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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: American Airlines Group, Best Buy Company, Delta Air Lines, Tractor Supply and Avago Technologies

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Chicago, IL - October 09, 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 the American Airlines Group Inc. ( AAL ), Best Buy Company Inc. ( BBY ), Delta Air Lines, Inc. ( DAL ), Tractor Supply Company ( TSCO ) and Avago Technologies Limited ( AVGO ).

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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

5 Large-Cap Stocks with Great Growth Prospects

After six years of a bull run, investors suddenly found themselves at the mercy of a major stock market correction this August. Well into October, tremors of the sell-off are still perceptible. The major U.S. indexes - S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average - are currently yielding negative year-to-date returns in the range of 3-5%.

Needless to say, the equity markets have become extremely volatile. The primary reasons are continuous downward pressure on oil prices and the persistent slowdown in the Chinese economy, along with weaknesses in several other economies like Europe, Russia, Japan and Brazil. The Federal Reserve's "no rate hike" decision over similar concerns as well as low inflation in the U.S. has added fuel to the fire.

While the domestic economy is showing signs of growth, global concerns are making investors jittery. Also, concerns pertaining to divergent monetary policies across major economies have made matters worse.

How to Play It Safe?

What should be the winning strategy in this precarious investment game when the global scenario is far from supportive? Melodramatic markets tend to show exaggerated movements on whatever disclosures or revelations are made.

Given the insecurities looming large in the global markets, we present large-cap stocks, to be the safest bet to defy the times. Large-cap stocks are an ideal investment option for investors looking for performance stability that comes with lower risk than small-cap and mid-cap stocks.

Let's Play Our Cards Right

To accomplish the daunting task of picking the right large-cap stocks that have great growth prospects, we first looked at companies with a market cap of more than $10 billion.

Then, a thorough analysis of the company's growth potential was made to determine if the particular company has a bright future. Using our style score system , one can locate stocks that have a solid upside potential. Our Growth Style Score condenses all the essential metrics from the company's financial statements to get a true sense of the quality and sustainability of its growth.

Finally, we added the most important criteria - a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 (Buy) - to get at the right stocks. Our research shows that stocks with a Style Score of 'A' when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 offer the best investment opportunities.

With the help of Zacks Stock Screener we zeroed in on these five stocks:

American Airlines Group Inc.AAL

American Airlines Group Inc. operates in the airline industry. The company operates more than 6,700 daily flights to over 330 destinations in more than 50 nations across the globe from its hubs. It primarily operates in two segments: Mainline and Regional affiliates. Furthermore, through its large cargo unit, the company offers a broad range of freight and mail services worldwide. American Airlines Group is headquartered in Fort Worth, TX.

Zacks Rank: #2

Growth Score: A

Long-term EPS Growth: 14.04%

Market Cap: $25.62 billion

Return on Equity: 162.01% vs. Industry Average: 21.93%

Best Buy Company Inc.BBY

Headquartered in Richfield, MN, Best Buy Company Inc. is a multinational specialty retailer of consumer electronics, home office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services with 1,448 domestic locations and 283 international outlets at the end of fiscal 2015.

Zacks Rank: #2

Growth Score: A

Long-term EPS Growth: 10.65%

Market Cap: $12.86 billion

Return on Equity: 19.83% vs. Industry Average: 7.13%

Delta Air Lines, Inc.DAL

Based in Atlanta, GA, Delta Air Lines, Inc. is a leading provider of scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the U.S. and around the world. Delta offers services to 327 destinations in 59 countries across six continents. It operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft and serves in excess of 170 million customers annually.

Zacks Rank: #1

Growth Score: A

Long-term EPS Growth: 20.57%

Market Cap: $35.86 billion

Return on Equity: 30.84% vs. Industry Average: 21.93%

Tractor Supply CompanyTSCO

Headquartered in Brentwood, TN, Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the U.S. The company offers a wide array of merchandise such as livestock, pet and animal products, maintenance products for agricultural and rural use, hardware and tools, lawn and garden power equipment, truck and towing products, and work apparel.

Zacks Rank: #2

Growth Score: A

Long-term EPS Growth: 16%

Market Cap: $11.76 billion

Return on Equity: 30.64% vs. Industry Average: 13.62%

Avago Technologies LimitedAVGO

Based in Singapore, Avago Technologies Limited is a premier designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog semiconductor devices and digital, mixed-signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems. Avago products primarily serve four target markets: Wireless Communications, Wired Infrastructure, Enterprise Storage and Industrial & Other.

Zacks Rank: #2

Growth Score: A'

Long-term EPS Growth: 17.93%

Market Cap: $32.25 billion

Return on Equity: 59% vs. Industry Average: 6.57%

Dealing with volatility is something investors may have to get used to for the rest of 2015. At the same time, investors would be foolish to ignore the growth prospects inherent in these large-cap stocks. They're also a hedge against risk. This is why these stocks would make for good additions to your portfolio.

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