Equities Research Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Friday, October 13th:

Ambev (NYSE:ABEV) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Evercore ISI. Evercore ISI currently has a $8.50 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $7.00.

AMTEK (NYSE:AME) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has a $70.00 target price on the stock.

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Atlantic Securities.

On Assignment (NASDAQ:ASGN) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. The firm currently has a $55.00 price target on the stock.

Atkore International Group (NASDAQ:ATKR) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has a $23.00 price target on the stock.

Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Best Buy has exhibited a bullish run in the index and outpaced the industry in a year owing to strategic efforts, sturdy online sales growth and solid earnings history. The company is making extensive investments to upgrade operations with special focus on developing omni-channel capabilities and strengthening partnership with vendors. Moreover, following the completion of “Renew Blue” program, it launched a fresh strategy called “Best Buy 2020: Building the New Blue”. Under this strategy, the top most priority is to explore and pursue growth opportunities and optimize cost with focus on key areas. On the other hand, despite reporting robust results in second-quarter fiscal 2018, the stock took a hit as investors are concerned about margins which may come under pressure due to increase in investment. Moreover, the challenging retail landscape, aggressive promotional strategies and waning store traffic remain concerns.”

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE:BKD) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. The firm currently has a $19.00 price target on the stock.

Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They currently have a $79.00 target price on the stock.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “CF Industries has outperformed the industry it belongs to for the past six months. CF Industries is well placed to gain from its efforts to boost production capacity. It should also benefit from higher nitrogen demand driven by healthy corn plantations. The company is also enjoying the benefit of ample natural gas supply. However, CF Industries anticipates the challenging nitrogen pricing environment to continue through 2017. High supply levels in the global nitrogen market due to capacity additions are affecting prices. Weak prices are expected to hurt margins of CF Industries through 2017. The company is also exposed to challenging agriculture market fundamentals. Moreover, CF Industries has a debt-laden balance sheet.”

CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE:CMS) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Increasing stringency of global environmental regulations on curbing carbon emissions during electricity generation remains a major concern for CMS Energy. Additionally, an upward movement in fuel prices may potentially increase the company’s cost of operations. Unexpected weather conditions may result in reduced utility usage, thereby affecting CMS Energy’s financial performance. Moreover, the company underperformed its broader industry in the past three months. Nevertheless, the company’s focus on strengthening circuits and substations, replacing aging poles and installing smart meters buoys optimism.”

CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “CenturyLink -Level 3 Communications proposed merger recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Justice, subject to certain outlined conditions. The pending deal still awaits nod from the FCC and the California Public Utilities Commission. The deal, expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, has received approvals from almost 24 states and territories. CenturyLink remains focused on establishing itself as a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions arena for enterprise customers. The company unveiled a beta version of its OTT TV services. CenturyLink invests in fiber-to-the-tower expansion and has expanded its fiber-based backhaul services. Over the past three months, share price of CenturyLink declined 11.5% as against the industry's gain of 5.2%. Loss in access lines, reducing legacy voice services revenues, tough competition, federal regulations and the need to upgrade technology remain headwinds.”

DXC Technology Company. (NYSE:DXC) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has a $87.00 price target on the stock.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. The firm currently has a $195.00 price target on the stock.

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “First Solar continues to focus on retaining its competitive edge and aims to further consolidate its position in the market. Its constant product innovation efforts will continue to attract customers and expand its revenue stream. Moreover, the company outperformed the broader industry in the last year. However, President Trump’s recent walk out from the landmark Paris deal, apart from initiatives to repeal the Clean Power Plan and boosting coal production has kept the entire solar industry under immense pressure.”

Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Hawaiian Electric operations remain heavily dependent on weather conditions. Moreover, disruption in fuel supplies will affect the company’s ability to generate power, which in turn will impact its profit margins. Moreover, elevating fuel oil price expense has earlier pushed up the company’s total expense and in turn affected its operating profit rate. Also, Hawaiian Electric’s heavy reliance on third-party suppliers for fuel and purchased power,  may impact the company’s performance adversely and result in additional expenses, in case of delayed fuel supply. Further, Hawaiian Electric underperformed the broader industry in past six months. Nevertheless, the company remains the largest provider of electricity in the state of Hawaii, supplying power to more than 95% of the state’s population.”

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada.

Imperial Brands PLC (LON:IMT) was given a GBX 4,200 ($55.22) price target by analysts at S&P Global. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ETR:LHA) was given a €28.00 ($32.94) price target by analysts at Nord/LB. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (EPA:MC) was given a €255.00 ($300.00) target price by analysts at S&P Global. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) was given a $172.00 price target by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The). The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

MercadoLibre (NASDAQ:MELI) had its price target cut by Susquehanna Bancshares Inc from $275.00 to $230.00.

3M (NYSE:MMM) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. The firm currently has a $205.00 price target on the stock.

NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of NextEra Energy have outperformed the industry’s rally in the last 12 months. NextEra Energy is benefiting from favorable economic conditions in its service territories, thus creating demand for utility services. The company is expected to benefit from increasing customer accounts and rising demand for power in Florida. The company’s focus on clean energy has lowered emission levels and saved on energy bills for its customers. The natural gas pipelines, which came online in second quarter, are expected to boost its performance. On the flip side, the company’s nature of business is subject to complex and comprehensive federal, state and other regulations. Delay in completion of ongoing projects could also impact profitability.”

Pacira Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PCRX) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. The firm currently has a $54.00 price target on the stock.

Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has a $81.00 target price on the stock.

Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada.

Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SEM) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They currently have a $19.00 price target on the stock.

Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “SO is one of the largest and best-managed electric utility holding companies in the U.S., dominating the power business across the southeastern region. With good rate base growth and constructive regulation, we expect it to generate steady earnings and dividend growth in the coming years through its long-term power contracts. Additionally, the utility's $12 billion AGL Resources has significantly increased its customer base and diversified its offerings. However, continued timing and cost overrun issues over two large construction projects – Vogtle and Kemper – are major overhangs. While the $20 billion Vogtle nuclear plant has gone well over budget and is years behind schedule, Southern's Kemper project suffered yet another setback with the suspension of all coal gasification operations amid additional cost burden. The interplay of these factors account for our conservative investment thesis.”

Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ:TECD) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Tech Data shares have outperformed the broader market on a year-to-date basis. The acquisition of the Technology Solutions business from Avnet strengthened its distribution capabilities in Europe and the Americas, and introduced it to the Asia-Pacific market, thereby giving a boost to the top-line. The increasing demand for data center systems, cloud and mobility products are also positives for Tech Data. However, the company’s bottom-line is marred by competitive pricing, execution challenges as well as rebates issue. Moreover, a sluggish IT spending environment, ongoing decline in the PC market and intense competition remain headwinds.”

Townsquare Media (NYSE:TSQ) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. The firm currently has a $12.00 price target on the stock.

Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. The firm currently has a $78.00 target price on the stock.

Volkswagen AG (ETR:VOW3) was given a €170.00 ($200.00) target price by analysts at BNP Paribas. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Xcel Energy have gained more than the industry in the last 12 months. Xcel Energy is poised to gain from its long-term investment plans, focus on renewable generation and improving economic conditions in its service territories. The constructive regulatory orders will also help the company.  However, the rising debt level of Xcel Energy is a concern, in an interest hike environment, with its debt/capital ratio presently higher than the industry average. Lower-than-expected performance of its subsidiaries and cost of adhering stringent environmental regulation could hurt its profitability.”

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