Stock Analysts’ upgrades for Friday, November 17th:

CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $61.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of CNA Financial have outperformed the industry year to date. Moreover, the company witnessed its 2017 and 2018 estimates moving north over the last 30 days. Being one of the versatile property and casualty (P&C) insurers, CNA Financial has been maintaining a good track record of combined ratio over the past few years, thereby leading to underwriting profitability. Moreover, with the rising interest rate environment, the company has been displaying improving investment results over a considerable period of time. The company also remains committed in enhancing shareholders value via effective capital deployment. Its long-term care business continues to perform strongly. However, exposure to catastrophe losses poses an inherent risk to the P&C business, thus rendering volatility to the company’s earnings.”

Crh Plc (NYSE:CRH) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

CRH Medical (NYSEAMERICAN:CRHM) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an equal rating to a weight rating.

Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $129.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Chevron is one of the largest integrated energy firms in the world with an impressive business model. Importantly, during the most recent quarter, Chevron was able to cover its investment and payouts with cash from operations – something investors really want right now. With crude prices firming and Chevron being one of the most oil-weighted majors, the company's profits got an expected boost. Stronger refining margins also helped increase earnings. As it is, its current oil and gas development project pipeline is among the best in the industry, boasting large, multiyear projects. Consequently, we think Chevron offers substantial upside potential from the current price levels and view it as a preferred energy play to own now.”

Foot Locker (NYSE:FL) was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Honda Motor (NYSE:HMC) was upgraded by analysts at UBS AG from an underweight rating to a neutral rating.

NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) was upgraded by analysts at Nomura from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE:RMP) was upgraded by analysts at US Capital Advisors to a hold rating.

Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB) was upgraded by analysts at Gabelli from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings (NASDAQ:SPWH) was upgraded by analysts at Ifs Securities from a market perform rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $5.00 price target on the stock.

Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $23.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Stratasys reported mixed results for third-quarter 2017, wherein the bottom line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but the top line missed the same. Furthermore, although revenues witnessed a marginal fall, earnings improved significantly on a year-over-year basis. We are positive about Stratasys’ turnaround strategies which include launching innovative products, strategic partnerships and acquisitions. The company’s sustained focus on launching new products and entering into strategic partnerships will drive long-term growth. The initiatives will help Stratasys to gain more market share as the prospect of 3D printing industry appears bright. Data from the MarketsandMarkets report 2017 revealed that the worldwide 3D printing industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25.76% through 2017 to 2023 and reach $32.78 billion by the end of 2023.  Notably, the stock has outperformed the industry in the year-to-date period.”

Tenaris (NYSE:TS) was upgraded by analysts at Macquarie from an underperform rating to a neutral rating.

Meridian Bioscience (NASDAQ:VIVO) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Meridian is a fully integrated life sciences company that manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of innovative diagnostic test kits, purified reagents and related products and offers biopharmaceutical enabling technologies. Utilizing a variety of methods, these products provide accuracy, simplicity and speed in the early diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal, viral, urinary and respiratory infections. “

Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ:VOD) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $34.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Vodafone AirTouch Plc is the world’s largest international mobile communications firm. Their primary operation is in digital and analog cellular telephone networks of Vodafone. “

Vista Outdoor (NYSE:VSTO) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Vista Outdoor Inc. develops, manufacture and distribute optics, accessories and eyewear. The Company operates in two segments: Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products. Its product consist of binoculars, laser rangefinders, riflescopes, trail cameras, archery accessories, blinds, decoys, game calls, gun care products, mounts, powder, reloading equipment, targets, target systems, safety and protective eyewear, fashion and sports eyewear. The company’s product portfolio include Bushnell(R), Primos(R), Bollè(R), Serengeti(R), Cèbè, RCBS(R), Hoppe’s(R), Uncle Mike’s(R), Gold Tip(R), Weaver(R) and Tasco(R). Vista Outdoor Inc. is headquartered in Utah. “

Wentworth Resources Limited (OTCMKTS:WENTF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $0.50 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Wentworth Resources Ltd. is an oil & gas company with: natural gas production; exploration and appraisal opportunities; large-scale gas monetisation initiatives primarily in the Rovuma Delta Basin of coastal southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique. Wentworth Resources Ltd. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada. “

The York Water (NASDAQ:YORW) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $39.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “The York Water Company impounds, purifies and distributes water. They are regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in the areas of billing, payment procedures, dispute processing, terminations, service territory, and rate setting. They must obtain PPUC approval before changing any of the aforementioned procedures. “

Yirendai (NYSE:YRD) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $46.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Yirendai Ltd. is involved in the online consumer finance business. Yirendai Ltd. is based in Beijing, China. “

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