Investment Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Tuesday, August 8th:

BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage on shares of Akcea Therapeut (NASDAQ:AKCA). BMO Capital Markets issued an outperform rating on the stock.

AppFolio (NASDAQ:APPF) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group. They currently have a $35.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $27.00.

Altice USA (NASDAQ:ATUS) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Pivotal Research. Pivotal Research currently has a $38.00 price target on the stock.

AU Optronics Corp (NYSE:AUO) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Drexel Hamilton.

Bayer Motoren Werk (OTCMKTS:BAMXY) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Cigna’s shares have outperformed the industry, year to date. The company’s second-quarter 2017 earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate and increased year over year, reflecting strong contribution from each of the company’s business segments. The company is poised for long-term growth on the back of its robust Global Supplemental business, growing Government business and increasing membership. A strong capital position and resumption of share buyback are the other positives. Cigna is engaged in a legal tussle with Anthem and thus the termination fee and other charges that it were to receive from the latter remain uncertain.  Increase in benefits and expenses continue to bother us.”

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) started coverage on shares of Deere & (NYSE:DE). They issued a buy rating on the stock.

Depomed (NASDAQ:DEPO) was downgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an equal weight rating to an underweight rating.

Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) was downgraded by analysts at Stephens from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating.

FibroGen (NASDAQ:FGEN) had its positive rating reiterated by analysts at Leerink Swann. The firm currently has a $82.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $52.00.

Flow International Corp (NASDAQ:FLOW) was upgraded by analysts at UBS AG from a neutral rating to a positive rating.

Flow International Corp (NASDAQ:FLOW) was upgraded by analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc from a neutral rating to a positive rating.

First Savings Financial Group (NASDAQ:FSFG) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Maxim Group. Maxim Group currently has a $60.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $55.00.

Hamborner Reit AG (ETR:HAB) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at National Bank Financial.

Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE) was upgraded by analysts at Barrington Research from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

The Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Kraft Heinz posted second-quarter 2017 results wherein earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but revenues missed the same. Net sales of $6.68 billion fell shy of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6.69 and declined 1.7% year over year due to soft consumer demand in North America and Canada. The company’s overall organic sales growth also declined 0.9% in the quarter on 0.4% lower pricing and 0.5% volume/mix decline. Organic sales declined across all its segments barring Rest of the World. Kraft Heinz has been struggling due to the shift in consumer preference toward natural and organic ingredients over packaged and processed food. Although Kraft Heinz’s shares have performed better than the industry year to date, estimates are trending downward for 2017 and 2018 over the last 30 days.”

Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at OTR Global.

LendingClub Corporation (NYSE:LC) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Wedbush. They currently have a $5.00 target price on the stock.

Mimecast Limited (NASDAQ:MIME) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They currently have a $33.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $30.00.

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Motorola Solutions have performed well for the last one year, outperforming its industry. Ushering in further good news, the company reported better-than-expected earnings per share and revenues in the second quarter of 2017. Both the metrics also improved on a year-over-year basis. Notably, results were aided by the strong performance of its land and mobile radio (LMR) operations. Also, the company raised its 2017 guidance for both revenues and earnings per share. In fact, Motorola’s efforts to reward its investors are also encouraging. However, we are concerned about the decline in adjusted operating margin by 80 basis points to 21.9% in the second quarter. Though positive on growth by acquisition strategy, costs associated with the mergers are limiting bottom-line growth. Furthermore, its cash from operations declined substantially in the second quarter due to higher working capital requirement.”

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) had its sector perform rating reiterated by analysts at Scotia Howard Weill.

Parker-Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Parker-Hannifin kept its earnings beat streak alive for the eighth consecutive quarter, as its fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 earnings trumped estimates by 6.1%. Going forward, Parker-Hannifin expects to gain traction from improving demand, incremental savings from its realignment actions and its revamped Win Strategy. The company hopes to deliver a growth rate of 8% in earnings, over the next five years. Further, it has made two strategic acquisitions — CLARCOR and Helac Corp., which will boost its filtration and Hydraulics businesses respectively. However, on the flip side, prolonged sluggishness in the natural resources market, particularly oil and gas and agriculture, as well as softness in business jet markets are proving to be major concerns. In addition, strengthening of the U.S. dollar and escalating restructuring charges are expected to hurt the company’s financials in the near term.”

Ring Energy (NYSE:REI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. 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. “

Ringcentral (NYSE:RNG) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “RingCentral, Inc. provides solutions for business communications primarily in the United States. The Company’s products include RingCentral Office, RingCentral Mobile and RingCentral Fax. It provides solutions such as auto-receptionist, flexible extension structure, multiple voicemail boxes, smart call routing, business answering rules, extension dialing, call transfers and elegant integration with Smartphones. RingCentral, Inc. is headquartered in San Mateo, California. “

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (NASDAQ:ROIC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. is a corporation that intends to qualify as a REIT for U.S. federal incoming tax purposes and that expects to invest in, acquire, own, lease, reposition and manage a diverse portfolio of necessity-based retail properties. This includes primarily, well located community and neighborhood shopping centers, anchored by national or regional supermarkets and drugstores. The company may also acquire other retail properties, including power centers, regional malls lifestyle centers and single-tenant retail locations that are leased to national, regional and local tenants. In addition, the Company may supplement its direct purchases of retail properties with first mortgages or second mortgages, mezzanine loans, bridge or other loans or debt investments related to retail properties, in each case provided that the underlying real estate meets the Company’s criteria for direct investment. “

Rapid7 (NASDAQ:RPD) was upgraded by analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc from a neutral rating to a positive rating. The firm currently has $20.00 price target on the stock.

RPX Corporation (NASDAQ:RPXC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $14.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “RPX Corporation is a provider of patent risk solutions, offering defensive buying, acquisition syndication, patent intelligence and advisory services. The Company provides a subscription-based patent risk management solution where by acquiring patents it mitigates and manages patent risk. It also provides to its clients access to its proprietary patent market intelligence and data. Its clientele compromise companies that design, make or sell technology-based products and services as well as companies that use technology in their businesses. RPX Corporation is based in San Francisco, California. “

Ritter Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:RTTR) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is involved in developing therapeutic products to treat inflammatory, gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases. Its lead product candidate is RP-G28, a novel microbiome modulator, which is under development for the reduction of symptoms associated with lactose intolerance. Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. “

Rayonier Advanced Materials (NYSE:RYAM) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong sell rating. According to Zacks, “Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. operates as a global supplier of cellulose specialties products, a natural polymer for the chemical industry. Its products include cellulose specialties primarily used in dissolving chemical applications; commodity viscose used in the manufacture of textiles for clothing and other fabrics, and in non-woven applications; absorbent materials comprising fibers for absorbent hygiene products and other products. Rayonier’s products are used in a wide range of industrial and consumer products such as filters, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The Company’s production facilities are located primarily in Jesup, Georgia, and Fernandina Beach, Florida. Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. “

Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SEM) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $19.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Select Medical Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics. The company’s Specialty Hospital segment offers long-term acute care hospital services and inpatient acute rehabilitative hospital care services. Its Outpatient Rehabilitation segment operates clinics and provides physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation services. The company also provides medical rehabilitation services on a contract basis to nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living and senior care centers, schools, and work sites. The Mission of Select Medical Corporation is to ensure high-quality health care and cost-effective outcomes by providing specialty inpatient long-term acute care and rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation services. The company is headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. “

Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Ship Finance is a major shipowning company. Including newbuildings, Ship Finance owns a fleet consisting of vessels, including crude oil tankers (VLCC and Suezmax), oil/bulk/ore vessels, container vessels, dry bulk carriers, jack-up drilling rigs and seismic vessels. The fleet is one of the largest in the world and most of the vessels are employed on medium- or long-term charters. “

Sage Group Unspon (NASDAQ:SGPYY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “The Sage Group plc supplies business management software, services and support to small and medium sized businesses. The Company’s products includes accounting, payroll, customer relationship management, financial forecasting, payment processing, job costing, human resources, business intelligence, taxation and other products for accountants, business stationery, development platforms, e-business and enterprise resource planning. Sage Group’s products find its application in the healthcare, human resource and payroll, construction/real estate, transport/distribution, payment processing, accountancy, manufacturing, retail, and automotive distribution industries. The products offered by the Company are majorly developed and supported locally. The Sage Group plc is headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, the United Kingdom. “

Tactile Systems Technology (NASDAQ:TCMD) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The firm currently has a $37.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $28.00.

Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at Pivotal Research. Pivotal Research currently has a $40.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “We see TSN’s valuation as keyed off the “growth company” view which we question. Margins across the face of the business are in decline. We don’t love the AdvancePierre deal and expect it to be a disappointment while still accretive to EPS.””

Mammooth Energy (NASDAQ:TUSK) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group. The firm currently has a $18.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $25.00. They noted that the move was a valuation call. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a neutral rating to a buy rating. Citigroup Inc. currently has $128.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $111.86.

Energy Fuels (NYSEMKT:UUUU) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Noble Financial.

ElringKlinger AG (ETR:ZIL2) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

HSBC Holdings plc started coverage on shares of Zto Express (NYSE:ZTO). They issued a reduce rating on the stock.

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