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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Bank of America, American Express, Pepsi, Eaton and Autodesk

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Chicago, IL – September 5, 2017 – 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 includeBank of America (NYSE: (BAC - Free Report)  – Free Report), American Express (NYSE: (AXP - Free Report)  – Free Report),Pepsi (NYSE: (PEP - Free Report)  – Free Report), Eaton (NYSE: (ETN - Free Report)  – Free Report)and Autodesk (Nasdaq: (ADSK - Free Report)  – Free Report).

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Bank of America shares have outperformed the Zacks Major Regional Banks industry over the last one year, gaining +50.9% vs. +29.6%. This price performance is backed by impressive earnings surprise history. The company has surpassed expectations for earnings in all the trailing four quarters.

Further, rising interest rates, increase in loan and deposit balances, efforts to streamline and simplify operations, and potential lesser regulations are expected to continue supporting the company's profitability going forward. However, fee income growth concerns remain a key concern. Specifically, fall in mortgage banking income owing to lower volumes and decline in refinancing along with uncertainty related to performance of capital markets are major concerns for the Zacks analyst.

(You can read the full research report on Bank of America here >>>).

Shares of Buy rated Pepsi have modestly lagged the broader market over the last year (+10.1% for PEP vs. +15.7% for the S&P 500), but they outperformed the Zacks Soft Drinks Beverages industry as well as Coke (KO was +8.3%). Despite global macro challenges, Pepsi has been doing well since 2014 on the back of significant innovation, ongoing revenue management strategies, improved productivity and better market execution.

The company has been facing challenges amid the shift in consumers’ preferences. Given this backdrop, it is gradually reshuffling its portfolio toward healthier “Everyday Nutrition Products” in order to adapt to the changing customer needs of healthier lifestyles. However, apart from sluggish CSD volumes, rising volatility in global markets and increasing currency headwinds may limit top line growth.

(You can read the full research report on Pepsi here >>>).

Buy rated American Express shares have gained +34.9% over the last year, higher than the broader finance sector’s gain of +19.1%. The Zacks analyst likes its solid market position, strength in card business and significant opportunities from the secular shift toward electronic payments. Strategic initiatives focusing on the platinum card portfolio and OptBlue program will drive business volume.

Cost reduction and return of significant capital to shareholders through dividend and share buyback are other positives. The stock has witnessed an upward revision in earnings estimate over the past 60 days.

 (You can read the full research report on American Express here >>>).

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Eaton (NYSE: (ETN - Free Report) – Free Report) and Autodesk (Nasdaq: (ADSK - Free Report) – Free Report).

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