New Stock Research Reports for June 21, 2016

Today's must-read reports are for Facebook (FB), DuPont (DD) and Caterpillar (CAT).

Facebook shares continue to stand out, with the strong earnings power of its franchise getting duly acknowledged. The stock currently has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), but the analyst sees the momenum sustaining itself even in the long run given the company's still-growing user base and the monetization potential of Instagram, Oculus, Messenger and WhatsApp. (See the full reserach report on Facebook here )

Completion of DuPont's merger with Dow Chemicals is still some ways off, but the analyst likes the company's strong product portfolio and new product launches. The analyst highlights DuPont's strong balance sheet and committment to shareholder returns. This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock is in the process of a $2 billion share buy-back program and currently pays a 2.26% yielding dividend. (You can see the research report on DuPont here )

Caterpillar shares appear to have finally found a footing after a very long period of losing ground. The uptick in commodity prices has helped improve sentiment, with the stock up almost +12% in the year-to-date period. This favorable momentum notwithstanding, the company is still faced with major headwinds in its business, particulalrly on the mining side. The analyst discusses the pros & cons of investing in Caterpillar at present in the research report. (See t he full research report on Caterpillar here )

Other noteworthy reports today include GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pepsi (PEP) and Intel (INTC).

Sheraz Mian

Director of Research

Today's Must Read

Strategic Efforts Sustain Facebook's (FB) Momentum

Caterpillar (CAT) Sales Down for 42 Months

Portfolio Strength, Cost Actions Supporting DuPont (DD)

Featured Reports

Cost Saving Efforts to Drive Glaxo's (GSK) Growth

Glaxo will gain from restructuring actions while new products support revenues, according to the covering analyst

Pepsi (PEP) Volumes Improving in North America

The Zacks analyst believes better industry pricing dynamics and positive innovation have driven higher volumes and profits in the region

Data Center and Cloud Market Boost Intel (INTC)

The covering analyst emphasizes that Intel chips continue to enjoy a monopoly in the data-center business

Marathon Oil (MRO) Hikes Stack Area Foothold on PayRock Acquisition

The Zacks analyst thinks the recent plan to buy PayRock Energy Holdings is a huge positive n

Cost Pressure Continues But M&T Bank (MTB) on Growth Track

The merger with Hudson City will benefit M&T, but mounting expenses remain headwinds, according to the covering analyst

Expedia (EXPE) Releases Pay and Representation Data

Expedia's recently released pay and representation data reflects gender pay parity and increased women representation in leadership positions

Hologic's (HOLX) Zika Virus Test Gets FDA's EUA

Hologic's Aptima Zika virus test recently won FDA's EUA, which will boost its share in the molecular diagnostic market, according to the Zacks analyst

New Upgrades

DISH Network (DISH) Upgraded on Sling TV, Digital Ad Prospects

The Zacks analyst thinks DISH Network is poised to benefit from Sling TV and higher spends in the digital advertisement space

Acquisition Spree Boosts Stryker's (SYK) Growth Prospects

The covering analyst thinks recent acquisitions have expanded the product portfolio and added a competitive edge

Edison International (EIX) Up on Strong Investment Plans

Infrastructural development programs and expansion of operations will help Edison boost its top line, according to the covering analyst

New Downgrades

Legal and Regulatory Issues Weigh On Citigroup (C)

Additionally, Citigroup's net interest income will continue to remain under pressure given the interest rate environment

IBM (IBM) Remains in the Midst of a Long Drawn Business Transition

A long drawn transition to higher-growth markets are not yet yielding enough to offset declines in traditional segments, according to the covering analyst

Macroeconomic & Seasonal Woes Mar SAP's (SAP) Prospects

The Zacks analyst thinks prolonged weakness in Latin-American countries and seasonality in technology spending is hurting SAP

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