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Investment Analysts’ ratings reiterations for Thursday, September 4th:

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NASDAQ:ACRE) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. The firm currently has a $14.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $15.00.

American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $15.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Though American Eagle posted better-than-expected earnings for second-quarter fiscal 2014, it recorded a significant year-over-year decline in earnings due to lower sales. Moreover, weakening comparable-store sales remain a concern. Based on the anticipated decline in top line, the company remains cautious with its earnings guidance for the third quarter. However, the company’s initiatives to strengthen its product assortments, store rationalization plans, diligent inventory management and e-Commerce upgrade hint at strong growth over the long term. Additionally, we believe that the international expansion plans together with its omni-channel growth, provides the company with a significant opportunity to expand business in order to efficiently cater to its incredible global demand. Thus, we retain our Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

Amphenol (NYSE:APH) had its outperform rating reaffirmed by analysts at Macquarie. Macquarie currently has a $112.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $105.00.

Avago Technologies (NASDAQ:AVGO) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $90.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Avago reported strong third-quarter fiscal 2014 results with adjusted earnings well exceeding the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Avago is one of the leading players in the analog semiconductor market with a wide array of products and a well-diversified customer base. Avago further expects to strengthen its position through organic growth across the industry verticals and increased market penetration buoyed by the LSI acquisition. In addition to cost synergies from a combined resource pool, the acquisition has improved operating margin and has created greater scale to further drive innovation. However, operating risks regarding high R&D costs for technology-driven products could weigh on the margins moving forward. We maintain our Neutral recommendation on Avago as we anticipate the stock to perform in line with the broader market. “

Avnet (NYSE:AVT) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $47.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Avnet posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter results. The guidance, however, was less than encouraging due to tepid IT spending environment. Avnet’s leading position in electronics distribution, continuous cost cutting initiatives and acquisition synergies are encouraging. A significant portion of the company’s revenues comes from the sale of semiconductors, which is a cyclical industry characterized by changes in technology and manufacturing capacity and is subject to significant market upturns and downturns. Moreover, the company faces stiff competition in both domestic and foreign operations, especially from archrival Arrow Electronics. Thus, we reiterate our Neutral recommendation on Avnet.”

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has a $17.50 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $17.00.

Blackrock Kelso Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:BKCC) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. The firm currently has a $9.50 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $10.00.

Citigroup (NYSE:C) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They currently have a $54.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $52.50.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (NYSE:CBI) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank currently has a $80.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $93.00.

Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $75.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Check Point delivered better-than-expected second-quarter results. While the third-quarter revenue guidance was unexciting, we expect Check Point’s strong position in the network security market and the rapid adoption of its new products to support revenue growth. Moreover, Check Point’s settlement with the Israeli Tax Authorities is a long-term positive. The company’s continuous share buybacks also bode well for investors. However, stiff competition, an uncertain economic environment, competitive pressures and currency fluctuations remain the headwinds. Thus, we reiterate our Neutral recommendation on Check Point shares.”

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (NYSE:CHU) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $19.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We are maintaining our Neutral recommendation on China Unicom. The company registered top and bottom-line growth in the second quarter of 2014 owing to strong contribution from its 3G and broadband businesses. We expect future performance of the company to be aided by the well-performing mobile and broadband business and the expansion of the 3G network. We expect the company to continue with its subscriber addition owing to network expansion, low tariffs and bundled offerings. Further, a speedy rollout of HSPA+ network and the telecom infrastructure joint ventures could create tailwinds going forward. Nevertheless, we remain concerned about stiff competition, which can affect the company’s ARPU. The carrier continues to lag behind rival China Mobile in 4G investments and subscriber addition. Additionally, access line loss and high operating expenses can be a drag on its profits.”

Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ:CKEC) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Macquarie. The firm currently has a $38.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $35.00.

Dominion Resources (NYSE:D) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse currently has a $78.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $76.00. The analysts wrote, “Dominion continues to find opportunities to deploy incremental capital into projects with attractive returns, as discussed in our 9.2.14 note around the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project and firmed up with the updated 5-year capex budget that is up $3 BN for 2014-19 vs last year’s 2013-18 plan with $2.2 BN more in 2014-16. We see the expanded capex program as setting the stage for Dominion to extend the 5-6% EPS growth target beyond the current 5-year plan, which will likely be a central point of discussion at the February Analyst Day.”

Domino's Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $79.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Domino’s Pizza’s second-quarter 2014 adjusted earnings of $0.67 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3.1% and rose 17.5% year over year. The upside was driven by strong revenues and lower share count. Quarterly revenues increased 8.8% year over year to $450.5 million and surpassed the consensus mark by 2.9%. Revenues were driven by strong comps – both in domestic and international markets. Domino’s has been posting impressive results for the past few quarters on the back of higher traffic at its restaurants and unit growth. The company’s international operations promise significant growth. We believe the company’s digital ordering system and its foray into the Pan Pizza and Specialty Chicken categories will help it to sustain the top-line momentum. However, increasing commodity costs, especially higher cheese and pork prices and weak consumer spending environment owing to macroeconomic pressures remain headwinds. We, thus, maintain our Neutral recommendation on the stock.”

Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. The firm currently has a $22.00 target price on the stock, down from their previous target price of $22.50.

Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) had its buy rating reissued by analysts at Deutsche Bank. The firm currently has a $52.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $49.00.

Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE:NEM) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has a $29.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $27.00.

Northern Trust (NASDAQ:NTRS) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $73.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “After missing earnings estimates in the last few quarters, Northern Trust’s second-quarter 2014 earnings outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate and were above the year-ago quarter figure. Quarterly results benefited from top-line growth and the absence of provisions. Strong capital ratios and anticipated increase in asset management and servicing fees based on a significant equity markets improvement and higher volumes is expected to support earnings in the coming quarters. However, higher expenses and the thrust of banking regulations might act as deterrents to the company’s fundamentals going forward.”

NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) had its buy rating reaffirmed by analysts at Susquehanna.

Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (NYSE:PBR) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $21.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “We are maintaining our Neutral stance on the Brazilian state-run energy giant Petrobras, reflecting a balanced risk/reward profile. Going forward, the main growth driver will likely be Petrobras’ aim to place itself among the top five oil companies in the world by 2030. We also like the company’s focus on core assets through the divestiture of non profitable resources. However, we are concerned about Petrobras’ increased exploration cost. The huge investment requirements and the possibility of heightened state interference add to its negatives. Consequently, we expect Petrobras’ growth potential to be restrained. “

PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE:PNC) had its overweight rating reiterated by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has a $95.00 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $94.50.

Quanta Services (NYSE:PWR) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $39.00 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Quanta Services is the largest contractor serving the transmission and distribution sector of the North American electric utility industry. The company’s second-quarter 2014 results were encouraging as both earnings and revenues grew year over year. Meanwhile, Quanta is benefiting from increased spending in the Electric Power segment on projects to upgrade and deploy the electric power transmission infrastructure. Also, the company’s oil and gas infrastructure services segment continues to perform well with significant revenue growth. However, Quanta has made significant investments in its fiber optics division, which is likely to be a drag on company’s financials in the near term. Considering the factors, we are reaffirming our Neutral recommendation on Quanta Services with a target price of $39.”

Rexford Industrial Realty (NASDAQ:REXR) had its overweight rating reiterated by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has a $16.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $15.00.

Regions Financial Corp (NYSE:RF) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They currently have a $10.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $11.00.

SunTrust (NYSE:STI) had its overweight rating reaffirmed by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has a $43.50 price target on the stock, up from their previous price target of $43.00.

Stryker (NYSE:SYK) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $88.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Stryker continues to grow through acquisitions. Though its 2014-second quarter adjusted earnings rose nearly 1.0% year-over-year, it missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by $0.01. The company expects a 5.0 to 6.0% growth in organic revenues for 2014 as compared with the earlier range of 4.5 to 6%. However, we are concerned about the strong competition from Johnson & Johnson. Further, the merger announcements between Medtronic and Covidien, and between Zimmer Holdings and Biomet pose threat to Stryker from becoming a major medtech company. As a result, we reiterate our Neutral recommendation on Stryker and set a target price of $88.00.”

Target (NYSE:TGT) had its underperform rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. They currently have a $54.00 price target on the stock.

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) had its outperform rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $111.00 price target on the stock.

Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL) had its underweight rating reissued by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They currently have a $34.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of $34.50.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. The firm currently has a $44.50 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $44.00.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) had its neutral rating reaffirmed by analysts at Zacks. Zacks currently has a $44.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “U.S. Bancorp’s second-quarter 2014 earnings outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Moreover, this compared favorably with the prior-year quarter figure. Organic growth was reflected in the quarter aided by higher revenues, loans and deposits. However, non-interest expense increased due to recent settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) worth $200 million. Nevertheless, U.S. Bancorp’s attractive core franchise, diverse revenue streams and a strong performance in the past years are impressive. A solid capital position, improving credit quality and an increase in strategic acquisitions augur well. Yet, regulatory issues along with the expectation of a continued low interest-rate environment are likely to limit the stock’s upside potential in the coming quarters. Moreover, an expanding cost base remains a concern.”

VF Corp (NYSE:VFC) had its outperform rating reissued by analysts at Macquarie. The firm currently has a $74.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $71.00.

Waters (NYSE:WAT) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $109.00 target price on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Waters Corporation is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance liquid chromatography, nd mass spectrometry (MS) instrument systems and support products. The company reported a year-over year improvement in second-quarter results driven by higher sales, favorable currency translation and efficient cost-control measures. Also, the company witnessed decent revenue generation across all its key operating regions. In addition, Waters provided an encouraging guidance for 2014 banking on growth in pharmaceutical markets and recurring revenues. However, the company’s Chinese operations failed to impress in the quarter. Considering these factors, we are reaffirming our Neutral recommendation on Waters Corporation with a target price of $109.”

Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) had its neutral rating reissued by analysts at Zacks. The firm currently has a $30.50 price target on the stock. Zacks’ analyst wrote, “Zions’ second-quarter 2014 adjusted earnings comfortably surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Prudent expense management and strong profitability ratios were the tailwinds. However, decrease in revenues, higher provisions for loan losses and deterioration in capital ratios dampened the results. We believe that the initiatives undertaken to enhance the balance sheet position will augur well for the company’s financials going forward. This, in turn, will keep the revenue momentum going. Nevertheless, we remain concerned about a still low interest-rate environment, asset-sensitive balance sheet and regulatory restrictions.”

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