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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: JPMorgan, Walmart, PayPal, Equinix and Boston Scientific

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Chicago, IL – December 22, 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: JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM - Free Report) , Walmart Inc. (WMT - Free Report) , PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL - Free Report) , Equinix, Inc. (EQIX - Free Report) and Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Analyst Reports for JPMorgan, Walmart & 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 JPMorgan, Walmart, 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 >>>

Shares of JPMorgan have underperformed the Zacks Major Regional Banks industry over the past year (+29.7% vs. +36%), however, things seem to be improving. The Zacks analyst believes that JPMorgan's business diversification efforts, strategic add-on acquisitions, and initiatives to expand the branch network in new markets are some of the major tailwinds.

Digitization initiatives and strength in the mortgage banking business are expected to further support JPM's financials. A robust investment banking pipeline is also likely to aid revenues. Low interest rates in the near term, however, are expected to keep hurting JPMorgan’s margins and interest income. Normalization of the trading business remains another major concern.

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

Walmart shares have lost -1.9% in the year to date period against the Zacks Supermarkets industry’s gain of +0.7%. However, things are not all that bad. The Zacks analyst believes that Walmart has been gaining from its sturdy comp sales record, driven by its constant omnichannel efforts. WMT has been posting positive comp sales in the U.S. division for the past 29 quarters.

A strong inventory position, increased contributions from advertising revenues and lower markdowns have somewhat helped WMT counter inflationary pressures. With more customers and members returning to stores and clubs, demand is expected to remain strong. Supply chain and labor market woes, however, are likely to weigh on the company’s margins.

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

Shares of PayPal have gained +2.9% in the last six months against the Zacks Internet Software industry’s loss of -10%. The Zacks analyst believes that Paypal has been benefiting from robust growth in total payments volume owing to increasing net new active accounts.

Venmo’s improving monetization efforts and rising adoption rate across various platforms have been aiding the total active accounts growth. Solid momentum of core peer to peer and PayPal Checkout experiences is another tailwind. Accelerating transaction revenues are also likely to continue driving revenues. Intensifying competition in the digital payment market, however, remains a major concern.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Equinix and Boston Scientific.

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