Monday, June 29, 2020
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 Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), Intel (INTC) and American Tower (AMT). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.
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Berkshire Hathaway’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Insurance - Property and Casualty industry over the past year (-18.3% vs. -19.4%). The Zacks analyst believes that Berkshire's inorganic growth story remains impressive with strategic acquisitions.
A strong cash position supports earnings-accretive bolt-on buyouts and indicates its financial flexibility. Continued insurance business growth fuels increase in float, drive earnings and generates maximum return on equity. The non-insurance businesses are delivering improved results with increased revenues over the past few years.
A sturdy capital level provides further impetus. However, exposure to catastrophe loss induces earnings volatility and also affects the property and casualty underwriting results. Also, huge capital expenditure remains a headwind.
(You can read the full research report on Berkshire Hathaway here >>>)
Shares of Intel have lost -3.6% over the past six months against the Zacks General Semiconductor industry’s rise of +13%. The Zacks analyst believes that Intel is benefiting from momentum across both PC-centric and Data-centric domains.
Robust mix of high-performance second-generation Xeon Scalable processors and solid demand from Cloud service providers are expected to drive near-term growth. Moreover, the company is making advancements in the IoT space, courtesy of product introductions and tie ups. Additionally, Intel is witnessing strong momentum for its first 10-nanometer (nm) mobile CPU.
Notably, the company has not provided 2020 guidance citing coronavirus crisis-induced business uncertainty. Also, declining PC total addressable market, higher expenses pertaining to 10-nm ramp up and constrained supply amid coronavirus outbreak remain concerns.
(You can read the full research report on Intel here >>>)
American Tower’s shares have gained +6.9% over the past three months against the Zacks REIT and Equity Trust industry’s rise of +7.4%. The Zacks analyst believes that the increasing demand for the company’s telecom towers will likely continue to support American Tower’s leasing activities and drive organic tenant-billing growth over the long term.
Moreover, the company is expanding its international presence, opening growth avenues. American Tower also remains committed to increase shareholder value through dividend hikes.
However, amid the coronavirus-led volatility in foreign currency exchange rates, the company lowered the 2020 outlook. Additionally, consolidation trends in the telecom sector is concerning. Furthermore, stiff competition in the tower industry is a headwind.
(You can read the full research report on American Tower here >>>)
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include NextEra Energy (NEE), Bayer (BAYRY) and Booking Holdings (BKNG).
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Today's Must Read
Berkshire (BRK.B) Set to Grow On Solid Insurance Business
Intel (INTC) Banks on AI-based Alliances & Product Rollouts
Portfolio Expansion Amid 5G Hype Drives American Tower (AMT)
Investment in Infrastructure and Renewable Aid NextEra (NEE)
Per the Zacks analyst, NextEra's planned investment in the range of $50 to $55B to increase clean electricity generation portfolio and strengthen its infrastructure will boost its profitability.
Bayer (BAYRY) Boasts Strong Portfolio Amidst Competition
Per the Zacks Analyst, Bayer's pharmaceutical products launched over the last few quarters continue to drive top line at the company.
Accommodation Unit Aids Booking Holdings (BKNG) Amid Risks
Per the Zacks analyst, Booking Holdings' expanding alternative accommodation business bodes well for its international and domestic presence.
ADP Rides on Strategic Buyouts Amid Technological Challenges
The Zacks analyst believes that acquisitions help ADP strengthen its position in the HCM market. However, pressure to remain technologically updated to meet varying client demands remains a concern.
Investment Plan Aids Duke Energy (DUK), Commodity Prices Hurt
Per the Zacks Analyst, the company's robust five-year capital plan will drive earnings base growth.
BCE (BCE) Rides on Solid Wireless Traction, 5G Focus
Per the Zacks analyst, BCE is well poised to benefit from solid subscriber additions and 5G deployment in urban cities across Canada.
Strategic Efforts & Solid Balance Sheet Aids MetLife (MET)
Per the Zacks analyst, strategic initiatives have enabled the company to control costs, which is driving margins.
PartsPoint Buyout & Digital Ramp-up Aid Genuine Parts (GPC)
Acquisition of PartsPoint Group is likely to drive Genuine Parts' growth prospects. The Zacks analyst also appreciates the firm's aggressive e-commerce initiatives, which will further boost sales.
Sunlight Buyout, Hawthorne Unit Aid Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG)
Per the Zacks analyst, Scotts Miracle-Gro should gain from the synergies of the Sunlight Supply acquisition and strong growth prospects in its Hawthorne unit.
Growth Investments & Rheinhutte Pumpen Buyout to Drive ITT
Per the Zacks analyst, ITT's innovation investments & initiatives to expand its manufacturing automation capabilities will boost its competency. The Rheinhutte Pumpen buyout will lend momentum to it.
Coronavirus Woes Likely to Mar Carter's (CRI) Earnings in Q2
Per the Zacks analyst, store closures across North America due to the coronavirus outbreak hurt Carter's first-quarter 2020 results.
WESCO (WCC) Hurt by Sluggish Demand & Currency Headwinds
The Zacks analyst believes that contraction in OEM customer base and weak international sales remain major concerns. Also, fluctuations in foreign currency rates will continue hurting WESCO.
Lower Demand, Weak Oilfield Activities Hurt Hi-Crush (HCR)
Per the Zacks analyst, an expected decline in frac sand demand and subdued oilfield activities amid a lower oil price environment are likely to affect the company's margins.
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