Stock Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Thursday, December 14th:

Stifel Nicolaus assumed coverage on shares of Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET). They issued a buy rating on the stock.

Allianz (OTCMKTS:AZSEY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Allianz AG’s principal activities are carried out through four divisions: Life/Health: Provides any of life and heath insurances; Property/Casualty: Provides property and casualty insurance, travel insurance and credit insurance; Banking: Provides a range of banking services, including lending, deposit taking, investment banking; Asset Management: Asset Management for third party investor and Asset under Management which cover the owners investments. “

Bunzl (OTCMKTS:BZLFY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. They currently have $31.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Bunzl Plc operates in two business areas; Outsourcing Services and Filtrona. As an international componay Bunzl has developed sound partnerships with both suppliers and customers by providing outsourcing solutions and customer service oriented distribution and light manufacture, primarily of plastic and paper based products. “

Civitas Solutions (NYSE:CIVI) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Civitas Solutions, Inc. is a national network of local health and human services. It operates as a provider of an array of community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses, and to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges, as well as their families. The Company serves governmental agencies, non-public payors, and not-for-profit organizations. Civitas Solutions, Inc. is based in Boston, Massachusetts. “

Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at Morgan Stanley.

Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:CRZO) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. is a Houston-based energy company actively engaged in the exploration, development, exploitation and production of oil and natural gas primarily in proven trends in the Barnett Shale area in North Texas and along the Texas and Louisiana onshore Gulf Coast regions. Carrizo controls significant prospective acreage blocks and utilizes advanced three-D seismic techniques to identify potential oil and gas reserves and drilling opportunities. “

Stifel Nicolaus began coverage on shares of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO). The firm issued a hold rating on the stock.

Daktronics (NASDAQ:DAKT) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Daktronics Inc. has strong leadership positions in, and is one of the world’s largest suppliers of, electronic scoreboards, computer-programmable displays, and large screen video displays and control systems. The company excels in the control of large display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world in sport, business and transportation applications. “

Delek US (NYSE:DK) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $38.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “DELEK US HOLDINGS, INC. is a diversified energy business focused on petroleum refining, marketing and supply of refined products, and retail marketing of fuel and general merchandise. “

Erste Group Bank (OTCMKTS:EBKDY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong-buy rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “The Erste Bank der Muster is a traditional banking group and providering financial services in Central and Eastern Europe. It focuses on retail and SME banking. It offers a range of products through group-wide bundling of product know how into Competence Centres covering, among others, Debt financing, Equity capital markets ,Mergers and acquisitions,Debt advisory, Project financing, Syndication, Real Estate financing and solutions, Infrastructure Finance & Public Sector, Merchant Banking / Private Equity, Leasing solutions (IMMORENT), and Corporate Cash Management. Its customers can avail its products in netbanking, wether it is Komfort-Kredit, Profit account, Bonus account, Building society contract, Pension plan or the order of MasterCard or VISA Card. Erste Bank focuses on private clients, corporate clients and the public sector. it offers all financial products under one roof. It operates in the areas of investment , construction and living , and leasing. Erste Bank is based in Vienna, Austria. “

DA Davidson initiated coverage on shares of FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS). The firm issued a neutral rating on the stock.

Husky Energy (OTCMKTS:HUSKF) was upgraded by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG from a neutral rating to an outperform rating.

Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR). The firm issued a hold rating on the stock.

DA Davidson initiated coverage on shares of Nicolet Bankshares (NASDAQ:NCBS). DA Davidson issued a neutral rating on the stock.

Pandora Media (NYSE:P) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc..

Prudential Financial (NYSE:PRU) was given a $122.00 target price by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company. The firm currently has a hold rating on the stock.

Cantor Fitzgerald assumed coverage on shares of Rigel Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:RIGL). The firm issued a buy rating and a $6.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “Commercial in 2018. Fostamatinib has a PDUFA date of April 17, 2018 for its application in ITP. With over 5,000 patient-years of treatment experience and a robust Phase 3 clinical package, we anticipate a positive decision in April. Rigel has begun pre-commercial activities for a potential launch and outlined its plans for a full commercial team of 50-60 individuals. Based on the mixed efficacy of currently available treatments, fragmentation of the therapeutic landscape, and concentration of prescribing physicians (3,000 hematologists and hematologist- oncologists), we believe Rigel will be successful at commercializing the drug.””

The Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Mizuho. The firm currently has a $200.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “We met with Ultimate’s senior management and walked away more comfortable with its n-t business prospects. Management remains focused on executing on its current plan while enhancing its product portfolio to drive ASPs higher. On the competitive front, the environment remains unchanged with Ultimate continuing to acquire most of its customers from ADP, Paychex, and Ceridian.””

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