McDonald’s Margins Expected to Increase and 3 Stock Analyses Turning Heads

SAP AG (NYSE:SAP): Current Price: $79.99

Pacific Crest claims that it received reports of a number of large deals by SAP during Q4, but the firm is under the impression that the company could potentially not increase its 2013 guidance. The firm keeps its Outperform rating on the stock.

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Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSOD): Current Price: $30.94

Pacific Crest continues to think that Cornerstone OnDemand is seeing benefits from industry consolidation and its new recruiting product. The firm continues to be convinced that the company may possibly become a takeover target, and it reiterates its Outperform rating on the stock.

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Lifepoint Hospitals Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT): Current Price: $40.50

According to UBS, LifePoint advised for higher 2013 D&A of $30 billion to $35 billion, which is far higher than expected and as much as a 25c earnings headwind during 2013. The firm gives the shares a Neutral rating and a $39 price target.

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McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE:MCD): Current Price: $91.03

Wells Fargo expects McDonald’s margins to see a rise during 2013, partially driven by improving same-store sales. The firm has named the stock as a top pick in the restaurant sector.

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