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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Facebook, Amgen, Abbott, Coca-Cola and 3M


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Chicago, IL - June 27, 2018 - Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Facebook FB , Amgen AMGN , Abbott ABT , Coca-Cola KO and 3M MMM .

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Here are highlights from Tuesday's Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Facebook, Amgen and Abbott

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Facebook, Amgen and Abbott. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today's research reports here >>>

Buy-ranked Facebook 's shares have outperformed the S&P 500 index in the last year, gaining +27.8% vs. +11.8%. The Zacks analyst thinks Facebook is benefitting from robust growth in advertising and user base.

Facebook's user base of 2.2 billion coupled with Instagram's 1 billion users provides a huge canvas for advertisers, which, in turn, is driving the top line of the company. Rising mobile conversions on the platform is boosting mobile ad growth. Growing popularity of Stories across all major platforms, with Instagram taking center stage, is a tailwind.

Apart from mobile and video, the monetization opportunities of Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus and a huge user base are expected to drive growth going ahead. Facebook has a strong balance sheet and generates significant cash flow, which makes it an attractive stock for investors.

(You can read the full research report on Facebook here >>> ).

Shares of Buy-ranked Amgen have gained +6.6% year to date, outperforming the Zacks Biomedical and Genetics industry, which has declined -7.2% over the same period. Amgen's newer drugs - Prolia, Xgeva, Blincyto, Vectibix, Kyprolis - are performing well. 

Amgen is also progressing with its pipeline and the recent approval of migraine candidate, Aimovig was a huge boost. Amgen's restructuring plan is making it leaner and more cost efficient. Lower taxes and share buybacks should provide some bottom-line support in 2018. However, Amgen has some challenges in store, given slowdown in sales of mature drugs like Enbrel, Aranesp and Neulasta, which are facing an array of branded and generic competitors.

Volume growth of new drugs may not be enough to offset lost sales due to the decline in mature brands. While Neupogen is already facing U.S. biosimilar competition, Neulasta, Epogen and Sensipar could start facing the same this year. Meanwhile, uptake of key new drug, Repatha has been slow due to payer restrictions.

(You can read the full research report on Amgen here >>> ).

Abbott 's shares have gained +24.9% over the last year, outperforming the Zacks Medical Products industry, which has gained +10.9% over the same period. The Zacks analyst likes the strong and consistent performance by the company's EPD and Medical Devices segments.

Also, solid contributions from Diagnostics and Nutrition business are encouraging. The company's receipt of FDA approval for XIENCE Sierra coronary stent system will help it to revive the dull Vascular business. Within Structural Heart, strong uptake of MitraClip therapy post the national reimbursement approval in Japan is a positive. Abbott's Alere buyout is another positive.

Synergies from this consolidation in the form of revenues from Rapid Diagnostics have been driving the company's growth. Meanwhile, the company's emerging market performance has been extremely promising on several strategic developments. On the flip side, sluggish Vascular business in the United States continues to dent growth.

(You can read the full research report on Abbott here >>> ).

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Coca-Cola and 3M.

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Referenced Symbols: FB , ABT , KO , MMM , AMGN


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