Research Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Friday, October 6th:

Abeona Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ABEO) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald. The firm currently has a $21.00 price target on the stock.

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. The firm currently has a $203.00 target price on the stock.

Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Activision results continue to be driven by increasing digital revenues, King Digital buyout and strength in franchises. The company reported $1 billion from in-game revenues in the last reported quarter. Activision also raised guidance for the full year. The company’s attempts to become a broad-based media company are prudent in our view. Apart from launching a movie studio and consumer products division, the company is also strengthening its presence in the lucrative e-sports market. Activision had added twelve team for esports league for its newest franchise Overwatch. Over the past one year, share prices have outperformed the broader industry. Estimates have remained stable ahead of the upcoming earnings release. However, hit driven and competitive nature of the video game industry begets caution. “

Birchcliff Energy (TSE:BIR) had its price target reduced by Laurentian from C$10.00 to C$9.00.

Boston Properties (NYSE:BXP) had its in-line rating reissued by analysts at Evercore ISI. They currently have a $133.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $127.00.

Commerce Bancshares (NASDAQ:CBSH) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $65.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Commerce Bancshares have outperformed the industry in the past three months. 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 bank's efforts to expand its footprint in newer markets and an improving rate scenario are projected to boost revenues further. While rising expenses and significant exposure to real estate loans remain major near-term concerns, strong loan and deposit growth should support its profitability. Also, the company's impressive capital deployment activities reflect strong capital position.”

Crew Energy (TSE:CR) had its target price reduced by Laurentian from C$5.75 to C$5.25.

Evolent Health (NYSE:EVH) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen and Company. Cowen and Company currently has a $29.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $33.00.

Fortuna Silver Mines (NYSE:FSM) (TSE:FVI) had its target price trimmed by Scotiabank from $7.00 to $6.00. The firm currently has a sector perform rating on the stock.

Hancock Holding (NASDAQ:HBHC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Hancock Holding have outpaced the industry in the last six months. 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. Strategic initiatives, growth in loan and deposit balances, improving rate environment and potential lesser regulations should support the company's profitability. However, rising operating expenses remains a near-term concern for the company. As the bank continues to invest in franchise and grows inorganically, expenses are expected to remain elevated in the quarters ahead. Also, its exposure to risky loan portfolios makes us apprehensive.”

Hilltop Holdings (NYSE:HTH) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Hilltop Holdings’ shares have underperformed the industry in the past year. Also, the company has surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in just one of the trailing four quarters. Elevated expense levels (owing to continued investments in franchise) remain a key concern. Moreover, overall expenses are expected to continue to increase thereby affecting bottom-line growth. Also, deteriorating performance of its Mortgage Origination segment is expected to hurt financials in the near-term. However, the company has a solid organic growth strategy in place and its capital deployment plans remain impressive.”

Milestone Scientific (NASDAQ:MLSS) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Maxim Group. They currently have a $4.00 price target on the stock.

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Guggenheim. The firm currently has a $225.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $210.00.

Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) (TSE:SH) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. The firm currently has a $110.00 target price on the stock.

Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Strayer Education’s convenient, accessible and flexible educational programs are specifically designed to meet the educational needs of working adults. The company’s programs are flexible enough to allow students to attend classes and complete coursework as convenient for them. Strayer University is reducing the cost of its programs in order to increase their affordability for students. Moreover, the acquisition of New York Code and Design Academy is encouraging. Middle State’s reaffirmation of the university’s regional accreditation is an added advantage. Also, Strayer Education’s shares outperformed the industry in the last one year.”

Tamarack-Valley-Energy-Ltd (TSE:TVE) had its price target boosted by Laurentian from C$4.25 to C$4.75.

2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. currently has a $65.00 price target on the stock.

WageWorks (NYSE:WAGE) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Needham & Company LLC. The firm currently has a $82.00 target price on the stock.

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited (NASDAQ:WLTW) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. SunTrust Banks, Inc. currently has a $182.00 target price on the stock.

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