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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Walmart, Intel, Cisco Systems, Union Pacific and Nokia

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – January 27, 2021 – 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: Walmart Inc. (WMT - Free Report) , Intel Corporation (INTC - Free Report) , Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO - Free Report) , Union Pacific Corporation (UNP - Free Report)  and Nokia Corporation (NOK - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Analyst Reports for Walmart, Intel and Cisco

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 12 major stocks, including Walmart, Intel and Cisco Systems. 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 >>>

Walmart shares have outperformed the Zacks Supermarkets industry over the past year (+25.3% vs. +25%) on the back of rising demand for grocery and general merchandise amid the pandemic.

Stay-at-home trends are also boosting e-commerce sales, which soared 79% in the U.S. segment in third-quarter fiscal 2021. During the quarter, the top and bottom lines beat the estimates and grew year over year, with U.S. comp sales rising for the 25th straight time. Comps were fueled by strength in core categories and higher shift toward e-commerce.

Clearly, Walmart’s efforts to enhance deliveries are yielding results. Also, the company is focused on improving the International unit’s performance, evident from its recent plans to sell certain businesses. However, the company is seeing high COVID-19 costs, which are likely to prevail. Also, price investments are hurting gross margin to an extent.

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

Shares of Intel have gained +12.1% in the last six months against the Zacks General Semiconductor industry’s gain of +27.2%. The Zacks analyst believes that sluggish data center demand across cloud service providers, enterprise and government end-markets is likely to weigh on the top-line performance, at least in the near term.

Declining ASPs and weakness in IOT end-markets remain headwinds. Also, production delays pertaining to 7 nm ramp up remain concerns. Nevertheless, Intel is poised to gain from increasing demand for its 10 nanometer SuperFin process-based 11th Gen core processors.

Moreover, Mobileye growth is projected to be driven by design win momentum and stabilizing automotive industry through 2021.

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

Cisco shares have gained +19.2% over the past three months against the Zacks Computer Networking industry’s rise of +19.4%. The Zacks analyst believes that Cisco is benefitting from robust adoption of identity and access, advanced threat and unified threat management security solutions amid high growth in Internet traffic.

Ongoing momentum in Webex video conferencing and business productivity offerings on account of COVID-19 induced work-from-home demand environment remains noteworthy. Also, strong demand for Catalyst 9000 family of switches aided growth. Moreover, the company provided encouraging guidance for the fiscal second quarter of 2021.

Nonetheless, weakness in the commercial, service provider and enterprise end markets and coronavirus crisis-led supply chain constraints is likely to weigh on revenues. Further, weak demand for servers, and sluggish enterprise IT spending, remain added concerns.  

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Union Pacific and Nokia.

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