February 23, 2013 at 07:30 AM EST
This Week’s Best & Worst Performing Analyst Upgrades – Feb.23 Edition

Here is a look at various dividend stocks that were upgraded by some of Wall Street’s top analysts and how they fared on the week. Keep in mind, some of the upgrades may have occurred toward the end of the week and sentiment could carry over into next week.

SymbolCompanyFri. CloseWeekly
% Change
Dividend Yield
GNCGNC Holdings$41.91+3.23%1.43%
MDPMeredith Corp$42.75+2.00%3.81%
WFCWells Fargo$35.82+1.88%2.79%
AFLAflac$50.07+1.48%2.80%
MCDMcDonald’s$95.25+1.44%3.23%
VVisa$159.43+0.91%0.83%
CVXChevron Corp$115.96+0.87%3.10%
KRFTKraft Foods Group, Inc.$47.46+0.61%4.21%
CAGConAgra Foods$33.92+0.56%2.95%
VFCV.F. Corporation$158.54+0.42%2.20%
MMM3M$103.54+0.30%2.45%
MROMarathon Oil$34.71+0.14%1.90%
RYRoyal Bank of Canada$62.97+0.05%3.81%
STTState Street Corp$57.19-0.09%1.82%
APCAnadarko Petroleum$81.75-0.40%0.44%
XLNXXilinx$37.96-0.42%2.32%
LOLorillard Inc.$41.15-0.75%5.35%
QCOMQualcomm, Inc.$64.94-0.75%1.54%
NKENike Inc.$54.47-0.87%1.54%
ADIAnalog Devices$45.52-1.42%2.99%
HDHome Depot$65.58-2.87%1.77%
HALHalliburton Company$41.11-3.72%1.22%
CATCaterpillar Inc.$91.54-4.26%2.27%
BACBank of America$11.44-4.90%0.35%
UNHUnitedHealth Group$54.47-4.97%1.56%
EVEaton Vance$38.64-5.08%2.07%
CLFCliffs Natural Resources Inc.$26.47-8.25%2.27%

Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.

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