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Analyst Moves: Microsoft, Qualcomm, McDonald's, More (MSFT, QCOM, MCD, More)

Shauna O'Brien Apr 06, 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.

Microsoft Upgraded at Wells Fargo

Microsoft (MSFT ) has been boosted to “Outperform” at Wells Fargo on a valuation call. According to analysts, MSFT is likely facing XP and currency risks. MSFT has a dividend yield of 3.08%.

Qualcomm Downgraded at FBR Capital Markets

Qualcomm (QCOM ) has been cut to “Market Perform” at FBR Capital Markets. The firm has also removed QCOM from its Top Picks List as the company facing increased competition. QCOM has a dividend yield of 2.47%.

RBC Capital Lowers Estimates on McDonald’s

RBC Capital has lowered its estimates on McDonald’s (MCD ) through 2016 as the company is seeing lower U.S. sales, higher labor costs and currency pressures. MCD has a dividend yield of 3.55%.

FBR Capital Markets Downgrades Gannett

Gannett (GCI ) has been cut from “Outperform” to “Market Perform” at FBR Capital Markets on a valuation call. GCI has a dividend yield of 2.14%.

CONSOL Energy Cut to “Hold”

CONSOL Energy Inc. (CNX ) has been downgraded from “Buy” to “Hold” at Deutsche Bank as the company is leveraged to lower natural gas and coal prices. CNX has a dividend yield of 0.86%.

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