Friday, December 23 2016
Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including IBM (IBM), BP (BP) and Disney (DIS).
IBM shares lagged the technology space and the S&P 500 index over the last few years as the company struggled to reposition its business to the evolving business landscape. But the stock turned around this year (up +21.4% in the year-to-date period vs. +9.3% for the Zacks Technology sector) on greater appreciation for the company's outlook. The Zacks analyst likes IBM's strategic growth initiatives, including its Big Data & business analytics, cloud computing, mobile and social business. The company is expected to report Q4 results on January 17th. (You can read the full research report onIBMhere >>> )
The turnaround in oil prices this year has benefited all oil players, BP included. BP shares have gained in excess of +18% this year, modestly below the Zacks Oil Integrated industry's +19.1% gain. The Zacks analyst likes the company's major expense reductions over the last four quarters, which is expected to remain a focus in the coming quarters as well. BP is scheduled to report Q4 results on February 7th, with the oil giant expected to report $0.50 per share on $52.2 billion in revenues. While upstream volumes are expected to be modestly up from the Q3 level, the refining business could be under pressure. (You can read the full research report onBPhere >>> )
Disney shares have struggled this year, weighed down by concerns about ESPN whose future growth has been clouded by the evolving media landscape as a result of 'cord cutting' and the steady migration of subscribers to online and digital platforms. However, management anticipates reporting modest earnings growth in fiscal 2017 and a "more robust growth" in fiscal 2018. The Zacks analyst likes Disney's movie business and the parks & resorts division. The company is expected to report Q4 results on February 14th. (You can read the full research report on Disney here >>> )
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include BlackBerry (BBRY), Adobe (ADBE) and Cisco (CSCO). You can check all of today's research reports here >>>
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Today's Must Read
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The covering analyst is upbeat on St. Jude's innovative portfolio and regulatory approvals. Lower demand for capital equipment, fueled by tough hospital budget environment remains a concern.
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The covering analyst thinks Time warner's initiatives such as foraying into new markets and digital endeavors bode well, as evident from its positive earnings surprise streak.
The Zacks analyst believes that PG&E Corporation's stable cash generating capacity and project investments will drive its future growth.
The covering analyst likes Petrobras' healthy production growth and recent discoveries but is worried over the crude price slump that has adversely affected the group's earnings and cash flows.
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Actuant's adjusted earnings in the fiscal first quarter surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company is poised to grow on acquisitions, increased free cash flow, lower costs and restructuring.
The covering analyst appreciates Winnebago's better-than-expected revenues and earnings in Q1. Better performance in Towable segment driven by benefits of Grand Design acquisition is another positive.
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Valspar remains exposed to currency headwinds and volatility in raw material costs. Moreover, the overall demand environment remains uneven, per the Zacks analyst.
The covering analyst believes that lower end-market demand as a result of weak global economic conditions could impact Adobe.
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