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Analyst Moves: Estee Lauder, General Dynamics, Anadarko Petroleum, More (EL, GD, APC, More)

Before Wednesday’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.

Estee Lauder Upgraded at Piper Jaffray

Estee Lauder (EL ) has been upgraded to “Overweight” at Piper Jaffray. The firm has a $100 price target on EL, suggesting a 20% upside from the stock’s current price. According to the firm, EL can deliver superior returns during the next few quarters and deserves a premium valuation. EL has a dividend yield 1.15%.

General Dynamics Upgraded at RBC Capital

General Dynamics (GD ) has been boosted to “Outperform” at RBC Capital on a valuation call. GD has a dividend yield of 2.04%.

Credit Suisse Cuts Estimates on Anadarko Petroleum

Credit Suisse has cut estimates on Anadarko Petroleum Liquid error: internal due to its new guidance. The firm now has a $94 price target on ADC, suggesting a 16% upside. APC has a dividend yield of 1.33%.

Anheuser Busch Cut at HSBC

Anheuser Busch (BUD ) has been downgraded two notches from “Overweight” to “Reduce” at HSBC. BUD has a dividend yield of 2.65%.

Finish Line Downgraded at B. Riley

Finish Line (FINL) has been cut from “Buy” to “Neutral” at B. Riley. FINL has a dividend yield of 1.48%.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Downgraded to “Neutral”

Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) has been cut to “Neutral” at Suntrust on a valuation call. HOT has a dividend yield of 1.81%.

American Water Works Company Upgraded to “Outperform”

R.W. Baird has boosted its rating on American Water Works Company (AWK ) from “Neutral” to “Outperform”. AWK has a dividend yield of 2.28%.