Equities Research Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Thursday, December 7th:

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. KeyCorp currently has a $192.00 price target on the stock.

Athene (NYSE:ATH) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The firm currently has a $2.25 target price on the stock.

Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Drexel Hamilton. They currently have a $302.00 target price on the stock.

Brixmor Property Group (NYSE:BRX) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Boenning Scattergood. The firm currently has a $22.00 target price on the stock.

Carnival (NYSE:CCL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Carnival shares have outpaced the industry in the past one year. Given burgeoning demand for cruise travel, the addition of new ships to its fleet bodes well. In fact, the company believes that it is well positioned for continued earnings growth, given the current strength in its bookings along with pricing trends for the year. Notably, its brand building efforts together with other marketing activities are driving bookings. Its strategy of growing beyond familiar itineraries and capitalizing on fast growing markets also bodes well.  Cost containment efforts like lower fuel consumption are likely to aid profits.However, adverse forex translations, higher costs and other macroeconomic issues in key operating regions remain headwinds. Additionally, a potential increase in fuel costs might dent profits. Estimates for the current quarter and year has also remained stable, limiting the upside potential of the stock.”

Dialog Semiconductor (ETR:DLG) was given a €22.00 ($26.19) target price by analysts at BNP Paribas. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Home Depot (NYSE:HD) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc..

H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc..

LHC Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.. The firm currently has a $85.00 target price on the stock.

lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. The firm currently has a $85.00 target price on the stock.

Nordson (NASDAQ:NDSN) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “In the last three months, Nordson's shares have outperformed the industry. We believe that the company is poised to benefit from diversified product portfolio and strategic acquisitions in the long run. In March, the company acquired assets of Vention Medical's Advanced Technologies business. Also, it remains committed toward rewarding its shareholders through dividend payments and share buybacks. In the last 60 days, earnings estimates improved for fiscal 2018. However, the company is exposed to risks arising from international diversity and higher costs and debt levels. Also, difficulties or delays in research and development of products, failure of new products and technologies and intense competition might dent the company's profitability. For the fiscal fourth quarter, the company anticipates net sales to grow 4-8% year over year, weaker compared with 20% sales growth recorded in the previous quarter.”

Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.. They currently have a $34.00 target price on the stock.

Premier (NASDAQ:PINC) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. currently has a $40.00 target price on the stock.

Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at B. Riley. The firm currently has a $3.50 price target on the stock.

uniQure (NASDAQ:QURE) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at HC Wainwright. The firm currently has a $28.00 target price on the stock.

Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “RH’s third-quarter earnings per share were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate while revenues beat the same. The company reported strong earnings despite the adverse effect of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, increasing more than 400% year over year. Total revenues increased 8% and comparable brand revenues rose 6% year over year. Adjusted operating margin expanded 480 bps and adjusted gross margin improved 460 bps to 34.1%. The new membership model (RH Members Program) is improving its brand image, streamlining operations and enhancing customer experience. Also, efforts to redesign its supply chain network and rationalize product offerings bode well.”

SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC) had its price target increased by Dougherty & Co from $4.00 to $4.50. Dougherty & Co currently has a buy rating on the stock.

Summit Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SMMT) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at HC Wainwright. They currently have a $16.00 price target on the stock.

Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ:SNCR) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They currently have a $8.00 price target on the stock.

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc..

Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Universal Technical reported wider-than-expected loss in the final quarter of fiscal 2017, primarily because of sluggish enrollments. Revenues of $81.3 million in the fourth quarter fell 6.4% from the prior-year quarter, owing to a decrease of 8.5% in average student enrollment. Average undergraduate full-time enrollments also reported a decline of 6.2% in the quarter. Also, shares of the company have underperformed the industry year to date. That said, operating expenses contracted 10.5% on lower compensation expenses and improved operating efficiencies following the implementation of the Financial Improvement Plan. Also, the company’s operating loss decreased in the quarter, mirroring significant cost reductions and an increase of $0.9 million in operating income from the Long Beach campus.”

Verint Systems (NASDAQ:VRNT) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. currently has a $49.00 price target on the stock.

DENTSPLY SIRONA (NASDAQ:XRAY) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at HC Wainwright. They currently have a $68.00 target price on the stock.

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