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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Deere & Co, General Motors, Micron Technology, FedEx and JPMorgan

Zacks Equity Research
·7 min read

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – January 11, 2021 – 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: Deere & Company DE, General Motors Company GM, Micron Technology, Inc. MU, FedEx Corporation FDX and JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM.

Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

Must-Buy Stocks as Major Indexes Achieve Fresh Milestones

Wall Street's north bound journey gathered momentum in the first week of January. On Jan 7, all three major stock indexes — the Dow, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite — achieved new milestones of surpassing 31,000, 3,800 and 13,000, respectively, for the first time. All the three indexes recorded all-time and closing highs the day.

The bull run is likely to continue in the near future with the approval of two COVID-19 vaccines last month and their nationwide implementation, starting this month. Consequently, it will be prudent to invest in top-ranked stocks that are members of any of these three indexes.

Other Near-Term Drivers

First, a recently released series of strong economic data have strengthened investors' confidence in the fundamentals of the U.S. economy.

The Institute of Supply Management's (ISM) manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) climbed to 60.7% in December from 57.5% in November, marking the highest level in almost two and a half years. Manufacturing activities have expanded for seven consecutive months defying coronavirus-led economic devastations.

The ISM non-manufacturing (services) PMI for December increased to 57.2% from 55.9% in November, marking its three-month high. This was in contrast to the general view that the resurgence of coronavirus slowed services sector activities the most.

Additionally, 12.7 million units of domestic vehicles were sold in December compared with 12.1 million units in the prior month.

Second, an effective control of the U.S. Congress by the Democrats is likely to result in higher fiscal stimulus and quicker implementation of nationwide vaccination in order to curb the pandemic along with higher allotment of funds for infrastructural developments in the near future.

Several economists and financial experts are concerned that full control of Democrats over the Congress may result in higher corporate taxation and stricter regulations on big technology and communication providers. However, that may not happen immediately.

Consequently, investors have shifted the allotment of  funds from safe-haven government bonds to risky equities. On Jan 6, the yield on the 10-Year US Treasury Note was closed at 1.049%, The benchmark treasury yield closed above 1% for the first time since March 2020. The yield on 30-year US Treasury Note surged 11.4 basis points to close at 1.832%, its highest in more than eight months. On Jan 7, the yield on the 10-Year US Treasury Note was closed at 1.07%.

Third, a second trench of a $900 billion coronavirus-aid package approved by the U.S. Congress, an ultra-dovish monetary stance maintained by the Fed, a record low benchmark interest rate of 0-0.25% and robust pent-up demand will bolster corporate profits.

At present, total earnings of the S&P 500 companies  are expected to decline 16.7% on 3.6% lower revenues in the pandemic-affected 2020. However, total earnings of the same set of companies are estimated to jump 22.7% on 7.6% higher revenues in 2021.

Our Top Picks

We have narrowed down our search to five stocks that are members of any of the three major indexes based on four selection criteria. First, select large-cap (market cap > $50 billion) stocks as these companies have a stable business model. Second, these stocks skyrocketed in the past six months and still have strong upside left for 2021.

Third, these stocks witnessed solid earnings estimate revisions for 2021 within the last 7 to 30 days. Fourth, each of these stocks carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Deere & Co. manufactures and distributes farm equipment worldwide. It operates through three segments: Agriculture and Turf, Construction and Forestry, and Financial Services.

The company has an expected earnings growth rate of 48.5% for the current year (ending October 2021). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has improved 1.7% over the last 30 days. The stock price has soared 90.2% in the past six months.

General Motors designs, builds, and sells cars, trucks, crossovers and automobile parts worldwide. It operates through the GM North America, GM International, Cruise and GM Financial segments.

The company has an expected earnings growth rate of 24% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has improved 4.5% over the last 30 days. The stock price has jumped 85% in the past six months.

Micron Technology designs, manufactures and sells memory and storage products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Compute and Networking Business Unit, Mobile Business Unit, Storage Business Unit, and Embedded Business Unit.

The company has an expected earnings growth rate of 31.1% for the current year (ending August 2021). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has improved 1.4% over the last 7 days. The stock price has climbed 58.3% in the past six months.

FedEx is the leader in global express delivery services. It provides a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services through companies competing collectively, operating independently and managed collaboratively, under the FedEx brand.

The company has an expected earnings growth rate of 79.2% for the current year (ending May 2021). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved 10.5% over the last 30 days. The stock price has rallied 58% in the past six months.

JPMorgan operates as a leading financial services company worldwide. It operates in four segments: Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, and Asset & Wealth Management.

The company has an expected earnings growth rate of 23.1% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has improved 2.1% over the last 7 days. The stock price has surged 48.9% in the past six months.

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