Analysts’ Updated EPS Estimates for February, 7th (AVID, AXU, BFST, BHBK, BNTGY, BRG, BSVN, BWFG, BYPLF, CATM)

Analysts’ updated eps estimates for Thursday, February 7th:

Avid Technology (NASDAQ:AVID) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Avid Technology, Inc. develops, markets, sells and supports a wide range of software and systems for creating and manipulating digital media content. Digital media are media elements, whether video or audio or graphics, in which the image, sound or picture is recorded and stored as digital values, as opposed to analog signals. The company’s systems are designed to improve the productivity of video and film editors by enabling them to edit moving pictures and sound in a faster, easier, and more cost-effective manner than traditional analog tape-based systems. “

Alexco Resource (NYSEAMERICAN:AXU) (TSE:AXR) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Alexco Resource Corp. is a precious metals exploration company with a silver focus and a growing environmental services business. The Company conducts mineral exploration in Canada, primarily in Yukon, and performs reclamation and remediation services at mine sites using its rights to certain patents and the expertise acquired by its officers. “

Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Business First Bancshares Inc. provides commercial and personal banking services to small to midsize businesses. Its services includes checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, consumer loans, commercial and non-profit checking, commercial interest checking, business sweep investment, essential business checking, business value checking accounts, business loans, cash management and merchant processing and other services. The company operates primarily in Baton Rouge, Brusly, Covington, Denham Springs, Erwinville, Gonzales, Houma, Lafayette, New Orleans, Shreveport, Port Allen, Zachary and Lake Charles, Louisiana as well as Dallas, Texas. Business First Bancshares Inc. is based in Clayton, United States. “

Blue Hills Bancorp (NASDAQ:BHBK) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Blue Hills Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Blue Hills Bank, a full service, community bank. It provides consumer and commercial deposit and loan products. The Bank offers commercial and industrial and commercial real estate loans in addition to commercial checking and savings accounts. It offers consumer banking products including checking accounts, mortgage loans, equity lines of credit and traditional savings and certificate of deposit accounts. The Bank also offers online services including online account opening and funding, online mortgage applications and online banking, mobile banking and bill pay. Blue Hills Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. “

BRENNTAG AG/ADR (OTCMKTS:BNTGY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Brenntag AG engages in the production and distribution of chemicals. It operates through the North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia Pacific segments. Brenntag AG is headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. “

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT (NYSEAMERICAN:BRG) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $11.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust. It acquires apartment properties in demographically attractive growth markets throughout the United States. Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. is based in New York. “

Bank7 (NASDAQ:BSVN) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Bank7 Corp. is the bank holding company for Bank7, operates as a community bank. It accepts deposits and makes loans, as well as provides card facilities, investments, certification of deposits, wealth management and online banking services. Bank7 Corp. is headquartered in Oklahoma City. “

Bankwell Financial Group (NASDAQ:BWFG) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a strong sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. is a commercial bank which serves residents and businesses primarily in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, CT. It offers checking, savings, money market accounts; demand and NOW deposits, certificates of deposit, commercial lending products as well as electronic banking and online banking services. Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. is headquartered in New Canaan, Connecticut. “

Bodycote (OTCMKTS:BYPLF) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Bodycote PLC provides thermal processing services through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing. It serves aerospace, defense, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation industry. Bodycote PLC is headquartered in Macclesfield, the United Kingdom. “

Cardtronics (NASDAQ:CATM) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $30.00 target price on the stock. According to Zacks, “Cardtronics plc provides ATM services primarily in North America and Europe. The company is at the convergence of retailers, financial institutions, prepaid card programs and the customers they share. Cardtronics, Inc., formerly known as Cardtronics plc, is headquartered in Houston, Texas. “

Capital Bancorp (NASDAQ:CBNK) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Capital Bancorp Inc. is a bank holding company for Capital Bank, National Association. Capital Bank, National Association, is a commercial-focused national banking association which offers commercial and consumer banking services. The Company offers personal and commercial banking services, as well as cash management, commercial lending, consumer credit and residential mortgage and home loans. Capital Bancorp Inc. is based in Rockville, United States. “

Cabot Microelectronics (NASDAQ:CCMP) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a sell rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Cabot Microelectronics Corporation is the leading supplier of CMP slurries for polishing various materials used in semiconductor manufacturing processes. The company’s products play a critical role in the production of the most advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. Cabot Microelectronics has demonstrated consistent, steady growth and is the leader in the CMP Industry, as well as part of the dynamic, high-growth Consumer Electronics Industry, enabling the manufacture of leading edge devices in on of the most innovative industries in the world. “

Ceridian HCM (NYSE:CDAY) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. The firm currently has $52.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. provides human capital management software company. It provides human resources, payroll, benefits, workforce management and talent management functionality. Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. is based in Minneapolis, United States. “

CECO Environmental (NASDAQ:CECE) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a buy rating. Zacks Investment Research currently has $8.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “CECO ENVIRONMENTAL CORP. manufactures and sells, primarily in the United States, of fiber bed mist eliminators to the chemical, printing, plating, power generation, food processing, waste incineration and textile industries. “

Career Education (NASDAQ:CECO) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Career Education Corporation is an educational services company committed to providing quality, career-focused learning and led by passionate professionals who inspire individual worth and lifelong achievement. The universities of the Career Education family – American InterContinental UniversityR (AIU) and Colorado Technical UniversityR (CTU) – provide degree programs through the master’s or doctoral level as well as associate and bachelor’s levels to a diverse student population pursuing various career-oriented disciplines. They serve students on ground campuses and online with career-focused degree programs that meet the education demands of today’s busy adults. AIU and CTU continue to show innovation in higher education, advancing new personalized learning technologies like their intellipathTM adaptive learning platform, which allow students to more efficiently move toward pursuing a degree by receiving course credit for knowledge they can already demonstrate. “

CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Central Puerto SA is engaged in the power production. The Company focuses on the generation and commercialization of electric power. It facilities range includes thermoelectric power plants, hydroelectric power plants as well as cogeneration units. Central Puerto SA is based in BUENOS AIRES, Argentina. “

Cummins (NYSE:CMI) had its market perform rating reiterated by analysts at CIBC.

BTIG Research began coverage on shares of Crispr Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP). They issued a buy rating on the stock.

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They currently have a $96.00 price target on the stock.

BTIG Research began coverage on shares of Editas Medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT). The firm issued a buy rating on the stock.

Buckingham Research started coverage on shares of Kroger (NYSE:KR). They issued an underperform rating on the stock.

Mplx (NYSE:MPLX) had its price target reduced by UBS Group AG to $41.00. UBS Group AG currently has an overweight rating on the stock.

BTIG Research began coverage on shares of Intellia Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NTLA). The firm issued a buy rating on the stock.

Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) had its price target lowered by Piper Jaffray Companies to $98.00. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at KeyCorp. The analysts wrote, “We are increasing our 2019 adj. EBITDA estimate from $895 million to $933 million (guidance is $925 million-$945 million) and introducing a 2020 estimate of the same (consensus is $975 million). However, our 2019 free cash flow estimate is going from $375 million to $250 million (in line with guidance), and we are introducing a 2020 estimate of the same given continued high cash restructuring costs.””

Buckingham Research initiated coverage on shares of Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM). Buckingham Research issued a neutral rating on the stock.

Buckingham Research assumed coverage on shares of Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS). The firm issued a neutral rating on the stock.

Seattle Genetics (NASDAQ:SGEN) had its target price reduced by Piper Jaffray Companies to $64.00. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Siemens (FRA:SIE) was given a €108.00 ($125.58) price target by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the stock.

Solid Biosciences (NASDAQ:SLDB) was downgraded by analysts at Leerink Swann from an outperform rating to a market perform rating.

Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald. Cantor Fitzgerald currently has a $37.00 price target on the stock. The analysts wrote, “. We reiterate our Overweight rating on VCRA shares but lower our target price to $37 from $45. After the close on Thursday, February 7, VCRA reported 4Q18 results. Bookings were soft in the quarter, which resulted in slightly lower revenue. The disappointing bookings will also impact 2019 results. Management attributed the weakness due to the Smartbadge introduction and other issues. We had anticipated some transition issues, but not at this level. While the lower guidance is disappointing, it does not reduce our enthusiasm toward the shares (which traded down 22% to $31.20 in after hours trading). Our revised target price suggests 19% upside from current levels.””

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW) was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from a sell rating to a hold rating.

Buckingham Research initiated coverage on shares of Walmart (NYSE:WMT). They issued a neutral rating on the stock.

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