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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Facebook, FedEx, Intel, State Street and Viacom

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Chicago, IL – September 27, 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 Facebook (Nasdaq: (FB - Free Report)  – Free Report), FedEx (NYSE: (FDX - Free Report)  – Free Report), Intel (Nasdaq: (INTC - Free Report)  – Free Report), State Street (NYSE: (STT - Free Report)  – Free Report) and Viacom (Nasdaq: (VIAB - Free Report)  – Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Analyst Reports for Facebook, FedEx and Intel

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 12 major stocks, including Facebook (Nasdaq: (FB - Free Report) – Free Report), FedEx (NYSE: (FDX - Free Report) – Free Report) and Intel (Nasdaq: (INTC - Free Report) – Free Report). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

Buy-rated Facebook’s shares have outperformed the S&P 500 index over the last year, gaining +26.6% vs. +17.6%. The Zacks analyst likes Facebook’s mobile and live video efforts which continue to pay off big time. Instagram has also emerged as an important revenue stream.

Apart from mobile and video, the monetization opportunities of the company’s other subsidiaries – Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus – and a huge user base/higher engagement levels are expected to drive growth going ahead.

Facebook is also dabbling in AR/VR and AI technologies, which bodes well for long-term growth. However, rising costs and stiffening competition for ad dollars is concerning. Amid all this and tremendous investor pressure, Facebook has scrapped plans to create Class C shares that would have helped CEO Mark Zuckerberg retain his control over the company.

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

Shares of FedEx have underperformed the Zacks Air Freight And Cargo industry it belongs to as well as rival United Parcel Service in the last three months. While the stock has gained 2.5%, the industry has advanced 6.7%. Shares of rival United Parcel Service have gained 8.6% in the same period.

Adding to its woes, FedEx performed disappointingly in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, reporting lower-than-expected revenues and earnings per share. Results were hurt by a cyberattack in June. Harvey and costs related to the integration process of TNT Express also dented results.

However, the Zacks analyst is also impressed by the company's decision to reward shareholders through dividend payments and share buybacks. The growth in e-commerce is also a positive.

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

Intel’s shares have gained +4.7% year to date, underperforming the broader Technology sector as well as the red-hot semiconductors space, which are up +18.6% and +23.5%, respectively. But Intel’s growing focus on the data-centric part of the business is positive.

The launch of Xeon Scalable, Core 8 chips, Myriad X and next-generation desktop processors are key catalysts. The new desktop processors are expected to help Intel's gaming endeavors amid stiff competition from AMD and NVIDIA. Moreover, the Core 8 launch is expected to boost PC market share.

Further, anticipated improvement in cost structure and lower spending, primarily due to improving operational efficiency will aid in expansion of margins going forward. Additionally, aggressive share buyback will boost the bottom line in 2017. However, declining PC-shipments remain a concern.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include State Street (NYSE: (STT - Free Report) – Free Report) and Viacom (Nasdaq: (VIAB - Free Report) – Free Report).

New Report: An Investor’s Guide to Cybersecurity

Cyberattacks have become more frequent and destructive than ever. In fact, they’re expected to cause $6 trillion per year in damage by 2020.

The cybersecurity industry is expanding quickly in response to these threats. In fact, a projected $170 billion per year will be spent to protect consumer and corporate assets. Zacks has just released Cybersecurity: An Investor’s Guide to Locking Down Profits which reveals 4 promising investment candidates.

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