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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features a real-time update on the Q2 earnings season and new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Chevron Corporation (CVX), Adobe Inc. (ADBE) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD). 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 >>>
Q2 Earnings Season Scorecard
Including all of this morning's results, we now have Q2 earnings reports from 48 S&P 500 members. Total earnings for these companies are down -13% from the same period last year on +5.9% higher revenues, with 72.9% beating EPS estimates and 62.5% beating revenue estimates.
The one standout feature at this admittedly early stage in the Q2 reporting cycle is companies' inability to consensus estimates. The 72.9% EPS beats percentage is the lowest since the first quarter of 2020 for this group of 48 index members and the third lowest in the preceding 20 quarters. The revenue beats percentage is also on the lower side.
A big driver of the -13% year-over-year decline in earnings for the 48 index members that have reported at this stage is the tough comparisons for the Finance sector whose Q2 earbnings are down -28% from the year-earlier level.
Excluding the Finance sector drag, Q2 earnings for the rest of index companies that have reported are actually up +12.1% from the same period last year.
For more details about the Q2 earnings season, please check out our weekly Earnings Preview report >>>>>Breaking Down JPMorgan, Citi & Big Bank Earnings
Today's Featured Analyst Reports
Chevron shares have outperformed the Zacks Oil and Gas - Integrated - International industry over the past year (+53.2% vs. +41.7%). Driving Chevron's recent outperformance, which the Zacks analyst sees as sustainable going forward is the company's greater oil-price leverage relative to the other super majors and favorable production growth profile.
America’s No. 2 energy company’s existing project pipeline is among the best in the industry, thanks to its premier position in the lucrative Permian Basin. However, Chevron was not immune to the commodity price crash of 2020, forcing it to cut spending substantially. The company’s high oil price sensitivity is a concern too.
Moreover, the supermajor’s 10-year reserve replacement ratio of 100% is indicative of its inability to replace the amount of oil and gas produced. Finally, Chevron has been a laggard to jump into the net-zero bandwagon.
Adobe shares have declined -33.2% over the year-to-date basis against the Zacks Computer - Software industry’s decline of -26.6%. The company’s lower end-market demand and high acquisition expenses remain major overhangs. Nevertheless, Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Document Cloud, and Adobe Experience Cloud products are helping it drive top-line growth.
Additionally, rising subscription revenues and solid momentum across mobile apps remain major positives. Further, growth in emerging markets, robust online video creation demand, strong Acrobat adoption, and improving average revenue per user remain tailwinds.
The Zacks Analyst remains optimistic about Adobe’s market position, compelling product lines, persistent innovation, and solid adoption of Creative Cloud and Adobe marketing cloud. Further, the company’s strong balance sheet remains another positive.
AMD shares have declined -4.8% over the past year against the Zacks Electronics - Semiconductors industry’s decline of -4.5%. The company is facing stiff competition from NVIDIA and Intel is a concern. However, AMD is benefiting from strong demand of its Ryzen and EPYC server processors, owing to the increasing proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in industries like cloud, gaming and data center.
The growing clout of 7 nanometers (nm) products in the data center vertical, driven by work-from-home and online learning trends, is a key catalyst. AMD provided strong 2022 guidance for revenues backed by robust growth across all businesses.
Higher server and client processor revenues are likely to lead to a sequential increase. The Xilinx and Pensando acquisition will boost AMD's data center business. Alliances with Amazon, Microsoft, Baidu and JD.com augment business prospects
(You can read the full research report on AMD here >>>)
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include ServiceNow, Inc. (NOW), Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX), and Dominion Energy, Inc. (D).
Director of Research
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>>>