Investment Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Thursday, October 5th:

Ameris Bancorp (NASDAQ:ABCB) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They currently have a $47.50 price target on the stock.

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACAD) had its price target increased by Bank of America Corporation from $40.00 to $46.00. The firm currently has a positive rating on the stock.

Aerie Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AERI) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen and Company. Cowen and Company currently has a $100.00 target price on the stock.

Alstom SA (EPA:ALO) was given a €31.10 ($36.59) target price by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. started coverage on shares of Angie’s List (NASDAQ:ANGI). Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. issued an outperform rating and a $14.00 price target on the stock.

Atara Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ:ATRA) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They currently have a $30.00 price target on the stock.

BancorpSouth (NYSE:BXS) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $31.00 price target on the stock.

Calithera Biosciences (NASDAQ:CALA) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at William Blair.

Catabasis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CATB) had its target price boosted by Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. from $4.00 to $7.00. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. currently has an outperform rating on the stock.

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Guggenheim.

CSRA (NYSE:CSRA) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. Jefferies Group LLC currently has a $35.00 price target on the stock.

CytomX Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CTMX) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen and Company.

R. F. Lafferty assumed coverage on shares of DCP Midstream Partners, (NYSE:DCP). The firm issued a buy rating and a $38.00 target price on the stock.

Deutsche Bank AG initiated coverage on shares of DowDuPont (NASDAQ:DWDP). They issued a buy rating and a $80.00 target price on the stock.

East West Bancorp (NASDAQ:EWBC) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc. from an underperform rating to a market perform rating.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Needham & Company LLC. Needham & Company LLC currently has a $185.00 target price on the stock.

First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) had its overweight rating reiterated by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $37.00 target price on the stock.

Franklin Financial Network (NYSE:FSB) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They currently have a $39.00 target price on the stock.

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft (ETR:G1A) was given a €41.00 ($48.24) price target by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:GBX) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Cowen and Company. The firm currently has a $58.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $57.00.

Hancock Holding (NASDAQ:HBHC) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $52.00 price target on the stock.

Home BancShares (NASDAQ:HOMB) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $27.00 price target on the stock.

Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ:HZNP) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They currently have a $16.00 target price on the stock.

Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They currently have a $26.00 price target on the stock.

Kion Group AG (FRA:KGX) was given a €70.00 ($82.35) price target by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. Jefferies Group LLC currently has a $75.00 target price on the stock.

Northcoast Research assumed coverage on shares of Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK). The firm issued a buy rating on the stock.

Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:MNTA) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The). Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) currently has a $14.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $18.00.

Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ:MYL) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Instinet. They currently have a $37.00 price target on the stock.

Nokia Oyj (HEL:NOKIA) was given a €6.30 ($7.41) target price by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Oxford Lane Capital Corp (NASDAQ:OXLC) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services. They currently have a $11.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $10.25.

Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK) had its overweight rating reissued by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $55.00 target price on the stock.

Puma Biotechnology (NYSE:PBYI) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. They currently have a $156.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $114.00.

Pinnacle Financial Partners (NASDAQ:PNFP) had its overweight rating reissued by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $72.00 target price on the stock.

PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Guggenheim. They currently have a $72.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $67.00.

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The). Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) currently has a $12.00 target price on the stock.

Scientific Games Corp (NASDAQ:SGMS) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Craig Hallum. Craig Hallum currently has a $56.00 target price on the stock.

Snap (NYSE:SNAP) had its underperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Needham & Company LLC.

Sequans Communications (NYSE:SQNS) had its price target cut by Benchmark Co. from $5.50 to $4.00. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Sorrento Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRNE) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at HC Wainwright. HC Wainwright currently has a $20.00 price target on the stock.

South State Corporation (NASDAQ:SSB) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a $90.00 target price on the stock.

Towne Bank (NASDAQ:TOWN) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $32.00 target price on the stock.

T. Rowe Price Group (NASDAQ:TROW) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating.

Domtar Corporation (NYSE:UFS) (TSE:UFS) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at Citigroup Inc..

Wacker Chemie AG (ETR:WCH) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Westport Fuel Systems (NASDAQ:WPRT) (TSE:WPT) had its price target raised by Lake Street Capital from $3.00 to $5.00. The firm currently has a hold rating on the stock.

Watts Water Technologies (NYSE:WTS) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Watts Water expects organic sales growth in the second half of 2017 to improve as compared with the first-half performance. In Americas, it anticipates consistent growth from relatively healthy end markets with AERCO. The company’s continuous focus on productivity and cost savings actions also remain tailwinds. The company has a positive record of earnings surprises in the last few quarters. Its estimates have mioved up lately. However, Watts Water's top line remains challenged by foreign-exchange headwinds. Also, raw material price inflation might impact margins in the upcoming quarters. Weak boiler demand and economic turmoil in Europe also remain headwinds. Moreover, its share price underperformed the industry in the past year.”

Western Union Company (The) (NYSE:WU) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Western Union’s strategic investments in new products, services and technology are likely to pave the way for long-term growth. Relentless focus on expansion of customer base, creation of digital infrastructure to boost the electronic channels business should also fuel growth. The company’s wide agent network and strong international business are also impressive. In last one year, the stock has underperformed the industry. Nevertheless, the stock has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings being revised 3% upward over the last 60 days. The company is faced with increasing competition, high compliance costs, global headwinds and foreign exchange volatility..”

Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Pivotal Research. They currently have a $32.00 price target on the stock.

Wyndham Worldwide Corp (NYSE:WYN) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Owing to its large international presence, Wyndham is exposed to headwinds in the regions where it operates. Despite immense growth potential, a sluggish economy in Brazil, uncertainty in Africa, macroeconomic factors in Venezuela and China are likely to keep revenues under pressure. The company expects soft demand in oil-producing regions to continue to hurt RevPAR too. Meanwhile, although the new owner strategy is expected to benefit its timeshare business in the long run, it is currently weighing on the company’s EBITDA. Nevertheless, Wyndham’s robust developmental pipeline, prudent acquisitions and strong loyalty program should boost growth. It has a positive record of earnings surprises in recent quarters and estimates are stable ahead of its third-quarter earnings release. Still, currency movements might continue to hurt results as has been the case over the past few quarters.”

Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:XENE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. It is focused on the development of medicines through the application of its proprietary discovery platform, which it refer to as Extreme Genetics. Xenon is developing proprietary product candidates for the treatment of both orphan as well as more prevalent diseases. The company offers Glybera (R), a gene therapy for the treatment of lipoprotein lipase deficiency, an orphan disorder. Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. is headquartered in Burnaby, Canada. “

Intersect ENT (NASDAQ:XENT) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $33.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Intersect ENT, Inc. is a commercial drug-device company. The Company’s initial products, PROPEL and PROPEL mini, are drug-eluting implants for use in patients with chronic sinusitis. It offers products and therapies for ear, nose, and throat surgeons to improve treatment for their patients with chronic diseases. Intersect ENT, Inc. is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. “

XO Group (NYSE:XOXO) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “XO Group Inc. is a media and technology company. It provides information, products and advice related to weddings and pregnancy. The Company operates Internet websites, publishes magazines and books, and produces television and video content. XO Group Inc., formerly known as The Knot, Inc., is headquartered in New York, New York. “

Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Xerox is grappling with decreased demand for paper-related systems and products. A geopolitical impasse due to various conflicts and disruptions may further affect its international operations in key markets. Xerox further narrowed its full-year 2017 guidance, reflecting its one-for-four reverse stock split. The company underperformed the industry year to date. The availability of a large number of substitutes remains another challenge. Moreover, stiff competition has largely affected its profit margins. Earnings estimates for the current quarter and year have decreased significantly over the last three months, representing negative investor sentiments for the company. However, Xerox completed the split of its BPO business from Document Technology and Document Outsourcing businesses to focus on revenue growth, margin expansion and disciplined investments in attractive growing markets.”

Xtep International (NASDAQ:XTEPY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Xtep International Holdings Limited is engaged in the designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing sportswear, including footwear, apparel and accessory products. Its products are sold under the Xtep brand and the Koling brand. It sells its products through its distribution network comprising distributors and third-party retailers, as well as online. Xtep International Holdings Limited is headquartered in Quanzhou, the People’s Republic of China. “

Xylem (NYSE:XYL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $71.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Xylem’s shares have outperformed the industry in three months’ time. The company reported better-than-expected second-quarter 2017 earnings. Recovering energy and mining market conditions, as well as tailwinds within the construction market are anticipated to bolster the company’s results going forward. In addition, increasing demand from major emerging end markets will likely boost near-term top- and bottom-line performance. Also, Xylem intends to boost its competency on the back of increased savings and greater productivity. Moreover, strategic acquisitions would likely strengthen near-term results. Over the last 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the stock moved north for both 2017 and 2018.”

Yandex N.V. (NASDAQ:YNDX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $38.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Yandex N.V. operates an Internet search website in Russia. Blog searches offered by the Company’s website includes feeds from leading blog hosting and social networking sites in Russia, including LiveJournal, Vkontakte and Facebook. The Company also offers a wide range of specialized search, personalized and location-based services, including Yandex.News, Yandex.Market, Yandex.Mail and Yandex.Maps. Yandex N.V. and is headquartered in Moscow, the Russian Federation. “

YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $26.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “YPF Sociedad Anonima is an international energy company, based on the integrated business of hydrocarbons, focalized in Latin America, with high standards of efficiency, profitability and responsibility. They have a dominant position in Argentina’s exploration, production, refining and marketing sectors, as well as a growing presence in petrochemicals. “

Yirendai (NYSE:YRD) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Yirendai Ltd. is involved in the online consumer finance business. Yirendai Ltd. is based in Beijing, China. “

Yum China Holdings (NASDAQ:YUMC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a licensee of Yum! Brands primarily in mainland China. The company have rights to KFC, China’s quick-service restaurant concept, Pizza Hut, casual dining restaurant brand and Taco Bell. Yum China Holdings, Inc. is based in Shanghai, China. “

Yoox SPA (NASDAQ:YXOXY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “YOOX Net-A-Porter SpA engages in the fashion electronic commerce business. It operates through the Multi-brand and Mono-brand segments. Multi-brand segment includes activities relating to the multi-brand online stores yoox.com, thecorner.com and shoescribe.com. Mono-brand segment comprises the exclusive design, creation and management of the online stores. YOOX Net-A-Porter SpA is headquartered in Zola Predosa, Italy. “

Zendesk (NYSE:ZEN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $33.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Zendesk, Inc. is a software development company. It provides a software-as-a-service, or SaaS, customer service platform. The Company offers applications that allow clients to manage incoming support requests from end customers from any Internet connected computer. It provides customer service through its platform in approximately 40 languages to customers in various industries, such as business technology, telecommunications, education/non-profit, consumer technology, media/entertainment, and retail/ecommerce. Zendesk, Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco, California. “

Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Zions’ shares have outperformed the industry over the past year. The performance was supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in all trailing four quarters. The company has been witnessing consistent growth in loans and deposits along with easing margin pressure, indicating possibility of further improvement in revenues. Also, Zions’ initiatives to control expenses have been successful and are expected to aid bottom-line growth. However, the company’s higher exposure toward risky loan portfolios is expected to hamper its financials. Also, concentration risk remains a matter of concern for the company, going forward.”

Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Zynga Inc. is the world’s largest social game developer with users playing their games which include CityVille, FarmVille, FrontierVille, Words With Friends, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, Cafe World, and Treasure Isle. Zynga Inc. games are available on a number of global platforms including Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo, the iPad, the iPhone and Android devices. They operate their games as live services, by which they mean that they continue to support and update games after launch and gather daily, metrics-based player feedback that enable them to continually enhance their games by adding new content and features. All of their games are free to play, and they generate revenue through the in-game sale of virtual goods and advertising. “

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