Research Analysts’ upgrades for Friday, January 5th:

Avnet (NYSE:AVT) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc from a sell rating to a hold rating. The firm currently has $38.00 price target on the stock.

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) was upgraded by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from an outperform rating to a top pick rating.

Boyd Gaming (NYSE:BYD) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corp from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Continental Building Products (NYSE:CBPX) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating. The firm currently has $33.00 target price on the stock.

Cabot (NYSE:CBT) was upgraded by analysts at Loop Capital from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Colony NorthStar (NYSE:CLNS) was upgraded by analysts at JMP Securities from a market perform rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $13.00 target price on the stock.

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corp from a neutral rating to a buy rating. They noted that the move was a valuation call. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corp from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) was upgraded by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corp from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc from a sell rating to a neutral rating.

Kroger (NYSE:KR) was upgraded by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Lowe's Companies (NYSE:LOW) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

MACOM Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:MTSI) was upgraded by analysts at DA Davidson from a neutral rating to a buy rating. They currently have $43.00 target price on the stock.

Stifel Financial (NYSE:SF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $67.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Stifel Financial Corp. is a holding company for Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated. “

Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $463.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Sherwin-Williams has outperformed the industry it belongs to over a year. The buyout of Valspar has expanded the company's brand portfolio and positioned it as a leading paints and coatings provider globally. Sherwin-Williams should gain from significant synergies of the Valspar acquisition. Sherwin-Williams’ aggressive cost control initiatives, working capital reductions, supply chain optimization and productivity improvement should continue to yield margin benefits. It also remains focused on growth through expansion of operations.”

Select Income REIT (NASDAQ:SIR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $28.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Select Income REIT is a real estate company formed to primarily own and invest in net leased, single tenant properties. It has properties in Oahu, Hawaii and the mainland United States. Select Income REIT is headquartered in Newton, MA. “

AB SKF (OTCMKTS:SKFRY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “SKF AB engages in the manufacturing of ball and roller bearings, seals, tools for mounting/dismounting bearings, lubricants and measuring/monitoring instruments. It also produces roller bearing steel and other special steels. The Company operates in three divisions: Industrial Division, Service Division and Automotive Division. It also offers products and knowledge-based services comprising hardware and software, consulting, mechanical services, predictive and preventive maintenance, condition monitoring, decision-support systems and performance-based contracts. SKF AB is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. “

Sutherland Asset Management (NYSE:SLD) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $17.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Sutherland Asset Management Corporation is a commercial mortgage REIT. The company is a real estate finance company which acquires, originates, manages, services and finances primarily small balance commercial loans. It also invests in asset-backed securities and other real estate-related investments. Sutherland Asset Management Corporation, formerly known as ZAIS Financial Corp., is based in New York. “

SmartFinancial (NASDAQ:SMBK) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “SmartFinancial, Inc. is a bank holding company which provide banking services to individuals and corporate through its subsidiaries SmartBank and Cornerstone Community Bank. It offers deposit products, loan products, e-banking services consisting of online bill payments, smart pay, e-statements, mobile banking as well as debit and credit cards. SmartFinancial, Inc. is based in Knoxville, Tennessee. “

Smurfit Kappa (OTCMKTS:SMFKY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Smurfit Kappa Group PLC operates as a paper and paperboard manufacturer and converter. It also engages in the manufacturing, distribution and selling of containerboard, corrugated containers and other paper-based packaging products, such as solid board, graphic board and bag-in-box. The company’s operating segments consists of Europe and Americas. Europe segment includes a system of mills and plants which primarily produces containerboard. Americas segment comprises forestry, paper, corrugated, paper sack and folding carton activities. Smurfit Kappa Group PLC is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. “

Summit Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SMMT) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Summit Therapeutics PLC is engaged in the discovery and development of drug to treat the fatal muscle wasting disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and infections caused by the bacteria C. difficile. Summit Therapeutics PLC is headquartered in Abingdon, the United Kingdom. “

Sierra Metals (NYSEAMERICAN:SMTS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Sierra Metals Inc. is a mining company which engages in the production, exploration and development of precious and base metals. Its properties primarily include Yauricocha mine, Bolivar mine and Cusi mine. Sierra Metals Inc. is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. “

Sleep Number (NASDAQ:SNBR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $43.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Sleep Number Corporation transformed the mattress industry with the idea that ‘one size does not fit all’ when it comes to sleep. Today, the company is the leader in sleep innovation and was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Mattresses by J.D. Power. Their investments over the past five years have further differentiated their brand and strengthened their three competitive advantages: proprietary innovations that provide meaningful sleep benefits for their customers; ongoing customer relationships that are enabled by their direct-to-consumer business model; and exclusive distribution that is highly productive and fuelled by their mission-driven sales teams. Sleep Number’s business model enables one to stay focused on what is relevant to their customer while building life-long relationships with their brand. Their team of 4,000 brand ambassadors is dedicated to their mission of improving lives by individualizing sleep experiences. They are driven to improve well-being through better quality sleep. “

Superior Energy Services (NYSE:SPN) was upgraded by analysts at UBS Group AG from a neutral rating to a positive rating.

Target (NYSE:TGT) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating.

Taylor Morrison Home (NYSE:TMHC) was upgraded by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co from a market perform rating to a buy rating. They currently have $32.00 target price on the stock.

TRI Pointe Group (NYSE:TPH) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating. Barclays PLC currently has $21.00 target price on the stock.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) was upgraded by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies from a neutral rating to an overweight rating.

USG (NYSE:USG) was upgraded by analysts at Barclays PLC from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating. Barclays PLC currently has $43.00 price target on the stock.

USG (NYSE:USG) was upgraded by analysts at Robert W. Baird from a neutral rating to an outperform rating. The firm currently has $45.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $35.00.

USG (NYSE:USG) was upgraded by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a neutral rating to an overweight rating.

Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) was upgraded by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies from a neutral rating to an overweight rating.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) was upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corp from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Webster Financial (NYSE:WBS) was upgraded by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies from an underweight rating to a neutral rating.

Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc from a neutral rating to a conviction-buy rating.

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