Stock Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Monday, December 11th:

AMTEK (NYSE:AME) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus.

Smith (A.O.) (NYSE:AOS) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. Stifel Nicolaus currently has a $59.00 price target on the stock.

Needham & Company LLC initiated coverage on shares of Attunity (NASDAQ:ATTU). The firm issued a buy rating and a $13.00 price target on the stock.

Basf (ETR:BAS) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Bayer (FRA:BAYN) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

Colfax (NYSE:CFX) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. Stifel Nicolaus currently has a $44.00 target price on the stock.

Comerica (NYSE:CMA) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $95.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Shares of Comerica have outperformed the industry year to date. This is backed by the company's impressive earnings surprise history. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in each of the trailing four quarters. The company’s future prospects look promising as it improvised the financial targets for revenues and efficiency initiatives (GEAR Up). Also, its steady capital deployment activities continue to enhance investors’ confidence. Moreover, easing margin pressure is a positive. However, a stretched valuation indicates that the stock has limited upside potential. Also, significant exposure to commercial loans keeps us apprehensive.”

Dollar General (NYSE:DG) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Dollar General’s commitment toward better price management, merchandise initiatives and cost containment has helped the stock to outpace the industry in the past six months. Strategic endeavors have helped it to deliver better-than-expected numbers for the fourth straight quarter, as it posted third-quarter fiscal 2017 results. Upbeat performance aided management to raise 2017 sales outlook. Increase in sales was driven by robust performance of consumables, seasonal and apparel categories. Moreover, rise in average transaction amount as well traffic has been driving comparable sales higher. Despite robust performance, investors’ remained concerned over cut in SNAP benefit. Trump’s suggestion of reducing food stamps program by $193 billion will have a detrimental effect. Cut in SNAP benefit will hamper performance as people with low income will have less money to spend and could restrict spending to low margin products.”

Daseke (NASDAQ:DSKE) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Northland Securities. Northland Securities currently has a $17.50 price target on the stock.

Dycom Industries (NYSE:DY) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They currently have a $126.00 target price on the stock.

Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. Stifel Nicolaus currently has a $75.00 target price on the stock.

Earthstone Energy (NYSE:ESTE) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Northland Securities. The firm currently has a $14.00 target price on the stock.

Eaton (NYSE:ETN) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They currently have a $80.00 target price on the stock.

Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They currently have a $51.00 target price on the stock.

Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE:FGP) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong sell rating. According to Zacks, “Year to date, Ferrellgas Partners units have lost more than the industry it belongs to. The partnership’s first-quarter 2018 loss was wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate and its year- ago quarter loss. Ferrellgas Partners’ margins were impacted by rising costs of commodity price and increased operating expenses as the partnership focuses on increasing its market share. Weather plays an important role in determining the propane sales volume and the partnership is taking strategic initiatives to make its sales less weather dependent. Ferrellgas Partners is working to drive growth through organic initiatives and acquisitions. The company also benefits from its strong propane distribution network and its focus to increase customer base will boost performance.”

Fred's (NASDAQ:FRED) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong sell rating. According to Zacks, “Fred’s shares have underperformed the industry over the past year, mainly due to store closures and dismal comps. We note that comps have been sluggish for some time as a result of low productive discontinued inventory sales, continued increase in generic dispensing rate and lower traffic. Unfortunately, these headwinds weighed on the company’s third-quarter fiscal 2017 results, wherein both the top- and bottom-line results declined year on year and lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate. In fact, Fred’s posted a loss for the sixth straight time in the third quarter. Moreover, the dismal quarterly performance led management to cancel quarterly dividend to retain free cash flows for reducing debt load and undertake corporate initiatives. Management has also been striving to revive performance through expense reductions and reorganizing pharmacy business to drive scripts and improve services.”

General Electric (NYSE:GE) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. The firm currently has a $18.00 target price on the stock.

Itau Unibanco (NYSE:ITUB) was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Lennox International (NYSE:LII) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. The firm currently has a $193.00 target price on the stock.

LKQ (NASDAQ:LKQ) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They currently have a $44.00 target price on the stock.

Lonestar Resources US (NASDAQ:LONE) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Northland Securities. They currently have a $7.00 target price on the stock.

lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $81.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Lululemon has outperformed the industry in the past three months mainly attributable to robust surprise trend driven by progress on its strategy for 2020 and focus on ivivva’s remodeling. While third-quarter fiscal 2017 marked the company’s third consecutive earnings beat, sales topped estimates for the eighth straight quarter. Results were driven by consumers’ favorable response to Lululemon’s product innovations, solid direct-to-consumer sales, focus on supply chain initiatives and commitment to long-term strategy. Further, comps improved driven by strength in e-commerce. These factors along with solid initial holiday season momentum across business channels led the company to provide an encouraging view for the fourth quarter and raise guidance for fiscal 2017. However, stiff competition and volatile consumer spending patterns may pose concerns. The rise in competition has been a threat to margins.”

Lloyds Banking Group (NYSE:LYG) was upgraded by analysts at BNP Paribas from an underperform rating to a neutral rating.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “In a year, Monsanto's shares have outperformed the industry. The company believes that elevated sales of crop yield enhancing products as well as premium plant disease control solutions will boost its near-term results. Moreover, deeper penetration of the Climate FieldView platform and stronger innovation will be advantageous. Also, the completion of Bayer's buyout deal is anticipated to open up a number of opportunities for Monsanto. However, commercial rivalry in the global seeds, traits and agricultural chemical industry can prove detrimental. Also, lack of any research & development as well as unfavorable commodity price fluctuations might be concerns. Over the last 30 days, Zacks Consensus Estimate for the stock remained stable for both fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019.”

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $59.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Morgan Stanley's shares have outperformed the industry over the last twelve months. The performance was supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history, having surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in all the trailing four quarters. The company’s efforts to lower balance sheet risk and strengthen wealth management operations along with its cost saving initiatives (Project Streamline) should continue to support profitability. Given a solid capital position, it should enhance shareholder value through efficient capital deployment activities. However, continued fall in net interest income and overall trading woes are expected to hurt the company’s bottom-line growth in the near term.”

MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They currently have a $93.00 target price on the stock.

Roth Capital initiated coverage on shares of McEwen Mining (NYSE:MUX) (TSE:MUX). The firm issued a buy rating and a $3.25 target price on the stock.

Parsley Energy (NYSE:PE) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Northland Securities. Northland Securities currently has a $36.00 price target on the stock.

Qiagen (NASDAQ:QGEN) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Over the past six months, QIAGEN has been trading below the broader industry. Declining global HPV sales largely due to discontinuation of a tender in Latin America continues to be a drag. Also, competitive landscape and strong reliance on collaborations are other concerns. On a positive note, we are impressed with the company witnessing balanced growth across all of business segments of late. On the profitability front, QIAGEN has recently performed well in terms of operating margin. We are also upbeat about the company’s partnership and co-marketing agreement with CENTOGENE AG to boost its bioinformatics portfolio. Moreover, QIAGEN’s strategic focus to drive growth through Sample-to-Insight offerings buoys optimism. Also, QIAsymphony continued to progress toward the target of 2,000 cumulative placements by 2017-end.”

Ring Energy (NYSEAMERICAN:REI) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Northland Securities. The firm currently has a $18.00 target price on the stock.

Rex Energy (NASDAQ:REXX) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Northland Securities. They currently have a $2.00 price target on the stock.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They currently have a $198.00 price target on the stock.

Raymond James Financial, Inc. assumed coverage on shares of Tristate Capital (NASDAQ:TSC). They issued an outperform rating and a $28.00 target price on the stock.

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