Equities Research Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Friday, October 20th:

Allergy Therapeutics plc (LON:AGY) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at FinnCap. FinnCap currently has a GBX 47 ($0.62) price target on the stock.

Ashtead Group plc (LON:AHT) had its overweight rating reiterated by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co. The firm currently has a GBX 1,800 ($23.92) target price on the stock.

Barclays PLC (LON:BARC) was upgraded by analysts at Berenberg Bank to a hold rating. They currently have GBX 200 ($2.66) price target on the stock.

British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co. They currently have a GBX 5,610 ($74.54) price target on the stock.

Henry Boot plc (LON:BHY) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at FinnCap. FinnCap currently has a GBX 398 ($5.29) price target on the stock.

Centrica PLC (LON:CNA) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. Deutsche Bank AG currently has a GBX 160 ($2.13) price target on the stock.

Genel Energy PLC (LON:GENL) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co. They currently have a GBX 109 ($1.45) target price on the stock.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited (LON:GKP) had its speculative buy rating reissued by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The firm currently has a GBX 200 ($2.66) target price on the stock.

Mj Gleeson Plc (LON:GLE) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Liberum Capital. Liberum Capital currently has a GBX 804 ($10.68) price target on the stock.

Hotel Chocolat Group PLC (LON:HOTC) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Berenberg Bank. They currently have a GBX 380 ($5.05) price target on the stock.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LON:IHG) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LON:IHG) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Liberum Capital. Liberum Capital currently has a GBX 4,600 ($61.12) target price on the stock.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LON:IHG) had its reduce rating reaffirmed by analysts at Kepler Capital Markets. They currently have a GBX 3,750 ($49.83) price target on the stock.

Imperial Brands PLC (LON:IMB) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co. They currently have a GBX 3,230 ($42.92) price target on the stock.

Interserve plc (LON:IRV) was upgraded by analysts at Peel Hunt to an add rating. The firm currently has GBX 80 ($1.06) target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of GBX 90 ($1.20).

Joules Group PLC (LON:JOUL) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Liberum Capital. They currently have a GBX 385 ($5.12) target price on the stock.

Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC (LON:LCL) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The firm currently has a GBX 165 ($2.19) price target on the stock.

Mysquare (LON:MYSQ) had its speculative buy rating reiterated by analysts at Beaufort Securities. They currently have a GBX 21 ($0.28) price target on the stock.

National Grid plc (LON:NG) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. The firm currently has a GBX 900 ($11.96) price target on the stock.

Pathfinder Minerals PLC (LON:PFP) had its speculative buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Beaufort Securities.

Pinnacle Financial Partners (NASDAQ:PNFP) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. is a bank holding company which owns 100% of the capital stock of Pinnacle National Bank, a national bank operating in the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area. “

Pennon Group plc (LON:PNN) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. The firm currently has a GBX 870 ($11.56) target price on the stock.

PRGX Global (NASDAQ:PRGX) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “PRGX Global, Inc., formerly PRG-Schultz International, Inc., provides audit, analytics, and advisory services in order to improve client financial performance. The Company’s recovery audit services comprise taking client transaction data, transforming it for analysis, identification of errors, and working with vendors or providers to recover overpaid cash. It audits merchandise purchases, accounts payable, lease and property payments, telecom, freight, marketing and media expenses, taxes, import duties, and healthcare claims. The Company’s analytics services include fraud detection and prevention services, such as detecting, deterring, and preventing fraud; custom analytics services, including discovering the value of unstructured data; benchmarking services; and spend analytic services. Its advisory services consist of working capital optimization, enterprise cost reduction, finance transformation, and corporate performance management. The Company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. “

Richmont Mines (ARCA:RIC) (TSE:RIC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Richmont Mines, Inc. is a gold mining company. It has operations in Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland and holds interests in the Francoeur Mine, Beaufor Mine and Camflo Mill in Quebec, and the Island Gold Mine in Ontario. Richmont Mines, Inc., formerly known as Ressources Minieres Rouyn Inc., is headquartered in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada. “

South32 (LON:S32) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Macquarie. The firm currently has a GBX 200 ($2.66) target price on the stock.

South32 (LON:S32) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. The firm currently has a GBX 170 ($2.26) price target on the stock.

Saratoga Investment Corp (NYSE:SAR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. The firm currently has $26.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Saratoga Investment Corporation, formerly known as GSC Investment Corp., is a specialty finance company that invests primarily in leveraged loans and mezzanine debt issued by U.S. middle-market companies, both through direct lending and through participation in loan syndicates. The Company has been elected to be treated as a business development company. “

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ:SBLK) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $12.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “STAR BULK is a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector. Star Bulk’s vessels transport major bulks, which include iron ore, coal and grain and minor bulks such as bauxite, fertilizers and steel products. Star Bulk was incorporated in the Marshall Islands and is headquartered in Athens, Greece. Its common stock and warrants trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbols SBLK and SBLKW respectively. Currently, Star Bulk has an operating fleet of nine dry bulk carriers, plus definitive agreement to acquire two further dry bulk carriers. “

Schnitzer Steel Industries (NASDAQ:SCHN) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. collects, processes and recycles metals by operating one of the largest metals recycling businesses in the United States. They also manufacture finished steel products at their technologically advanced steel mini-mill. “

Stepan (NYSE:SCL) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Stepan Company produces specialty and intermediate chemicals which are sold to other manufacturers and then made into a variety of end products. They have three reportable segments: surfactants, polymers and specialty products. “

DS Smith plc (LON:SMDS) had its overweight rating reissued by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co. The firm currently has a GBX 570 ($7.57) target price on the stock.

Solo Oil PLC (LON:SOLO) had its speculative buy rating reiterated by analysts at Beaufort Securities.

Sse Plc (LON:SSE) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. Deutsche Bank AG currently has a GBX 1,300 ($17.27) price target on the stock.

Unilever plc (LON:ULVR) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Bryan, Garnier & Co. They currently have a GBX 4,350 ($57.80) target price on the stock.

Velocys PLC (LON:VLS) had its speculative buy rating reiterated by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The firm currently has a GBX 80 ($1.06) target price on the stock.

Whitbread plc (LON:WTB) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG.

Zenith Energy Ltd. Com (LON:ZEN) had its speculative buy rating reissued by analysts at Beaufort Securities.

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