

Matador Resources (NYSE:MTDR) was upgraded by analysts at KLR Group from a hold rating to an accumulate rating.

Noble Corp. (NYSE:NE) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. from a sell rating to a neutral rating.

Anglo American plc (OTCMKTS:NGLOY) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating.

National Storage Affiliates (NYSE:NSA) was upgraded by analysts at Jefferies Group from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Netgear (NASDAQ:NTGR) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $61.09 target price on the stock.

Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “NOVAVAX INC is a specialty biopharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of proprietary products focused on women’s health and infectious diseases. Their technology platforms involve the use of proprietary, microscopic, organized, non-phospholipid structures as vehicles for the delivery of a wide variety of drugs and other therapeutic products, including certain hormones, anti-bacterial and anti-viral products and vaccine adjuvants. “

NVR (NYSE:NVR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “NVR Inc. is a holding company that operates in two business segments; the construction and marketing of homes and in financial services. NVR’s homebuilding operations construct and sell single-family detached homes, townhomes and condominium buildings in two distinct product lines through the two divisions known as Ryan Homes and NVHomes. NVR’s also provides financial services including a mortgage banking operation. NVR’s mortgage banking business generates revenues primarily from origination fees, servicing fees,gains on marketing of loans, title fees, and sales of servicing rights. “

Ooma (NYSE:OOMA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Ooma, Inc. provides communications solutions and other connected services to small business, home and mobile users. The Company’s products include Ooma Office for small businesses, Business Promoter, Ooma Telo for home, Ooma end-point devices, Ooma Premier Service for Telo, Talkatone Application as well as caller identification, call-waiting and voice mail services. Ooma, Inc. is based in Palo Alto, United States. “

Puma Biotechnology (NYSE:PBYI) was upgraded by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $88.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $61.00.

Protalix BioTherapeutics (NYSE:PLX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Protalix is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of recombinant therapeutic proteins expressed through its proprietary plant cell-based expression system, ProCellEx(R). Protalix’s unique expression system presents a proprietary method for developing recombinant proteins in a cost-effective, industrial-scale manner. Protalix’s first product manufactured by ProCellEx, taliglucerase alfa, was approved for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2012 and, subsequently, by the regulatory authorities of other countries. Protalix has licensed to Pfizer Inc. the worldwide development and commercialization rights for taliglucerase alfa, excluding Brazil, where Protalix retains full rights. “

Prospect Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:PSEC) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $8.72 target price on the stock.

Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $14.72 target price on the stock.

Quandrant4 Systems Corp. (OTCMKTS:QFOR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Quadrant 4 Systems Corporation, formerly known as Zolon Corporation offers information technology solutions to its clients through consulting, software development & maintenance, cloud based products and technology from its global delivery centers. The company is focused on Financial Services, Health Care, Retail, Manufacturing and Telecommunication sectors with a broad spectrum of services and technology practices that include ERP, SCM, CRM, e-Commerce, m-Commerce, SFA, Microsoft, Java and Legacy platforms, BI/DW, testing, platform migration, web technologies and others. Quadrant 4 Systems Corporation is based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. “

uniQure NV (NASDAQ:QURE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “UNIQURE B.V. is involved in developing gene therapy for patients of genetic or acquired diseases. It offers Glybera for the treatment of lipoprotein lipase deficiency, an orphan metabolic disease. The company’s product pipeline includes which are in clinical trials are additional adeno-associated virus consist of AMT-060, AMT-021, AMT-110 and AAV2/glial. UNIQURE B.V. is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. “

Ring Energy (NYSE:REI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $11.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Ring Energy, Inc. is engaged in the exploration and development of oil and gas. The company operates primarily in Texas and Kansas. Ring Energy, Inc. is based in TULSA, United States. “

Reata Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:RETA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $30.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. It is engaged in identifying, developing and commercializing product candidates which modulate the activity of regulatory proteins involved in the biology of mitochondrial function, oxidative stress and inflammation to address the unmet medical needs of serious or life-threatening diseases. Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is based in Irving, United States. “

Rollins (NYSE:ROL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $32.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Rollins Inc. provides services to both residential and commercial customers. The four primary services provided are termite and pest control, protective services, lawn care and plantscaping. Orkin Exterminating Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary (Orkin), is one of the world’s largest termite and pest control companies. Rollins Protective Services, a division of the Registrant, is a pioneer in developing customized wired and wireless electronic security systems. “

South32 (LON:S32) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC to an overweight rating. Barclays PLC currently has GBX 160 ($2.09) price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of GBX 85 ($1.11).

inContact (NASDAQ:SAAS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “inContact, Inc. operates as a hosted, software as a service company offering a range of hosted contact handling and performance management software services, in addition to a variety of connectivity options for carrying an inbound call into its inContact suite of services.The Company sells telecom services unbundled from its inContact service offering, including dedicated, switched, toll free and data lines.The company also operates as a reseller of domestic and international long distance and other services provided by national and regional wholesale providers.It was formerly known as UCN, Inc. and is based in Midvale, Utah. “

Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE:SAIC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $76.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Science Applications International Corp. is engaged in transaction, technical, engineering and enterprise IT services business. The Company provides services in two segments: government segment and commercial segment. Its government segment servers primarily to United States federal, state and local government agencies and foreign governments. The commercial segment provides technology-driven consulting and systems integration services and solutions. Science Applications International Corp. is headquartered in McLean, VA. “

Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $28.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “SELECT COMFORT is engaged in the manufacture, specialty retailing and direct marketing of premium quality, innovative adjustable-firmness beds and other sleep-related products. “

Simmons First National Corp. (NASDAQ:SFNC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “SIMMONS FIRST NATIONAL CORP bank holding company registered under the Bank Holding Act of 1956. Through its subsidiaries, Co. provides a full range of banking and mortgage services to individual and corporate customers. “

Southern First Bancshares (NASDAQ:SFST) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $32.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Greenville First Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Greenville First Bank, N.A., a national banking association chartered under the laws of the United States. “

Sientra (NASDAQ:SIEN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Sientra, Inc. is a medical aesthetics company. The Company offers plastic surgery implantable devices for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, including Breast Implants, Tissue Expanders, Body Contouring, Implants and Specialty Products. Sentra’s primary products are silicone gel breast implants for use in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction procedures. It also offers a range of other aesthetic and specialty products. Sientra, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. “

Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ:SMCI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Super Micro Computer, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and sells energy-efficient, application optimized server solutions based on the x86 architecture. The Company’s solutions include a range of rack mount and blade server systems, as well as components. Supermicro emphasizes superior product design and uncompromising quality control to produce industry-leading serverboards, chassis and server systems. These Server Building Block Solutions provide benefits across many environments, including data center deployment, high-performance computing, high-end workstations, storage networks and standalone server installations. Super Micro Computer sells its server systems and components primarily through distributors, which include value-added resellers and system integrators, and to a lesser extent, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Super Micro Computer, Inc. is headquartered in San Jose, California. “

S&P Global (NYSE:SPGI) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

Sequans Communications SA (NYSE:SQNS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Sequans Communications S.A., operates as a fabless designer, developer and supplier of 4G semiconductor solutions for wireless broadband applications. Solutions offered by the Company include baseband processor and radio frequency, or RF, transceiver integrated circuits, or ICs, along with signal processing techniques, algorithms and software stacks. Its solutions can be applied in devices like: smartphones; USB dongles; portable routers; embedded wireless modems for laptops, netbooks, tablets, and other consumer multimedia and industrial devices; consumer premises equipment, or CPE, such as residential gateways; and basestations. Sequans Communications S.A. is based in Paris, France. “

1st Source Corp. (NASDAQ:SRCE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $39.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “1ST SOURCE CORP.is a bank holding company engaged in general banking business. The bank offers a broad range of commercial banking, personal banking and trust services. In addition, 1st Source Bank provides highly specialized financing services for: automobile fleets in the rental and leasing industries; privately-held used aircraft; heavy duty trucks and construction equipment.These services are marketed nationwide. “

SSE PLC (OTCMKTS:SSEZY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $22.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “SSE PLC is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Company also stores and distributes natural gas and provides other energy-related services. It operates a telecommunications network that offers bandwidth and capacity to companies, public sector organizations, Internet service providers, and others. SSE PLC, formerly known as Scottish and Southern Energy plc, is based in Perth, the United Kingdom. “

Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $38.84 price target on the stock.

Carrols Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:TAST) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $14.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “CARROLS RESTAURANT GROUP, INC., operating through its subsidiaries, including Carrols Corporation, is one of the largest restaurant companies in the United States. The Company operates three restaurant brands in the quick-casual and quick-service restaurant segments with over five hundred company-owned and operated restaurants in 16 states, and several franchised restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico and Ecuador. Carrols Restaurant Group owns and operates two Hispanic Brand restaurants, Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. It is also the largest Burger King franchisee, based on number of restaurants, and has operated Burger King restaurants since 1976. “

Tokio Marine Holdings (NASDAQ:TKOMY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $43.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “TOKIO MARINE HOLDINGS INC., formerly known as Millea Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, is a Japan-based holding company. Through its subsidiaries and associated companies, the Company is engaged in the non-life insurance, life insurance and asset management businesses. The Company is also engaged in the security investment consultation, investment trust management, derivative, temporary staffing and real estate management businesses. This company became Japan’s first publicly owned holding company that completely integrated life and non-life insurance operations. Their objective is to become one of the world’s preeminent insurance groups within the next 10 years. “

Teekay Tankers (NYSE:TNK) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Teekay Tankers Ltd. is a Marshall Islands corporation recently formed by Teekay Corporation to provide international marine transportation of crude oil. Teekay Tankers Ltd. owns a fleet of nine double-hull Aframax-class oil tankers, which an affiliate of Teekay Corporation manages under a mix of spot-market trading and short- or medium-term fixed-rate time-charter contracts. In addition, Teekay Corporation will offer to Teekay Tankers Ltd. within eighteen months of the initial public offering the opportunity to purchase up to four Suezmax-class oil tankers. Teekay Tankers Ltd. intends to distribute on a quarterly basis all of its cash available for distribution, subject to any reserves established by its board of directors. “

Trovagene (NASDAQ:TROV) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $5.25 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Xenomics is a molecular diagnostic company that focuses on the development of DNA-based tests using Transrenal DNA. Xenomics’ patented technology uses safe and simple urine collection and can be applied to a broad range of applications, including prenatal testing, tumor detection and monitoring, tissue transplantation, infectious disease detection, genetic testing for forensic identity determination, drug development, and research to counter bioterrorism. “

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating. They currently have $37.00 target price on the stock.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $33.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Co is the world’s largest dedicated integrated circuit foundry. As a foundry, the Company manufactures ICs for its customers based on their proprietary IC designs using its advanced production processes. TSMC’s goal is to establish itself as one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies by building upon the strengths that have made it the leading IC foundry in the world. “

TIM Participacoes SA (NYSE:TSU) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “TIM PARTICIPAÇÕES S.A. is a holding company, the single company in Brazil to offer mobile cellular service throughout the Brazilian territory, by means of its subsidiaries TIM Celular S.A. and TIM Nordeste S.A. The company is the largest GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) operator of the country, in terms of clients and revenues and TIM Participações ended the 3Q08 with 35.2 million clients and a market share of 25%. “

Tupperware Brands Corp. (NYSE:TUP) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $70.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Tupperware Brands Corporation is a global direct seller of premium, innovative products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products through its Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, Nuvo and Swissgarde brands. “

Vale SA (NASDAQ:VALE) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating.

Vale SA (NYSE:VALE) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating.

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