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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Pepsi, Crown Castle, Constellation Brands, General Electric and DuPont

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Chicago, IL – December 01, 2016 – Zacks.com 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 Pepsi (NYSE:(PEP - Free Report) Free Report),Crown Castle (NYSE:(CCI - Free Report) Free Report),Constellation Brands (NYSE:(STZ - Free Report) Free Report),General Electric (NYSE:(GE - Free Report) Free Report) and DuPont (NYSE:(DD - Free Report) Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Research Reports for Thursday, December 1st

Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Pepsi (NYSE:(PEP - Free Report) Free Report), Crown Castle (NYSE:(CCI - Free Report) Free Report) and Constellation Brands (NYSE:(STZ - Free Report) Free Report).

Pepsi ’s shares have outperformed the embattled soft drinks industry in the year-to-date period though they have lagged the broader market. The analyst likes the company’s innovation initiatives, continued momentum in the Frito-Lay business, revenue management strategies, improved productivity and better market execution. Pepsi’s new product lineup, aggressive marketing efforts, productivity improvement and cost-saving initiatives should drive profits. However, growing health awareness has been hurting the CSD category, resulting in a 3% volume decline in the first three quarters of 2016. (You can read the full research report on Pepsi here.)

Crown Castle ’s shares have lagged the REIT equity trust other industry and the broader market in the year-to-date period. The analyst stresses that Crown Castle’s extensive tower portfolio, increased demand for infrastructure, strong business outlook, healthy leasing activity, continual acquisition of towers and growing demand for mobile broadband are major positives. However, customer concentration, consolidation in the wireless industry, expenses related to technological advancements and foreign currency exchange rate risks remain potent headwinds. (You can read the full research report on Crown Castle here.)

Buy rated Constellation Brands’ shares have gained more than 9% over the year, exceeding the performance of the alcoholic beverages industry as well as the broader market. The analyst likes the company’s focus on brand building and efforts to include new products in its wine and spirits portfolio. Also, it remains committed to expanding operations directed toward achieving business growth, as is evident from its numerous acquisitions. However, the risk of increasing taxes continues to be a concern for the company. Intense competition, currency fluctuations and seasonal nature of the company’s business can also dent its operating performance. (You canread the full research report on Constellation Brands here .)

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include General Electric (NYSE:(GE - Free Report) Free Report) and DuPont (NYSE:(DD - Free Report) Free Report).

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