Thursday, December 26, 2019
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 Texas Instruments (TXN), Charter Communications (CHTR) and Lowe's (LOW). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.
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Texas Instruments’ shares have underperformed the Zacks General Semiconductor industry year to date (+36.1% vs. +42.3%). The Zacks analyst believes that Texas Instruments is being impacted by sluggish performance of Analog and Embedded Processing segments. Weakening end-market conditions and U.S.-China trade tensions are also overhangs.
Further, weak customer momentum continues to impact the company’s performance in communications equipment market. The stock has underperformed the industry on a year-to-date basis. Nevertheless, Texas Instruments remains confident about efficient manufacturing strategies, strong research and development activities.
Further, increasing investments in the automotive and industrial markets are anticipated to yield good returns for the company. However, high debt level and rising competitive pressure in the auto chip space are headwinds.
(You can read the full research report on Texas Instruments here >>>)
Shares of Charter Communications have gained +18.3% in the past three months against the Zacks Cable TV industry’s rise of +6%. The Zacks analyst believes that the company is benefiting from growth in Internet, mobile, commercial and video revenues.
Increase in Internet speed at no extra cost is also aiding subscriber growth. Additionally, Charter’s spectrum mobile products are gaining traction and subscriber base is increasing rapidly. Launch of spectrum mobile services to small and medium business customers is a key catalyst. Improving free cash flow is a growth driver.
However, commercial revenues continued to suffer due to migration of customers to Spectrum pricing, and packaging from Legacy TWC and Legacy Bright House. Further, Charter persistently loses video subscribers, primarily due to cord-cutting and intense competition from streaming service providers like Netflix and Amazon.
(You can read the full research report on Charter Communications here >>>)
Lowe's shares have gained +20.6% over the past six months against the Zacks Building Products - Retail industry's rise of +10.3%. The Zacks analyst believes that the stock received a boost when it reported third-quarter fiscal 2019 results, wherein earnings grew year over year and beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Moreover, comps in the quarter increased, driven by solid performance in its U.S. home improvement stores. Strong macroeconomic landscape along with constant efforts to enhance customers’ experience, solid performance of the merchandise category and strength in the Pro business also bode well. Further, efforts to enhance online business led to robust comps growth in lowes.com.
Encouragingly, management raised adjusted earnings guidance for fiscal 2019. However, high level of debt for the past few quarters may act as a deterrent. Also, the company is exposed to competition.
(You can read the full research report on Lowe's here >>>)
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Caterpillar (CAT), BlackRock (BLK) and Zoetis (ZTS).
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Today's Must Read
Texas Instruments (TXN) Banks on Optimal Capital Allocation
Subscriber Gain Aids Charter (CHTR) Amid Stiff Competition
Lowe's (LOW) Omnichannel and Pro Customer to Lift Sales
Caterpillar (CAT) Bets on Cost Cuts & Strategic Investments
Per the Zacks analyst, Caterpillar's focus on strategic investments, cost cutting measures and growing offerings and services as well on digital initiatives like e-commerce, will aid growth.
Assets Growth Supports BlackRock (BLK) Amid Expense Concerns
Per the Zacks analyst, improving assets balance and acquisitions will continue to support BlackRock's revenues.
New Products, Acquisition Fuel Zoetis (ZTS) Amid Competition
Per the Zacks analyst, Zoetis companion animal business driven by higher sales of Apoquel and Simparica should maintain growth amid competition.
AMD Banks on Strength in Product Portfolio & Partnerships
Per the Zacks analyst, Advanced Micro Devices is benefiting from robust adoption of latest EYPC, Ryzen and Radeon processors.
Rising Top-line Aids, High Debt Hurts HCA Healthcare (HCA)
Per the Zacks analyst, its growing top-line driven by increasing admissions has led to significant growth of the company.
TC Energy's (TRP) C$30B Growth Projects to Boost Earnings
The Zacks analyst believes that TC Energy's C$30 billion of growth projects should support its earnings and dividend payouts.
Revenues from Rides Lift Uber (UBER) Amid Cost Pressure
Per the Zacks analyst, a significant rise in revenues from rides is aiding Uber (UBER). However, heavy investments in sales and marketing are weighing on its bottom line.
Diverse Production Mix to Aid Canadian Natural (CNQ)
The Zacks analyst believes that Canadian Natural's diverse production mix of synthetic oil, heavy crude oil, natural gas and light crude oil facilitates long-term value and reduces risk profile.
Markel (MKL) Continues to Ride on Strategic Acquisitions
Per the Zacks analyst, a number of buyouts have aided Markel to expand its reinsurance product offerings and to achieve profitable growth in insurance operations.
Digitalization & Cost Cutting to Drive Beacon Roofing (BECN)
Per the Zacks analyst, cost reduction initiatives along with increased focus on employee transition and digital platform will drive growth for Beacon Roofing.
Weak Demand & Higher Costs to Hurt National Steel (SID)
The Zacks Analyst remains concerned that weak end-market demand, sluggish global economy, unfavorable currency impact and higher costs will impact National Steel's results.
Foreign Exchange Fluctuation to Hurt Pattern Energy (PEGI)
Per the Zacks analyst, as Pattern Energy does not hedge all of its risks like electricity price, interest rate and foreign currency exchange rate, is exposed to foreign-exchange currency fluctuations.
Segmental Challenges, Rising Expenses Ail TripAdvisor (TRIP)
Per the Zacks analyst, TripAdvisor is facing challenges in its Hotels, Media & Platform and Other segments which are hurting the top-line growth.
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