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

Accrol Group Holdings PLC (LON:ACRL) had its under review rating reaffirmed by analysts at Liberum Capital.

AstraZeneca plc (LON:AZN) had its overweight rating reiterated by analysts at Barclays PLC. The firm currently has a GBX 6,300 ($83.57) target price on the stock.

Balfour Beatty plc (LON:BBY) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Liberum Capital. The firm currently has a GBX 350 ($4.64) target price on the stock.

Burberry Group plc (LON:BRBY) had its overweight rating reissued by analysts at Barclays PLC. They currently have a GBX 1,900 ($25.20) price target on the stock.

Carillion plc (LON:CLLN) had its target price reduced by Peel Hunt from GBX 50 ($0.66) to GBX 40 ($0.53). Peel Hunt currently has a reduce rating on the stock.

Centrica PLC (LON:CNA) had its target price cut by HSBC Holdings plc from GBX 202 ($2.68) to GBX 190 ($2.52). HSBC Holdings plc currently has a hold rating on the stock.

Centrica PLC (LON:CNA) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Credit Suisse Group. They currently have a GBX 225 ($2.98) price target on the stock.

easyJet plc (LON:EZJ) had its sell rating reaffirmed by analysts at Liberum Capital. The firm currently has a GBX 1,100 ($14.59) target price on the stock.

easyJet plc (LON:EZJ) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at HSBC Holdings plc.

HSBC Holdings plc (LON:HSBA) was given a GBX 850 ($11.27) price target by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Intercede Group plc (LON:IGP) had its corporate rating reissued by analysts at FinnCap. FinnCap currently has a GBX 120 ($1.59) target price on the stock.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ETR:LHA) was given a €22.00 ($25.88) price target by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY) had its overweight rating reissued by analysts at Barclays PLC. Barclays PLC currently has a GBX 77 ($1.02) target price on the stock.

Merlin Entertainments PLC (LON:MERL) had its overweight rating reiterated by analysts at Barclays PLC. They currently have a GBX 575 ($7.63) price target on the stock.

MFC Bancorp (NASDAQ:MFCB) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Robert W. Baird.

Motif Bio PLC (LON:MTFB) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Northland Securities.

Peel Hunt began coverage on shares of Motif Bio PLC (LON:MTFB). The firm issued a buy rating and a GBX 106 ($1.41) target price on the stock.

Osram Licht AG (FRA:OSR) was given a €54.50 ($64.12) target price by analysts at Morgan Stanley. The firm currently has a sell rating on the stock.

Pandora Media (NYSE:P) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Pandora Media, Inc. operates as a provider of Internet radio in the United States. It provides services to traditional computers, smartphones, such as Android phones, Blackberry phones and the iPhone. When a listener enters a single song, artist, composer or genre to start a station, its mathematical algorithms combine the genes cataloged with individual and collective feedback to suggest songs and build personalized playlists. The Company also offers advertising solutions addressing advertising markets: online display, rich media and video, mobile and broadcast radio. Pandora Media, Inc., formerly known as Savage Beast Technologies Incorporated, is based in Oakland, California. “

Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong sell rating. According to Zacks, “Pacific Ethanol, Inc. is currently in the business of marketing ethanol in the Western United States through Kinergy Marketing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and the largest West Coast-based marketer of renewable fuels. The Company intends, in the near future, to construct an ethanol production facility at its Madera County, California, site. “

Performance Food Group (NYSE:PFGC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $32.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Performance Food Group Company markets and distributes food and food-related products. Its operating segment consists of Foodservice, Vistar, and PFG Customized. Foodservice segment offers appetizers and soups, beverages, canned and dry foods, cheese, dairy products and eggs, desserts and breads, dressing sauces and oils, non-foods, pizzas and pastas, prepared foods, produce and vegetables and seafood products. Vistar segment offers candies, gum and mints, snacks, cold beverages, frozen products, coffees, ice creams, frozen and refrigerated entrees, disposables, cleaners and more. PFG Customized segment offers seafood, meats, produce, dairy products and smallwares. The company serves independent and national chain restaurants, quick-service eateries, pizzerias, theaters, schools, hotels, healthcare facilities and other institutions. Performance Food Group Company is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. “

Produce Investments (LON:PIL) had its target price boosted by Whitman Howard from GBX 210 ($2.79) to GBX 240 ($3.18). The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Panalpina Welt Ag Unspon (NASDAQ:PLWTY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG engages in providing supply chain solutions. It offers freight shipping and supply chain management services. The Company transports freight by air and ship, and offers warehousing and distribution services. Panalpina’s air freight services include general, special, express, and intermodal services; and charter and emergency services. The company also offers ocean freight products comprising full container load, less-than-container load, and non-containerized load products, as well as various special services, such as dangerous goods handling, temperature controlled transportation, cargo insurance, letter of credit processing, certification and legalization of documents, food and drug administration filing, and advanced cargo information filing. It provides logistics services, including inbound, warehousing, production, distribution, and aftermarket services. Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. “

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust is a real estate investment trust. The Company operates as a specialty finance company that will invest primarily in residential mortgage loans and mortgage-related assets. The company seeks to acquire primarily troubled home mortgage loans and mortgage-backed securities from FDIC liquidations of failed banks, US Treasury Legacy Loans Program auctions, and direct acquisitions from mortgage and insurance companies and foreign banks. The Company’s objective is to provide risk-adjusted returns to its investors over the long-term, primarily through dividends and secondarily through capital appreciation. The Company focuses on investing in mortgage loans, a substantial portion of which may be distressed and acquired at discounts to their unpaid principal balances. PennyMac is managed by investment adviser PNMAC Capital Management and offers primary and special loan servicing through PennyMac Loan Services. “

Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “INSULET CORPORATION is an innovative medical device company dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes. The Company’s OmniPod Insulin Management System is a revolutionary, discreet and easy-to-use insulin infusion system that features two easy-to-use components with no tubing and fully-automated cannula insertion. Through the OmniPod System, Insulet seeks to expand the use of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) therapy among people with insulin-dependent diabetes. “

Perceptron (NASDAQ:PRCP) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $9.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Perceptron, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets information based process measurement and guidance solutions which help customers improve performance. Perceptron’s product offerings are designed to improve quality,increase productivity and decrease costs in the automotive and forest products workplace. Perceptron’s design philosophy is to create systems which incorporate sophisticated proprietary software and hardware to minimize the need for customer application engineering. “

Palatin Technologies (NYSE:PTN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $0.75 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Palatin Technologies, Inc is a development-stage medical technology company involved in developing and commercializing products and technologies for diagnostic imaging, cancer therapy and ethical drug development These developments are based on its proprietary monoclonal antibody radiolabeling and enabling peptide platform technologies. “

Quantum Corporation (NYSE:QTM) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing solutions for capturing, sharing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. From small businesses to major enterprises, more than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding data workflow challenges. With Quantum, customers can be certain they have the end-to-end storage foundation to maximize the value of their data by making it accessible whenever and wherever needed, retaining it indefinitely and reducing total cost and complexity. “

Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (LON:RB) had its target price lowered by Credit Suisse Group from GBX 8,650 ($114.74) to GBX 7,700 ($102.14). The firm currently has an outperform rating on the stock.

Redcentric PLC (LON:RCN) had its corporate rating reissued by analysts at FinnCap. They currently have a GBX 117 ($1.55) target price on the stock.

Radcom (NASDAQ:RDCM) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “RADCOM LTD. designs, manufactures, markets and supports innovative, high performance internetworking test and analysis equipment for data communications networks. Their products are used in the development and manufacturing of network equipment, the installation of networks, and the ongoing maintenance of operational networks. (Press Release) “

Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ:REGI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Renewable Energy Group, Inc. produces and sells biofuels and renewable chemicals in the U.S. It operates through Biomass-Based Diesel, Services, Renewable Chemicals, and Corporate and Other segments. It produces biomass-based diesel from a range of feedstocks, including inedible corn oil, used cooking oil, soybean oil, canola oil, and inedible animal fat. This segment is also involved in the purchase and resale of biomass-based diesel, petroleum-based diesel, renewable identification numbers, and raw material feedstocks acquired from third parties; and sale of glycerin, free fatty acids, naphtha, and other co-products of the biomass-based diesel production process. The Services segment provides facility management and operational services to biomass-based diesel production facilities, as well as to other clean-tech companies. This segment also offers construction management services for biomass-based diesel production facilities. REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuel and chemicals. “

Repligen Corporation (NASDAQ:RGEN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $43.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Repligen Corporation is a life sciences company focused on the development, production and commercialization of high-value consumable products used in the process of manufacturing biological drugs. Their bioprocessing products are sold to major life sciences and biopharmaceutical companies worldwide. They are a leading manufacturer of Protein A, a critical reagent used to separate and purify monoclonal antibody therapeutics. They also supply several growth factor products used to increase cell culture productivity during the fermentation stage of drug manufacturing. In addition, they have developed and marketed their OPUSĀ® series of pre-packed plug-and-play chromatography columns, and they provide test kits to ensure final product quality. Aside from their core bioprocessing business, they have a portfolio of clinical-stage partnering assets, including a pancreatic imaging agent in Phase 3 development and an orphan drug candidate in Phase 1 development. “

Ricoh Co (NASDAQ:RICOY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $11.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Ricoh Company, Ltd. manufactures and markets office automation equipment. The Company’s business segments are Imaging and Solutions, Industrial Products and Other. Ricoh’s products include copiers, facsimiles, image scanners, printers (MFPs, laser printers and GELJET printers), digital and advanced electronic devices, such as semiconductor devices. The company also provides digital cameras, industrial, medical, and office equipment leasing services, support loans to small businesses and independent medical doctors, and logistics services in the delivery, distribution, and storage of products, such as electronic products, office equipment, and electronic and machinery parts. Ricoh Company, Ltd. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. “

RE/MAX Holdings (NYSE:RMAX) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Re/Max Holdings, Inc. is a franchisor of real estate brokerage services. Re/Max Holdings, Inc. is based in Denver, CO. “

RMG Networks Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:RMGN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “RMG Networks Holding Corporation operates as a digital signage company. Its business units offers content and advertising delivered through digital place-based networks, including digital airline media networks and mall media networks. The Company’s suite of products includes media services, software, software-embedded hardware, technical services and third-party displays. RMG Networks Holding Corporation, formerly known as SCG Financial Acquisition Corp., is based in Plano, Texas. “

Rapid7 (NASDAQ:RPD) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Rapid7, Inc. offers security data and analytics solutions. The Company provides solutions which consist of threat exposure management, incident detection and response solutions as well as security advisory services. Rapid7, Inc. is based in Boston, United States. “

RTI Surgical (NASDAQ:RTIX) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “RTI Surgical Inc. is a surgical implant company. Its implants are used in sports medicine, general surgery, spine, orthopedic, trauma and cardiothoracic procedures. RTI Surgical Inc., formerly known as RTI Biologics, Inc., is headquartered in Alachua, Fla. “

Saga PLC (LON:SAGA) had its target price cut by Credit Suisse Group from GBX 220 ($2.92) to GBX 210 ($2.79). The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Stagecoach Group plc (LON:SGC) had its price target increased by Liberum Capital from GBX 155 ($2.06) to GBX 170 ($2.25). They currently have a hold rating on the stock.

B. Riley initiated coverage on shares of Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTC). The firm issued a buy rating and a $48.00 price target on the stock. The analysts wrote, “We sense growing large customer engagements and expanding application potential are gaining momentum and the attention of hyper scale players. Mgmt has not backed off revenue growth goals for $40-50MM and $80-$100MM this year and next, and the view that if $100MM in sales are attained, growth to $1.0B in another five years is possible. We were pleasantly surprised with mgmt’s comfort such could occur, though note ongoing ecosystem development and use case momentum is needed to bridge both gaps for technology, which is patent protected by SMTC at end points and hubs.””

WH Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) was downgraded by analysts at Peel Hunt to a hold rating. They currently have GBX 1,850 ($24.54) target price on the stock.

Liberum Capital started coverage on shares of Sanne Group PLC (LON:SNN). They issued a buy rating and a GBX 905 ($12.00) target price on the stock.

Sse Plc (LON:SSE) had its target price lowered by HSBC Holdings plc from GBX 1,590 ($21.09) to GBX 1,530 ($20.29). HSBC Holdings plc currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Sse Plc (LON:SSE) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Credit Suisse Group. Credit Suisse Group currently has a GBX 1,500 ($19.90) target price on the stock.

SSP Group PLC (LON:SSPG) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Panmure Gordon. They currently have a GBX 500 ($6.63) target price on the stock.

Virgin Money Holdings PLC (LON:VM) had its overweight rating reiterated by analysts at Barclays PLC. They currently have a GBX 360 ($4.78) target price on the stock.

Whitbread plc (LON:WTB) had its equal weight rating reissued by analysts at Barclays PLC. Barclays PLC currently has a GBX 3,925 ($52.06) price target on the stock.

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