Friday, September 21, 2018
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 Netflix (NFLX), EOG Resources (EOG) and Simon Property Group (SPG). 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 >>>
Netflix’s shares have increased +90.3% year to date, significantly outperforming the Zacks Broadcast Radio and Television industry’s gain of +32.6% during the same period. The Zacks analyst thinks Netflix’s expanding original movie slate, strong regional content portfolio and aggressive spending will help it steer away competition.
The portfolio strength helped the company win 23 trophies in different categories, which was equal to HBO, in Emmy Awards 2018. Moreover, partnerships with telcos like Telefonica in Spain and Latin America as well as KDDI in Japan are expected to boost subscriber addition.
Meanwhile, estimates have been stable lately ahead of the company’s Q3 earnings release. The company has mixed record of earnings surprises in recent quarters. Nevertheless, the company’s increasing marketing spending is likely hurt profitability, unless subscriber addition rebounds.
Further, strengthening U.S. dollar doesn’t bode well for operating margin expansion. Cash burn is also expected to continue in the near term.
(You can read the full research report on Netflix here >>>).
Shares of EOG Resources have gained around +26.1% over the past year, outperforming the Zacks Oil & Gas E&P Industry, which has gained +11% over the same period. The company holds premium acreages in the Permian, Bakken and Eagle Ford shale plays where it has identified 17,000 premium wells that could lend access to almost 11.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent estimated potential reserves.
In the Eagle Ford alone, EOG identified 7,200 locations that will drive the firm’s oil production. During 2016 and 2017, almost 50% and 85% of the wells drilled by EOG Resources met the standard of premium wells. Notably, the firm expects almost 90% of the wells to meet the standard in 2018.
However, escalating lease rates and well operating expenses are hurting the company. Also, lack of exposure to international resources is a drag.
(You can read the full research report on EOG Resources here >>>).
Simon Property Group’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Retail REIT industry over the past three months (+4.2% vs. -8.7%). The Zacks analyst thinks the trend in estimate revisions of current-year funds from operations (FFO) per share indicates a favorable outlook for the company.
Recently, the company, along with Noble Investment Group, announced the inauguration of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Edina Minneapolis. The hotel is part of Southdale Center's mixed-use development. Notably, Simon Property has a diversified exposure to retail assets in the United States and abroad. It boasts a strong and improving balance sheet.
The company’s focus on transforming its properties is aimed at creating multi-use destination to drive footfall. Transformational plan includes addition of hotels, restaurants, residences and luxury stores.
Yet, the implementation of such measures requires a decent upfront cost and therefore, would limit any robust growth in its near-term profit margin. Rate hike adds to its woes.
(You can read the full research report on Simon Property Group here >>>).
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Disney (DIS), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Sprint (S).
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Today's Must Read
Robust Content to Aid Netflix (NFLX) Amid Stiff Competition
EOG Resources (EOG) Gains on Eagle Ford, Well Expenses High
Simon Property (SPG) to Gain From Portfolio Revamp Efforts
Sprint (S) Buoyed by Subscriber Gains Despite Margin Woes
Per the Zacks analyst, Sprint's network modernization, unlimited data plans and promotional offers have dented profitability due to a high cash burn rate, although it has led to huge subscriber gain.
EHR & RCM Solutions Aid Cerner (CERN), Competition Rife
Cerner saw consistent growth in its Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) solutions. However, the Zacks analyst is worried about cutthroat competition in the MedTech space.
Acquisitions, Productivity Actions Buoy Celanese (CE)
The Zacks analyst thinks that Nilit and Omni Plastics acquisitions as well as operational cost savings through productivity actions will drive Celanese's profitability in FY18.
Planned $6.2B Investment, Merger Savings Aid Evergy (EVRG)
Per the Zacks analyst Evergy's plans to invest $6.2 billion in the 2018-2022 period for strengthening its operations will boost its performance over the long term.
Network Expansion Aids Copart (CPRT) Amid Expense Worries
Per the Zacks analyst, Copart is expanding its network facilities to manage the inflating volumes.
High Premiums & Decreasing Expenses Aid RenaissanceRe (RNR)
Per the Zacks analyst, RenaissanceRe's rising gross premiums driven by the Casualty and Specialty and the Property segments and declining expenses backed by operational efficiency should drive growth.
Lease Fleet Growth, Dividends, Buybacks Buoy Trinity (TRN)
The Zacks analyst is impressed by the company's efforts to reward shareholders through dividends & buybacks.
Companhia Brasileira (CBD) to Gain From Assai Unit Strength
Per the Zacks analyst, Companhia Brasileira has long been gaining from its Assai unit, wherein sales surged 23% in second quarter. Assai is expected to continue witnessing market share gains in 2018.
Asset Inflows, Retail Focus Aid Affiliated Managers (AMG)
Per the Zacks analyst, steady asset inflows, a diverse product mix, efforts to focus on retail market business, and high demand for equity and alternative strategies will support Affiliated Managers.
Keryx's (KERX) Auryxia Boosting Revenues for the Company
Per the Zacks analyst, Keryx's drug Auryxia is boosting sales for the company as it can treat two complications of chronic kidney disease
Disney (DIS) Hurt By Rising Investments & Marketing Costs
Per the Zacks analyst, Disney's ongoing investments on its technology platform and higher marketing costs is negatively impacting profitability.
Lower Debt Origination, High Costs Hurt Morgan Stanley (MS)
Per the Zacks analyst, slowdown in debt originations due to rising rates will hurt Morgan Stanley's investment banking revenues. Higher costs due to the company's investment in franchise are a woe.
Higher Costs Likely to Impact Domino's Pizza (DPZ) Margins
Per the Zacks analyst, Domino's sales-building efforts like the re-imaging of restaurants and the implementation of technology, higher advertising and labor costs may dent margins.
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