Highlights from Zacks analyst blog: Meta Platforms, Inc., Bank of America Corporation, Mastercard Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Medtronic plc

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Chicago, IL – January 4, 2022 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured on the Analysts Blog. Every day, Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Meta Platforms, Inc. FB, Bank of America Corporation BAC and Mastercard Inc. MA, Pfizer PFE and Medtronic MDT.

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s analyst blog:

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Actions of Meta-platforms have slightly underperformed the S&P 500 over the past year (+ 25.1% vs. + 31.3%), most likely reflecting regulatory concerns. That said, the Zacks analyst believes that Meta Platforms has enjoyed steady growth in user numbers across all regions, particularly in Asia Pacific.

Increased engagement for Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook Watch remains a major growth driver for Meta. Advertising revenue is benefiting from the ongoing transition to e-commerce. Its goal of becoming a metaverse company is remarkable. The fierce competition from Snap and Twitter in the advertising space as well as growing regulatory hurdles in the EU and some other countries, however, remain major concerns.

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

Bank of America stocks have gained + 16.3% in the past six months against the + 7.7% gain of the large regional banks sector of Zacks. The Zacks analyst believes that efforts to improve revenue growth, a strong balance sheet and expansion into new markets are likely to support Bank of America.

The opening of new branches and a strong IB pipeline will continue to support LAC’s finances. BAC is also likely to continue to improve shareholder value through its impressive capital deployment activities. Persistent low interest rates and the Federal Reserve’s decision not to change them in the near term, however, are expected to weigh on Bank of America’s margins and interest income.

(You can read the full Bank of America research report here >>>)

Actions of MasterCard gained + 10.4% in the past three months versus a loss of -1.2% in Zacks’ financial transaction services industry. The Zacks analyst believes that Mastercard’s strategic acquisitions, alliances and technology upgrades, along with product diversification and geographic expansion initiatives bode well for the long term.

The acceleration of the use of electronic payments with a much greater adoption of digital and contactless solutions offers Mastercard the opportunity to accelerate its switch to digital mode. A strong capital position allows the company to pursue acquisitions and deploy capital. However, high costs, high discounts and incentives could weigh on revenues.

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

Other noteworthy reports we present today include Pfizer Inc. and Medtronic plc.

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