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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Verizon, SAP, PetroChina, Moderna and General Motors

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – July 2, 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: Verizon Communications Inc. VZ, SAP SE SAP, PetroChina Company Limited PTR, Moderna, Inc. MRNA and General Motors Company GM.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Research Reports for Verizon, SAP and PetroChina

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 Verizon, SAP and PetroChina. 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 >>>

Shares of Verizon have underperformed the Zacks Wireless National industry in the year-to-date period (-2.5% vs. +2.9%). The Zacks analyst, however, believes that Verizon is likely to benefit from a disciplined network strategy, including accelerated 5G deployment despite economic uncertainties stemming from the ongoing pandemic. 

The telecom giant plans to cover more than 175 million people between 2022 and 2023. Its disciplined network strategy for long-term sustainable growth, along with operational execution, is noteworthy. However, Verizon operates in an intensely competitive U.S. wireless market that strains margins. Also, hefty expenses on promotion and lucrative discounts to attract customers further hamper its profitability.

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

SAP’s shares have gained +10.2% over the last six months against the Zacks Computer Software industry’s gain of +21.4%. The Zacks analyst believes that SAP is benefiting from robust uptake of S/4HANA, and SuccessFactors Employee Central solutions. Momentum witnessed by Ariba and Fieldglass solutions is also noteworthy.

Further, SAP's alliances with IBM, Microsoft, Accenture and Verizon favor business prospects. Solid demand for e-commerce, digital supply chain and other cloud platform solutions, augurs well in the long run. However, soft uptake of software licenses and support offerings remains a headwind. Further, reduction in business travel due to pandemic is likely to weigh on Concur-related revenues.

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

Shares of PetroChina have gained +42.4% in the past three months against the Zacks International Integrated Oil industry’s gain of +7.4%. The Zacks analyst believes that with higher energy production and lower lifting costs supporting the company's exploration and production segment, the stock is likely to gain further.

Meanwhile, PetroChina is also well-positioned to capitalize on China’s growing natural gas demand. The company’s natural gas business offers lucrative growth prospects in the coming years as China moves from coal to natural gas. Notably, PetroChina's upstream unit witnessed a growth of 4.1% in production in 2020.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Moderna and General Motors.

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