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Research Daily

Friday, December 22, 2017

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 Wal-Mart (WMT), Procter & Gamble (PG) and NVIDIA (NVDA). 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 >>>

Buy-rated Wal-Mart’s shares have been strong performers lately, with the stock up +31% over the last six months, outperforming the S&P 500's +10.1% gain in the same time period. Wal-Mart Stores, recently announced plans to drop the “hyphen” and “stores” from its name to officially emerge as an omnichannel retailer.

The company has been riding on its splendid past record, which derives strength from constant e-commerce initiatives, like buyouts, alliances, and improved delivery systems. Thanks to these trends, along with solid traffic, Walmart’s third-quarter fiscal 2018 marked its ninth and 13th straight quarter of positive earnings surprise and comps growth, respectively.

Also, the company’s international business (particularly Mexico and China) remains a growth driver. These factors, along with a strengthening foothold in the online grocery space place the company well. This is evident from management’s raised view for fiscal 2018. However, stiff competition and macroeconomic woes like volatile consumer spending remain threats.

(You can read the full research report on Wal-Mart here >>>).

Shares of Procter & Gamble have underperformed the Zacks Soap and Cleaning Materials industry so far this year (+9% vs. +17.5%). The Zacks analyst likes its strong brand recognition, diversified portfolio, impressive product development capabilities and marketing prowess as well as strong cash flow productivity.

The company is investing in its brands and products as well as redesigning the supply chain to improve productivity and organic growth. However, slowing market growth, weak volumes and organic sales have been hurting sales. Soft consumer-spending environment in developed markets and uncertainties in emerging countries also add to the worries.

That said, P&G is speeding up innovations and investments to counter softening industry growth. Its productivity improvements and cost-saving efforts are also consistently helping to boost profit level.

(You can read the full research report on Procter & Gamble here >>>).

Strong Buy-rated NVIDIA’s shares have surged over the last year, gaining in excess of +78.5% versus the Zacks General Semiconductor industry’s +43.9% gain, thanks to the company’s positive record of earnings surprises in the recent quarters. NVIDIA’s sustained efforts toward attaining robust position in several emerging industries such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), deep learning and driverless cars industry, makes the Zacks analyst optimistic about its growth prospects.

NVIDIA’s innovative product pipeline and strength in gaming and high-end notebook GPUs remain positives. The company’s focus on GRID platforms can increase GPU adoption in data centers, giving it an advantage against its competitors.

(You can read the full research report on NVIDIA here >>>).

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Cigna (CI), Exelon (EXC) and McKesson (MCK).

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Senior Editor

Note: Sheraz Mian heads the Zacks Equity Research department and is a well-regarded expert of aggregate earnings. He is frequently quoted in the print and electronic media and publishes the weekly Earnings Trends and Earnings Preview reports. If you want an email notification each time Sheraz publishes a new article, please click here>>>

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