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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Mastercard, NVIDIA, Danaher, Automatic Data Processing and Altria

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Chicago, IL – May 15, 2018 – 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 Mastercard (MA - Free Report) , NVIDIA (NVDA - Free Report) , Danaher (DHR - Free Report) , Automatic Data Processing (ADP - Free Report) and Altria (MO - Free Report) .

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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Mastercard, NVIDIA and Danaher

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 Mastercard, NVIDIA and Danaher. 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 >>>

Strong-Buy ranked Mastercard’s shares have increased 63.6% over the last year, significantly outperforming the Zacks Financial Transaction Services industry’s gain of 37.4% during the same period. Mastercard’s earnings beat expectations and surged 43% year over year. Better-than-expected results were primarily backed by higher switched transactions, increase in cross-border volume and gross dollar volume as well as gains from acquisitions.

The Zacks analyst thinks the company is well placed for growth, given its solid market position, ongoing expansion and digital initiatives plus significant opportunities from the secular shift toward electronic payments. The buyouts of VocaLink and NuData Security complement the company’s efforts to participate in new payment flows and enhance its safety and security offerings.

The stock has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings being revised upward over the last 30 days. However, escalating costs continue to bother. Also, higher incentives and rewards will put pressure on its bottom line.

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

Shares of NVIDIA have surged in the last one year, gaining +89.5% versus the Zacks General Semiconductor industry’s +57.4% gain, thanks to the company’s positive record of earnings surprises in the recent quarters. NVIDIA posted a stellar first quarter and provided encouraging second-quarter fiscal 2019 revenue guidance.

Also, the company registered year-over-year growth on both the counts, primarily stemming from growth across all four platforms. Also, higher-than-anticipated demand for its gaming chips helped drive the encouraging results. Furthermore, the Zacks analyst thinks NVIDIA’s innovative product pipeline and strength in gaming and high-end notebook GPUs keep it well positioned.

Higher adoption of NVIDIA’s Volta processors is also likely to act as a catalyst in the near term. Nevertheless, a recent development like suspension of test drives for all its driverless vehicles and likely sluggish demand from cryptocurrency miners leads to caution about its near-term performance.

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

Buy-ranked Danaher’s shares have gained +10.1% over the past six months, outperforming the Zacks Diversified Operations industry, which has declined -5.5% over the same period. Danaher’s first-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings beat expectations by 6.5% and improved 16.5% year over year.

The company’s core revenue growth, margin expansion and earnings growth during the reported quarter came on the back of its operating culture DBS. The Zacks analyst is optimistic about the company’s core revenue and earnings growth, on the back of improving order trends and rising healthcare spending. Its recent acquisitions – Pall and Cepheid – are proving to be strong profit churners, and will boost core revenues in the quarters ahead.

This apart, the company’s continuous introduction of products enables it to penetrate new markets and gain competitive edge in existing ones. However, sluggish economic conditions across some key operating regions and unfavorable currency translations pose as significant headwinds.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Automatic Data Processing and Altria.

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New products in this field are already generating substantial revenue and even more wondrous treatments are in the pipeline. Early investors could realize exceptional profits.

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