Notable Upgrades: Amarin (AMRN), Five Below (FIVE), XOMA Corp (XOMA), Fuel Systems (FSYS), Windstream (WIN)

Analysts at H.C. Wainwright are out with a report this morning upgrading shares of Amarin Corporation plc (AMRN) with a ‘Buy‘ from ‘Neutral‘ rating. The firm raised its price target for the company to $10 from $2.50 implying 300% expected return.

On valuation measures, Amarin Corp. shares have a P/E to growth and t-12 price-to-sales ratio of (0.06) and 6.25, respectively. EPS for the same period is ($0.36).

In the past 52 weeks, shares of Dublin-based biopharmaceutical firm have traded between a low of $0.78 and a high of $2.54 and are now up 25.52% to $2.43 on 21 million  shares. Shares are up 3.74% year-over-year and 98.02% year-to-date.

Analysts at Dougherty & Company upgraded their rating on the shares of Five Below, Inc. (FIVE). In a research note published on Thursday, the firm lifted the name with a ‘Buy‘ from ‘Neutral‘ rating and set a 12-month base case estimate of $36/shr.

On valuation measures, Five Below Inc. shares are currently priced at 42.37x this year’s forecasted earnings compared to the industry’s 23.24x earnings multiple. Ticker has a PEG and forward P/E ratio of 1.13 and 27.97, respectively. Price/Sales for the same period is 2.51 while EPS is $0.73. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate FIVE a ‘Buy’, 5 rate it a ‘Hold’. No analyst rates it a ‘Sell’. FIVE has a median Wall Street price target of $42.00 with a high target of $50.00.

Xoma Corporation (XOMA) was raised to ‘Buy’ from ‘Neutral’ at Ladenburg Thalmann on Thursday.

XOMA is down $0.01 at $3.71 on heavy volume. Midway through trading Thursday, 2.56 million shares of XOMA Corp. have exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.10 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.53-$3.79 after having opened the day at $3.67 as compared to the previous trading day’s close of $3.72.

In the past 52 weeks, shares of Berkeley California-based antibody-based therapeutics developer have traded between a low of $3.22 and a high of $6.45. Shares are down 36.63% year-over-year ; up 3.62% year-to-date.

Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (FSYS) was upgraded to ‘Buy‘ from ‘Hold‘ by Lake Street analysts on Thursday.  The name is currently printing a higher than average trading volume with the issue trading 186K shares, compared to the average volume of 96K. The stock began trading this morning at $10.35 to currently trade 5.51% higher from the prior days close of $9.62. On an intraday basis it has gotten as low as $10.04 and as high as $10.39.

Fuel Systems Solutions Inc. shares are priced at 72.50x this year’s forecasted earnings, compared to the industry’s 14.03x earnings multiple. The company’s current year and next year EPS growth estimates stand at 70.60% and 193.30% compared to the industry growth rates of 40.40% and 14.10%, respectively. FSYS has a t-12 price-to-sales ratio of 0.56. EPS for the same period registers at ($2.62).

FSYS shares have declined 14.94% in the last 4 weeks and 2.63% in the past three months. Over the past 5 trading sessions the stock has lost 10.51%.

The New York-based company, which is currently valued at $204.07 million, has a median Wall Street price target of $11.50 with a high target of $12.00. Fuel Systems Solutions Inc. is down 24.25% year-over-year, compared with a 10.50% gain in the S&P 500.

Windstream Holdings, Inc. (WIN) had its rating hiked to ‘Buy‘ from ‘Neutral‘ by Citigroup (C) today. The firm currently has a $9 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $8.

WIN shares recently gained $0.18 to $7.75. The stock is up 3.42% year-over-year and has lost roughly 8.13% year-to-date. In the past 52 weeks, shares of Little Rock Arkansas-based company have traded between a low of $7.48 and a high of $13.30.

Windstream Holdings Inc. closed Wednesday at $7.57. The name has a total market cap of $4.67 billion.

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