Investment Analysts’ upgrades for Friday, September 15th:

Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Burcon NutraScience Corp (NASDAQ:BUR) (TSE:BU) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

CASI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CASI) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

China Commercial Credit (NASDAQ:CCCR) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

The Carlyle Group L.P. (NASDAQ:CG) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Citizens Financial Services (OTCMKTSBB:CZFS) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Electronics for Imaging (NASDAQ:EFII) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $20.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Etsy, Inc. offers e-commerce services. It provides online and offline marketplaces to buy and sell goods. The company’s product include art, home and living, mobile accessories, jewelry, wedding, and others. It operates primarily in Berlin, Germany, Dublin, Ireland, Hudson, New York, London, United Kingdom, Melbourne, Australia, Paris, France, San Francisco, California and Toronto, Canada. Etsy, Inc. is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. “

Experian plc (NASDAQ:EXPGY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Experian plc offers information services. The company’s business segment consists of Credit Services, Decision Analytics, Marketing Services and Consumer Services. The Decision Analytics segment provides application processing, customer management, fraud solutions and collections software and systems. The Marketing Services segment provides data, analytics and cross-channel campaign management to help its clients to execute their marketing campaigns, develop their messaging, interact with their customers across channels and measure the success of their campaigns. The Consumer Services segment provides credit monitoring, fraud protection and identity management services to consumers through the Internet. The Credit Services segment provides information to organizations to help them manage the risks associated with extending credit to their customers and preventing fraud. Experian plc, formerly known as Experian Group Limited, is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. “

First Community Corporation (NASDAQ:FCCO) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “First Community Corp presently engages in no business other than owning and managing the First Community Bank. The bank is engaged in a general commercial and retail banking business, emphasizing the needs of small-to-medium sized businesses, professional concerns and individuals, primarily in Richland and Lexington counties of South Carolina and the surrounding area. “

Fibrocell Science (NASDAQ:FCSC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Fibrocell Science, Inc. is an autologous cell and gene therapy company focused on developing first-in-class treatments for rare and serious skin and connective tissue diseases with high unmet medical needs. Fibrocell’s most advanced drug candidate, azficel-T, uses its FDA-approved proprietary autologous fibroblast technology and is in a Phase II clinical trial for the treatment of chronic dysphonia resulting from vocal cord scarring or atrophy. In collaboration with Intrexon Corporation, a leader in synthetic biology, Fibrocell is also developing gene therapies for orphan skin diseases using gene-modified autologous fibroblasts. The Company’s lead orphan gene-therapy drug candidate, FCX-007, is in late stage pre-clinical development for the treatment of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. Fibrocell is also in pre-clinical development of FCX-013, its second gene-therapy drug candidate, for the treatment of linear scleroderma. “

Foresight Energy (NYSE:FELP) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Foresight Energy Partners LP is a producer and marketer of thermal coal. It operates four underground mining complexes, all in the Illinois Basin region of the United States. The Company’s mining complexes consist of: Williamson Energy, LLC, Sugar Camp Energy, LLC, Hillsboro Energy, LLC and Macoupin Energy, LLC. It markets and sells its coal to a diverse customer base including electric utility and industrial companies in the eastern United States, as well as the seaborne thermal coal market. Foresight Energy Partners LP is based in St. Louis, Missouri. “

Farmers & Merchants Bancorp (NASDAQ:FMAO) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $91.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for The Farmers & Merchants State Bank which operates as a locally owned and operated community bank serving Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana. The bank provides commercial banking, retail banking and other financial services through its 19 offices with locations in Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Williams, and Wood counties in Northwest Ohio. In Northeast Indiana they have offices located in DeKalb and Steuben counties. Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc. is based in Archbold, Ohio. “

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares (NASDAQ:FMBH) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $39.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. is a financial holding company. The Company is engaged in the business of banking through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, N.A. It operates in three lines of business: community banking and wealth management through First Mid Bank, and insurance brokerage through First Mid Insurance Group. The company’s deposit products include demand, savings, money market, and time deposits, as well as NOW accounts. Its loan portfolio primarily comprise commercial real estate, commercial and industrial, agricultural and agricultural real estate, residential real estate, and consumer loans. The company also offers estate planning, investment, and farm management services; and employee benefit services. In addition, it provides commercial lines insurance to businesses; and homeowner, automobile, and other types of personal lines insurance to individuals. First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc is headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois. “

aTyr Pharma (NASDAQ:LIFE) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Mirati Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MRTX) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Noble Midstream Partners (NYSE:NBLX) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

NV5 Global (NASDAQ:NVEE) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

ProQR Therapeutics N.V. (NASDAQ:PRQR) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

SITO Mobile (NASDAQ:SITO) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Sekisui House (OTCMKTS:SKHSY) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a buy rating.

voxeljet AG (NYSE:VJET) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Willbros Group (NYSE:WG) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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