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Best Buy, Big Five Sporting Goods, Facebook, Alphabet and Baidu highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

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Chicago, IL - March 5, 2018 - Zacks Equity Research highlights Best Buy BBY as the Bull of the Day, Big Five Sporting GoodsBGFV as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on FacebookFB , AlphabetGOOGL and BaiduBIDU .

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day :

Headquartered in Richfield, MN, Best Buy is a leading specialty retailer of technology products, services and solutions, with approximately 1,600 stores in North America. Domestic Operations accounted for 92% of FY17 total revenue.

According to the company, 70% of the U.S. population lives within 15 minutes of a Best Buy store. That has helped the retailer to improve its e-commerce operations as shoppers can purchase online and pick up from a nearby Best Buy store, within two days in most cases.

Strong Results and Upgraded Guidance

The retailer reported adjusted earnings of $2.42 per share, up 25% year over year and ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.05.

Revenues were up 14% year-over-year and also beat our estimate.

"We are excited to report strong results for the fourth quarter and the year," said the CEO. "We are especially proud of our 9.0% comparable sales growth in the quarter, which brings our annual comparable sales growth to 5.6% for the year."

Shares surged after earnings report.

Returning Capital to Shareholders

Best Buy continues to boost shareholders' value through dividends and share repurchases. With latest results, they announced a 32% increase in the regular quarterly dividend to $0.45 per share and a share repurchase plan of $1.5 billion for FY19.

Rising Estimates

Zacks Consensus Estimates for current and next fiscal years have surged to $4.79 per share and $5.02 per share respectively, up from $4.65 and $4.73, before the results. The company has missed only once in the past twenty quarters. Their average quarterly beat for the last four quarters was 19%.

Bear of the Day :

Big Five Sporting Goods is a sporting goods retailer in the western US, operating 435 stores in 11 states. They product lines include athletic shoes, apparel, accessories and a broad selection of outdoor and athletic equipment.

Disappointing Results

The retailer reported weak results. Net sales for Q4 fell to $242.9 million from $266.3 million a year ago. Same store sales decreased 9.4% compared to a 3.1% increase in same store sales for Q4 2016.

While the loss was narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate, revenues missed our estimate.

The CEO said, "Our performance was impacted by an extraordinarily challenging December period as a result of extremely unfavorable winter weather conditions in most of our markets. The significantly warmer than normal temperatures and one of the driest periods on record in our Western U.S. markets led to a nearly 50% decline in sales for our core winter product categories in December. "

"Sales throughout the quarter also continued to be impacted by reduced demand for firearm-related products."

Analysts have lowered their estimates after disappointing results and guidance.

The Bottom Line

Most retailers are going through a lot of pain thanks to the rising trend for online shopping, particularly on Amazon. While this retailer had earlier benefited from liquidation of Sports Authority and Sport Chalet, their latest quarter reveals rising challenges.

While the stock has recovered significant after a sharp drop following earnings announcement, given Zacks Stock Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) it is better to avoid it for the time being.

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Here's Why Facebook (FB) Is Actually Cheap Right Now

Facebook presents a unique opportunity for investors to scoop up shares of a company that is both a leader in its industry and an exciting growth prospect. The internet behemoth simply cannot be touched in the social media space, and despite rising costs and PR disasters, its stock continues to be one of the best options in the tech sector.

But the public's picture of Facebook over the latest few months has not been a pretty one. Mark Zuckerberg's company found itself right in the middle of national debate over fake news and Russian meddling in U.S. elections, with America's top intelligence agency placing at least some of the blame on the failure of internet platform's to properly vet content.

This headache brought some volatility to Facebook shares , especially after the company promised to spend more on security and hire new employees to focus on preventing abuse. Meanwhile, market-wide volatility has seen some of Wall Street's top mega-cap tech companies shed value in recent weeks.

Despite all of this, Facebook's fundamental position appears stronger than ever. The firm crushed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings by 12% in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, full-year revenue growth touched 49% and net income soared 56%. Management's strong outlook inspired 17 positive revisions for FB's fiscal 2018 estimates, and now the stock sports a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

Stocks with high Zacks Ranks are poised to outperform the broader market over the next one to three months, and Facebook certainly looks like a company that should be dominant for many years to come. But there is still more for investors to consider.

One might also notice that FB is currently sporting an "F" grade in the Value category of our Style Scores system, implying that the stock is trading at a premium to the market-and perhaps forcing traditional value investors to look elsewhere for a cheap internet stock.

However, a closer look at Facebook's valuations reveals that the social media powerhouse is trading at its "cheapest" level in more than a year and could very well offer more value than other comparable internet stocks:

Facebook's Forward P/E of 23.4 is near the lowest it has ever been. We might be able to peg some of this on the recent sell-off, but it is much more likely caused by Facebook's strong earnings estimates for the next year. And with the stock's PEG of 0.92, investors are getting a solid price for the company's expected bottom-line growth.

Still, it is even more important to compare Facebook its peer group. This Zacks-defined group of similar companies looks at 50 internet stocks, including global giants like Alphabet and Baidu. This group currently has an average Forward P/E of 30.5, meaning that Facebook is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

Finally, traditional value investors are buy-and-hold minded. Facebook is a company with an incredible track record, but its best days might still be ahead of it. Management knows that user growth will eventually plateau, and it has strategically invested in video content and artificial intelligence to prepare for a shifting business model.

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