The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Pepsi, Charter Communications, TJX Companies, Valero and Delta Air Lines

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Chicago, IL - February 21, 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 Pepsi (NYSE: PEP - Free Report ), Charter Communications ( CHTR - Free Report ), TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX - Free Report ), Valero (NYSE: VLO - Free Report ) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL - Free Report ).

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Here are highlights from Friday's Analyst Blog:

Top Analyst Reports for Tuesday: PEP, TJX, CHTR

Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Pepsi (NYSE: PEP - Free Report ), Charter Communications ( CHTR - Free Report ) and TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX - Free Report ). These reports have been hand-picked from amongst the 70 or so stock research reports published by our analyst team today. You can see all of today's research reports here >>

Pepsi shares modestly lagged the broader market over the last three months (+6.5% for PEP vs. +7.4% for the S&P 500), but they outperformed the Zacks Soft Drinks Beverages industry as well as Coke (KO was +0.5%). PepsiCo reported mixed fourth-quarter results, with earnings beating expectations and revenues falling short. The food/beverage giant's overall solid performance across its three N. America divisions helped offset softness in Latin America. This is also evident from its muted 2017 guidance. However, the Zacks analyst thinks Pepsi's new product lineup, aggressive marketing efforts, productivity improvement and cost-saving initiatives should drive profits and help it to address global macro uncertainty. (You can read the full research report on Pepsi here >> )

Charter Communications outperformed the Zacks Cable TV industry over the past three months (+22.9% vs. +13.6%), with the company's strong financial results in the fourth-quarter helping the momentum. The Zacks analyst is particularly optimistic about the company's merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, which have strengthened its foothold in hybrid fiber coax (HFC) and fiber networks. The merger is expected to allow Charter to offer enhanced services and more streaming video product options to its customers. Charter has also announced that it will venture into the U.S. wireless market. However, online videos provide an extremely cheap source of TV programming and are gaining momentum, threatening the pay TV model. (You can read the full research report on Charter Communications here >> )

TJX Companies is scheduled to report Q4 results on February 22nd, with the retailer expected to report $1 in EPS on $9.47 billion in revenues. The company has been striving to boost sales via aggressive store expansion and upgradation of the e-Commerce business. Further, TJX is increasing its global presence with the takeover of Sierra Trade Post in Australia. However, the company faces margin pressure due to potential higher payroll and pension related costs. The stock has not done that well lately, but positive comps next week will likely push the stock higher (You can read the full research report on TJX Companies here >> )

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Valero (NYSE: VLO - Free Report ) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL - Free Report ).

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