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Analyst Moves: Apple, Citigroup, Yum! Brands, More (AAPL, C, YUM, More)

Shauna O'Brien Mar 03, 2015


Before Tuesday’s opening bell, a number of big name dividend stocks were the subject of analyst moves. Below, we highlight the important analyst commentary for investors.


Oppenheimer Raises Price Target on Apple

Oppenheimer has boosted its price target on Apple (AAPL ) to $155, suggesting a 20% increase from the stock’s current price. Analysts expect the iWatch to drive near-term growth. AAPL has a dividend yield of 1.46%.

JP Morgan Boosts Rating on Citigroup

Citigroup (C ) has been upgraded from “Neutral” to “Overweight” at JP Morgan as the Costco (COST ) deal is expected to drive growth. The firm has a $58 price target on Citi, suggesting an 8% upside. C has a dividend yield of 0.07%.

Yum! Brands Cut to “Neutral”

Yum! Brands (YUM ) has been downgraded from “Outperform” to “Neutral” at Robert Baird on a valuation call. YUM has a dividend yield of 2.00%.

The Gap Upgraded to “Outperform”

The Gap (GPS ) has been upgraded from “Market Perform” to “Outperform” at FBR Capital Markets. According to the firm, clearance and inventory levels are improving. The firm has a $48 price target on GPS, suggesting a 17% increase. GPS has a dividend yield of 2.22%.

RBC Starts Coverage on Marriott International

RBC Capital has initiated coverage on Marriott (MAR ) with an “Outperform” rating and a $94 price target. This new price target suggests a 10% upside from the stock’s current price. According to the firm, Marriott can deliver high organic growth. MAR has a dividend yield of 0.94%.

Nomura Downgrades U.S. Steel

Nomura has lowered its rating on United States Steel Corporation (X ) from “Buy” to “Neutral” as import pressures are expected to impact prices. X has a dividend yield of 0.84%.

Credit Suisse Cuts Price Target on CBOE Holdings

Credit Suisse has cut its price target on CBOE Holdings (CBOE ) to $58, suggesting a 2% decline from the stock’s current price. The firm has also lowered estimates on CBOE due to recent volume trends. CBOE has a dividend yield of 1.41%.

Quest Diagnostics Boosted to “Buy”

Quest Diagnostics (DGX ) has been boosted to “Buy” at Canaccord Genuity as the company is cutting costs and is expected to see higher test volumes. DGX has a dividend yield of 2.14%.

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