Stock Analysts’ upgrades for Wednesday, December 20th:

Ameris Bancorp (NASDAQ:ABCB) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Allegiance Bancshares (NASDAQ:ABTX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Advanced Energy Industries (NASDAQ:AEIS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Beasley Broadcast Group (NASDAQ:BBGI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

BofI (NASDAQ:BOFI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Audentes Therapeutics (NASDAQ:BOLD) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

China Biologic Products (NASDAQ:CBPO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

PC Connection (NASDAQ:CNXN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

CoStar Group (NASDAQ:CSGP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Control4 (NASDAQ:CTRL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Dermira (NASDAQ:DERM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Duluth (NASDAQ:DLTH) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Essendant (NASDAQ:ESND) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Francesca’s (NASDAQ:FRAN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Grifols SA, Barcelona (NASDAQ:GRFS) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ:HCCI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Home BancShares (NASDAQ:HOMB) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Heron Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HRTX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

HSN (NASDAQ:HSNI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Independent Bank Group (NASDAQ:IBTX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

IntelGenx Technologies (OTCMKTS:IGXT) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Liberty Global plc – Class A (NASDAQ:LBTYA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ:MANH) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Metro Bank (OTCMKTS:MBNKF) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Metro Bank PLC is a commercial bank which provides banking products and services to retail and institutional customers. The company offers current accounts, loans, mortgages, safe deposit boxes, cash management, private banking and debit and credit cards. Metro Bank PLC is based in London, United Kingdom. “

Marcus (NYSE:MCS) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $32.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “The Marcus Corporation engages in the lodging and entertainment industries. It operates through two segments: Movie Theatres, and Hotels and Resorts. The Company’s movie theatre division owns or manages screens at locations in several states, as well as a family entertainment center. Marcus’ lodging division owns or manages hotels and resorts in several states, as well as a vacation club. It also provides hospitality management services, including check-in, housekeeping, and maintenance for a vacation ownership development. The Marcus Corporation is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “

Madrigal Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:MDGL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $94.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is engaged in developing small-molecule drugs addressing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Its products pipeline include MGL-3196, an orally administered liver-directed thyroid hormone receptor-ß agonist that is used for the treatment of NASH, dyslipidemia/hypercholesterolemia and high triglycerides; and MGL-3745, a thyroid hormone receptor-ß agonist which are in pre-clinical trial stage. Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc., formerly known as Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., is based in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. “

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (NASDAQ:MDRX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Merlin Entmnts (OTCMKTS:MERLY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Merlin Entertainments plc operates visitor attraction places. The Company owns and operates a portfolio of assets including city center and resort-based indoor attractions and national-branded resort theme parks. Its operating business segment consists of Midway Attractions, LEGOLAND Parks and Resort Theme Parks. Merlin Entertainments plc is headquartered in Poole, the United Kingdom. “

Manitex International (NASDAQ:MNTX) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating. The firm currently has $10.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “MANITEX INTERNATIONAL INC is a leading provider of engineered lifting solutions including boom trucks, cranes, rough terrain forklifts, and special mission oriented vehicles. Through their subsidiaries, they manufacture and market a comprehensive line of boom trucks and sign cranes. Their boom trucks and crane products are primarily used in industrial projects, energy exploration and infrastructure development, including roads, bridges, and commercial construction. The Manitex Liftking subsidiary, which includes the Noble forklift product line, manufactures and sells a complete line of rough terrain forklifts and special mission oriented vehicles, as well as other specialized carriers, heavy material handling transporters and steel mill equipment. “

MobileIron (NASDAQ:MOBL) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “MobileIron, Inc. is engaged in providing security and management solutions for mobile applications, content, and devices. The Company provides software tools for device management, activity intelligence, and security. MobileIron offers multi-OS mobile device management software, mobile application management, Wireless Expense Management, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Device Security and Bring-Your-Own-Device privacy controls, MobileIron Virtual Smartphone Platform. It serves financial services, government, healthcare, legal, manufacturing, professional services, retail, technology, and telecommunications industries in the United States and internationally. MobileIron, Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, California. “

Mercury Systems (NASDAQ:MRCY) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

National Commerce (NASDAQ:NCOM) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

NN (NASDAQ:NNBR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Northwest Bancshares (NASDAQ:NWBI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

National Western Life Group (NASDAQ:NWLI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Pico (NASDAQ:PICO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Pinnacle Financial Partners (NASDAQ:PNFP) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Perficient (NASDAQ:PRFT) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Presidio (NASDAQ:PSDO) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Penn Virginia (NASDAQ:PVAC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

QAD (NASDAQ:QADA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a hold rating to a buy rating.

Qiagen (NASDAQ:QGEN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

The RMR Group (NASDAQ:RMR) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

Renasant (NASDAQ:RNST) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Saia (NASDAQ:SAIA) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

ScanSource (NASDAQ:SCSC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a strong sell rating to a sell rating.

Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Stericycle (NASDAQ:SRCL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Sorrento Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SRNE) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Texas Capital Bancshares (NASDAQ:TCBI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) (TSE:TC) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating.

United Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSI) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Veritex (NASDAQ:VBTX) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Washington Trust Bancorp (NASDAQ:WASH) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Wendys (NASDAQ:WEN) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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