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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Merck, Goldman Sachs, Tesla, T-Mobile and Activision

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Chicago, IL – Feb 12, 2018 – 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 Merck (MRK - Free Report) , Goldman Sachs (GS - Free Report) , Tesla (TSLA - Free Report) , T-Mobile (TMUS - Free Report) and Activision (ATVI - Free Report) .

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Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Analyst Reports for Merck, Goldman Sachs and Tesla

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Merck, Goldman Sachs and Tesla. 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 >>>

Merck’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry over the last year, losing -14.7% versus +9.8%. However, Merck beat estimates for earnings while missing the same for sales in Q4. New products like Keytruda, Lynparza, and Bridion should continue to contribute meaningfully to the top line in 2018. 

Keytruda sales are gaining strong momentum with approval for additional indications especially in the first-line lung cancer setting as it is the only anti-PD-1 approved in this setting. The Animal Health unit is also strong and remains a core growth driver for Merck. Meanwhile, Merck will continue to focus on cost-cutting initiatives to drive the bottom line.

However, generic competition for several drugs and pricing pressure will continue to be overhangs on the top line. Rising competitive pressure on the diabetes franchise and on products like Isentress (HIV), Zepatier (HCV) and Zostavax (vaccine) will remain headwinds in 2018.

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

Shares of Goldman Sachs have gained +9.3% over the six months, underperforming the +15.3% gain of the Zacks Investment Banking industry. However, the company boasts an impressive earnings surprise history. It has surpassed expectations for earnings in three out of the trailing four quarters.

Despite weak fixed income trading revenues, the company’s fourth-quarter 2017 results were supported by continued momentum in investment banking business. Though several issues, including sluggish global economic growth and lower client activity levels, remain near-to-medium-term headwinds, the Zacks analyst thinks the company’s well-diversified business and focus to capitalize on growth opportunities through strategic moves will continue to strengthen the overall business.

Further, cost-control measures are commendable. Additionally, steady capital-deployment activities have boosted investors' confidence.

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

Tesla’s shares have gained +4.1% over the past three months, outperforming the. -3.7% decline for the Zacks Domestic Automotive industry. Tesla reported mixed results during the fourth quarter. The company is making serious efforts to address Model 3 production bottlenecks and ramping up energy storage products.

Tesla continues to target weekly Model 3 production rates of 2,500 by the end of first-quarter 2018 and 5,000 by the end of second-quarter 2018. Tesla is also focused on geographical expansions and acquisitions for growth. The company is also rapidly developing a network of superchargers. However, high research and development costs, low number of chargers and high requirement of capital expenditure are some headwinds.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include T-Mobile and Activision.

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