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Research Daily

Wednesday, November 23 2016

Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including General Dynamics (GD), DuPont (DD) and Merck (MRK).

Buy rated General Dynamics’s shares have gained nearly 24% this year. The analyst likes its recent contract wins, such as the $125.6 million contract to offer program management and system support for Rescue 21, the U.S. Coast Guard's advanced communications system. Going ahead, General Dynamics expects to see solid growth momentum post 2017, following the introduction of the G500 in 2018, major revenue recognition from Combat Systems’ huge backlog and the Ohio-class Replacement (ORP) submarine program. (You can read the full research report on General Dynamics here.)

DuPont’s shares have increased 6.5% this year. The analyst likes Buy rated DuPont’s aggressive cost-cutting actions and new product launches. 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. DuPont has unveiled redesign actions to support its more focused portfolio of businesses following the spinoff of the performance chemicals unit. Moreover, it remains committed to maximize shareholder value. (You can read the full research report on DuPont here.)

Merck shares have gained more than 17% year-to-date on the back of strong momentum in its product pipeline. The company's better than expected Q3 results and positive guidance are adding to the momentum as well. The analyst likes Merck’s new products, especially Keytruda, which should continue to contribute meaningfully to the top line. The latest FDA approval of Keytruda for the first line treatment of metastatic lung cancer should sharply improve the drug’s sales. Merck has also made significant progress with its pipeline and is working on bringing new products to the market. However, generic competition and pricing pressure will continue to pressurize the top line. (You can read the full research report on Merck here.)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Oracle (ORCL), Marriott (MAR) and Blackstone (BX).

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