Analysts' Actions: McDonald's, Xilinx, Microsoft, DuPont, More

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- RATINGS CHANGES

Cardtronics (CATM) was upgraded at JP Morgan to overweight from neutral. The Welch ATM acquisition creates bullish sentiment, JP Morgan said. $45 12-month price target.

Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) was downgraded at JMP Securities to market perform from outperform. Cubicin growth has softened, JMP said.

DuPont (DD) was downgraded to neutral from overweight at JP Morgan. Estimates were also lowered due to reduced cash flow from the Agricultural operations.

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Brinker (EAT) was downgraded at RBC Capital to sector perform from outperform. $49 12-month price target. The company is leveraged to lackluster industry trends, RBC said.

FirstMerit (FMER) was downgraded to neutral at JP Morgan. Accretion headwinds are too strong to outweigh solid loan growth, JP Morgan said.

Gogo (GOGO) was initiated as a sell at TheStreet Ratings.

Hexcel (HXL) was downgraded to hold from buy at Canaccord Genuity. This was a valuation call, based on a $46 12-month price target, Canaccord said.

Juniper (JNPR) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $28 12-month price target. The company offered weak guidance, BofA/Merrill said.

Lennox (LII) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Goldman Sachs. $102 12-month price target. The company is cutting costs and is leveraged to strong residential markets, said Goldman.

Liberty Property Trust (LPT) was downgraded to neutral from buy at UBS. The company is demonstrating lack of execution on acquisitions, development and internal growth. $36 12-month price target, said UBS.

McDonald's (MCD) was downgraded to neutral from outperform at Robert Baird. $98 12-month price target. It will be more difficult to restore positive operating trends than previously anticipated, Baird said.

McDonald's (MCD) was downgraded to neutral at Sterne Agee. Estimates were also cut, as the company lacks near-term catalysts, Sterne Agee said.

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