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AMB Property Corporation (AMB) has been upgraded to a buy from a hold. Its EPS for the second quarter of fiscal year 2007 increased 91.22% over the year-earlier period, continuing a trend of positive EPS growth over the past two years. The company's net income rose 56.95% over the same period, outperforming the S&P 500 but lagging the industry average. AMB's stock price has increased by 7.75% over the last year, and still has good upside potential. AMB had been rated a hold since June 2007.
Electro Scientific Industries (ESIO - Get Report) makes high-technology manufacturing systems for the global electronics market. It has been upgraded to a buy from a hold. Fiscal fourth-quarter 2007 revenue was up 23.9% on the year, and this growth appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line. Electro Scientific's earnings per share rose 35% over the same period, continuing a pattern of positive EPS over the past two years. The company's net income increased 33.2% over the same time frame, exceeding both S&P 500 and the industry average. Its share price has grown 29.11% over the last 12 months and still shows upside potential. Electro Scientific had been rated a hold since April 2006.