For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – May 11, 2023 – 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: Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, The Procter & Gamble Co. PG, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA, Yum! Brands, Inc. YUM and Nucor Corp. NUE.
Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:
Top Analyst Reports of Alphabet, Procter & Gamble and Alibaba
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 Alphabet Inc., The Procter & Gamble Co. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.
You can see all of today's research reports here >>>
Shares of Alphabet have gained +11.3% over the past six months against the Zacks Internet - Services industry's gain of +11.8%. The company's strong cloud division is aiding substantial revenue growth. An expanding data center network and a rising number of infrastructure regions will continue to bolster its presence in the cloud space.
Also, strong focus on innovation of AI techniques, and growing interest in home automation space should aid business growth in the long term. Its deepening focus on the wearables category remains a tailwind. Further, Alphabet's expanding presence in the autonomous driving space is contributing well.
Alphabet's growing efforts to gain foothold in the healthcare industry are other positives. However, sluggishness in the company's advertisement business remains a major headwind. Additionally, its growing litigation issues and increasing expenses are concerns.
(You can read the full research report on Alphabet here >>>)
Procter & Gamble's shares have gained +10.4% over the past six months against the Zacks Soap and Cleaning Materials industry's gain of +12.8%. The company continued its robust top and bottom-line surprise trend for the third consecutive quarter in its fiscal Q3 recently reported. However, sales and earnings declined year over year.
Procter & Gamble's organic sales grew, driven by robust pricing and a favorable mix, along with strength across segments. It has been focused on productivity and cost-saving plans to boost margins. Consequently, it raised the sales view to 1% growth compared with our estimate of a 1.1% rise for fiscal 2023.
However, the company has been witnessing supply-chain issues, higher transportation costs, geopolitical challenges, currency headwinds and rising inflation. As a result, the company retained its drab earnings view for fiscal 2023. Also, an unfavorable currency has been concerning.
(You can read the full research report on Procter & Gamble here >>>)
Shares of Alibaba have outperformed the Zacks Internet - Commerce industry over the past six months (+16.1% vs. +4.8%). The company's solid momentum across the international commerce retail businesses is driving its top-line growth. The Zacks analyst expects the business to be up 9.1% in fiscal 2023 on a year-over-year basis.
Additionally, solid momentum across financial services, education and automobile industries is driving the company's cloud business. According to our estimates, cloud revenues are expected to witness a 3.3% rise in fiscal 2023 from fiscal 2022. This apart, strength across the local consumer services and Cainiao logistics services, Alibaba Health and Freshippo is contributing well.
However, uncertainties associated with Covid-related issues in its home country remain major concerns, especially domestically. Also, rising expenses associated with new initiatives are overhangs. Additionally, softness in digital media business is a headwind.
(You can read the full research report on Alibaba here >>>)
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Yum! Brands, Inc. and Nucor Corp.
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