The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Netflix, Texas Instruments, Constellation Brands, Wells Fargo and Phillips 66

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Chicago, IL - October 18, 2017 - 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 Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX- Free Report ), Texas Instruments (Nasdaq: TXN- Free Report ), Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ- Free Report ), Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC- Free Report ) and Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX- Free Report ).

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Top Analyst Reports for Netflix, Texas Instruments and Constellation Brands

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 Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX- Free Report ), Texas Instruments (Nasdaq: TXN- Free Report ) and Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ- Free Report ). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

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Buy-rated Netflix shares have vastly outperformed the Zacks Broadcasting industry, gaining +70.6% vs. +20.4% in the past one year. Netflix third-quarter results benefited from content strength that helped in expanding international subscriber base. The company's efforts to attract viewers through investing in more regional programming resulted in better-than-expected net addition of subscribers.

The company remains confident of adding more subscribers as the trend of binge viewing is catching up fast. The Zacks analyst likes Netflix's continuing subscriber additions and expanding content portfolio, and thinks these are the key catalysts that will help Netflix to sustain growth going forward. However, higher investments on original/acquired content will continue to hurt profitability, at least in the near term.

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

Shares of Texas Instruments have gained +29.1% year to date, underperforming the Zacks General Semiconductor industry which has gained +32.8% over the same period. Texas Instruments is one of the largest suppliers of analog integrated circuits.

The Zacks analyst expects margin expansion to continue driven by the secular strength in the auto and industrial markets, a stronger mix of analog and embedded processing products, benefits of restructuring initiatives and more than 300mm capacity coming online. Moreover, the company recently announced a 24% dividend hike and an additional $6 billion share buyback.

These moves reflect the company's solid cash flow generation ability and balance sheet strength. The only negative at this point appears to be intensifying competition, particularly for auto chips, given recent market consolidation. There is also the question of negative currency effect and a high debt load.

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

Buy-rated Constellation Brands shares have gained more than +37.2% year to date, exceeding the performance of the Zacks Alcoholic Beverages industry, which has gained +24.9% over the same period. The Zacks analyst likes the company's superb surprise history and constant brand-building efforts.

The company showcased another sterling performance in second-quarter fiscal 2018, marking its 17th straight quarter of year-over-year earnings growth and 12th straight positive surprise. Constellation Brands benefited from efforts to drive consumer demand for its robust brand portfolio.

Results were also aided by contributions from acquisitions along with continued strength particularly in the beer business. This, along with strength in the beer business, led it to raise earnings outlook for fiscal 2018 and operating income target for the beer segment. However, stiff competition and higher taxes remain concerns.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC- Free Report ) and Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX- Free Report ).

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