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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Shell, Alibaba, Kraft Heinz, Facebook and Simon Property

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Chicago, IL – November 09, 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 Shell (NYSE:(RDS.A - Free Report) –Free Report),Alibaba (NYSE:(BABA - Free Report) –Free Report),Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:(KHC - Free Report) –Free Report),Facebook (NASDAQ:(FB - Free Report) –Free Report) and Simon Property (NYSE:(SPG - Free Report) – Free Report).

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Top Research Reports for Today

Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Shell (NYSE:(RDS.A - Free Report) – Free Report), Alibaba (NYSE:(BABA - Free Report) – Free Report) and Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:(KHC - Free Report) – Free Report). These reports have been hand-picked from amongst the roughly 70 reports issued by our analyst team today. To see the complete list of today's research reports, click here >>

Shares of Buy rated Shell have performed well lately by rising around 10.1% during the period on the back of a relatively stable oil price environment. Moreover, Europe's largest oil company reported better-than-expected earnings during the third quarter despite the difficult operating environment. The Zacks analyst likes the company’s expense management and progress on its large divestment program. Meanwhile, the most important take away from the earnings release was the remarkable speed of its BG integration that contributed significantly to production volumes. Shell's near-term dividend outlook also looks good with the company delivering on its pledge to sustain the payout throughout 2016. (You can read the full research report on Shell here>>)

Alibaba shares have outperformed the broader market as well as the peer e-commerce space in the year-to-date period (it is up more than 22%), with the trend expected to remain in place given the stable outlook for China and the company's encouraging quarterly results. The solid growth in its core e-commerce business as well as growing cloud computing services aided the results. The analyst likes the company’s dominance in China's mobile commerce market, efforts to develop new products and strong financial position. However, continued investments and increasing competition remained as concerns. (You can read the full research report on Alibaba here>>)

Kraft Heinz shares have been standout performers this year, gaining more than 18.2%, as cost savings initiatives and strong gains from innovation continued to have a positive impact on the company’s performance. The analyst also likes the company’s productivity improvement initiatives including zero-based budgeting; modernization and capability building. However, lower shipments in cold cuts, foodservice and nuts emerged led the company’s revenue to remain soft during third quarter. Management had warned that consumer trends are likely to remain challenged in both North America and Europe in the remainder of 2016. (You can read the full research report on Kraft Heinz here>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Facebook (NASDAQ:(FB - Free Report) – Free Report) and Simon Property (NYSE:(SPG - Free Report) – Free Report).

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