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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Bank of America, Procter & Gamble, Home Depot, Microsoft and PNC Financial


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Chicago, IL – October 19, 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 Bank of America (NYSE:(BAC - Analyst Report) –Free Report),Procter & Gamble (NYSE:(PG - Analyst Report) –Free Report),Home Depot (NYSE:(HD - Analyst Report) –Free Report),Microsoft (NASDAQ:(MSFT - Analyst Report) –Free Report) and PNC Financial (NYSE:(PNC - Analyst Report) – Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Today’s Analyst Reports for Bank of America (BAC - Analyst Report) , Home Depot (HD - Analyst Report) and Procter & Gamble

Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Bank of America (NYSE:(BAC - Analyst Report) – Free Report), Procter & Gamble (NYSE:(PG - Analyst Report) –Free Report) and Home Depot (NYSE:(HD - Analyst Report) – Free Report).

Bank of America have lagged the broader market as well as the Finance sector in the year-to-date period, given the combination of the banking giant's reputation for operational challenges and the overall tough operating for banks environment. But part of these headwinds appear to have started lifting as reflected in the company's strong quarterly results, which followed similar momentum from a number of its peers as well. Bank of America’s third-quarter earnings handily surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate, driven by impressive growth in fixed income trading revenues and investment banking fees, along with higher mortgage banking income. Efficient expense management also supported the bottom line. The analyst likes this buy-rated company’s efforts to improve loan and deposit balances, restructure its balance sheet and steadily deploy capital. (You can read the full research report on Bank of America here>>)

You can check out our analysis of the Q3 earnings season, with a focus on bank earnings, in this week's Earnings Preview report - Reassuring Start to the Q3 Earnings Season >>

Procter & Gamble shares have gained more than 10% year-to-date on the back of the company's strong brand recognition, diversified portfolio, impressive product development capabilities and marketing prowess and strong cash flows. The company is investing in its brands and products and redesigning its supply chain to improve productivity and organic growth. Though the portfolio restructuring plan is hurting near-term sales and profits, it will ultimately increase profitability. (You can read the full research report on Procter & Gamble here>> )

Home Depot shares have not been doing too well recently. But the analyst likes the company’s focus on customer experience and its solid execution. Home Depot is also gaining from the housing market recovery and these factors helped it post its highest quarterly sales and earnings, in the last reported quarter, following which it raised its fiscal 2016 earnings view. However, intense competition from specialty stores and mass retailers as well as the impact of soft economic recovery on discretionary spending may prove to be deterrents. (You canread the full research report on Home Depot here>> )

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Microsoft (NASDAQ:(MSFT - Analyst Report) – Free Report) and PNC Financial (NYSE:(PNC - Analyst Report) – Free Report).

You can find all of today's stock research reports here>>

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