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Top Analyst Reports for Walmart, Intel & Cisco

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 12 major stocks, including Walmart (WMT), Intel (INTC) and Cisco Systems (CSCO). 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 >>>

Walmart shares have outperformed the Zacks Supermarkets industry over the past year (+25.3% vs. +25%) on the back of rising demand for grocery and general merchandise amid the pandemic.

Stay-at-home trends are also boosting e-commerce sales, which soared 79% in the U.S. segment in third-quarter fiscal 2021. During the quarter, the top and bottom lines beat the estimates and grew year over year, with U.S. comp sales rising for the 25th straight time. Comps were fueled by strength in core categories and higher shift toward e-commerce.

Clearly, Walmart’s efforts to enhance deliveries are yielding results. Also, the company is focused on improving the International unit’s performance, evident from its recent plans to sell certain businesses. However, the company is seeing high COVID-19 costs, which are likely to prevail. Also, price investments are hurting gross margin to an extent.

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

Shares of Intel have gained +12.1% in the last six months against the Zacks General Semiconductor industry’s gain of +27.2%. The Zacks analyst believes that sluggish data center demand across cloud service providers, enterprise and government end-markets is likely to weigh on the top-line performance, at least in the near term.

Declining ASPs and weakness in IOT end-markets remain headwinds. Also, production delays pertaining to 7 nm ramp up remain concerns. Nevertheless, Intel is poised to gain from increasing demand for its 10 nanometer SuperFin process-based 11th Gen core processors.

Moreover, Mobileye growth is projected to be driven by design win momentum and stabilizing automotive industry through 2021.

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

Cisco shares have gained +19.2% over the past three months against the Zacks Computer Networking industry’s rise of +19.4%. The Zacks analyst believes that Cisco is benefitting from robust adoption of identity and access, advanced threat and unified threat management security solutions amid high growth in Internet traffic.

Ongoing momentum in Webex video conferencing and business productivity offerings on account of COVID-19 induced work-from-home demand environment remains noteworthy. Also, strong demand for Catalyst 9000 family of switches aided growth. Moreover, the company provided encouraging guidance for the fiscal second quarter of 2021.

Nonetheless, weakness in the commercial, service provider and enterprise end markets and coronavirus crisis-led supply chain constraints is likely to weigh on revenues. Further, weak demand for servers, and sluggish enterprise IT spending, remain added concerns.  

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Union Pacific (UNP), Edwards Lifesciences (EW) and Nokia (NOK).

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Sheraz Mian

Director of Research

Note: Sheraz Mian heads the Zacks Equity Research department and is a well-regarded expert of aggregate earnings. He is frequently quoted in the print and electronic media and publishes the weekly Earnings Trends and Earnings Preview reports. If you want an email notification each time Sheraz publishes a new article, please click here>>>

Today's Must Read

Walmart's (WMT) Sales to Gain on Robust Ecommerce Business

Intel (INTC) Banks on Portfolio Strength Amid 7 nm Delay

Cisco (CSCO) Gains From Demand for Security Products & Webex

Featured Reports

Volume Growth Boosts Union Pacific (UNP), Debt Load Ails

The Zacks analyst is impressed by the recent uptick in overall volumes as freight conditions improve.

Edwards Lifesciences (EW) Gains From Robust KONECT Uptake

The Zacks analyst is upbeat about the strong adoption of Edwards Lifesciences' KONECT aortic valve conduit amid the pandemic.

Robust 5G Portfolio Drives Nokia (NOK) Amid Competition

Per the Zacks analyst, Nokia is well positioned to gain from its 5G product and services portfolio, and deal wins from communications service providers.

Domino's (DPZ) Banks on International Expansion, High Debt Ail

Per the Zacks analyst, Domino's increased focus on international expansion, digital ordering system and remodeling efforts bode well.

High Premiums Aid Cincinnati Financial (CINF), Cat Loss Ail

Per the Zacks analyst, Cincinnati is set to grow on increasing premiums driven by growth initiatives, price rise and a higher level of insured exposures.

New Upgrades

Hologic (HOLX) Rides on Strong COVID-19-Support Products Sales

The Zacks analyst is upbeat about the robust sales of Hologic's COVID-19-support products including the Panther Fusion SARS-CoV-2 assay amid the pandemic.

Strategic Growth Efforts to Support Hancock Whitney (HWC)

Per the Zacks analyst, Hancock Whitney's investments in growth markets are expected to be accretive to earnings and bolster presence in the area. Solid loan balances position it well for the future.

New Downgrades

ZTO Express' (ZTO) Prospects Hurt by Operating Expense Woes

The Zacks analyst is worried about the escalated operating costs due to the steep rise in selling, general and administrative expenses.

Partnerships Aid AAR Corp (AIR) Amid Labor Shortage Issues

Per the Zacks analyst, AAR Corp.'s recent partnerships are expected to boost its position in the aerospace and defense industry. Yet labor shortage issues in its MRO business remains a concern.

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