Stock Analysts’ upgrades for Wednesday, October 4th:

Aegion Corp (NASDAQ:AEGN) was upgraded by analysts at Hilliard Lyons from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $13.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of BlackBerry have outperformed its industry on a year-to-date basis. Ushering in further good news, the company's bottom-line performance was better than xpected in the second-quarter of fiscal 2018. In fact, the results were boosted by robust software sales. The company's decision to end all internal hardware development and focus exclusively on software business also seems to be paying off. BlackBerry anticipates profitability (on an adjusted basis) and also expects to generate positive free cash flow in fiscal 2018. In order to strengthen its position in the software business, BlackBerry has recently inked multiple deals as well. The dispute settlement with Qualcomm, earlier this year, is also a huge positive. However, the company's struggles on the top line front raise concerns.”

BCE (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $52.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “We are impressed with BCE's decision to invest $854 million, which will boost its fiber-optics network suite and generate higher revenues by bringing in customers. Buyout of Manitoba Telecom Services places BCE's arm, Bell Canada as one of the largest mobile provider in Manitoba. Bell Canada’s data center and cloud computing operations are also likely to get a boost with the integration of MTS’ existing data center in Winnipeg. Buyout of Q9 Networks boosts BCE's cloud suite. Deployment of Gigabit Fibe, 4G LTE mobile networks, upcoming 5G networks, IP phone services and post-paid businesses should help the company gain customers. On the flip side, BCE continues to struggle with stringent regulatory norms, losses in network access services lines, price competition, labor union issues, operational risks and construction delays. Over the past month, the stock price declined 1.2% as against the industry's 0.5% loss.”

J D Wetherspoon PLC (NASDAQ:JDWPY) was upgraded by analysts at Berenberg Bank from a sell rating to a hold rating.

KB Home (NYSE:KBH) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $28.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “KB Home came up with stellar quarterly results once again on solid housing fundamentals. Earnings and sales surpassed analysts’ expectations by 8.5% and 2.1%, respectively, in third-quarter fiscal 2017. The company reported impressive 25.3% growth in revenues banking on an 11% increase in deliveries. Earnings in the quarter grew more than 21% year over year, helped by solid margins. Its adjusted housing gross profit margin improved 50 basis points (bps). This was primarily attributed to 12% rise in average selling price. Also, adjusted homebuilding operating margin surged 140 bps. The upside was primarily driven by an ongoing housing market recovery and favorable industry fundamentals. The company also expects the uptrend to continue to 2018. KB Home shares have widely outperformed the homebuilding industry, year to date. Also, the trend in current-year earnings estimate revisions is satisfactory. Estimates moved upward over the past seven days.<“

NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $49.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “NetApp's better-than-expected first-quarter 2018 results benefited from continuous product refreshes and growing portfolio based on SolidFire acquisition. Extended partnership with Microsoft also looks beneficial for the company. The company is also winning customers previously served by competitors like HP and EMC. Meanwhile, cost reduction initiatives will facilitate margin expansion over the long run. Notably, the company has outperformed the industry on a year-to-date basis. However, intensifying competition in the flash segment is a major headwind.”

R1 RCM (NYSE:RCM) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “R1 RCM Inc. offers financial services for the health care industries. The Company provides revenue cycle management and physician advisory services, as well as transforms and manages the commercial infrastructure of health care organizations. R1 RCM Inc., formerly known as Accretive Health, Inc., is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. “

Rexford Industrial Realty (NASDAQ:REXR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $33.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. is a real estate investment trust focused on owning and operating industrial properties in Southern California infill markets. Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. is based in Los Angeles, California. “

Rigel Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:RIGL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage drug development company that discovers and develops novel, small-molecule drugs for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, cancer and viral diseases. Its goal is to file one new investigative new drug application in a significant indication each year. The Company’s pioneering research focuses on intracellular signaling pathways and related targets that are critical to disease mechanisms. Rigel’s productivity has resulted in strategic collaborations with large pharmaceutical partners to develop and market our product candidates. We have product development programs in inflammatory/autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, thrombocytopenia, and asthma and allergy, as well as in cancer. “

RMR Group (NYSE:RMR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $61.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “The RMR Group Inc. primarily provides management services to publicly owned real estate investment trusts and real estate operating companies. The RMR Group Inc. is headquartered in Newton, MA. “

Ringcentral (NYSE:RNG) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $49.00 price target on the stock. 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. “

Rexahn Pharmaceuticals (NYSEMKT:RNN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $2.75 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “REXAHN PHARMACTICALS is a biopharmaceutical company leveraging its proprietary technology platform to discover, develop and commercialize innovative treatments for cancer, central nervous system disorders, sexual dysfunction and other unmet medical needs. Rexahn’s compounds are designed to uniquely treat various disease states while significantly minimizing side effects in order to allow patients to regain quality of life through therapy. “

Sampo PLC (OTCMKTS:SAXPY) was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from a hold rating to a buy rating.

William Hil Adr (OTCMKTS:WIMHY) was upgraded by analysts at Berenberg Bank from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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