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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline and McDonald


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Chicago, IL – September 28, 2016 – 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 General Electric (NYSE:(GE - Analyst Report) -Free Report),GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:(GSK - Analyst Report) -Free Report) and McDonald (NYSE: (MCD - Analyst Report) - Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

New Research Reports from General Electric, McDonalds and GlaxoSmithKline

We are featuring 16 research reports on major stocks in today's Research Daily, including General Electric (NYSE:(GE - Analyst Report) -Free Report), GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:(GSK - Analyst Report) -Free Report) and McDonald’s (NYSE:(MCD - Analyst Report) - Free Report).

Buy rated General Electric shares have lagged the market this year on concerns about the conglomerate's order backlog and continued weakness in the energy end-market. This issue notwithstanding, the company has done an excellent job of its plan to reduce its exposure to finance and get back to its industrial and engineering roots. To that end, it is enjoying strong momentum in the power and aviation end markets, partly offset by continued weakness in the energy space. A track record of returning excess cash to shareholders through buybacks and dividends (dividend yields an attractive 3.1%) are some of the other positives in the GE story. (You can read the full research report on GE here>>)

GlaxoSmithKline shares have gained more than 7% year-to-date, outperforming many of its large-cap pharma peers. The buy rated stock is positioned to deliver strong core earnings growth on the back of performance momentum in its new products as well as those acquired from Novartis. These should help support revenues and ease the impact of the loss of Advair sales. Glaxo’s efforts to develop its pipeline are also encouraging. Moreover, steps to increase cost efficiency and its outlook for the next five years bode well. You can read the full research report on GlaxoSmithKline here>> )

McDonald’s shares have been weak lately on soft industry trends, macroeconomic concerns in various parts of the world along with negative currency translation issues. However, the analyst likes the manner in which McDonald’s has turned itself around in the domestic market like menu innovation, introduction of value meals, efficient marketing and promotions, and improved service. (You canread the full research report on McDonald’s here >>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Caterpillar (CAT) and Medtronic (MDT).

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