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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Today's must-read reports are for UnitedHealth (UNH), Philip Morris (PM) and Thermo Fisher (TMO).

UnitedHealth shares have been strong performers lately, reflecting positive momentum in the health insurer's Optum business. The analyst also likes the company's international business and strong capital position that adds to its financial flexibility and shareholder returns. (You can read the full research report on UNH here.)

The analyst likes Philip Morris’ strong brand portfolio of brands which is crucial in helping it command a leading market share in the tobacco industry. The analyst's updated research report that came out today also refers to the company's efforts to launch new products to cater to the changing consumer tastes. The company has also done an excellent job of maintaining margins through effective cost contorls despite continued volume pressures. (You can read the full research report on PM here.)

Zacks Rank # 2 rated Thermo Fisher shares have gained more than 10% year-to-date on the back of steadily rising estimates. The company's growth profile has benefited from a combination of M&A moves like the Life Technologies and Affymetrix purchases and strong focus on emerging markets. With respect to the latter, the company plans to continue strengthening its foothold in emerging markets, such as China and India. (You can read the full research report on TMO here.)

Other noteworthy reports  today include Ross Stores (ROST), American Express (AXP) and Quest Diagnostics (GM).

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

Sheraz Mian

Director of Research

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