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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: JPMorgan, Visa, Chevron, TJX and General Dynamics

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Chicago, IL –April 16, 2019 – 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: JPMorgan (JPM - Free Report) , Visa (V - Free Report) , Chevron (CVX - Free Report) , TJX Companies (TJX - Free Report) and General Dynamics (GD - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for JPMorgan, Visa and Chevron

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 JPMorgan, Visa and Chevron. 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 >>>

JPMorgan’s shares have increased +2.3% in the past six months, significantly outperforming the Zacks Major Regional Banks industry’s decline of -0.9%. The bank has an impressive earnings surprise history, having surpassed expectations in three of the trailing four quarters. Its first-quarter 2019 results were driven by higher rates, improved investment banking performance and decent loan growth.

The Zacks analyst thinks expansion into new markets by opening branches, focus on strengthening credit card business, higher rates and improving loan balance will continue supporting the company’s revenues. Also, its steady capital deployments reflect a strong balance sheet position. However, dismal mortgage banking performance remains a major concern.

Further, the company's significant dependence on capital markets revenues is a cause for worry. These factors are expected to hamper the bank's fee income growth to an extent.

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

Shares of Visa have outperformed the Zacks Financial Transaction Services industry in the past year, gaining +31% vs. a +25.6% increase. Its results were driven by growth in payments volume, cross-border volume and processed transactions, and a lower tax rate.

The Zacks analyst thinks numerous strategic acquisitions and alliances, technology upgrades and effective marketing have paved the way for long-term growth and consistent increase in revenues. Visa is well poised to gain from growing electronic payment processing and a solid brand name. Its strong capital position enables investments in business.

Nevertheless, high client incentives and operating expenses, and foreign exchange volatility might put pressure on margins. Softness in cross border volumes is another concern.

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

Chevron’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Integrated Oil industry year to date (+10.1% vs. +11.6%). Chevron retains its Neutral rating following the announcement of its acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum in a $50 billion deal. The Zacks analyst thinks the strategic rationale for the transaction is compelling for Chevron given the access to potentially lucrative Permian Basin acreage, LNG operations in Mozambique, as well as attractive deepwater infrastructure in the GoM.

Additionally, the buyout is expected to improve Chevron’s cash flow profile together with substantial annual cost synergies and attractive returns for shareholders. On the whole, the acquisition results in an energy powerhouse enjoying very strong cash flow.

However, there are worries of a drop in its downstream earnings that have been cutting into overall gains from rising E&P income. The massive capex might also play a spoilsport. Hence, investors are advised to wait for a better entry point before buying shares in Chevron.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include TJX Companies and General Dynamics.

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