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Analyst Moves: Microsoft, Oracle, Kraft Foods, More (MSFT, ORCL, KRFT, More)

Shauna O'Brien Mar 30, 2015


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


RBC Capital Cuts Estimates on Microsoft

RBC Capital has lowered its price target on Microsoft (MSFT ) to $47, suggesting a 15% upside. The firm has also cut estimates on MSFT, due to lower PC demand. MSFT has a dividend yield of 3.03%.

Oracle Boosted to “Outperform”

Oracle (ORCL ) has been upgraded from “Sector Perform” to “Outperform” at RBC Capital as the company is expected to show better cloud growth. The firm has a $50 price target on ORCL, suggesting a 16% upside from the stock’s current price. ORCL has a dividend yield 1.41%.

JP Morgan Raises Estimates on Kraft Foods

JP Morgan has boosted estimates on Kraft Foods (KRFT ) through 2017 as the company should be able to cut costs with the Heinz merger. KRFT has a dividend yield of 2.47%.

Nike Upgraded to “Outperform”

Nike (NKE ) has been upgraded from “Neutral” to “Outperform” at Robert Baird on a valuation call. According to the firm, Nike can deliver 15% annual earnings growth. NKE has a dividend yield of 1.12%.

UBS Boosts Price Target on Dow Chemical

UBS has maintained a “Buy” rating on Dow Chemical (DOW ) and has boosted its price target from $49 to $52. This new price target suggests an 8% increase from the stock’s current price of $47.76. DOW has a dividend yield of 3.52%.

Credit Suisse Boosts Price Target on Devon Energy

Credit Suisse has maintained an “Outperform” rating on Devon Energy (DVN ) and has boosted its price target from $75 to $80. This new price target suggests a 33% upside from the stock’s current price.

Broadcom Upgraded to “Buy”

Broadcom (BRCM ) has been boosted to “Buy” at Nomura as the stock has pulled back to an attractive level and is a potential takeover target. The firm has a $50 price target on BRCM, suggesting a 16% upside from the stock’s current price. BRCM has a dividend yield of 1.31%.

Jefferies Boosts Estimates on CME Group

Jefferies has raised its price target on CME Group (CME ) to $104, suggesting a 10% increase from the stock’s current price. The firm has also raised estimates on CME due to better volume trends. CME has a dividend yield of 2.11%.

Altera Downgraded at Morgan Stanley

Altera Corporation (ALTR ) has been cut to “Equal-weight” at Morgan Stanley on a valuation call. ALTR has a dividend yield of 1.62%.

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