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Research Daily

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Today's Research Daily features updated analyst reports on 16 major stocks, including reports on Apple (AAPL), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Morgan Stanley (MS). These research reports have been handpicked from the more than 70 reports issued by our analyst team this morning. You can see the complete the list of today's analyst reports here >>>

Apple shares have lagged the broader market lately on concerns about the iPhone maker's long-term growth trajectory, particularly with questions about China not going away. Headlines about the $14 billion Irish tax issue aren't helping matters either, though the issue is far from settled at this stage as both the government of Ireland and Apple itself plan to appeal the ruling. These headwinds notwithstanding, the analyst likes the fact that Apple has been seeing upward estimate revisions as it heads toward its September key note event where it is expected to launch iPhone 7. (You can read the full research report on Apple here>>)

Royal Dutch Shell shared have lagged the U.S. super majors Exxon and Chevron year-to-date, but they are nevertheless up more than 8% in that time period on the back of a diversified portfolio of development projects that offer attractive long-term opportunities. The company’s acquisition of BG Group, UK’s third largest energy player, has improved its prospects even further. The recently struck deal to sell some of its Gulf of Mexico assets is an important step in executing on Shell's plan to divest $6-$8 billion of properties this year and maintain its generous dividend policy (dividend yields an attractive 3.4%). (You can read the full research report on Royal Dutch Shell here>>)

Morgan Stanley shares have come back strongly lately, outpacing Goldman Sachs and others, likely reflecting greater appreciation for the firm's strategic repositioning efforts to offload its non-core assets to lower balance-sheet risks, control expenses and shift focus toward less capital-incentive businesses Moreover, top line growth is likely to be driven by improvement in net interest income and steady rise in fixed income trading revenue. Further, the company's enhanced capital deployment plans indicate a strong capital position. (You can read the full research report on Morgan Stanley here>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Union Pacific (UNP), Oracle (ORCL), and Travelers Companies (TRV). You can find all of today's stock research reports here >>

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