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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Google, Visa, PayPal, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Target

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Chicago, IL – April 7, 2021 – 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: Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL - Free Report) , Visa Inc. (V - Free Report) , PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL - Free Report) , Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY - Free Report) and Target Corporation (TGT - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Alphabet, Visa and PayPal

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 Alphabet, Visa and PayPal. 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 >>>

Alphabet shares have outperformed the Zacks Internet Services industry in the year to date period (+25.9% vs. +19.3%). The Zacks analyst believes that Alphabet's strengthening cloud unit is aiding substantial revenue growth. Moreover, expanding data centers will continue to bolster its presence in the cloud space.

Further, major updates in its search segment are enhancing the search results, which is a major positive.   Moreover, Google's robust mobile search is gaining solid momentum. Additionally, strong focus on innovation of AI techniques and the home automation space should aid business growth in the long term.

However, the company's growing litigation issues and increasing expenses might hurt profitability. Further, the company faces persistent pressure from advertisers to tighten controls on YouTube video service.

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

Visa shares have gained +8% over the last six months against the Zacks Financial Transaction Services industry's gain of +8.9%. The Zacks analyst believes that numerous acquisitions and alliances have paved the way for long-term growth and consistently drove revenues for Visa.

Also, technological as well as a shift in payments to digital modes is a boon for the company. The acquisition of Visa Europe is a strategic fit as well. The coronavirus vaccine development and the gradual revival of consumer confidence will drive spending, expanding the company's business volumes in turn.

However, high operating expenses stress the operating margins. Ramped-up client initiatives will dent the top line. Also, a sluggish cross-border business due to coronavirus looms on.

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

Shares of PayPal have gained +7.6% in the past three months against the Zacks Internet Software industry's loss of -10.2%. 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. Additionally, solid momentum of core peer to peer and PayPal Checkout experiences is a tailwind. Also, well-performing merchant services 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 >>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Bristol-Myers Squibb and Target.

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