- 20 марта 2018, 23:32
- Zacks Investment Research
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including UnitedHealth (UNH), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Anheuser-Busch (BUD). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.
UnitedHealth’s shares have marginally underperformed the Zacks Medical Insurance industry in the last one year (up +34.2% vs. +34.5%). The Zacks analyst likes the company’s robust Government business and continued strong growth at Optum. Its international business and strong capital position that allows for business investment are other positives.
It has been witnessing an increase in membership over many years. The company raised its 2018 earnings guidance led by tax reform upside. The stock has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings being revised 15.4% upward over the last 90 days. Nevertheless, membership loss in its fee based commercial business and Brazilian business will pull down overall membership growth.
Shares of Morgan Stanley have outperformed the Zacks Investment Banking industry over the last three months (+7.7% vs. +6.1%), supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the trailing four quarters.
The Zacks analyst likes the company’s efforts to lower balance sheet risk, strengthen wealth management operations along with its cost saving initiatives. Further, lower tax rates will aid profitability in the quarters ahead. However, persistent fall in net interest income (despite rising interest rates) remains a concern. Also, overall trading weakness is expected to hurt the company’s top line growth in the near-term.
Anheuser-Busch’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Alcoholic Beverages industry over the last three months, gaining +0.8% vs. an increase of +2.2%. However, both top and bottom line outpaced estimates and improved year over year in the fourth quarter. In fact, the quarter marked earnings beat after seven consecutive negative surprises while revenues surpassed estimates after two straight misses.
The Zacks analyst likes its robust brand portfolio and solid geographical reach. The company keeps introducing near beer alternatives along with no- and low-alcohol beers to resonate with changing demand. Further, SABMiller’s buyout has enhanced its position in the global beer market.
Though the company anticipates delivering strong top-line growth for 2018, backed by solid brands performance and robust commercial plans, it sees volatility in certain key markets. Moreover, it envisions a soft first quarter, owing to difficult comparisons, and phasing of marketing and sales initiatives.
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Cigna (CI), MetLife (MET) and Intuitive Surgical (ISRG).
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Per the Zacks analyst, Cigna's Global Healthcare unit has been performing strongly for the past many years leading to revenue growth. Its strong balance sheet supports strategic investments
Per the Zacks analyst, Ameren's multi-billion, long-run investment plan aids its system reliability and infrastructural improvements. Yet the recent tax reform may reduce its near-term cash flows.
The Zacks analyst believes Eversource's planned $10.8 billion capital investment, intended to strengthen its operations, and cost savings initiatives will boost the performance of the company.
The Zacks analyst is concerned about the company's lower proved oil reserves which might affect output.
According to the Zacks analyst, Valmont should gain from its restructuring actions that are geared to improve productivity amid headwinds from raw material cost inflation in 2018.
Per the Zacks analyst, Nordstrom has been focusing on its store-expansion strategy as part of its efforts to grow market share.
Per the Zacks analyst, Merrimack has a promising pipeline with candidates being developed in prospective indications.
Per the Zacks analyst, Zumiez has recorded sales beat for seven straight quarters and delivered comps growth for six consecutive quarters. It expects this trend to persist and drive growth in 2018.
The Zacks analyst sees Wyndham's strategic acquisitions as a means of global expansion. Moreover, effective marketing campaigns are helping the company expand its presence and drive occupancy
Intuitive registered solid performance in the Mature & Growth procedures, especially in General and Thoracic surgery. The Zacks analyst is bullish on the company's product-development initiatives.
Per the Zacks analyst, investments in efficiency programs might weigh on MetLife's bottomline before generating returns. Exposure to catastrophe losses induces earnings volatility.
The Zacks analyst is concerned about capacity expansion outpacing traffic growth at Alaska Air Group. High labor and fuel costs are also likely to limit bottom-line growth.
Per the Zacks analyst, First Data's top-line growth is negatively impacted by frequent acquisitions and seasonality.
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