Investment Analysts’ upgrades for Wednesday, October 11th:

Stepan (NYSE:SCL) was upgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $35.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $27.00.

StarTek (NYSE:SRT) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “StarTek, Inc. is a global provider of process management services and owns and operates branded vertical market Internet web sites. Their process management service platforms include E-commerce support and fulfillment, provisioning management for telecommunications systems, high-end inbound technical support, and an offering of supply chain management services. As an outsourcer of process management services as its core business, StarTek allows its clients to focus on their primary business, reduce overhead, replace fixed costs with variable costs, and reduce working capital needs. “

SunOpta (NASDAQ:STKL) (TSE:SOY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $10.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “SunOpta Inc. is an operator of high-growth ethical businesses, focusing on integrated business models in the natural and organic food, supplements and health and beauty markets. The Company has three business units: the SunOpta Food Group, which specializes in sourcing, processing and distribution of natural and organic food products integrated from seed through packaged products; the Opta Minerals Group, a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial materials; and the SunOpta BioProcess Group which engineers and markets proprietary steam explosion technology systems for the pulp, bio-fuel and food processing industries. Each of these business units has proprietary products and services that give it a solid competitive advantage in its sector. “

Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. They currently have $28.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Sterling Bancorp is the holding company for Sterling National Bank, a financial services firm. Sterling National Bank provides various banking and financial products and services primarily in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. It provides depository and cash management services and a broad portfolio of financing solutions-including working capital lines, accounts receivable and inventory financing, factoring, trade financing, payroll funding and processing, equipment financing, commercial and residential mortgages and mortgage warehouse lines of credit. Sterling Bancorp, formerly known as Provident New York Bancorp, is headquartered in New York. “

Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU) (TSE:SU) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $39.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Suncor is one of the best positioned companies in the energy space given its access to abundant resources, rich operating experience and technical know-how. SU's last reported quarter saw its total production rise by 63% year-over year due to the increased ownership stakes in the Syncrude oil sands project. The company is also committed to returning cash to shareholders over the long-term. SU’s steady dividend growth and share buyback plans have boosted the confidence of the investors. Further, Suncor’s integrated business model reduces commodity price exposure within its upstream unit. We see an upside potential due to the improved full-year production forecast, significant generation of free cash flow and enhanced margins. These factors have also reflected in the impressive pricing strength of SU, which has rallied 23% over the year, handily outperforming the broader industry. Therefore, we take a bullish stance on the stock.”

Solar Senior Capital (NASDAQ:SUNS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Solar Senior Capital Ltd. operates as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Company invests primarily in senior secured loans, including first lien, unitranche and second lien debt instruments, made to private middle-market companies whose debt is rated below investment grade. “

Sykes Enterprises, (NASDAQ:SYKE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Sykes Enterprises, Inc. is a leader in providing vertically integrated technology-based solutions through an integrated strategy combining its information technology services with an emerging e-commerce platform. Sykes’ continues to leverage its position as a leading provider of information technology services by assisting its clients in capitalizing on the growth of e-commerce over the Internet. Sykes’ e-commerce service platform enables it to comprehensively continue to expand by serving as a single-source provider of Internet-based technology solutions. “

Salzgitter AG (OTCMKTS:SZGPY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Salzgitter AG is engaged in the production of steel and steel products. Its operating business unit consists of Strip Steel, Plate/Section Steel, Energy, Trading and Technology. Strip Steel unit produces special and branded steels. Plate/Section Steel unit offers heavy plates. Energy unit covers seamless tubes, seam-and spiral-welded large-diameter pipes, stainless steel tubes as well as seamless and welded precision tubes. Trading unit handles sales network and global trading companies and sales offices. Technology unit focuses on machinery and plants for the filling and packaging of beverages. Salzgitter AG is headquartered in Salzgitter, Germany. “

TravelCenters of America (NYSE:TA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a buy rating. They currently have $6.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA, LLC. is a full-service national travel center chain in the U.S., with nationwide locations serving hundreds of thousands of professional drivers and other highway travelers each month – including virtually all major trucking fleets. Their travel centers operate under the TravelCenters of America, TA and Petro brand names and offer diesel and gasoline fueling services, restaurants, heavy truck repair facilities, stores and other services. “

Triangle Capital Corporation (NYSE:TCAP) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORPORATION is a specialty finance company organized to provide customized financing solutions to lower middle market companies located throughout the United States. Triangle’s investment objective is to seek attractive returns by generating current income from debt investments and capital appreciation from equity related investments. Triangle’s investment philosophy is to partner with business owners, management teams and financial sponsors to provide flexible financing solutions to fund growth, changes of control, or other corporate events. “

Bio-Techne Corp (NASDAQ:TECH) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $136.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Bio-Techne Corporation is a global life sciences company. It develops, manufactures, and sells biotechnology products and clinical diagnostic controls. It provides proteins, such as cytokines, growth factors, and enzymes; antibodies, including polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies; immunoassays comprising quantikine kits; and clinical diagnostic immunoassay kits. The Company also offers flow cytometry products; natural and synthetic chemical compounds; hematology controls and calibrators; and hematology control products. Bio-Techne Corporation, formerly known as Techne Corporation, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “

Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $51.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Terex will continue to benefit from progress on capital allocation strategy. Its focus on portfolio restructuring and cost-saving initiatives is likely to boost results in the near term. Terex has sold its remaining shares in Konecranes and received approximately $773 million for the sale of the 19.6 million shares of Konecranes. This brings the total consideration received for the disposition of the Material Handling & Port Solution segment to $1.6 billion. The sale of the segment was in sync with efforts to simplify structure in a bid to improve efficiency and enhance global competitiveness. The stock outperformed the industry over the past year. The company has a mixed record of earnings surprises in the last few quarters.”

Textainer Group Holdings Limited (NYSE:TGH) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $20.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “TEXTAINER GROUP is the worlds largest lessor of intermodal containers with a total fleet of more than 1.3 million containers, representing over 2,000,000 TEU. They lease containers to more than 400 shipping lines and other lessees, including each of the world’s top 20 container lines. Yhey are also the primary supplier of leased containers to the U.S. Military. Their goal is to be the most reliable lessor of containers in locations where their customers need them. They have provided an average of more than 100,000 TEU of new containers per year for the past 10 years, and have been one of the largest purchasers of new containers among container lessors over the same period. They are also one of the largest sellers of used containers , having sold an average of more than 53,000 containers per year for the last five years. “

Team (NYSE:TISI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “TEAM, INC. is a professional full service provider of environmental engineering, consulting, monitoring and repair services. Environmental engineering, consulting and monitoring services, primarily in air quality together with on-stream leak repair and related industrial services for piping systems and process equipment, are provided by subsidiaries of the Company through its Environmental Services business segment. “

Tokio Marine Holdings (NASDAQ:TKOMY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “TOKIO MARINE HOLDINGS INC., formerly known as Millea Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, is a Japan-based holding company. Through its subsidiaries and associated companies, the Company is engaged in the non-life insurance, life insurance and asset management businesses. The Company is also engaged in the security investment consultation, investment trust management, derivative, temporary staffing and real estate management businesses. This company became Japan’s first publicly owned holding company that completely integrated life and non-life insurance operations. Their objective is to become one of the world’s preeminent insurance groups within the next 10 years. “

Tocagen (NASDAQ:TOCA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Tocagen, Inc. is a clinical-stage, cancer-selective gene therapy company which focuses on retroviral gene therapy platforms. The company’s lead product candidate consists of Toca 511 & Toca FC, initially for the treatment of recurrent high grade glioma, a disease with a significant unmet medical need. Tocagen, Inc. is based in San Diego, United States. “

Workday (NYSE:WDAY) was upgraded by analysts at FBN Securities from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $125.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $115.00.

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