Equities Research Analysts’ upgrades for Thursday, November 2nd:

Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED) was upgraded by analysts at Mizuho from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Amedisys (NASDAQ:AMED) was upgraded by analysts at Benchmark Co. from a hold rating to a buy rating. Benchmark Co. currently has $50.00 target price on the stock.

Andeavor (NASDAQ:ANDV) was upgraded by analysts at Evercore ISI to an outperform rating.

Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE:BBG) was upgraded by analysts at Imperial Capital from an in-line rating to an outperform rating. Imperial Capital currently has $5.00 target price on the stock.

bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE) was upgraded by analysts at BTIG Research from a neutral rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $177.00 target price on the stock.

Clean Harbors (NYSE:CLH) was upgraded by analysts at UBS AG from an underperform rating to a market perform rating.

Clean Harbors (NYSE:CLH) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc. from an underperform rating to a market perform rating.

Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) was upgraded by analysts at Maxim Group from a hold rating to a buy rating. Maxim Group currently has $230.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $220.00.

Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN) was upgraded by analysts at Stephens from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating.

Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) was upgraded by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co from a neutral rating to an overweight rating.

General Communication (NASDAQ:GNCMA) was upgraded by analysts at Drexel Hamilton from a sell rating to a hold rating.

HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE:HFC) was upgraded by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from a sell rating to a neutral rating.

HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE:HLS) was upgraded by analysts at Mizuho from a neutral rating to a buy rating.

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:HRZN) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc. from an underperform rating to a market perform rating.

Juno Therapeutics (NASDAQ:JUNO) was upgraded by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc. from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) was upgraded by analysts at Societe Generale from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Lantheus Holdings (NASDAQ:LNTH) was upgraded by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company from a market perform rating to an outperform rating.

Newpark Resources (NYSE:NR) was upgraded by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc. from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) was upgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating. The firm currently has $18.00 price target on the stock.

PTT Exploration and Production PCL (NASDAQ:PEXNY) was upgraded by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co from an underweight rating to an overweight rating.

RenaissanceRe Holdings (NYSE:RNR) was upgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc. from a neutral rating to a buy rating. They currently have $157.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $151.00.

Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:SXE) was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc. from an underperform rating to a market perform rating.

Telekom Austria AG (NASDAQ:TKAGY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. They currently have $22.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Telekom Austria is the principal provider of fixed, mobile, data and Internet services in Austria. The company’s fastest growing business segment is Internet, where Telekom Austria is one of the leaders with a significant market share. The company also owns Czech On-Line. (Company Press Release) “

Timken Steel Corporation (NYSE:TMST) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $16.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “TimkenSteel Corporation engages in manufacturing alloy steel, as well as carbon and micro-alloy steel. The company provides air-melted alloy steel bars, tubes, and precision components, as well as value-added services, including thermal treatment and machining. Its customers include companies in the market sectors: oil & gas; automotive; industrial equipment; mining; construction; rail; aerospace and defence; heavy truck; agriculture, and power generation. TimkenSteel Corporation is headquartered in Canton, Ohio. “

LendingTree (NASDAQ:TREE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a strong-buy rating. They currently have $308.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “LendingTree is the nation’s leading online loan marketplace, empowering consumers as they comparison-shop across a full suite of loan and credit-based offerings. LendingTree provides an online marketplace which connects consumers with multiple lenders that compete for their business, as well as an array of online tools and information to help consumers find the best loan. Since inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 55 million loan requests. LendingTree provides free monthly credit scores through My LendingTree and access to its network of over 350 lenders offering home loans, personal loans, credit cards, student loans, business loans, home equity loans/lines of credit, auto loans and more. LendingTree, LLC is a subsidiary of LendingTree, Inc. “

Trex (NYSE:TREX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a buy rating. They currently have $123.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Trex Company, Inc. is a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing. Trex Company, Inc. is based in Winchester, United States. “

Twin Disc, (NASDAQ:TWIN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. The firm currently has $25.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “TWIN DISC, INC. designs, manufactures and sells heavy duty off-highway power transmission equipment. Products offered include: hydraulic torque converters; power-shift transmissions; marine transmissions and surface drives; universal joints; gas turbine starting drives; power take-offs and reduction gears; industrial clutches; fluid couplings and control systems. Principal markets are: construction equipment, industrial equipment, government, marine, energy and natural resources and agriculture. “

Visa (NYSE:V) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $123.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Visa have outperformed the industry, year to date. Numerous strategic acquisitions and alliances, technology upgrades and effective marketing have paved the way for the company's long-term growth that have led to consistent revenue growth over the past several years. Visa is well poised to gain from the growing electronic payment processing and strong international business. A solid balance sheet ensures effective capital deployment. Strong earnings guidance instills our confidence in the company. The company’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and grew year over year. However, higher client incentives and forex volatility are some near-term headwinds”

VASCO Data Security International (NASDAQ:VDSI) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $15.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “VASCO Data Security International, Inc. is a global leader in trusted security with two-factor authentication, transaction data signing, document e-signature and identity management solutions designed for all businesses and government agencies. VASCO also secures access to data and applications in the cloud and provides a robust toolset for application developers to easily integrate security functions into their web-based and mobile applications. “

Generation Next Franchise Brands (OTCMKTS:VEND) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Generation Next Franchise Brands, Inc. is a vending franchisor. The company’s vending machines stocked with tried-and-tested fresh, healthy snack options to serve health-conscious consumers. It operates primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Generation Next Franchise Brands, Inc., formerly known as Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc., is based in San Diego, California. “

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) was upgraded by analysts at Evercore ISI to an outperform rating.

Varonis Systems (NASDAQ:VRNS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $49.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Varonis Systems Inc. provides an innovative software platform that allows enterprises to map, analyze, manage and migrate their unstructured data. Its products include DatAdvantage, DataPrivilege, IDU Classification Framework, Data Transport Engine and DatAnywhere. The company sells its products to small and medium businesses, and large multinational enterprises in financial services, consumer and retail, industrial, healthcare, and energy and utilities industries. Varonis Systems Inc. is headquartered in New York. “

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