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Stock News: Analyst Moves for October 1 - SNDK, DVN, MSFT & More

Ani G Oct 01, 2015

Before today’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.

1. SanDisk Upgraded by Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley upgraded SanDisk (SNDK ) from Equalweight to Overweight, with a price target of $75. Shares of SanDisk closed at $54.33 yesterday. The company pays an annual dividend of $1.20 (paid quarterly) and has a yield of 2.21%.

2. Devon Energy Upgraded by Bernstein

Bernstein upgraded Devon Energy (DVN ) from Market Perform to Outperform, with a price target of $58. Shares of Devon Energy closed at $37.09 yesterday. The company pays an annual dividend of 96 cents (paid quarterly) and has a yield of 2.59%.

3. Microsoft Upgraded by BofA/Merrill Lynch

BofA/Merrill Lynch upgraded Microsoft (MSFT ) from Underperform to Neutral, with a price target of $46 (from $39). Shares of Microsoft closed at $44.26 yesterday. MSFT pays an annual dividend of $1.44 (paid quarterly) and has a yield of 3.25%.

4. Banco Santander Downgraded JPMorgan

JPMorgan downgraded Banco Santander (SAN ) from Overweight to Neutral. Shares of Banco Santander closed at $5.28 yesterday. SAN pays an annual dividend of 17 cents (paid quarterly) and has a yield of 3.17%.

5. AGCO Corporation Downgraded by UBS

UBS downgraded AGCO Corporation (AGCO ) from Neutral to Sell. Shares of AGCO closed at $46.63 yesterday. The company pays an annual dividend of 48 cents (paid quarterly) and has a yield of 1.03%.

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