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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Johnson & Johnson, Barclays, Procter & Gamble, Kellogg and Medtronic

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Chicago, IL – January 06, 2017 – 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 Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: (JNJ - Free Report) – Free Report ), Barclays (NYSE: (BCS - Free Report) – Free Report ), Procter & Gamble (NYSE: (PG - Free Report) – Free Report ), Kellogg (NYSE: (K - Free Report) – Free Report ) and Medtronic (NYSE: (MDT - Free Report) – Free Report ).

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Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Research Reports for Friday: JNJ, BCS, PG

Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: (JNJ - Free Report) – Free Report ), Barclays (NYSE:(BCS - Free Report) – Free Report ), and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: (PG - Free Report) – Free Report ).

Johnson & Johnson shares were up +14.6% last year, widely outperforming the large-cap pharma space (down -3.8%) as well as the S&P 500 index (up +12.1%). While the company is faced with a number of headwinds like unfavorable currency movements, increased competition from generics, pricing pressures and an uncertain global macroeconomic backdrop, the analyst believes that JNJ's diversified business model, deep product pipeline, lack of cyclicality and financial strength position it for continued momentum going forward. We saw this in the company's Q3 earnings report when it beat on the top- and bottom-lines and provided favorable outlook. The analyst expects these trends to continue in the coming periods as well; JNJ is scheduled to report 2016 Q4 results on January 24th. (You can read the full research report on Johnson & Johnson here >> )

Barclays shares have struggled for a while, but the British banking giant appears to have a turned the corner lately, with the stock outperforming the Zacks Foreign Banks industry over the past three months. The analyst thinks that this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) bank is on track to achieve targeted cost savings this year, driven by continued divestiture of non-core operations world-wide. These are expected to improve operational efficiency and lower expenses, thereby leading to improved profitability over time. Further, Moody’s long term ratings upgrade enhances investors’ confidence in the stock. (You can read the full research report on Barclays here >> )

Procter & Gamble shares were up +8.5% last year, outperforming the Zacks Consumer Staples sector (+4.1%). The analyst likes the company's strong organic sales, which grew 3% in Q3, the best performance in over two years. Productivity improvements and aggressive cost-saving efforts have consistently improved margins with the trend expected to continue going forward. On the flip side, the Zacks analyst points to mature end markets and the negative impact of the strong U.S. dollar as some of the headwinds for the stock. The company is expected to report Q4 results on January 24th, with the current Zacks Consensus EPS of $1.07 on $16.8 billion in revenues. (You can read the full research report on Procter & Gamble here >> )

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Kellogg (NYSE: (K - Free Report) – Free Report ) and Medtronic (NYSE: (MDT - Free Report) – Free Report ).

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