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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Allstate, U.S. Concrete, Summit Materials, Home Depot and Lowe's

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL –September 12, 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: Allstate Corporation (ALL - Free Report) , U.S. Concrete, Inc. (USCR - Free Report) , Summit Materials, Inc. (SUM - Free Report) , Home Depot, Inc. (HD - Free Report) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

Stocks to Suffer (& Survive) Hurricane Florence

Much like the residents on the East Coast, investors too are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence, as it gets stronger and prepares to make landfall, starting Thursday. The storm has been assigned Category 4, which means winds could blow at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour, with severe threat to both property and lives.

Hurricanes have in the past impacted markets and investors seem to be cautiously adjusting their portfolio ahead of the impending storm. This has resulted in a decline in shares of insurance companies, while home improvement stores, car rental and building supply companies have risen considerably over the last few days.  

Can Insurance Companies, Others Brave the Hurricane?

The Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs between June and November, created havoc last year, causing damage worth more than $250 billion in the United States.  Understandably, insurance companies tend to be negatively impacted by such natural calamities.

Knock on wood, if destruction is massive, insured losses could be high. On Sep 10, shares of insurance companies took a hit, as Hurricane Florence moved closer to make landfall. Shares of The Allstate Corporation declined 2.2%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Another sector that is prone to hurricane havoc is transportation.  Along with property, severe hurricanes could hamper rail and container activity too, thus paralyzing infrastructure for transportation. Building supplies companies have a mixed effect from hurricanes. Cement and concrete companies tend to get hit from hurricanes.

Already, on Monday, shares of several cement and concrete companies along with heavy construction equipment suppliers plummeted. Shares of U.S. Concrete, Inc. declined 5%. Shares of Summit Materials, Inc. plummeted 7.9% after the company said that Hurricane Florence and adverse weather conditions could severely affect its business in several markets.

Weathering the Storm

The massive damage caused by hurricanes increases demand in certain sectors. Historically, post hurricanes, a spate of industries have gained. It has been observed that shares of home improvement retailers have substantially increased post hurricanes, on demand for homes.

Shares of The Home Depot, Inc. and Lowe's Companies, Inc. gained 2.2% and 2.6%, respectively. Shares of both the companies increased during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season, with Home Depot gaining 16.3% during that period.

Summing Up

It now needs to be seen if Hurricane Florence weakens or takes a more severe form over the next couple of days. That said, the Atlantic Hurricane season over the years have made investors cautious, who closely monitor the storm and make adjustments to their portfolio, given that hurricanes have always impacted the markets.

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