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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Facebook, Alphabet, Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW

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Chicago, IL – September 15, 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 includeFacebook’s (Nasdaq: (FB - Free Report) – Free Report),Alphabet (Nasdaq: (GOOGL - Free Report) – Free Report), Daimler (OTCMKTS: (DDAIF - Free Report) – Free Report), Volkswagen (OTCMKTS: (VLKAY - Free Report) – Free Report) and BMW (OTCMKTS: (BAMXF - Free Report) – Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Facebook’s Plans for the Auto Industry, Explained

On Thursday, social media giant Facebook’s (Nasdaq: (FB - Free Report) Free Report) Chief Operating Officer and Lean In expert Sheryl Sandberg attended the opening ceremony of IAA car show in Frankfurt, Germany, and said some pretty interesting things about the company’s plans for the auto industry.

While whispers of Facebook’s potential entrance into the self-driving car market have swirled for a few years now, especially as other tech rivals like Alphabet (Nasdaq: GOOGLFree Report) and Uber are developing their own vehicles, the company has always dismissed rumors.

Today’s remarks were no different, though Facebook instead wants to forge a closer relationship with the auto industry, working with the likes of Daimler (OTCMKTS: DDAIFFree Report) and Volkswagen (OTCMKTS: VLKAYFree Report).

“We come with very good news -- we’re the only company in Silicon Valley that’s not building a car,” said Sandberg, according to Bloomberg. “We have a lot to learn from you,” she continued. “We don’t have your history, we don’t have your staying power, even though we aspire to make it to 100 years.” Sandberg even described Facebook as a “teenager.”

Facebook may not be building a self-driving car, but the tech company is planning on working with auto leaders in related areas like artificial intelligence and helping the broader industry utilize various digital tools. Facebook has also joined the Munich-based Mobility Hub that is supported by Daimler, BMW (OTCMKTS: BAMXFFree Report) and SAP SE, notes Bloomberg.

Currently, FB is a #3 (Hold) on the Zacks Rank, and shares of the company are down about 1% in afternoon trading. Year-to-date, though, the stock has gained over 48%.

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