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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights Alibaba, McDonald, Advanced Micro Devices, Abbott Laboratories, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Chicago, IL – May 19, 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:Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA - Free Report) , McDonald's Corp. (MCD - Free Report) , Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD - Free Report) Abbott Laboratories (ABT - Free Report) , and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (VRTX - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Alibaba, McDonald's and AMD

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 Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., McDonald's Corp., and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.. 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 >>>

Alibaba shares have declined -27.3% in the year-to-date period, inline with the Zacks Tech sector's performance and better than Amazon's -33.5% decline. The uncertain outlook for Alibaba's home market given China's zero-Covid policy is exacerbating sentiment shifts in the market against growth stocks in a rising interest rate environment. While these are reasonable worries and they could very well weigh on the stock some more, the company's competitive position in the Chinese market has never been stronger. 

Further, its robust New Retail strategy which is gaining strong traction in the market remains a major positive. This is aiding growth in Tmall Import, Freshippo and Intime Department Stores. Furthermore, well-performing Cainiao logistics services are contributing well. Additionally, the company's strengthening cloud business on the back of its expanding customer base continues to drive its performance.

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

Shares of McDonald's have outperformed the Zacks Retail - Restaurants industry over the past year (+4.4% vs. -16.8%) on the back of robust comps growth. The Zacks analyst believes that the strong drive-thru presence and its investments in delivery and digitization over the past few years have aided McDonald's in countering the pandemic. Robust digitalization will help the company in driving long-term growth and capturing market share.

The company is focusing on store expansion efforts. It is planning to open more than 1,800 restaurants globally in 2022. However, coronavirus-related woes persist. In first-quarter 2022, comps in the China market were hurt by the pandemic.

(You can read the full research report on McDonald's here >>>)

Shares of Advanced Micro Devices have outperformed the Zacks Electronics - Semiconductors industry over the past year (+34.5% vs. +25.2%). The Zacks analyst believes that the company is benefiting from the strong demand of its Ryzen and EPYC server processors, owing to the increasing proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in industries like cloud, gaming and data center. The growing clout of 7 nanometer (nm) products in the data center vertical, driven by work-from-home and online learning trends, is a key catalyst.

AMD provided strong 2022 guidance for revenues backed by robust growth across all businesses. Higher server and client processor revenues are likely to lead to a sequential increase. The Xilinx and Pensando acquisition will boost AMD's data center business. Alliances with Amazon, Microsoft, Baidu and augment business prospects. However, stiff competition from NVIDIA and Intel is a concern.

(You can read the full research report on Advanced Micro Devices here >>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Abbott Laboratories, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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