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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: PayPal, Bank of America, Citigroup, Zoom Video and Goldman Sachs

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Chicago, IL – December 31, 2020 – 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: PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL - Free Report) , Bank of America Corporation (BAC - Free Report) , Citigroup Inc. (C - Free Report) , Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM - Free Report) and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for PayPal, Bank of America and Citigroup

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including PayPal, Bank of America and Citigroup. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today's research reports here >>>

PayPal shares have outperformed the Zacks Internet Software industry in the year to date period (+114.1% vs. +108.5%). The Zacks analyst believes that PayPal is benefiting from robust growth in total payments volume owing to increasing net new active accounts. Further, strengthening customer engagement on the company's platform is a major positive.

Furthermore, Venmo's improving monetization efforts and rising adoption rate across various platforms are aiding the total active accounts. Additionally, growing momentum of core peer to peer and PayPal Checkout experiences is a tailwind.

Also, benefits from Honey buyout are positives. However, increasing credit loss reserves owing to macroeconomic projections on account of coronavirus is a serious matter of concern. Further, intensifying digital payment competition is a risk. 

(You can read the full research report on PayPal here >>>)

Shares of Bank of America have lost -14.8% over the past year against the Zacks Major Regional Banks industry's loss of -19.5%. The Zacks analyst believes that opening of new branches, steady improvement in digital offerings and efforts to manage expenses are likely to support profitability.

A strong balance sheet and liquidity position are expected to continue aiding the company's financials amid economic slowdown. Further, its capital deployments are decent. However, near-zero interest rates and no near-term chance of any change in the same are expected to continue hurting the bank's margins and interest income.

Additionally, coronavirus-induced concerns are likely to further hamper business activities. Thus, loan growth is expected to be muted in the near term.

(You can read the full research report on Bank of America here >>>)

Citigroup shares have gained +21.1% over the past six months against the Zacks Major Regional Banks industry's rise of +28.3%. The Zacks analyst believes that Citigroup's streamlining efforts, along with strategic investments in core business, bode well.

Also, net interest revenues will likely be supported by loan growth and mix, despite the low interest rates environment. Further, manageable debt level makes Citigroup less risky in case of any economic downturn. Though, pending litigation and subdued consumer banking business remain concerns, Citigroup's shrinking costs base due to the wind-down of legacy assets is aiding bottom-line expansion.

Notably, the company recently announced to have passed the Fed's second round of stress test and will resume buybacks in 2021.

(You can read the full research report on Citigroup here >>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Zoom Video Communications and Goldman Sachs.

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