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Research Daily

Thursday, October 27, 2016

We are featuring 16 major stocks in today's Research Daily, including reports on Apple (AAPL), Comcast (CMCSA), Lockheed Martin (LMT) and DuPont (DD). These 16 reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports issued by the Zacks analysts team today. You can find all of today's stock research reports here>>

Apple shares lost ground following the quarterly release (the stock is still up more than 9% year-to-date) as market participants weren't impressed with guidance for revenues, margins. Questions about China where the company's revenue dropped 30% from the year-earlier level also remain. These issues and the company's growing iPhone reliance (about 60% of total revenues) notwithstanding, the Zacks likes Apple's loyal customer base, strong ecosystem, enormous cash-flow generation ability (more than $12 billion in free cash flows in the quarter), track record capital returns to shareholders and still attractive valuation. (You can read the full research report on Apple here>>)

Comcast shares have weakened following the mixed quarterly report, but the stock still remains a solid performer (up nearly 11% year to date). The company was able to add 32,000 video subscribers in the reported quarter despite widespread cord-cutting. The company's cable business is doing well while the NBC Universal segment is witnessing significant improvement. Also, its decision to venture into the U.S. wireless space bodes well for its diversified business model. (You can read the full research report on Comcast here>>)

Lockheed Martin's  strong quarterly results should help sustain the stock's momentum (up more than 15% year-to-date). Driving this momentum is Lockheed Martin’s status as a bellwether for the defense space and company's impressive cash flow generation abilities which it generously shares with its shareholders. The 10% dividend hike and an additional $2 billion buyback authorization add to the company's track record on this front.  The analyst likes the company's solid outlook, impressive revenue growth and potential share buybacks. (You can read the full research report on Lockheed Martin here>>)

DuPont shares have lagged the materials sector this year, likely reflecting regulatory uncertainty about mega merger and subsequent restructuring with Dow Chemicals. But the company continues to impress operationally, with Q3 results coming in better than expected, outlook for the current period raised and management reassuring about the Dow deal. (You can read the full research report on DuPont here>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Caterpillar (CAT), Alphabet (GOOGL) and American Airlines (AAL).

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Sheraz Mian

Director of Research

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