Research Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Friday, November 3rd:

Allstate Corporation (The) (NYSE:ALL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Allstate’s third-quarter 2017 earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate on increased premium from the Property-Liability segment, higher premium and contract charges from the Allstate Financial segment and an increase in investment income. Wider weather-related loss acted as a dampener. The company is poised to grow on the back of its well-performing property and liability segment. A number of initiatives undertaken to improve profitability in the auto segment will drive long-term growth. A strong balance sheet and intelligent capital management are the other positives. Its shares have outperformed the industry, year to date. The acquisition of SquareTrade will diversify the company's operations. Allstate is nevertheless faced with exposure to catastrophe losses, owing to its large property insurance business. The underperforming brand Encompass is another drag.”

Athene Holding (NYSE:ATH) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The firm currently has a $63.00 target price on the stock.

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (NASDAQ:BGFV) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong sell rating. According to Zacks, “Big 5 Sporting underperformed the industry in the last three months due to a dismal sales surprise trend. The company missed sales estimates for the second straight quarter in third-quarter 2017. Sales were hurt by negative comps, a tough and promotional retail backdrop, and weakness in firearm related business. Further, cycling of benefits from the closure of rival stores in third-quarter 2016 impacted the top line. Moreover, comps have been soft so far in the fourth quarter due to a slow start to fall-related product sales and low demand for firearm related products. Persistence of these factors, alongside a tough and highly promotional holiday season, is likely to weigh on the company’s fourth-quarter comps and profits. However, it anticipates to retain market share gains from last year. Further, its inventory position is apt for the winter and holiday seasons. Also, Big 5 Sporting's shareholder-friendly moves are noteworthy.”

Hugo Boss AG (ETR:BOSS) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

D/B/A Chubb Limited New (NYSE:CB) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Chubb’s third-quarter operating loss was narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of loss, but compared unfavorably with the earnings in the year-ago quarter. The unprecedented hurricane activity and the two successive earthquakes led to this dismal performance. Nonetheless, Chubb stands a good chance of taking leadership in the P&C space, benefiting from complementary products and services. Its inorganic growth story is impressive and should help it achieve higher long-term ROE. A strong capital position helped Chubb engage in shareholder-friendly moves and invest in strategic initiatives to drive growth. Notably, it is on track to achieve annual run-rate integration-related savings of $875 million (up from $800 million as guided earlier) by the end of 2018. However, exposure to cat loss and escalating expenses raise concerns for Chubb. Also, shares have underperformed the industry, since the release of its third-quarter results.”

Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ:CTRL) was downgraded by analysts at UBS AG from an outperform rating to a market perform rating.

DIC Asset AG (ETR:DIC) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Berenberg Bank. Berenberg Bank currently has a $550.00 price target on the stock.

Evonik Industries AG (FRA:EVK) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Healthcare Services Group (NASDAQ:HCSG) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Credit Suisse Group. Credit Suisse Group currently has a $62.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $56.00.

ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald. The firm currently has a $5.00 price target on the stock. The analysts wrote, “FORWARD Progress. The nearest term commercial opportunity for IMGN is the FORWARD I trial, which is exploring mirvetuximab soravtansine (mirva”) as a single agent in 3rd line ovarian cancer in women who express high levels of the FRa receptor. This trial could read out in 2019 pending completion of enrollment in 2018.””

JMP Group (NYSE:JMP) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a $6.00 price target on the stock.

Maiden Holdings (NASDAQ:MHLD) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The firm currently has a $10.00 target price on the stock.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $25.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Mosaic saw its profits surge year over year in the third quarter, driven by strong operational performance and healthy demand for its products. Both revenues and adjusted earnings topped the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate. Mosaic is well placed to gain from strong global demand for fertilizers. Moreover, the acquisition of Vale Fertilizantes will help the company to capitalize on the rapidly growing Brazilian agricultural market. The buyout is also expected to deliver significant synergies. Mosaic should also benefit from its cost reduction measures and its efforts to boost production capacity.”

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $25.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Mosaic saw its profits surge year over year in the third quarter, driven by strong operational performance and healthy demand for its products. Both revenues and adjusted earnings topped the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate. Mosaic is well placed to gain from strong global demand for fertilizers. Moreover, the acquisition of Vale Fertilizantes will help the company to capitalize on the rapidly growing Brazilian agricultural market. The buyout is also expected to deliver significant synergies. Mosaic should also benefit from its cost reduction measures and its efforts to boost production capacity.”

NMI Holdings (NASDAQ:NMIH) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a $19.50 target price on the stock.

New York Times Company (The) (NYSE:NYT) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $20.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “The New York Times Company’s strategic initiatives have helped propelled the stock that has outpaced the industry in a year. The company is diversifying its business, adding new revenue streams, strengthening its balance sheet and restructuring its portfolio. It had offloaded assets in order to re-focus on its core newspapers and pay more attention to its online activities. These endeavors have helped the company to post fifth straight quarter of positive earnings surprise, when it reported third-quarter 2017 results. However, total revenue fell short of the consensus estimate. Nevertheless, both the top and bottom lines grew year over year. The quarter marked an increase in digital subscribers, rise in digital advertising and subscription revenues but a fall in print advertising revenue. Total advertising revenue slid 9% during the quarter. Management expects the same to decline in the high single-digits in the final quarter.”

Obalon Therptcs (NASDAQ:OBLN) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at Northland Securities. They currently have a $4.00 price target on the stock.

Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $87.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Provider of cloud-based HCM software as a service solution, Paycom has outperformed the broader market over the last one year. The company reported outstanding third-quarter 2017 results and provided an encouraging fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 revenue guidance. Revenue growth seems to be steady and was positively impacted by higher recurring revenues and higher traction in cloud-based offerings. Better-than-expected demand for advanced human capital management and payroll software solutions during the reported quarter were the other positives. Going ahead, Paycom might witness long-term growth by successfully cross-selling newer products to the existing client base, which will boost revenues. Nevertheless, competition from companies likes Paylocity Holding Corporation, Intuit Inc. and Paychex, Inc. remains a headwind.”

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE:RDS.A) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Societe Generale.

Everest Re Group (NYSE:RE) had its sell rating reiterated by analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods currently has a $216.00 price target on the stock.

Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group. Credit Suisse Group currently has a $40.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $38.00.

Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell 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.”

Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE:TAP) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at Berenberg Bank. Berenberg Bank currently has a $76.00 price target on the stock.

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