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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Chevron, CSX, Regeneron, Capital One and Canadian National

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Chicago, IL –February 8, 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: Chevron CVX, CSX Corp. CSX, Regeneron REGN, Capital One Financial COF and Canadian National Railway CNI.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Chevron, CSX and Regeneron

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 Chevron, CSX Corp. and Regeneron. 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 >>>

Chevron’s shares have gained +5.9% in the past year, outperforming the Zacks Integrated Oil industry's +1.3% increase. Chevron's Q4 earnings increased roughly 20% year over year and was ahead of analysts' expectations, while free cash flow and upstream production for 2018 hit a record.

The Zacks analyst emphasizes that Chevron’s existing oil and gas development project pipeline is among the best in the industry, targeting volume growth of around 4-7% in 2019 thanks to planned expansion in the Permian Basin. Chevron pumped 84% more out of the West Texas shale play in the quarter compared with the same period last year, with production set to soar in coming years.

Moreover, the growing free cash flow should enable Chevron to deliver safe and growing dividend for the foreseeable future. However, there are worries over drop in its downstream earnings that once again cut into overall gains from rising E&P income.

The massive capex might also create headwinds. Hence, investors are advised to wait for a better entry point before buying shares in Chevron.

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

Shares of Buy-ranked CSX Corporation have gained +34.9% over the past year, outperforming the Zacks Rail industry, which has gained +21.8% over the same period. Ushering in further good news, the company reported better-than-expected revenues in the fourth quarter of 2018. Moreover, both earnings and revenues improved year over year.

Results were aided by volume growth and favorable pricing. Improvement in operating ratio is an added positive. Backed by operational efficiency, the company expects to achieve its operating ratio target of 60% this year itself instead of 2020 as expected earlier. In fact, CSX Corporation is looking to cut costs for driving bottom-line growth.

The Zacks analyst thinks the company’s efforts to reward its shareholders are impressive. In February 2019, CSX Corporation hiked its quarterly dividend by 9.1%. However, the company's high debt levels are worrying. As of Dec 31, 2018, long-term debt totaled $14,739 million compared with $11,790 million at 2017 end.

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

Buy-ranked Regeneron’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Biomedical and Genetics industry in the past six months, gaining +8.6% vs. a decline of -13.8%. Regeneron’s fourth-quarter results were impressive as the company comfortably beat on both the top and the bottom line. Regeneron’s growth driver, Eylea continues to drive sales, and label expansion of the drug into additional indications has further boosted growth. Dupixent too has boosted performance.

The company is working to expand Dupixent’s label further in several other indications. The Zacks analyst thinks this should diversify the company’s revenue base and reduce dependence on Eylea.

In September 2018, the FDA approved its immuno-oncology therapy, Libtayo, for the treatment of patients with metastatic or locally advanced CSCC who are not candidates for curative surgery or curative radiation. New drug approvals boost growth prospects of the company. However, the company is highly dependent on Eylea for growth.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Capital One Financial and Canadian National Railway.

Zacks' Top 10 Stocks for 2019

In addition to the stocks discussed above, wouldn't you like to know about our 10 finest buy-and-holds for the year?

From more than 4,000 companies covered by the Zacks Rank, these 10 were picked by a process that consistently beats the market. Even during 2018 while the market dropped -5.2%, our Top 10s were up well into double-digits. And during bullish 2012 – 2017, they soared far above the market's +126.3%, reaching +181.9%.

This year, the portfolio features a player that thrives on volatility, an AI comer, and a dynamic tech company that helps doctors deliver better patient outcomes at lower costs.

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