Research Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Monday, October 23rd:

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was upgraded by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein to an outperform rating. Sanford C. Bernstein currently has $175.00 target price on the stock.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has a $180.00 target price on the stock.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at UBS AG. They currently have a $180.00 target price on the stock.

Associated Capital Group (NYSE:AC) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. They currently have a $33.00 target price on the stock.

Acacia Communications (NASDAQ:ACIA) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Needham & Company LLC. The firm currently has a $50.00 price target on the stock.

Aetna (NYSE:AET) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald. The firm currently has a $175.00 target price on the stock.

Apartment Investment and Management (NYSE:AIV) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Aimco have outperformed its industry over the past three months. Moreover, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for funds from operation (FFO) per share for 2017 remained unchanged in a month’s time. Encouragingly, Aimco’s efforts to reposition its portfolio by shedding non-strategic properties and investing the proceeds in opportunistic acquisitions will likely drive long-term growth. Moreover, Aimco has a solid portfolio diversified both in terms of geography and price point. This is likely to help the company meet the rise in demand for apartment properties. However, stiff competition from new supply in various markets is anticipated to dampen Aimco’s rent growth and new lease pricing ability. Moreover, interest rate hike and dilutive effects of sale of assets remain concerns.”

Asanko Gold (NYSEMKT:AKG) (TSE:AKG) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. The firm currently has a $1.75 price target on the stock.

Alio Gold (NYSE:ALO) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They currently have a $7.00 target price on the stock.

Antero Resources Corp (NYSE:AR) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They currently have a $3.50 target price on the stock.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE:ARE) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They currently have a $18.00 price target on the stock.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE:ARE) was downgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from an outperform rating to a sector perform rating. They currently have $18.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $20.00.

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AUPH) (TSE:AUP) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald. The firm currently has a $14.00 price target on the stock.

Baker Hughes A GE (NYSE:BHI) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Loop Capital. Loop Capital currently has a $37.00 price target on the stock.

CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of CBS have underperformed the industry in the past three months. During the second half of 2017, the company may face tough advertising revenue comparison as the prior year benefited from strong political advertising. Moreover, currency fluctuations and higher expenditure for original programming might prove to be a drag. Nevertheless, CBS is likely to gain from increasing demand for content, rise in retransmission rates, expansion of direct-to-consumer business, sturdy digital presence and upfront fees from traditional distribution partners. These helped the company to post better-than-expected second-quarter 2017 results. We believe with the launch of Showtime's streaming service; online news channel, CBSN; and over-the-top service, CBS All Access, the company is generating incremental revenue. Moreover, the company aims to attain $2.5 billion of revenues from retransmission and reverse compensation by 2020.”

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company. They currently have a $49.00 price target on the stock.

DBV Technologies (NASDAQ:DBVT) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at HC Wainwright. The firm currently has a $50.00 price target on the stock.

F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Drexel Hamilton. They currently have a $160.00 target price on the stock.

Foot Locker (NYSE:FL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Foot Locker has underperformed the industry in the past three months. This is due to dismal performance for the second straight quarter in fiscal 2017 and a bleak outlook. The company’s results in the second quarter were impacted by soft performance of “some recent top styles” and lack of innovative fresh products in the market. Challenging retail landscape and changing consumer spending pattern are making operating environment tough. Management now expects comparable sales to decline in the range of 3–4% in remaining part of 2017 with earnings per share projected to decrease in the band of 20–30% during the second half. Margins are also expected to remain pressured going forward. Nevertheless, we believe that building robust capabilities in direct-to-customer unit, rationalizing store fleet and improving supply chain infrastructure may provide cushion to the stock.”

Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV) (TSE:FNV) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They currently have a $100.00 price target on the stock.

General Mills (NYSE:GIS) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “General Mills' consumer-focused innovation, marketing initiatives and robust restructuring savings are making up for the sluggish revenue growth. The company is currently pursuing several initiatives focused on improving operational efficiency to generate cost savings and support its key growth strategies. By fiscal 2018, the company expects to achieve cost savings through increased efficiency, reduced complexity through SKU optimization, further supply chain optimization and continued expansion of zero-based budgeting across the business, which will result in accelerated margin expansion. However, General Mills' shares have underperformed the industry so far this year. Slowing organic volumes are overshadowing minor improvements in profit margins. Earnings estimates for the current quarter and the year have been revised downward by 2.4% and 0.3%, respectively, over the last 30 days, reflecting analyst concerns surrounding the stock.”

Roth Capital started coverage on shares of GlycoMimetics (NASDAQ:GLYC). They issued a buy rating and a $25.00 target price on the stock.

Hologic (NASDAQ:HOLX) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Hologic has been trading below the broader industry over the last six months. Moreover, the lowered guidance suggests dull prospects. Furthermore, the blood screening divestiture is expected to impede the company’s growth momentum in the days ahead. Foreign currency headwinds and a competitive landscape also continue to pose challenges. On a positive note, Hologic is optimistic about the recent commercial launch of the Brevera breast biopsy system in the United States. The company has been witnessing strength in the molecular diagnostics and GYN Surgical businesses. Moreover, sales are driven by the company’s recent receipt of CE mark for its new Panther Fusion system and Panther Fusion assays for flu and respiratory testing.”

County Bancorp (NASDAQ:ICBK) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Maxim Group. The firm currently has a $33.00 target price on the stock.

International Paper (NYSE:IP) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has a $65.00 price target on the stock.

St. Joe Company (The) (NYSE:JOE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $20.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of St. Joe have underperformed its industry, year to date. However, the stock has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter and current-year earnings remaining unchanged in a month’s time. Notably, St. Joe has been making strategic efforts to enhance its leasing portfolio, while opting to sell commercial property selectively. As part of such efforts, during the first half of 2017, it increased its rentable space by 67,000 square feet with an additional 144,000 square feet of build-to-suit space under construction. Further, the company is aimed at growing its resorts and leisure business. These portfolio rebalancing efforts are likely to help the company bolster its revenues and provide a more stable source of earnings. However, regional business concentration and revenue volatility in certain segments remain concerns.”

KBW Nasdaq Financial Sector Dividend Yield Index (NYSE:KDX) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They currently have a $7.50 target price on the stock.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They currently have a $109.00 target price on the stock.

Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. They currently have $53.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Lazard have underperformed the industry over the past six months. Estimates for third-quarter results have been revised upward over the last 30 days. Also, the company boasts an impressive earnings surprise history. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in all the trailing four quarters. The company is well positioned to grow organically, driven by strength in its Financial Advisory and Asset Management segments. Notably, in 2016, Lazard acquired Verus Partners and the remaining stake in MBA Lazard, to fortify its financial advisory business footprint across America. Further, focus on cost management will likely enhance the company’s profitability. However, its dependence on local and global economic conditions for revenue generation and regulatory pressure can hurt top-line growth in the near term.”

Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Microchip is one of the better-positioned companies in the semiconductor industry based on its product strength. The stock has outperformed the industry on a year-to-date basis. The company is benefiting from the addition of Atmel’s product portfolio, which it acquired in Apr 2016. Microchip reaffirmed its guidance for the second quarter and expects robust demand for its products to drive growth. We believe the company’s initiatives to bridge the gap between lead time, inventory and backlog will benefit earnings and revenues in the near to middle term. Additionally, expanding product portfolio driven by new launches will continue to increase customer base. Moreover, acquisitions like that of Atmel are likely to expand its geographical presence, augment customer base, extend product portfolio and supplement operational excellence. Notably, estimates have been going up ahead of the company's Q2 earnings release.”

Mobile Mini (NASDAQ:MINI) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. They currently have a $36.00 target price on the stock.

Navient Corp (NASDAQ:NAVI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Navient have underperformed the industry over the last six months. Also, the company does not have an impressive earnings surprise history. It missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in two of the trailing four quarters. Though, Navient’s third-quarter results surpassed the consensus estimate on the back of strong growth in fee income, the results remained affected by higher expenses and lower net interest income. Further, Navient, which services large number of student loans, is under regulatory claims and litigation burden owing to its practices in handling loans. However, it benefits from the ongoing economic recovery and remains focused on leveraging its asset recovery & processing businesses.”

Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Oracle's soft outlook for the second quarter reflects slowing cloud momentum, particularly due to increasing competition from Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Moreover, higher investments on PaaS and IaaS will keep margins under pressure in the near term. Notably, the stock has underperformed the industry on a year-to-date basis. However, management stated that the company is wining market share against salesforce.com and Workday. Moreover, the launch of the next-generation autonomous database, which is supported by machine learning, is a key catalyst in our view. “

Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Share price movement of Patterson Companies has been disappointing over the past three months, with the stock trading below the broader industry. Furthermore, management expects headwinds in the technology-based equipment business to persist through fiscal 2018. Notably, the company has been shifting to the new go-to market strategy with an expanded technology-based product portfolio. We are upbeat about the company’s Animal Health segment that witnessed strong sales last quarter. Patterson companies provides a wide range of consumable supplies, equipment, software, and value-added services to its customers. The company’s broad spectrum of products cushions it against probable economic downturns in the MedTech space, owing to the ongoing policy debacle. We believe, a diversified product portfolio, strong veterinary business prospects, accretive acquisitions and strategic partnerships are key growth catalysts for the company.”

Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They currently have a $4.50 target price on the stock.

PowerShares Fin. Preferred Port. (NYSE:PGF) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has a $1.00 price target on the stock.

PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. Jefferies Group LLC currently has a $80.00 target price on the stock.

Radian Group (NYSE:RDN) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Radian Group have outperformed the insurance industry in a year. Radian Group is poised for long-term growth on expansive mortgage and real estate service offerings, declining delinquency, lower levels of paid claims and improving risk-based capital ratio. The company has received rating upgrades owing to a string of capital takes undertaken by the company and is thus on track to return to an investment grade rating. Its initiatives to solidify the financial position and improved debt maturity profile bode well. However, stricter regulations, rising mortgage rates and a competitive market pose risks for Radian Group. The company expects expenses to be between $62 million and $66 million each quarter. Radian is set to announce third quarter result on Oct 26. Our proven model cannot conclusively show that the company is likely to beat on earnings because Zacks Rank #3 when combined with an Earnings ESP of 0.00% makes prediction difficult.”

Steven Madden (NASDAQ:SHOO) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. The firm currently has a $48.00 target price on the stock.

State National Companies (NASDAQ:SNC) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They currently have a $67.00 target price on the stock.

Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Mizuho. They currently have a $39.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $36.00.

Triumph Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBK) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at FBR & Co. They currently have a $32.00 target price on the stock.

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Target’s initiatives such as the development of omni-channel capacities, diversification and localization of assortments along with emphasis on flexible format stores bode well for the stock that outpaced the industry in the past six months. Management plans to expand its merchandise assortments with special emphasis on Style, Baby, Kids, and Wellness categories that are performing well. Moreover, Target is also concentrating on rationalization of supply chain, technology and process improvements. These initiatives helped it to continue with its upbeat performance in fiscal 2017 as reflected from impressive second-quarter results and an encouraging earnings outlook. These endeavours are also important due to changing retail landscape that encompasses increasing online penetration and aggressive pricing that may hurt sales and margins. The company expects fiscal 2017 comparable sales growth to be in a range around flat, plus or minus 1%.”

Toromont Industries (TSE:TIH) was downgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from an outperform rating to a sector perform rating. The firm currently has C$60.00 price target on the stock.

TOREX GOLD RES INC COM NPV (POST REV SPLT) (NASDAQ:TORXF) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. Royal Bank Of Canada currently has a $28.00 price target on the stock.

Tronox (NASDAQ:TROX) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Alembic Global Advisors.

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald. Cantor Fitzgerald currently has a $16.00 target price on the stock.

Under Armour (NYSE:UA) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc currently has a $15.00 target price on the stock.

Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Vornado has recently announced the extension of one of the two $1.25-billion revolving credit facilities. The extended credit facility will improve the company’s liquidity position. The company’s premium assets in high-rent, high barrier-to-entry markets and a diverse tenant base are likely to drive its growth. In a bid to improve its core business operations, Vornado has been aggressively disposing its non-strategic assets. In July, it completed the spin-off of its Washington, DC business. This made Vornado a New York-based office and retail REIT. The streamlining efforts are a strategic fit and are expected to propel growth over the long-term. However, the earnings dilutive impact cannot be bypassed in the near term. Further, stiff competition and hike in interest rates remain concerns. Moreover, the company’s shares have underperformed its industry in the past three months.”

Washington Federal (NASDAQ:WAFD) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $40.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Washington Federal have marginally outperformed the industry over the past year. The performance was supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in all the trailing four quarters. The company’s fiscal fourth-quarter 2017 (ended Sep 30) results benefitted from an improvement in revenues, partly offset by higher expenses. The company is well positioned to benefit from continued improvement in loan balances and a rising rate scenario. Further, the deal to acquire Anchor Bancorp is anticipated to be accretive to earnings. However, higher expenses and exposure to risky loan portfolios continue to keep its financials under pressure.”

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