Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Tuesday, October 24th:

The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corporation from an underperform rating to a neutral rating. Bank of America Corporation currently has $11.50 price target on the stock.

Admiral Group (OTCMKTS:AMIGY) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co.

Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $29.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Associated Banc-Corp’s shares have outperformed the industry in the last three months. The company has an impressive earnings surprise history. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in three of the trailing four quarters. The company’s third-quarter 2017 earnings benefited from higher net interest income and a fall in credit costs, partially offset by a marginal increase in expenses and lower fee income. Higher interest rates, rise in loan demand and improving asset quality should support its profitability. While mounting expenses (mainly due to continued investment in franchise, and merger and integration costs) remains a key near-term concern, acquisition of Whitnell and deal to acquire Bank Mutual reflect a strong balance sheet position. These deals are expected to be accretive the company’s earnings going forward.”

AXEL SPRINGER SE NPV(REGD) (NASDAQ:AXELF) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

American Express (NYSE:AXP) was upgraded by analysts at Atlantic Securities from an underweight rating to a neutral rating.

DST Systems (NYSE:DST) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a buy rating. They currently have $67.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Worldwide provider of information processing software and systems, DST Systems has outperformed the industry over the past one month. Also, the estimates have moved north off late. We believe that DST Systems’ business volume and massive scale of operation in Financial Services will attract new customers. Moreover, we expect steady contributions from acquisitions (BFDS and IFDS) to support revenue growth. Continued share buybacks and dividend payments are the other encouraging factors. The company also has a strong business model. It generates recurring revenues and a good percentage of its business comes from long-term contracts with its customers. The model ensures a minimum revenue level even when there are limited transactions. However, persistent decline in registered accounts, a high debt burden, ongoing consolidation in the U.S. financial services market and stiff competition from peers might put its fundamentals under pressure.”

Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Bank of America Corporation. Bank of America Corporation currently has a $92.00 target price on the stock.

Edison International (NYSE:EIX) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Bank of America Corporation. The firm currently has a $86.00 price target on the stock.

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE:EOCC) had its underweight rating reissued by analysts at Morgan Stanley.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:HIG) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Hartford Financial’s earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but declined year over year primarily due to higher current accident year catastrophe losses. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry year to date. Hartford Financial’s strategic initiatives pave the way for long-term growth. The company’s deal to acquire Aetna’s group life and disability business is likely to strengthen and enhance its Group Benefits distribution capabilities and accelerate its technology strategy. Moreover, the company’s investment results are impressive on the back of recent interest rate hikes. Its efficient capital management also remains a positive. However, being a property and casualty insurer, the company is severely exposed to catastrophic losses. Moreover, softness in Personal Lines and Talcott Resolution segment remains a major headwind.”

HNI Corporation (NYSE:HNI) had its mkt perform rating reissued by analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc..

Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW) had its target price cut by Credit Suisse Group from $142.00 to $140.00. Credit Suisse Group currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, ” Alliant Energy is exposed to extensive environmental regulations at both federal and state levels that could impact the company’s operations and its ability to recover costs from customers on a timely basis. Further, cost of project completion might increase with delays and could adversely impact its financial condition and results of operations. Additionally, increasing debt levels in a rising interest rate environment and dependence on third-party electric transmission systems remain headwinds. Shares of Alliant Energy have gained more than the industry in the last 12 months. The company has plans to invest substantially over the next ten years to add natural gas and renewable assets to its generation portfolio. Further, Alliant Energy will upgrade some of its coal facilities to lower carbon emission from its generating plants.”

LATAM Airlines Group (NYSE:LTM) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Bank of America Corporation.

NextEra Energy Partners, (NYSE:NEP) had its underperform rating reiterated by analysts at Bank of America Corporation. The firm currently has a $35.00 target price on the stock.

NVR (NYSE:NVR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. The firm currently has $3,707.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “NVR exhibited stellar performances in third-quarter 2017 wherein earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5.3% and increased 34% from the year-ago level. The upside was primarily attributable to solid order growth across the board and gross margin expansion. Total revenues (Homebuilding & Mortgage Banking fees) increased 8% year over year, driven by higher homebuilding revenues (up 8%) and mortgage-banking fees (13.6%). New orders, settlements and backlog of homes also climbed 21%, 6% and 16%, respectively, in the quarter. Gross margin expanded 230 basis points on a modest improvement in pricing along with moderating construction costs. NVR is poised to gain traction in 2017 on the current positive housing scenario. Meanwhile, NVR's shares have significantly outperformed its industry so far this year. This price performance is backed by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history.”

People’s United Financial (NASDAQ:PBCT) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $21.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of People’s United have underperformed the industry in the past three months. Yet, the company has a decent earnings surprise history. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in two of the trailing four quarters. In third-quarter 2017, the company reported an earnings beat driven by growth in revenues and lower provisions. Higher expenses were an undermining factor. People’s United is steadily growing through acquisitions, which is likely to continue in the near future, given its strong balance sheet position. Also, the company’s steady capital deployment activities continue to enhance investors’ confidence. However, escalating expenses despite undertaking initiatives to curb costs remain a concern, People’s United’s improving credit quality and easing margin pressure are tailwinds.”

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Phillip Morris continued with its drab performance in third-quarter 2017, wherein both earnings and revenues lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate. While the company has been benefiting from enhanced volumes and revenues in the reduced risk products category, it suffered majorly due to consistent declines in cigarette volumes stemming from the shift of customer preference away from tobacco products. Government regulations concerning the manufacturing and marketing of tobacco products have also been hampering Philip Morris’ growth. Additionally, unfavorable currency movements remain a headwind. All these factors compelled management to lowered its 2017 view. Nevertheless, Philip Morris’ consistent efforts to improve the performance of its low risk products remain encouraging.While Philip Morris has seen its shares decline 7.2% in the past three months, its performance has been nearly in line with the industry.”

Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Sandler O’Neill.

Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) had its underperform rating reissued by analysts at Bank of America Corporation. Bank of America Corporation currently has a $51.00 price target on the stock.

THALES EUR3 (NASDAQ:THLEF) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co.

Wildhorse Resource Development Corporation (NYSE:WRD) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $14.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “WildHorse Resource Development Corporation is an oil and natural gas company. It focused on the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas and NGL. The company properties primarily consist of Eagle Ford Shale in East Texas and the Over-Pressured Cotton Valley in North Louisiana. WildHorse Resource Development Corporation is based in Houston, Texas. “

WesBanco (NASDAQ:WSBC) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “WESBANCO, INC. is a multi-bank holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in general banking business. “

58.com (NYSE:WUBA) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong-buy rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “58.com Inc. operates online marketplace serving local merchants and consumers in China. It offers housing rental, recruitment, second-hand product, travel, catering, entertainment, and group-buying information. 58.com Inc. is based in Beijing, China. “

Xplore Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:XPLR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $3.75 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Xplore Technologies Corp. is engaged in the business of developing integrating and marketing mobile wireless Tablet PC computing systems. Its end-users are able to receive, collect, analyze, manipulate and transmit information in a variety of environments not suited to traditional non-rugged computing devices with the Company’s rugged computing products. The company’s portfolio of product is sold on a global basis. Xplore Technologies Corp. is headquartered in Austin, Texas. “

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