The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Verizon and Tesla

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL - January 26, 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 Verizon (NYSE: VZ - Free Report ) and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA - Free Report ).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:

Q4 Earnings Scorecard and Analyst Reports on Tesla, Verizon, Others

Today's Research Daily features an updated scorecard for the ongoing Q4 earnings season and fresh research reports on 16 major stocks, including Verizon (NYSE: VZ - Free Report ) and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA - Free Report ). To see of all of the 70 or so research reports issued by our analyst team today, click here >>>

Q4 Earnings Scorecard : Including all of this morning's earnings reports, we now have Q4 results from 105 S&P 500 members or 21% of the index's total membership. Total earnings for these 105 index members are up +6.5% on +2.2% higher revenues, with 71.4% beating EPS estimates and 53.3% beating revenue estimates. This is better earnings and revenue growth performance than we have seen from this group of 105 S&P 500 members in other recent periods, even after adjusting for the strong growth from the Finance sector. The proportion of companies beating EPS and revenue estimates, however, is tracking moderately below other recent periods.

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Verizon shares have been laggards over the past year - the stock was up +3.9% over the past 12 months vs. AT&T's +16.8% gain and the +19% gain for the S&P 500 index - and the pressure is unlikely to ease following Tuesday's mixed quarterly report that showed bigger than expected post-paid churn and lower than expected subscriber additions. The company has been actively trying to diversify its business beyond wireless by building a mobile business through the AOL & Yahoo deals and 'Internet of Things' initiatives. But it will likely take a while before these efforts bear fruit. In the updated research report issued today, the Zacks analyst discusses the pros & cons of investing in Verizon shares at this stage. (You can read the full research report on Verizon here >> )

Tesla shares have been standout performers lately, with the stock up +25.9% over the past three months vs. +14.7% gain for the Zacks Auto industry. The company's positive updates about the Gigafactory and new deal with Panasonic have helped sentiment, offsetting disappointment over its delivery guidance. The company continues to generate a lot of passion among investors; it has an avid fan base, but also plenty of detractors. The detractors simply don't see any justification for the stock's lofty valuation given the niche nature of the product and the well-known operational and strategic headwinds facing the company. (You can read the full research report on Tesla here >> )

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About Zacks Equity Research

Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the long-term.

Continuous coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights to developments that affect company profits and stock performance. Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons.

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