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Equities Research Analysts’ ratings reiterations for Thursday, August 7th:

Ares Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:ARCC) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at JMP Securities. JMP Securities currently has a $18.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $18.50.

Ariad Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARIA) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Chardan Capital.

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. The firm currently has a $14.50 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $16.00.

Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) had its sector perform rating reissued by analysts at RBC Capital. They currently have a $14.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $15.00.

Crestwood Midstream Partners (NYSE:CMLP) had its sector perform rating reaffirmed by analysts at RBC Capital. The firm currently has a $22.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $23.00.

Coupons.Com (NASDAQ:COUP) had its sell rating reaffirmed by analysts at Vertical Group.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Jefferies Group. Jefferies Group currently has a $51.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $56.00.

Echelon Corp. (NASDAQ:ELON) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Canaccord Genuity. The firm currently has a $3.75 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $4.50.

Twenty-First Century Fox (NYSE:FOX) had its market perform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen and Company. They currently have a $35.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $29.00.

Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at KeyCorp.

Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) had its market perform rating reissued by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. The firm currently has a $39.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $41.00.

Annaly Capital Management (NYSE:NLY) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Compass Point. Compass Point currently has a $12.00 target price on the stock. The analysts wrote, “Yesterday after market close, NLY reported 2Q14 core EPS of $0.30 compared to the consensus estimate of $0.26. The beat was driven primarily by greater than expected interest rate spread expansion as the company dramatically reduced hedges on the short end of the curve (-$24B in the 0-3 year maturity bucket to $702mm from $24.5B). As a result, the average interest rate spread expanded 36bps QoQ to 1.26% from 0.90% and the cost of funds declined to 1.94% from 2.31%. The hedge portfolio covered 48% of repurchase agreements at 2Q14 versus 94% at 1Q14. Book value per share (BVPS) increased approximately 7.6% QoQ to $13.23 from $12.30.”

Northstar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at MLV & Co
. MLV & Co
currently has a $22.25 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $24.00. The analysts wrote, “NRF declared a dividend of 50 cents for the second quarter of 2014. This was the last quarter in which the financial results of its manager, NorthStar Asset Management (NYSE:NSAM; $17.92; NR), were included with those of NRF. NRF completed the spin-off of NSAM as of July 1, 2014. In the press release announcing the dividend, the company also disclosed its expectation that it would pay a quarterly dividend of 40 cents in each of the next two quarters, those ending September 30 and December 31, 2014, its first two as a standalone entity. The prospective 40-cent dividend represents an annual yield of 9.2% at today’s closing price, well above that of its peers.”

Powell Industries (NASDAQ:POWL) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at DA Davidson. The firm currently has a $70.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $80.00. The analysts wrote, “Powell Industries reported Q3 EPS of $0.24 from continuing operations compared to $0.76 last year. This was well below our forecast of $0.89 and consensus of $0.77. Margins declined due to headwinds in its Canadian operation as the company ramps production at its new facility, deferring revenue into Q4 and 2015. Additionally, schedule changes on certain U.S. projects led to lower than expected sales.”

Polypore International (NYSE:PPO) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at DA Davidson. The firm currently has a $50.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $55.00. The analysts wrote, “PPO reported Q2:CY14 EPS from continuing operations of $0.35 on revenues of $166.6 million (up 3.5% from Q1:CY13 but down 1.4% from Q2:CY13). Results came in slightly below consensus estimates of $0.38 on $169 million and our $0.39 on $170 million. During Q2, PPO used ~$150 million of cash to reduce outstanding debt, leaving the cash balance at $37 million. With the debt reduction and refinancing, interest expenses are expected to fall ~$20 million or more from their previous annualized rate of ~$40 million. The company also used ~$9 million of cash to repurchase 200,000 shares during the quarter.”

Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) had its underweight rating reiterated by analysts at Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley currently has a $47.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $50.00.

Thoratec (NASDAQ:THOR) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Leerink Swann. The firm currently has a $35.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $40.00.

Visteon Corp (NYSE:VC) had its overweight rating reissued by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. The firm currently has a $122.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $125.00.

Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG) had its market perform rating reiterated by analysts at Cowen and Company. The firm currently has a $62.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $74.00.

Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group. Jefferies Group currently has a $69.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $87.00.

Western Gas Equity Partners (NYSE:WGP) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse currently has a $60.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $54.00.

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