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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Apogee, Mohawk, Avnet, WESCO and OI Glass

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Chicago, IL – October 15, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (APOG - Free Report) , Mohawk Industries, Inc. (MHK - Free Report) , Avnet, Inc. (AVT - Free Report) , WESCO International, Inc. (WCC - Free Report) and OI Glass, Inc. (OI - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Will Earnings Reports Drive Shares This Earnings Season?

Tuesday was the first big day this earnings season, with companies like JPMorgan Chase, Delta and many others reporting results. And although there were some really big beats, there wasn’t that positive response from the market that we’ve come to expect. Not in most cases at least

Blackrock did see a 3.9% increase in its share prices, but that came in response to an earnings beat of over 18% by the Zacks #2 (Buy) ranked company.

J&J was not so lucky, as the company wasn’t rewarded either for its 10.6% beat or for the fact that it raised its 2020 guidance. The results were met with a 2.3% slide in share prices, likely an overhang from its recent decision to shelve its coronavirus vaccine candidate after a study participant had an unexplained reaction. If all had gone well, the company would have filed for emergency use authorization in early 2021.

JPMorgan beat by 10.6% and Citi by 38.6%, and were met with a respective 1.6% and 4.8% slide in share prices. The pandemic has had the severest impact on the banking sector, despite the Fed’s attempts to smooth things out with a lower federal funds rate and financial support for businesses and individuals.

The situation is unlikely to be resolved soon because of the promise of 0 interest rates until 2023. So overall, banks are in a bit of a pressure cooker situation and the best thing that they can hope for is to try and stay profitable and keep paying the dividends. Until this whole thing blows over.

That means that the virus is playing the biggest role on Wall Street, with things like the elections, mega events and the holidays, all taking a back seat. And so it appears that companies (and market segments) that stand to gain from the virus are the ones that have the best chances of seeing positive reactions.

So other than the market segment or industry, it’s best to look for stocks that are seeing recent estimate revisions, a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 and a strong VGM Score (or Value, or Growth). Here are a few stocks that are looking good now-

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.

Apogee designs and develops a whole range of value-added glass products, services and systems for customized window and walls of commercial and institutional buildings, aluminum window frames for commercial operations including shop windows, and value-added glass and acrylic products for picture framing.

Zacks Rank #1

Value Score A, Growth Score B, VGM Score B

Industry: Glass Products (top 1%)

2020 Estimate increased 59 cents (34.7%) 7 days ago

Mohawk Industries, Inc.

This is a leading global manufacturer of flooring products like carpets, rugs, ceramic tiles, laminates, wood, stone and vinyl flooring for residential and commercial spaces.

Zacks Rank #1

Value Score B, Momentum Score A, VGM Score B

Industry: Textile - Home Furnishing (Top 7%)

2020 Estimate jumped 45 cents (7.7%) 7 days ago

Avnet, Inc.

Avnet is one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and computer products that it sources from more than 300 component and system manufacturers.

Zacks Rank #1

Value Score B, Growth Score B, VGM Score A

Industry: Electronics - Parts Distribution (Top 1%)

2020 Estimate jumped 8 cents (5.3%) in the last 7 days

WESCO International, Inc.

WESCO is one of the largest players in the highly fragmented distribution market for electrical construction products in North America.

Zacks Rank #1

Value Score B, VGM Score B

Industry: Electronics - Parts Distribution (Top 1%)

2020 Estimate increased 1 cent (0.2%) 7 days ago

OI Glass, Inc.

O-I Glass is the largest manufacturer of glass containers in the world. Its 78 glass manufacturing plants located in 23 countries offer glass containers for rigid packaging.

Zacks Rank #2

Value Score A, Growth Score B, VGM Score A

Industry: Glass Products (top 1%)

2020 Estimate increased 1 cent (1.0%) 7 days ago

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