NEW YORK (Stockpickr) -- At Stockpickr, we track daily portfolios of stocks with analyst upgrades and analyst downgrades. With a Stockpickr account (sign up here), you can elect to receive email alerts when a stock in one of your user-generated portfolios shows up when we update these and other lists, including Insider Buys, Stocks With Unusual Options Activity and Top Percentage Gainers.We also track the top 30 holdings of various professional investors, including Warren Buffett and George Soros, according to their most recent 13F filings with the SEC. Related: John Paulson's Top 10 Financial Stocks Today, we're taking a closer look at some recent stocks that have been upgraded by analysts and that also show up in at least one of Stockpickr's professional portfolios. McDonald's McDonald's ( MCD) was recently upgraded to outperform from sector perform at RBC Capital, with an $85 price target. McDonald's shows up in the portfolio of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, comprising 4.77% of the total portfolio, and of Louis Navellier at Navellier & Associates, which increased its position by 3,962.4% in the most recent reporting period. Stock Overview: McDonald's franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the food service industry. The company and its franchisees purchase food, packaging, equipment and other goods from numerous independent suppliers. McDonald's has traded in a 52-week range of $62.39 to $80.94 and was recently at $74.63. It has a market cap of $79.2 billion billion and a 1.2 short interest ratio, and it yields 3.3%. Analyst Ratings: Of 24 analysts covering the stock, 16 rate it a buy, and eight rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has an A+ buy rating on McDonald's, one of the top-rated restaurant and hotel stocks. Earnings Estimates: McDonald's reported fourth-quarter results before the bell on Monday. The company earninged $1.16 a share, or $1.24 billion, up from $1.11 a share in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 4% year over year to $6.21 billion, from $5.97 billion. Analysts had been expecting earnings of $1.16 a share on revenue of $6.22 billion More on McDonald's: Earlier this month, Jim Cramer included McDonald's as one of several stocks he considered terrific bargains. McDonald's is one of the highest-yielding Dow stocks for 2011.
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