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Stock Analysts’ ratings reiterations for Friday, August 8th:

ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ:ARMH) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Galvan Research.

Aureus Mining (TSE:AUE) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at FinnCap.

BAE Systems PLC (NASDAQ:BAESY) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at Westhouse Securities.

Beacon Roofing Supply (NASDAQ:BECN) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They currently have a $33.50 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $38.00.

BioLife Solutions (NASDAQ:BLFS) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $7.50 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Demand for biopreservation media is estimated to grow at an annual rate of almost 20% over the next several years, largely driven by rapid growth of the emerging field of regenerative medicine (including cell therapy and tissue engineering). BioLife’s strategy is to build greater visibility and awareness of the benefits of their biopreservation products compared to the “home-brews” that currently dominate the market. The company’s contract manufacturing business was providing a source of near-term revenue although loss of their major mfg customer will cause a big hiccup in revenue in 2014. However, the core biopreservation product sales are growing 25%+ due to growing uptake from clinical trial-stage products as well as in the hair restoration field. This is what we expect to be the long-term driver of revenue and earnings. Company also recently signed a new contract mfg agreement, although currently unclear what the revenue potential is. “

Vesuvius PLC (LON:CKSN) had its underperform rating reiterated by analysts at Credit Suisse.

Chesapeake Financial (NASDAQ:CPKF) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $18.50 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “CPKF’s second quarter net earnings rose $0.1 million, or 5%, to $1.9 million, while diluted EPS grew by $0.03, or 5%, to $0.58 from $0.55 posted a year ago. We have excluded a $1.1 million pretax gain ($0.7 million aftertax, or $0.22 per diluted share) on the sale of securities from year-ago results. This was much better than our estimate, which had called for a $0.4 million decline in net earnings to $1.5 million and an $0.11 drop in diluted EPS to $0.44. The primary reason for the difference between reported results and our estimate was that noninterest income was $0.3 million higher than our projection. The major reasons for the second quarter s gain versus the prior-year quarter were a $0.5 million, or 77%, decline in the provision for loan losses to $150,000 from $650,000 and a 390 basis-point drop in the effective tax rate to 16.4% from 20.3%. These positives were partly offset by a $0.4 million decline in net revenue and a $0.1 million increase in total noninterest expense. In July, CPKF declared a 6-for-5 stock split, while maintaining the quarterly dividend at $0.135. Notably, CPKF was cited by SNL Financial as one of only 20 banks in the country (and only two in Virginia) to increase dividends by at least 2% per year and at least a cumulative 30% over the past five years. CPKF recorded cumulative dividend growth of 51.1% over 2008-2013. In August, CPKF announced that for the seventh consecutive year, Chesapeake Bank had made the American Banker magazine listing of the “Top 200 Community Banks” in the United States. The bank ranked at #28 out of approximately 6,000 community banks in the study (up from #148, when CPKF first broke into the rankings in 2008), based upon its three-year average ROE of 14.07%.”

Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) had its sell rating reissued by analysts at Canaccord Genuity.

Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse.

Easyjet Plc (NASDAQ:ESYJY) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Liberum Capital.

Randgold Resources Ltd. (NASDAQ:GOLD) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Investec.

Randgold Resources Ltd. (NASDAQ:GOLD) had its add rating reiterated by analysts at Westhouse Securities.

Randgold Resources Ltd. (NASDAQ:GOLD) had its sector performer rating reissued by analysts at RBC Capital.

Randgold Resources Ltd. (NASDAQ:GOLD) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Canaccord Genuity.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (NYSE:IHG) had its hold rating reissued by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (NYSE:IHG) had its hold rating reiterated by analysts at Panmure Gordon.

Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $41.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Itron’s adjusted earnings declined 7% year over year to $0.54 per share in the second-quarter 2014, impacted by higher effective tax rate. However it came ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.36. Itron expects full year 2014 revenues will be in the range of $1.9-$1.975 billion and earnings per share to be between $1.50 and $1.80. Itron will benefit from consistent focus on lowering costs and capital expenditure. Moreover, a strong backlog, new contracts, flexible business operations and expansion in emerging markets are likely to drive long-term growth. However, the Electricity business is operating in a challenging environment and remains a matter of concern. Thus we maintain our Neutral recommendation on Itron with a target price of $41.00.”

Itv Plc (NASDAQ:ITVPF) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Liberum Capital.

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (NASDAQ:ITYBY) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Berenberg Bank.

Labrador Iron Ore Royalty (TSE:LIF.UN) had its underperform rating reissued by analysts at Credit Suisse.

Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Credit Suisse.

Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Canaccord Genuity.

Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Citigroup Inc..

Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Beaufort Securities.

Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Investec.

Rsa Insurance Group (NASDAQ:RSNAY) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Beaufort Securities.

Rsa Insurance Group (NASDAQ:RSNAY) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Berenberg Bank.

Rsa Insurance Group (NASDAQ:RSNAY) had its hold rating reaffirmed by analysts at Panmure Gordon.

Rsa Insurance Group (NASDAQ:RSNAY) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at Barclays.

STANDARD CHARTERED.5 (NASDAQ:SCBFF) had its underperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse.

STANDARD CHARTERED.5 (NASDAQ:SCBFF) had its underperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group.

STANDARD CHARTERED.5 (NASDAQ:SCBFF) had its add rating reiterated by analysts at Numis Securities Ltd.

SMART Technologies (NYSE:SMT) had its market perform rating reissued by analysts at Cowen and Company. The firm currently has a $1.80 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $3.75.

Watsco (NYSE:WSO) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $94.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on Watsco with a target price of $94.00. Watsco’s second-quarter 2014 adjusted earnings increased 8% year over year to $1.60 per share aided by robust unit growth, a stronger sales mix of high-efficiency HVAC equipment, improved selling margins and operating efficiencies. Watsco has immense potential in the replacement market given an aging stock of air conditioners and heating systems in the U.S. Watsco’s joint venture with Carrier Corporation continues to generate profits and the recent increase in the former’s stake will be accretive to its earnings. However, the weakness in international sales and non-HVAC equipment sales along with a lack of potential acquisitions remain concerns.”

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