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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights Pfizer, Charles Schwab, Vale, Citigroup, and Palo Alto Networks

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Chicago, IL – April 14, 2022 – 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 Pfizer Inc. (PFE - Free Report) , Charles Schwab (SCHW - Free Report) , Vale S.A. (VALE - Free Report) , Citigroup Inc. (C - Free Report) and Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (PANW - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Pfizer, Charles Schwab and Vale

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 Pfizer Inc., Charles Schwab, and Vale S.A.. 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 Pfizer have outperformed the Zacks Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry over the past year (+48.1% vs. +35.8%), with the company's industry-leading Covid vaccines/treatments driving the momentum. The vaccine together with Pfizer's promising oral antiviral pill for COVID-19, Paxlovid is expected to generate a combined $54 billion in sales in 2022.

Pfizer boasts a sustainable pipeline with multiple late-stage programs that can drive growth. However, currency headwinds and pricing pressure are key top-line headwinds. Concerns remain about its long-term growth drivers beyond its COVID-related products due to competitive pressure.
(You can read the full research report on Pfizer here >>>)

Shares of Charles Schwab have outperformed the Zacks Financial - Investment Bank industry over the past year (+21.0% vs. -0.7%). The Zacks analyst believes that strategic acquisitions have reinforced Schwab's position as a leading brokerage player. The same will likely be accretive to earnings. Offering commission-free trading has led to a rise in client assets and brokerage accounts, thereby improving trading revenues.

Schwab's efficient capital deployments reflect a solid balance sheet position, through which it will enhance shareholder value. However, despite expectations of a few rate hikes, relatively lower interest rates will likely keep hurting margins in the near term. Elevated operating expenses might hamper the company's bottom-line growth to an extent.

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

Vale shares have gained +22.9% over the past year against the +8.2% gain for the S&P 500 index on the back of the mining giant's exposure to favorable pricing outlook for iron ore, Copper and nickel. The Zacks analyst believes that the company is expected to end this year with higher production capacity, after the ramp-up of the tailings filtration plants at the Itabira and Brucutu sites and their respective additions in tailings storage capacity. 

Efforts to improve productivity, the introduction of more high-quality ore in the market, and control costs will also favor its results. Backed by its solid cash flow, Vale continues to lower debt levels while continuing to invest in projects that will drive growth for the company. Vale has inked an agreement to sell its coal business to focus on its core businesses and become a leader in low-carbon mining company.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Citigroup Inc. and Palo Alto Networks, Inc..

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