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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights Berkshire Hathaway, Honeywell, Becton, Dickinson, NXP Semiconductors N.V., and Ecolab

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Chicago, IL – March 23, 2022 – 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: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B - Free Report) , Honeywell International Inc. (HON - Free Report) , Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BDX - Free Report) , NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI - Free Report) and Ecolab Inc. (ECL - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Research Reports for Berkshire Hathaway, Honeywell and Becton, Dickinson

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 Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Honeywell International Inc. and Becton, Dickinson and Co. These research reports have been hand-picked from roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

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

Shares of Berkshire Hathaway have outperformed the Zacks Insurance - Property and Casualty industry over the past year (+40.9% vs. +24.1%). The Zacks analyst believes that the company is one of the largest property and casualty insurance companies measured by premium volume. Berkshire's inorganic growth story remains impressive with strategic acquisitions, as the just announced Alleghany transaction shows. A strong cash position supports earnings-accretive bolt-on buyouts and indicates the company's financial flexibility. Continued insurance business growth fuels increase in float, drive earnings and generates maximum return on equity.

The non-insurance businesses are delivering improved results with increased revenues over the past few years. A sturdy capital level provides further impetus. However, exposure to catastrophe loss induces earnings volatility and also affects the property and casualty underwriting results of Berkshire. Huge capital expenditure remains a headwind for the company.

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

Honeywell International shares have declined -7.5% over the past year against the Zacks Diversified Operations industry's decline of -4.0%. The Zacks analyst believes that weakness across the personal protective equipment business will adversely impact its near-term results. Honeywell has been dealing with high costs and expenses and supply-chain challenges, which might affect its margins and profitability. Also, high debt levels might raise its financial obligations and hurt profitability.

However, Honeywell is expected to benefit from strength in the warehouse and workflow solutions, UOP and advanced materials businesses. It is likely to gain from acquisitions made over time. Also, its ability to generate strong cash flows add to its strength. The company's commercial and operational excellence initiatives are likely to be favorable.

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

Shares of Becton, Dickinson have outperformed the Zacks Medical - Dental Supplies industry over the past six-month period (+5.4% vs. -2.7%). The Zacks analyst believes that the company's base revenue uptick and robust results by majority of its arms in first-quarter fiscal 2022 are impressive. Regulatory approvals and launches are encouraging. BD's strategic deals augurs well. A raised outlook for full-fiscal year is also promising.

A strong solvency position is an added plus. BD's fiscal first-quarter results were better than expected. Yet, year-over-year falls in both top and bottom lines are disappointing. Fall in BD Life Science arm and both geographical areas are worrying. Lower COVID-only testing revenues are discouraging. Contraction of both margins does not bode well. BD's operation in a highly consolidated medical technology industry is worrying.

(You can read the full research report on Becton, Dickinson here >>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include NXP Semiconductors N.V. and Ecolab Inc.

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