Investment Analysts’ upgrades for Wednesday, December 6th:

AGNC Investment (NASDAQ:AGNC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ:BMRC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Bear State Financial (NASDAQ:BSF) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Century Aluminum (NASDAQ:CENX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Chemical Financial (NASDAQ:CHFC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

CSX (NASDAQ:CSX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Depomed (NASDAQ:DEPO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Electrocomponents (LON:ECM) was upgraded by analysts at Peel Hunt to a hold rating. They currently have GBX 650 ($8.75) price target on the stock.

1-800 FLOWERS.COM (NASDAQ:FLWS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

GlycoMimetics (NASDAQ:GLYC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ:HCCI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Hemisphere Media Group (NASDAQ:HMTV) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

HomeTrust Bancshares (NASDAQ:HTBI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Ibstock (LON:IBST) was upgraded by analysts at Peel Hunt to a buy rating. The firm currently has GBX 285 ($3.84) price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of GBX 265 ($3.57).

Mandom (OTCMKTS:MDOMF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Mandom Corporation manufactures and sells cosmetics products for men and women. The Company’s products include hair care and skin care cosmetics. Mandom Corporation is headquartered in Osaka, Japan. “

National Grid (LON:NG) was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG to a hold rating. Deutsche Bank AG currently has GBX 850 ($11.44) price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of GBX 900 ($12.11).

National General (NASDAQ:NGHC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

NeoPhotonics (NYSE:NPTN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “NeoPhotonics Corporation is engaged in the design and manufacture of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks. Products offered by the Company includes high-speed products that enable data transmission at 10Gbps, 40Gbps and 100Gbps, agility products such as ROADMs that dynamically allocate bandwidth to adjust for volatile traffic patterns, and access products that provide high-bandwidth connections to more devices and people over fixed and wireless networks. “

National Bank of Canada (OTCMKTS:NTIOF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “National Bank of Canada provides banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It operates in three business segments, personal and commercial, wealth management, and financial markets. The personal and Commercial Banking segment offers a range of services, including credit, deposit and investment solutions and international trade services. Wealth Management provides financial advice, investment solutions, products and specialized services. Financial Markets provides corporate, public sector and institutional clients with banking and investment banking service. “

Nutanix (NASDAQ:NTNX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $38.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Nutanix, Inc. provides an enterprise cloud platform which converges silos of server, virtualization and storage into integrated solution and connects to public cloud services. Nutanix, Inc. is based in San Jose, United States. “

News (NASDAQ:NWS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Preferred Bank (NASDAQ:PFBC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Children’s Place (NASDAQ:PLCE) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Polypipe Group (LON:PLP) was upgraded by analysts at Peel Hunt to a buy rating. They currently have GBX 465 ($6.26) target price on the stock.

Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Scholastic (NASDAQ:SCHL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

U S Concrete (NASDAQ:USCR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Utah Medical Products (NASDAQ:UTMD) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

United Utilities Group (LON:UU) was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG to a buy rating. They currently have GBX 870 ($11.71) target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of GBX 930 ($12.52).

WisdomTree Investments (NASDAQ:WETF) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ:WFBI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Xenith Bankshares (NASDAQ:XBKS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

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