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Thursday, July 14, 2016

We have hand-picked 16 stock research reports out of the roughly 80 reports issued by our analyst team today, including reports on Seagate Technology (STX), Praxair (PX) and Fifth Third (FITB).

Seagate Technology shares have surged on positive guidance and announcement of further job cuts that are aimed at strengthening its bottom line without imapcting its operations. The strong demand for Seagate's hard- and solid-state storage devices indicates that much of the hand-wringing about the fate of storage device makers in the emerging could-centric world may have been a bit premature. Estimates for this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) rated stock have been going up, which you can read about in the Zacks analyst's updated research report issued this morning

Shares of industrial gases maker Praxair have outperformed the peer group and the S&P 500 year-to-date on the back of favorable demand dynamics in key end markets that is giving it pricing and a track of focus on shareholder returns. The company's pays a growing dividend, currently yielding 2.5%. (You can read the full research report on PX here.)

Fifth Third Bancorp shares have lagged the market lately, in-line with the interest rate headwinds facing the entire banking group at this stage. This unfavorable macro backdrop is beyond the bank's control, but the analyst likes the company for a number of things that are going right for them, namely its diverse revenue base, strong deposit balances, improved credit quality and steady capital deployment measures.  (You can read the full research report on FITB here.)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Regions Financial (RF), Seagate (STX) and Eni (E).

        • Regions Financial’s (RF) Capital Plan Gets Nod
        • Martin Marietta (MLM) Could Gain From Rising Infra Demand
        • Seagate (STX) Upgraded to Zacks Rank # 2 (Buy)
        • Eni (E) Down to Zacks Rank # 4 (Sell)

You can find all of today's stock research reports here.

Sheraz Mian

Director of Research

Note: Sheraz Mian regularly provides earnings analysis on Zacks.com and appears frequently in the print and electronic media. His weekly earnings related articles include Earnings Trends and Earnings Preview. He also provides weekly commentary to Zacks Premium subscribers and manages the Zacks Focus List and Top 10 portfolios. If you want an email notification each time Sheraz publishes a new article, please click here.

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