Today's Must Read
Accretive Buyouts, Strong Balance Sheet Aid Mastercard (MA)
Adoption of Cloud & Office 365 Strength Aids Microsoft (MSFT)
Monday, December 24, 2018
The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features updated research reports on 16 major stocks including Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Mastercard Inc (MA). These reports have been hand-picked from roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.
Apple’s shares have lost -17.3% in the past six months versus the Zacks Computer - Mini computers industry's decline of -17.5%. Apple is benefiting from robust iPhone average selling price (ASP) as well as strength in the services and wearables segments. The Services segment has become the new cash cow for Apple and is expected to grow strongly, boosted by steadily increasing adoption of Apple Music and Apple Pay.
Moreover, robust demand for wearables is expected to drive top-line growth. Further, Apple’s foray into fast-growing technologies like autonomous vehicle, artificial intelligence (AI) & AR/VR will drive further growth.
Shares of Buy-rated Microsoft have rallied +14.9% year to date, outperforming the Zacks Computer Software industry's +8.2% gain. Microsoft is benefiting from growing user base of its different applications like Office 365 commercial, Dynamics, Outlook mobile and Teams. Moreover, Azure’s expanding customer base is a key catalyst.
The company's gaming segment is performing well, primarily driven by a combination of Xbox Live, Game Pass subscriptions and Mixer, which are driving user engagement. Further, acquisitions like PlayFab and GitHub expand Microsoft’s total addressable market (TAM). Additionally, expanding partner base is notable.
Buy-rated Mastercard’s have outperformed the Zacks Financial Transaction Services industry over the past year (+16.1% vs. +3.1%). The company is poised for growth, given its solid market position, ongoing expansion and digital initiatives plus significant opportunities from the secular shift toward electronic payments. Its numerous acquisitions have aided revenue growth. The company is gaining from increase in switched transactions, cross-border volume and gross dollar volume from higher spending.
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Sanofi (SNY), BlackRock (BLK) and Dominion Energy (D).
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