For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – June 21, 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: Adobe (ADBE - Free Report) , Charter Communications (CHTR - Free Report) , HCA Healthcare (HCA - Free Report) , Micron (MU - Free Report) and Shopify (SHOP - Free Report) .
Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:
Top Research Reports for Adobe, Charter Communications and HCA Healthcare
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 Adobe, Charter Communications and HCA Healthcare. 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 >>>
Adobe’s shares have gained +17% over the past year, underperforming the Zacks Software industry which has increased +27.4% over the same period. Adobe reported strong fiscal second-quarter results. The Zacks analyst thinks increasing demand for its creative products are driving top-line growth.
Also, the company’s Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Experience Cloud products, along with growing subscription for cloud application have aided results. It has been making great efforts toward establishing its presence in cloud-related software areas such as documents and marketing.
Adobe’s market position, compelling product lines, continued innovation, solid adoption of Creative Cloud and Adobe marketing cloud are major positives. However, lower end-market demand and exposure to Europe remain overhangs. Additionally, high acquisition expenses do not bode well for its margin expansion.
Shares of Charter Communications have outperformed the Zacks Cable TV industry year to date (+39.5% vs. +28.5%).The Zacks analyst thinks the company’s residential and commercial Internet and voice customer growth continues to drive its top line. Increase in Internet speed at no extra cost is aiding subscriber growth.
Additionally, Charter is looking to attract video customers by providing a new OTT video service. Notably, the company launched Spectrum TV Essentials in Charter’s footprint for Spectrum Internet users who do not avail Spectrum video services. However, commercial revenues continue to suffer due to migration of customers to Spectrum pricing and packaging from Legacy TWC and Legacy Bright House.
Moreover, Charter continues to lose video subscribers primarily due to cord-cutting and intense competition from streaming service providers such as Netflix, HBO and Amazon.
HCA Healthcare’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Hospital industry in the past year, gaining +20.9% vs. +6.3%. Moreover, it has witnessed its 2019 and 2020 earnings estimates move north over the past 30 days.
The Zacks analyst thinks its top line has been growing over the last several quarters on the back of higher admissions, same facility emergency room growth and surgical growth, etc. Multiple acquisitions have helped the company gain a strong foothold in the industry, fueling its inorganic growth.
A strong balance sheet and free cash flow are other positives for the company. A bullish 2019 guidance should instill investor’s confidence in the stock. However, high operating expenses persistently weigh on its margins.
The company is expected to witness a rise in costs due to its constant growth-related investments. High leverage is another concern for the company.
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Micron and Shopify.
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