Today's Must Read
BofA (BAC) Tops on Q2 Earnings, Margin Pressure Persists
Kraft Heinz (KHC) Cost Savings Drives Earnings Beat; Sales Weak
Monday, August 8, 2016
Today write-up features fresh research reports on 16 stocks issued by our analyst team, including MasterCard (MA), Bank of America (BAC) and Kraft Heinz (KHC).
MasterCard shares have been strong performers lately, with the stock getting a boost from the strong quarterly report that showed a rise in the number of processed transactions along with an increase in cross-border volumes. The analyst likes MasterCard’s product-diversification and geographic-expansion initiatives. The company’s multiple acquisitions over the past couple of years are also boosting inorganic growth. (You can read the full research report on MA here.)
Bank of America shares have outperformed its peer group and the broader market over the last few weeks, with market participants coming around to acknowledging the bank's efforts to realign its balance sheet and streamline core operations. Growing confidence in the bank's balance sheet, as reflected in its approved 2016 capital plan, and a strong deposit franchise are some of the other positives in the Bank of America story that should help the bank navigate an otherwise tough operating environment for banks. (You can read the full research report on BAC here.)
Zacks Ranks # 2 (Buy) rated Kraft Heinz share have lost some momentum following the mixed quarterly report. But the analyst likes the company’s cost saving initiatives, including the integration of Kraft Foods and Heinz. Additionally, a portion of its savings is also being re-invested in the business for innovation, brand building and marketing to stimulate top-line growth.(You can read the full research report on KHC here.)
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Aetna (AET), Cardinal Health (CAH) and T. Rowe Price (TROW).
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