Stock Analysts’ Updated EPS Estimates for January, 6th (VR, VSLR, VST, VSTO, VVUS, VYGR, WAAS, WAL, WANSF, WAT)

Stock Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Saturday, January 6th:

Validus (NYSE:VR) had its strong sell rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks Investment Research. According to Zacks, “Validus Holdings, Ltd., through its principal operating subsidiary Validus Reinsurance, Ltd., is a global provider of short-tail lines of reinsurance including property catastrophe, property pro-rata and property per risk, marine and energy, and other specialty lines. Validus was formed in December following the significant natural catastrophes of 2005 with an experienced management team and an unencumbered capital base of approximately $one billion. “

Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $4.50 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Vivint Solar Inc. is a provider of residential solar energy systems in the United States. It designs, installs, and maintains cost-effective solar energy systems. The Company also offers photovoltaic installation software products and devices. Vivint Solar, Inc. is headquartered in Provo, Utah. “

Vistra Energy (NYSE:VST) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Vistra Energy Corp. is an energy company. It offers electricity and power generation, distribution and transmission solutions. Vistra Energy Corp. is based in Dallas, United States. “

Vista Outdoor (NYSE:VSTO) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell 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. “

VIVUS (NASDAQ:VVUS) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “VIVUS' lead product, Qsymia's sales have been weak since its launch due to high out-of-pocket cost burden for patients due to lack of reimbursement for the product. Low coverage or exclusion of anti-obesity medications in insurance plans is a concern. However, VIVUS is working on boosting Qsymia sales by expanding reimbursement and promotional initiatives. However, challenges in the obesity market remain. Nonetheless, we are positive on VIVUS’ partnership agreements for Stendra as these provide the company with a steady stream of cash flow from upfront and milestone payments. The recent acquisition of tacrolimus for the PAH indication also looks good as the drug address a fundamental cause instead of treating symptoms. Shares of the company have underperformed the industry in the past one year. Estimates have remained stable ahead of the Q4 earnings results. The company has a positive record of earnings surprises in recent quarters.”

Voyager Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VYGR) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. is a gene therapy company. It focuses on the development of treatments for patients suffering from severe diseases of the central nervous system. Its pipeline includes VY-AADC01, which is in Phase 1b clinical trials for treatment of Parkinson’s disease and preclinical programs comprise VY-SOD101 for a monogenic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, VY-FXN01 for Friedreich ataxia and VY-HTT01 for Huntington’s disease as well as VY-SMN101 for neuromuscular disease. Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “

AquaVenture (NYSE:WAAS) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “AquaVenture Holdings LLC is a provider of Water-as-a-Service (TM) solutions. It offers clean drinking and process water. The Company’s operating platform consists of Quench, a U.S.-based provider of Point-of-Use, filtered water systems and related services to institutional and commercial customers and Seven Seas Water, a provider of desalination and wastewater treatment solutions to governmental, municipal, industrial and hospitality customers. AquaVenture Holdings LLC is based in TAMPA, United States. “

Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Zacks Investment Research. The firm currently has a $64.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Western Alliance Bancorporation is the parent company of BankWest of Nevada, Alliance Bank of Arizona, Torrey Pines Bank, Miller/Russell & Associates, and Premier Trust. These dynamic companies provide a broad array of banking, leasing, trust, investment, and mortgage services to clients in Nevada, Arizona and California. Staffed with experienced financial professionals, these organizations deliver a broader product array and larger credit capacity than community banks, yet are empowered to be more responsive to customers’ needs than larger institutions. “

Wandisco (OTCMKTS:WANSF) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “WANdisco plc involved in the development and provision of collaboration software. The Company offers active data replication which enables data editing to the cloud and on-premises data centers as well as provides data migration, disaster recovery and hybrid cloud solutions. It also offers cloud services, such as Amazon S3 active migrator, Google cloud active migrator, and Fusion hybrid cloud services as well as provides software maintenance services. WANdisco plc is based in Sheffield, the United Kingdom. “

Waters (NYSE:WAT) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Waters Corp. has an excellent earnings history, having surpassed estimates in each of the trailing four quarters. Going forward, the company believes that stable demand from pharmaceutical business, steady recurring revenues, strength in Asia and modest recovery in industrial markets will accelerate its momentum. Based on these dynamics, the company is expecting strong mid-single-digit constant currency sales increase. Even the government and academic markets have returned to the growth track after sustained weakness. However, the company’s growth will likely be hindered by contracting demand in the Americas. Waters Corp. also intends to increase its spending on research and development in the coming quarters, which, although beneficial in the long run, will push expenses higher and hurt immediate profits. Further, shares of Waters Corp. have underperformed the industry’s average return over past six months.”

WABCO (NYSE:WBC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $165.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “WABCO is one of the world’s leading providers of electronic braking, stability, suspension and transmission control systems for heavy duty commercial vehicles. WABCO products are also increasingly used in luxury cars and sport utility vehicles. “

Webster Financial (NYSE:WBS) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. The firm currently has $63.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Webster Financial have outperformed the industry over the past six months. The performance was supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history. It hasn’t missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in any of the trailing four quarters.  Webster Financial’s consistent growth in loans and deposits will aid profitability. Also, top-line strength and ample liquidity keep us encouraged. Notably, following the recent Fed interest rate hike, the company raised its prime lending rate to 4.50% from 4.25%, which will further support revenue growth. Its efforts to strengthen HSA Bank segment bode well for the long term. However, consistently rising cost base remains a major concern. Also, significant exposure to commercial loans could pose a threat to its financials.”

WellCare Health Plans (NYSE:WCG) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “WellCare Health’s shares have outperformed the industry in a year’s time. Its robust inorganic growth is impressive. The company’s healthy balance sheet continues to support its operational excellence. Wellcare Health has also been witnessing revenue growth over the last six years. Following the strong third-quarter  results, the company raised its guidance for 2017. However, its rising level of debt hurts the bottom line. Continuous increase in the total expenses also weighs on the margins.”

Waste Connections (NYSE:WCN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “With prime location of disposal sites within competitive markets, Waste Connections has optimal asset positioning to generate higher profitability. An experienced management team, decentralized operating strategy and financial strength remain additional tailwinds. Moreover, the merger with Progressive Waste Solutions has enhanced its scale of operations. In addition, a decentralized management enables it to identify and address customers’ needs on a real-time basis in a cost-effective manner. However, volatility in crude oil prices is expected to impair the profitability and creditworthiness of Waste Connections and adversely affect the level of investment and linear feet drilled in the basins where it operates. Seasonal factors, continuous changes to federal laws and stiff competition due to low barriers to entry remain additional challenges for the company. The stock also underperformed the industry in the last three months.”

Waddell & Reed Financial (NYSE:WDR) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. The firm currently has $24.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Waddell & Reed's shares have marginally outperformed the industry over the last six months. Also, the company has an impressive earnings surprise history, having surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters. As the company is making efforts to improve efficiency and optimize its operations, expenses are likely to trend lower in the next few quarters, thereby supporting bottom-line growth. However, pressure on revenues continues to be a major concern for the company. While, it is taking initiatives through Project E to boost top line, it will take some time to witness a rebound in the same. Also, a declining trend in assets under management (AUM) remains a concern.”

WEC Energy Group (NYSE:WEC) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $74.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of WEC Energy have outperformed the industry in the last 12 months. Thanks to ongoing improvement in economic conditions in its service territories, WEC Energy at present is serving more customers than the year-ago level. Its long-term investments in infrastructure projects will help it meet increasing customer demand and improve service reliability. However, in first nine months of 2017, electricity delivered to residential customers and large commercial and industrial customers declined from the year-ago period due to less favorable weather. Regulatory compliance and any delay in the completion of ongoing capital projects could increase expenses and reduce profitability.”

Wentworth Resource (OTCMKTS:WENTF) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. 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. “

Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $44.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Werner Enterprises, Inc. is a premier transportation and logistics company. The company is engaged in hauling truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce. The Company operates throughout the 48 contiguous states pursuant to operating authority, both common and contract, granted by the Department of Transportation and pursuant to intrastate authority granted by various states. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated; medium-to-long-haul, regional and expedited van; temperature-controlled. Werner Logistics portfolio includes truck brokerage, freight management, intermodal, international and final mile services. International services are provided through Werner’s domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage. “

WisdomTree Investments (NASDAQ:WETF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $14.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR GROUP INC. is an information services company that publishes and markets Individual Investor magazine and Individual Investor’s Special Situations Report. In addition, the Company, through wholly owned subsidiaries, is the investment manager of private investment funds. “

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