Top Stock Research Reports for June 20, 2016

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Today's must-read reports are for AT&T (T), Kroger (KR) and Qualcomm (QCOM).

AT&T shares have been strong performers lately, with the stock benefiting from stable operations, attractive dividend and perceived safety. The stock may not be cheap on conventional metrics, but these favorable attributes should continue to favor this telecom giant. The analyst discusses the pros & cons of investing in this stock in the updated research report linked nearby.

Kroger shares have been under pressure lately, reflecting the overall tough operating environment in the grocery space. The second largest grocery chain in the nation beat on EPS in its quarterly report last week, but came up short on revenues, as its impressive growth momentum appears to have lost steam. The analyst discusses all the key issues in the Kroger story in the updated research report linked nearby.

The Zacks analyst report on Qualcomm discusses the balance of challenges and opportunities for this chipset leader. Offsetting the favorable long-term growth opportunity is the emergence of newer low-cost options that could sway handset manufacturers away from Qualcomm. The analyst also points out the company's long-term opportunities in the IoT space for the medical auto industries.

Other notable reports we are featuring today include Baker Hughes (BHI), Williams Cos. (WMB) and EMC Corp. (EMC). You can find the complete list of today's research reports here .

Today's Must Read

AT&T (T) Shares Evenly Poised

Kroger's (KR) Strong Grocery Franchise

IoT Prospects Boost Qualcomm (QCOM)

Featured Reports

Williams (WMB) to Pay Special Dividend if it Merges With ETE

A special dividend of $0.10 per share will be paid only if its merger with Energy Transfer Equity comes through

Baker Hughes' (BHI) Cost Reductions Impress

The analyst highlights the company's rigorous cost controls in this tough environment

Growth Initiatives to Aid Palo Alto (PANW), Risks Persist

The Zacks analyst feels Palo Alto's revenue growth seems to be steady though stiff competition and economic risks persist

Ball Corporation Gets (BLL) EC's Nod for Rexam Deal

Ball Corporation has received final regulatory clearance from the European Commission for its proposed acquisition of Rexam PLC

Scripps Networks' (SNI) Ad Revenues Impress

High advertising revenues, expansion into fast growth markets and favorable alliances will aid Scripps, according to the covering analyst

Long-term Prospects Bright, Q2 View Dull for Ryder (R)

The Zacks analyst is encouraged by the company's efforts to reward shareholders through dividend payments

Weaker IT Spending could Hit EMC's (EMC) Growth

The Zacks analyst stresses that sluggish IT spending threatens EMC's rapid expansion and the merger with Dell Inc

New Upgrades

Buy AGL Resources (GAS) for Dividend Income

The Zacks analyst thinks low risk earnings growth and an a solid 3.2% dividend yield makes AGL an attractive nnoption

Strategic Initiatives to Drive Vale S.A.'s (VALE) Growth

Strategic disinvestment programs and capital deployment schemes are improving Vale's business, according to the covering analyst

Investment in Renewable Assets is DTE Energy's (DTE) Strength

These initiatives will support the company in meeting Michigan's renewable energy mandate

New Downgrades

Soaring Expenses, Low AUM Hurt BlackRock (BLK)

Regulatory restrictions, elevated expenses and low AUM are hurting the financial services major

Domino's (DPZ) Stock Weighed Down By Forex Headwinds

A weaker U.S dollar has failed to outweigh the impact of Foreign exchange translation, according to the covering analyst

Will Weakness In Derivatives Affect CME Group (CME)?

The Zacks analyst believes that interest rate volatility and pricing pressure are curbing the securities exchange's strengths

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WILLIAMS COS (WMB): Free Stock Analysis Report

AT&T INC (T): Free Stock Analysis Report

QUALCOMM INC (QCOM): Free Stock Analysis Report

KROGER CO (KR): Free Stock Analysis Report

EMC CORP -MASS (EMC): Free Stock Analysis Report

BAKER-HUGHES (BHI): Free Stock Analysis Report

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