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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Berkshire Hathaway, Comcast, Honeywell, NextEra and AIG

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BP seems well-positioned for future earnings growth and it is seeing rising earnings estimates as well, coupled with a solid Zacks Rank.

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Chicago, IL – October 15, 2018 – 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 Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B, Comcast CMCSA, Honeywell HON, NextEra NEE and AIG AIG.

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Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Research Reports for Berkshire Hathaway, Comcast and Honeywell

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 Berkshire Hathaway, Comcast and Honeywell. 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 >>>

Strong Buy-ranked Berkshire Hathaway’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Insurance - Property and Casualty industry year to date (+3.5% vs. +1.7%). The Zacks analyst thinks Berkshire Hathaway’s inorganic growth story remains impressive with strategic acquisitions. A strong cash position allows it to make earnings-accretive bolt-on buyouts.

Demand for utilities is expected to rise in the future and drive earnings growth. Continued insurance business growth also fuels increase in float. A sturdy capital level further adds an impetus to the company.

The insurance business generates maximum return on equity but its exposure to catastrophe loss remains a concern. Huge capital expenses due to railroad operations also emerge as headwinds. Capital expenditure is estimated to be $10 billion in 2018.

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

Shares of Comcast’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Cable Television industry year to date, losing 15.9% vs. -16.8% in the space. The Zacks analyst thinks Comcast is benefiting from solid growth in the number of residential high-speed Internet customers. Higher spending on political ads is expected to drive growth. Strong adoption of Xfinity Home will likely be another growth driver.

The company expects to continue investments on Theme Parks, which is expected to drive top-line growth. The nationwide rollout of the DOCSIS 3.1 technology and the completion of the nationwide rollout of Comcast’s wireless services under the Xfinity Mobile brand will boost subscriber base going forward.

Further, the acquisition of Sky presents a significant growth opportunity in Europe. However, the company continues to lose voice and video subscribers due to cord-cutting and stiff competition. Additionally, high debt level is a headwind.

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

Honeywell’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Diversified Operations industry over the past three months, increasing +4.2% vs. a -1.6% decline. The company believes that sturdier demand for its innovative technology solutions will continue to drive its segmental revenues in the quarters ahead.

The Zacks analyst thinks stronger sales volumes, increased productivity and ongoing commercial effectiveness actions will boost up near-term profitability. However, the stock looks overvalued compared to the industry for the past three-month period.

The company is presently facing inflationary headwinds across its entire supply-chain process. Inflation in logistics, transportation and in certain material prices might continue to weigh over Honeywell’s profitability in the upcoming quarters. Over the past seven days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s earnings has remained unchanged for both 2018 and 2019.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include NextEra and AIG.

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