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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Coca-Cola, Disney, Danaher, Halliburton and Time Warner

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Chicago, IL – November 22, 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 Coca-Cola (NYSE:(KO - Free Report) – Free Report), Disney (NYSE:(DIS - Free Report) –Free Report), Danaher (NYSE:(DHR - Free Report) –Free Report), Halliburton (NYSE:(HAL - Free Report) –Free Report) and Time Warner (NYSE:(TWX - Free Report) – Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Research Reports for Today: KO, DIS, DHR

Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Coca-Cola (NYSE:(KO - Free Report) –Free Report), Disney (NYSE:(DIS - Free Report) –Free Report) and Danaher (NYSE:(DHR - Free Report) – Free Report).

Coca-Cola shares have struggled this year, with the stock down more than 4% in the year-to-date period compared to the roughly flat showing for the consumer staples sector as a whole. Driving the weakness has been headwinds from uncertain outlook for emerging markets, unfavorable currency movements and other structural issues like weakness in the company's North American sparkling beverage business. These issues notwithstanding, the company reported better-than-expected results in the third quarter of 2016 courtesy of higher prices for sodas and strong demand for water and sports drinks in North America. The analyst likes Coke’s formidable portfolio of globally recognized brands. The company has witnessed improved margins on higher pricing and smaller packaging in developed markets, amid slowing sales. (You can read the full research report on Coca-Cola here>> )

Disney shares have lagged its peers (the stock is down more than 6% year to date) on concerns about the impact of 'cord cutting' on the company's ESPN franchise. But Disney is more than just the ESPN franchise, as the analyst points out in the updated research report issued today. The analyst likes the company's movies business and favorable momentum in its parks and resorts division. The success of its movies also means greater business opportunities for its consumer products business. (You can read the full research report on Disney here>>)

Buy rated Danaher shares have struggled lately on concerns about its business repositioning that involved greater exposure to the healthcare and environmental verticlas following the Fortive spin-off. The analyst points out that the new Danaher is less exposed to volatile end-markets following the spin-off and has a more recurring revenue business. Two of the company’s latest acquisitions, namely Cepheid and Phenomenex, are expected to boost its already thriving Diagnostics and Life Sciences business, respectively. However, on the flip side, sluggish economic conditions across some key operating regions and unfavorable currency translations pose as significant headwinds. (You can read the full research report on Danaher here>>)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Halliburton (NYSE:(HAL - Free Report) –Free Report) and Time Warner (NYSE:(TWX - Free Report) – Free Report).

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