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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Becton, Occidental, Phillips, Allstate and Deutsche

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Chicago, IL –September 14, 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: Becton, Dickinson (BDX - Free Report) , Occidental Petroleum (OXY - Free Report) , Phillips 66 (PSX - Free Report) , Allstate (ALL - Free Report) and Deutsche Bank (DB - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Research Reports for Becton, Dickinson, Occidental Petroleum and Phillips 66

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 Becton, Dickinson, Occidental Petroleum and Phillips 66. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

Becton, Dickinson’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Dental Supplies industry over the past year, gaining +30.7% vs. +14.6%. The Zacks analyst likes the strong performance of the core BD Medical and Life Sciences segment. Additionally, management is optimistic about the completion of the C.R. Bard acquisition, which has proven to be accretive.

The company’s Peripheral Intervention unit also put up a solid show recently, driving geographical sales. A strong guidance for fiscal 2018 is also indicative of brighter prospects ahead. On the flip side, contracting gross margins raise concerns.

Management still foresees a sales impact from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico on Bard's business in first quarter of fiscal 2019. The stock is overvalued at the moment. The recent product recalls in the Diabetes Care business and foreign exchange volatility are also likely to dent results. Pricing pressure and stiff competition are other major headwinds.

Shares of Occidental Petroleum have underperformed the Zacks Domestic Integrated Oil industry over the past year, gaining +23% vs. +34.9%. As oil prices continue to improve, Occidental Petroleum gains from more oil production in the Permian Resources and concentrating on high-margin production region.

The Zacks analyst thinks ongoing capital investment will further strengthen the existing operations of the company. The company generates a stable cash flow and its Chemical plant will further improve the same.

However, Occidental Petroleum, like other oil and natural gas companies, faces the risks of cost overruns and development interruptions due to delays in drilling and other approvals. Stringent federal and state laws are tailwinds for the company.

Phillips 66’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Oil Refining and Marketing industry over the past year, gaining +30.1% vs. +45.7%. The Zacks analyst thinks that in terms of size, efficiency and strength, Phillips 66 is a leading player in each of its operational segments – refining, chemicals and midstream.

Midstream business is in high demand in the United States as there is a huge need for fresh pipeline and infrastructure properties in the flourishing shales owing to the existing bottleneck problems. To capitalize the recent trend the company is planning to allocate most of its 2018 capital budget for midstream operations.

Moreover, the company is strongly committed in returning cash back to the shareholders through both dividend payments and repurchasing shares. However, Phillips 66 is bearing the brunt of increasing costs and expenses, affecting income. Moreover, rising debt load and declining cash balance are concerns.

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Allstate and Deutsche Bank.

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