Investment Analysts’ upgrades for Wednesday, January 11th:

Aegon NV (NYSE:AEG) was upgraded by analysts at Societe Generale to a buy rating.

Anthera Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ANTH) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat serious illnesses, including cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. The Company’s clinical-stage programs include one Phase 3 ready program, A-002, and two Phase 2 clinical programs, A-623 and A-001. A-002 and A-001 inhibit a novel enzyme target known as secretory phospholipase A2, or sPLA2. Elevated levels of sPLA2 have been implicated in a variety of acute inflammatory conditions, including acute coronary syndrome and acute chest syndrome, as well as chronic diseases such as stable coronary artery disease. A-623 targets elevated levels of B-lymphocyte stimulator, or BLyS (also known as BAFF), which has been associated with a variety of B-cell mediated autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Sj√∂gren’s Syndrome, Graves’ Disease and others. Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Hayward, California. “

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE:ARE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $124.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., Landlord and Developer of Choice to the Life Science Industry, is a publicly-traded real estate investment trust focused principally on the ownership, operation, management, selective redevelopment, development and acquisition of life science properties. Our properties are designed and improved for lease primarily to institutional, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, life science product, service, biodefense and translational medicine entities, as well as governmental agencies. “

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:BBRG) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. is an owner and operator of two distinct Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille. BRAVO! Cucina Italiana is a full-service, upscale Italian restaurant offering a menu of freshly prepared classic Italian food. BRAVO offers variety of pasta dishes, steaks, chicken, seafood and pizzas. It also offers seasonal specials, an extensive wine list, carry-out and catering. BRIO Tuscan Grille is an upscale Italian chophouse restaurant serving authentic northern Italian food in a Tuscan Villa atmosphere. The cuisine at BRIO includes steaks, chops, fresh seafood and made-to-order pastas. BRIO also offers creative seasonal specials, an extensive wine list, and carry-out and banquet facilities at select locations. It also operates one full-service upscale American-French bistro restaurant in Columbus, Ohio under the brand Bon Vie. Bravo Brio Restaurant Group is based in Columbus, Ohio. “

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) was upgraded by analysts at Societe Generale to a buy rating.

Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) was upgraded by analysts at Societe Generale to a hold rating.

Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc (LON:SPX) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corporation to a buy rating.

Spectris plc (LON:SXS) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corporation to a buy rating. They currently have GBX 2,600 ($31.62) target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of GBX 1,900 ($23.11).

Wayfair (NYSE:W) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Wayfair Inc. engages in the e-commerce business. It offers bedroom, living room, kitchen and dining, home entertainment, home office, game room and bar, patio, hallway and entryway, and bathroom furniture. The Company operates under the Wayfair.com, Joss & Main, AllModern, DwellStudio, and Birch Lane brands. It offers products and services primarily in the United States. Wayfair LLC is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. “

Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $59.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “WEBSTER FINANCIAL CORP. is a multiple bank holding company which, thru its subsidiary, is engaged primarily in the business attracting deposits from the general public and investing these funds in loans for the purchase, construction or refinancing of one-to-four family homes. “

WEC Energy Group (NYSE:WEC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $65.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “WEC Energy Group is benefiting from the improving economic conditions in its service territories. The company is currently serving more customers than the year-ago level. Also, more than 99% of its earnings come from regulated operations, which provided excellent visibility on its future performance. WEC Energy Group’s investments in infrastructure projects will help it to meet increasing customer demand and improve service reliability. Thanks to the positive developments, the current rate of return from the company’s share is higher compared with the return from the broader industry in the last twelve months. However, coal still being the primary source of power for WEC Energy, installation of low-emission infrastructure at its generation systems to meet regulatory compliance increases the cost of operations. Further, any delay in the completion of ongoing capital projects could increase expenses and reduce profitability.”

WGL Holdings (NYSE:WGL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $83.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT CO is a public utility that delivers and sells natural gas to metropolitan Washington, D.C. and adjoining areas in Maryland and Virginia. A distribution subsidiary serves portions of Virginia and West Virginia. The Company has four wholly-owned active subsidiaries that include: Shenandoah Gas Company (Shenandoah) is engaged in the delivery and sale of natural gas at retail in the Shenandoah Valley, including Winchester, Middletown, Strasburg, Stephens City and New Market, Virginia, and Martinsburg, West Virginia. “

Windstream Holdings (NYSE:WIN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $8.50 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Windstream Holdings have outperformed the Zacks categorized ‘Wireless National’ industry’s growth in the past one year. Windstream Holdings’ focus on improving sales and cutting costs are expected to rake in profits and check churn. Windstream’s cloud-to-cloud disaster recovery management solutions replicate mission-critical virtual servers and data. Also, expansion of its metro fibre network business in the Atlanta, Minneapolis and Chicago area and aim to extend the deployment of G.fast technologies to deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) over traditional copper telephone wires bode well. However, Windstream’s highly leveraged balance sheet, diminishing access lines, losses in the wholesale business and stringent regulatory measures are near-term risks.”

Lyon William Homes (NYSE:WLH) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “William Lyon Homes is primarily engaged in the design, construction, marketing and sale of single-family detached and attached homes in California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. The Company conducts its homebuilding operations through five reportable operating segments: Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado through the Village Homes brand. William Lyon Homes is headquartered in Newport Beach, California. “

Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $65.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Westlake Chemical Corporation is a vertically integrated international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and fabricated products. The company’s range of products includes ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, vinyl intermediates, PVC, PVC Pipe, PVC windows, fence and decking components. “

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $141.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Willis Towers have gained 3.96% over the last one month, outperforming the Zacks categorized Brokers industry’s growth of 0.96%. Willis Towers is set to deliver $4.7 billion in long-term shareholder value via incremental revenue growth, cost synergies, and tax efficiencies besides unlocking balance sheet capacity. Going ahead, focus on realizing operational efficiencies, investing in new growth avenues and strengthening its client services bode well. The legacy companies will combine forces and leverage strengths to penetrate deeper into markets, and expand international presence. The operational improvement program too remains on track in realizing synergies. Riding on the strengths, the company expects constant currency revenue growth in low double digits in 2016. However, escalating expenses, escalating debt level, and adverse forex remain concerns.”

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) 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, “Williams Companies shares are at fresh highs these days, with the natural gas pipeline operator significantly outperforming the Zacks categorized 'Oil & Gas-Prod/Pipeline' industry over the past year period. Well positioned to take advantage of the nation's natural gas supply growth, Williams' large-scale value-creating projects position it for strong returns even in a low commodity price environment. Additionally, Williams is increasing its quarterly dividend by 50% and has announced its plans to increase its stake in the Williams Partners subsidiary to 72%. This is expected to position the company for long-term, sustainable growth as well as solidify investment-grade credit ratings of its subsidiary. As such, we view it as a preferred energy infrastructure play to own now.”

Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $53.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Worthington Industries is one of the leading diversified metal processing companies. The company is one of North America’s premier value-added steel processors and one of the leaders in manufactured metal products such as automotive aftermarket stampings, pressure cylinders, metal framing, metal ceiling grid systems and laser welded blanks. (Company Press Release) “

World Point Terminals, (NYSE:WPT) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “World Point Terminals, LP owns, operates, develops and acquires terminals and other assets relating to the storage of light refined products, heavy refined products and crude oil. The Company’s storage terminals are located in the East Coast, Gulf Coast and Midwest regions of the United States. It provides terminaling and storage of light refined products, such as gasoline, distillates and jet fuels; heavy refined products, such as residual fuel oils and liquid asphalt, and crude oil. World Point Terminals, LP is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. “

West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. The firm currently has $97.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “West Pharmaceutical Services applies technologies to the process of bringing new drug therapies and healthcare products. West’s technologies include the design and manufacture of packaging components for pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer products; research and development of drug delivery systems; contract manufacturing and packaging services; clinical services; and contract laboratory services and other services that support the manufacturing, filling and packaging of pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer products. “

White Mountains Insurance Group (NYSE:WTM) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. is engaged in the business of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance. “

World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE:WWE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “World Wrestling Entertainment has underperformed the Zacks categorized industry in the past three months primarily due to back-to-back earnings miss. The company reported earnings per share of $0.14 for third-quarter 2016 that fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.18. Results were negatively impacted by decline in revenues from Media division. Competition in the entertainment video space has increased significantly and the company expects it to become more intense in the coming days. This may hurt the average paid subscriber base, which is expected to decline sequentially in the final quarter. Nevertheless, World Wrestling Entertainment is executing a five-part strategy to strengthen and expand the WWE Network, which includes creating new content, implementing programs that will have higher customer attraction and retention power, introducing new features, expanding distribution platforms and entering into new regions.”

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