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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: United Health Group, Cardinal Health, Baxalta, Shire and American Eagle Outfitters

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Chicago, IL - December 15, 2015 - Zacks.com 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 United Health Group ( UNH ), Cardinal Health ( CAH ), Baxalta ( BXLT ), Shire PLC ( SHPG ) and American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO ).

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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

All Eyes on the FOMC

Market eyes globally remain glued on the FOMC meeting held inside the U.S.

This last FOMC meeting in 2015 wraps Wednesday. Following on its heels, monetary boards in Mexico, Indonesia and Japan are to announce moves.

The Fed says its rate decisions stay macro data-dependent. In turn, strong job numbers of late comforted observers. A 25 basis-point "normalization" hike is still expected.

Consensus sees 2 to 4 more hikes in 2016. That forecast could head towards 2 and away from 4 in 2016. Global clouds carrying lackluster GDP growth remain on display.

The Fed chair has almost pre-committed to this week's rate hike. The rest do appear more data-dependent.

A credit spreads blowout in the High Yield bond sector, originating from a collapsing WTI oil price, is 'new' news for the FOMC. What about $20 a barrel in WTI oil? It is not out of the question next year. Will the latest FOMC minutes acknowledge this? That would be something to watch for.

For U.S. stocks to investigate this week, Strong Buy signals have popped up in the large cap U.S. health care sector.

Take a look at the United Health Group ( UNH ) and Cardinal Health ( CAH ). Both reached Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) in the last few days. United Health Group has a B in Zacks Value while Cardinal Health has an A.

A third large cap U.S. health sector company Baxalta ( BXLT ) remains a Zacks #1 Rank. This company is caught up in merger talks with Shire PLC ( SHPG ).

If you are not interested in beaten-down large-cap U.S. Health Care stocks or their rampant merger activity, look at the consumer retailer American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO ).

This $3 billion in market cap retailer has a Zacks Rank #1, and has A's in Zacks Value, Growth and Momentum. You can't beat that.

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