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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: American Tower, Equinix, Deere, NVIDIA and NextEra

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – April 1, 2020 – 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 American Tower AMT, Equinix EQIX, Deere DE, NVIDIA NVDA and NextEra Energy NEE.

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Stock Market Reports for American Tower, Equinix and Deere

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 American Tower, Equinix and Deere. 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 >>>

American Tower’s shares have outperformed the Zacks REIT and Equity Trust industry over the past six months (+1.2% vs. -18.6). The Zacks analyst believes that American Tower is enhancing its macro-tower portfolio and focusing on innovation to capture the underlying opportunities.

Rise in mobile-data usage and higher investments in 4G as well as 5G technology is spurring demand for its telecom towers. Therefore, this will likely drive the company’s leasing activity and organic tenant billings growth in the upcoming period. Moreover, the company is expanding its international presence, which opens up new areas of growth.

Nevertheless, the company has a substantially-leveraged balance sheet. Such high-debt levels might impede cash-flow growth. Additionally, consolidation trends in the telecom sector pose a cause of worry for the company. Furthermore, stiff competition in the tower industry is another concern.

 (You can read the full research report on American Tower here >>>)

Shares of Equinix have gained +37.5% over the past year against the Zacks REIT and Equity Trust – Retail industry’s fall of -35.9%. The Zacks analyst believes that a global footprint and solid interconnected ecosystems has helped the company deliver its 17th year of consecutive quarterly revenue growth, though rising debt burden might affect its operating results as interest expenses flare up.

The company recently completed the acquisition of Packet, a leader in the bare metal automation space. Moreover, the company announced that it opened its fourth International business Exchange data center in Melbourne, Australia. The company’s fourth-quarter 2019 results reflect healthy top-line growth.

Amid higher demand from cloud users, it remains committed to expand its International Business Exchange platform. However, consolidation in the telecommunications industry might mar demand for co-location space, hurting its growth.

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

Deere’s shares have lost -18% over the past three months against the Zacks Farm Equipment industry’s fall of -20.8%. The Zacks analyst believes that acquisitions, introduction of advanced technologies in its products and efforts to expand in precision agriculture will drive the company’s growth.

Deere has withdrawn fiscal 2020 guidance citing that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its results cannot be reasonably estimated at this time. Demand for its products and services and supply chain are likely to be impacted. The company anticipates expedited freight costs to make up for the disruption in the supply, which will dent margins.

Further, temporary closures owing to restrictions imposed by the governments will hinder this year’s performance. Construction & Forestry segment sales will bear the brunt of weak construction activity and the company’s efforts to lower production this fiscal. Nevertheless, growing U.S farm income bodes well for agricultural equipment demand.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include NVIDIA and NextEra Energy.

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