Friday, February 17 2017
Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Pepsi (PEP), Charter Communications (CHTR) and TJX Companies (TJX). 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 onPepsihere >> )
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 Xcel Energy (XEL), Valero (VLO) and Delta Air Lines (DAL).
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Today's Must Read
The Zacks analyst believes Xcel Energy's long-term investment plans will strengthen its operations and help it to serve its expanding customer base in a more reliable and efficient manner.
The covering analyst believes that improved domestic refined product demand led Valero to post better-than-expected Q4 earnings. However, the bottom line deteriorated year over year.
The Zacks analyst is pleased with the company's employee-friendly approach. Its efforts to reward shareholders are also encouraging. However, headwinds like technological glitches remain concerns.
The covering analyst thinks Barrick will gain from efforts to reduce debt & costs and digitalize its mines amid a volatile gold pricing environment.
The Zacks analyst believes that while the company may benefit from growing market share and investments, lower sales ahead may prove to be a headwind.
The covering analyst thinks Regions' efforts towards expense management are expected to aid bottom-line expansion further.
The Zacks analyst thinks Archer Daniels' fourth quarter was driven by better operating conditions. Also, the company is ahead of track with cost savings.
With Applied Materials delivering strong Q1 results, the Zacks analyst believes that its differentiated products, new technologies and innovation strategy will continue to be the main growth drivers.
The covering analyst thinks strong base business sales led to Pool's robust Q4 results. A positive consumer discretionary spending environment and market share gains spell even better business ahead.
The Zacks analyst believes that FormFactor's fourth quarter 2016 earnings were driven by contribution from the acquisition of Cascade Microtech and growth in the core business segments.
The Zacks analyst thinks Dillard's has been hurt by a tough retail scenario, owing to slow traffic due to consumers??? shift toward online shopping. Also, cost pressures for fiscal 2016 remain concerns.
Capella's Q4 earnings and operating margin declined 7.6% and 260 bps, respectively. Per the Zacks analyst, improving employment scenario and decline in new enrollment is likely to hurt growth prospect
The Zacks analyst thinks Nordstrom's presence in the retail - apparel industry keeps it exposed to volatile consumer behavior and ever changing fashion trends. Stiff competition also poses threats.
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