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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Eli Lilly, Altria, Becton, Dickinson, T-Mobile and General Motors

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Chicago, IL – April 11, 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: Eli Lilly LLY, Altria MO, Becton, Dickinson BDX, T-Mobile TMUS and General Motors GM.

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Eli Lilly, Altria and Becton, Dickinson

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 Eli Lilly, Altria and Becton, Dickinson. 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 >>>

Buy rankedEli Lily's shares have outperformed the Zacks Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry year to date, gaining +10% vs. +1.9%. The Zacks analyst thinks Lilly’s revenue growth in 2019 will likely be driven by higher demand for its newer drugs including Trulicity, Jardiance, Taltz, Verzenio as well as new migraine drug, Emgality as some older drugs like Cialis face generic competition.

In 2018, Lilly made significant pipeline progress with several positive late-stage data readouts, multiple approvals and regulatory submissions. Emgality could emerge as a significant contributor to long-term growth. Lilly has also added promising new pipeline assets through business development deals.

However, generic competition for several drugs including Cialis, rising pricing pressure, currency headwinds and the impact of the failed Lartruvo study are expected to put pressure on the top line. Estimates have gone up ahead of Q1 results. Lilly has a positive record of earnings surprises in recent quarters.

Shares of Altria have underperformed the Zacks Tobacco industry over the past three months (+12.7% vs. +19.8%). The Zacks analyst thinks the company has been steadily gaining from the popularity of Smokeless products. To further bolster this category, the company recently invested in JUUL and Cronos. Altria has also applied for converting its non-voting interests in JUUL to voting securities.

Pricing also continues to drive the company’s revenues. It has also undertaken cost-reduction initiatives to counter interest burden. Altria plans to deliver annualized cost savings of nearly $575 million by the end of 2019. However, the company grapples with persistently declining cigarette shipment volumes. Stern FDA regulations combined with increased health consciousness are taking a toll on the cigarette category.

Going forward, management expects cigarette industry volume to decline in the range of 3.5-5%. Further, the company’s wine category has been sluggish, thanks to stiff competition.

Becton, Dickinson’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Dental Supplies industry over the past year, gaining +12.5% vs. +1.5%. The Zacks analyst likes the solid performance by the core BD Medical and Life Sciences units. Domestic and international revenues increased year over year in recent times.

Management is optimistic about the C.R. Bard buyout which has consistently proven to be accretive. Notably, a series of product launches and regulatory approvals in recent times continue to boost the stock. The company has kept its fiscal 2019 guidance intact.

On the flip side, contraction in gross and operating margins in recent times is worrisome. Customer ordering patterns are also expected to negatively impact fiscal second-quarter results. Management expects unfavorable foreign currency to remain headwinds in fiscal 2019. Stiff price competition in the MedTech space adds to its woes.

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include T-Mobile and General Motors.

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