Stock Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Friday, September 15th:

Align Technology (NASDAQ:ALGN) had its price target raised by Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) to $210.00. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Ameriprise Financial Services (NYSE:AMP) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Ameriprise have outperformed the industry in the last year. The performance was supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in three of the trailing four quarters. The company remains well positioned to grow through strategic acquisitions, given its strong liquidity position. Notably, in sync with its plans of expanding products and services, the company completed the acquisition of Investment Professionals, Inc. in July. Its efforts toward modifying product and service-offering capacity are expected to further support top-line growth. However, increasing expenses (mostly due to advertising campaign and technology upgrades) are likely to curb profitability growth. Also, elevated levels of outflows in the Asset Management segment is expected to hurt the company’s financials in the near term.”

AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Amerisafe have underperformed its industry in the last three months. The company’s efficient claims management, good underwriting results, favorable loss and frequency trends, prudent reserve analytics, and improved operating leverage impress. Cost control measures will provide a cushion to operating margins at a time when top-line growth is difficult to achieve. Moreover, Amerisafe has maintained a niche position in the workers' compensation market. Top line is suffering from past more than a year led by loss of three large accounts recently. The company is also witnessing a decline in premium collections, increase in losses paid and underwriting expenses, which has further pressurized cash flow. “

Avon Rubber plc (LON:AVON) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at N+1 Singer. The firm currently has a GBX 1,170 ($15.11) price target on the stock.

BCA Marketplace PLC (LON:BCA) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at N+1 Singer. They currently have a GBX 275 ($3.55) price target on the stock.

Off Wall Street assumed coverage on shares of BioTelemetry (NASDAQ:BEAT). They issued a sell rating on the stock.

BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust (NYSE:BTA) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Credit Suisse Group. Credit Suisse Group currently has a GBX 320 ($4.13) target price on the stock.

Bavarian Nordic Spon (OTC:BVNRY) was downgraded by analysts at Maxim Group from a buy rating to a hold rating.

N Brown Group plc (LON:BWNG) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at N+1 Singer.

CBOE Holdings (NASDAQ:CBOE) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of CBOE Holdings have outperformed the industry, year to date. Moreover, the company has witnessed its 2017 and 2018 estimates moving north over the last 60 days. CBOE Holdings remains focused on expansion of its proprietary product offering, while extending its global customer reach. Diversified product portfolio and core competencies fuel its growth prospects. Also, the acquisition of Bats Global Markets is a strategic fit as it will expand and diversify CBOE Holdings’ product portfolio and boost margins. However, intense competition and escalating costs remain concerns for CBOE Holdings. The company estimates capital expenditure in 2017 between $55 million and $60 million.”

Citizens Financial Group (NYSE:CFG) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Citizens Financial have outperformed the industry year to date. This performance was supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history. It hasn’t missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in any of the trailing four quarters. It remains on track to implement TOP III efficiency initiatives, which are expected to boost earnings performance further. The company also launched TOP IV initiatives which are expected to achieve pre-tax benefit of $90-$105 million by the end of 2018. Following the Fed rate hikes so far, margin pressure seems to be easing. Also, the company continues to benefit from improving loans and deposit balances, and is well positioned to grow further as the U.S. economy is gaining traction. However, higher costs resulting from pending legal hassles remain a major concern.”

Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR) had its price target increased by Evercore ISI from $360.00 to $438.00. Evercore ISI currently has an outperform rating on the stock.

Cincinnati Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CINF) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Cincinnati Financial have outperformed the industry, quarter to date. Moreover, the company witnessed its 2017 and 2018 estimates moving north over the last 60 days. Cincinnati Financial’s low leverage, ample capital, consistent cash flow generation, favorable reserve release, share repurchases and consistent dividend hikes should drive growth. Management is appointing agencies and expanding product offerings to ramp up the business. Moreover, the company continues to see net investment income growth and expects to retain the momentum in the near term as well. However, the company’s exposure to cat losses and a continued turmoil in group benefits associated with the ACA are headwinds. The insurer has replaced its existing catastrophe bond program with a new collateralized reinsurance to mitigate the loss.”

Commercial Metals (NYSE:CMC) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. They currently have a $21.00 price target on the stock.

CSRA (NYSE:CSRA) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “CSRA is the largest pure play government IT service provider. The company’s deep domain knowledge and expertise in next-generation IT services is aiding it to win new contracts on a regular basis, the most recent one being a $115 million contract from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, partnerships with technology companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle is a key growth driver. Moreover, anticipated improvement in federal spending is a positive for the company. However, near-term uncertainty over the renewal of Greenway contract and delay in TSA contract are headwinds. The lower recompete win rate is a concern in our view.  Notably, the company has underperformed the industry on a year-to-date basis.”

Edenville Energy PLC (LON:EDL) had its corporate rating reaffirmed by analysts at Northland Capital Partners.

Empiric Student Property PLC (LON:ESP) was downgraded by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd to a reduce rating. They currently have GBX 94 ($1.21) price target on the stock.

Glencore PLC (LON:GLEN) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Macquarie. The firm currently has a GBX 395 ($5.10) price target on the stock.

GYM Group PLC (LON:GYM) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at N+1 Singer.

GYM Group PLC (LON:GYM) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd. The firm currently has a GBX 263 ($3.40) target price on the stock.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT) had its ourperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wedbush. The firm currently has a $253.00 price target on the stock.

Indivior PLC (LON:INDV) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd. They currently have a GBX 470 ($6.07) target price on the stock.

Indivior PLC (LON:INDV) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They currently have a GBX 400 ($5.17) price target on the stock.

J D Wetherspoon plc (LON:JDW) had its price target boosted by Peel Hunt from GBX 875 ($11.30) to GBX 950 ($12.27). The firm currently has a reduce rating on the stock.

Marston's PLC (LON:MARS) had its add rating reissued by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd. They currently have a GBX 125 ($1.61) target price on the stock.

Next Fifteen Communications Group plc (LON:NFC) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Berenberg Bank. They currently have a GBX 500 ($6.46) target price on the stock.

NEXT plc (LON:NXT) had its price target boosted by Credit Suisse Group from GBX 4,000 ($51.66) to GBX 4,200 ($54.24). They currently have an underperform rating on the stock.

NEXT plc (LON:NXT) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd. Numis Securities Ltd currently has a GBX 5,100 ($65.87) price target on the stock.

Premier African Minerals (LON:PREM) had its corporate rating reissued by analysts at Northland Securities.

Premier African Minerals (LON:PREM) had its corporate rating reaffirmed by analysts at Northland Capital Partners.

River and Mercantile Group PLC (LON:RIV) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at N+1 Singer. N+1 Singer currently has a GBX 400 ($5.17) price target on the stock.

Virco Manufacturing Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRC) had its ourperform rating reissued by analysts at Wedbush. The firm currently has a $6.00 price target on the stock.

Wynnstay Group plc (LON:WYN) had its house stock rating reissued by analysts at Shore Capital.

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