Research Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Tuesday, December 19th:

Aixtron (OTCMKTS:AIXNY) had its sell rating reaffirmed by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Concert Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CNCE) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at UBS AG. UBS AG currently has a $34.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $22.00.

Compass Group (LON:CPG) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Peel Hunt.

Compass Group (LON:CPG) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at N+1 Singer.

Cintas (NASDAQ:CTAS) had its overweight rating reissued by analysts at KeyCorp. They currently have a $174.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $148.00.

Deckers Outdoor (NYSE:DECK) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Wedbush. Wedbush currently has a $72.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $64.00. They noted that the move was a valuation call. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

Infineon Technologies (ETR:IFXA) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG.

Liberty Global plc – Class A (NASDAQ:LBTYA) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Pivotal Research. The firm currently has a $44.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “We are tweaking our estimates for updated currencies and to better model the U.K. tax hit that will run through EBITDA (30M pounds in ’17 growing to 120M pounds by ’20). We left our 4Q forecasts unchanged (+239K RGU’s, +3% rebased revenue growth and +6% rebased EBITDA growth). Our ’18 EBITDA forecast is now directly in-line with consensus at $7.5B (~2% lower than our previous forecast). The model changes drove no change to our $44 YE’18 target price, which recall is based on a DCF (8X ’21 terminal EBITDA, 9% discount rate) and a 9X ’18 EV/’18 EBITDA multiple (including the NPV of LGI’s NOL vs. 7.9X currently. Recall, in 4Q, LGI should demonstrate acceleration in ARPU specifically in the U.K. which should help alleviate concerns with their ability to raise ARPU in that market (which recall spooked investors in 1H’17). Management is also materially re-accelerating the growth U.K. Project Lightning households.””

McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. The firm currently has a $185.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $178.00.

Nike (NYSE:NKE) had its in-line rating reaffirmed by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. Citigroup Inc. currently has a $74.00 target price on the stock.

Quantenna Communications (NASDAQ:QTNA) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Needham & Company LLC. Needham & Company LLC currently has a $20.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “QTNA was our top pick in 2017. Despite strong long- term prospects, in our opinion, QTNA shares declined 37% YTD vs. a 26% increase in the Nasdaq Composite Index, reflecting a delay in the ramp of Comcast’s xFi Advanced Gateway that incorporates QTNA’s 10Gbps 802.11ac Wave 3 solution and order lumpiness at AT&T/DirecTV, the company’s largest customer, that meaningfully impacted 4Q17 revenue. We believe both factors will prove temporary and we remain confident in QTNA’s long-term prospects. Accordingly, we are keeping QTNA as our top pick for 2018. Trading at an EV of only 1.3x expected 2019 sales vs. a median of 3.3x for its closest peers, we believe QTNA shares are undervalued. As revenue recovers from a weak 4Q17, we expect QTNA’s valuation multiple should expand. Our $20 PT is based on an EV of 2.5x 2019 estimated sales.””

Shoe Carnival (NASDAQ:SCVL) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Wedbush. The firm currently has a $33.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $27.00.

Steven Madden (NASDAQ:SHOO) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wedbush. They currently have a $53.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $77.00.

Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. The firm currently has a $19.50 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $19.25.

STMicroelectronics (EPA:STM) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG.

Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. The firm currently has a $135.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $125.00.

Wacker Chemie (OTCMKTS:WKCMF) had its sell rating reaffirmed by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

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