Zacks analyst blog spotlights Alphabet, UnitedHealth Group, Costco Wholesale, Cisco Systems and Sanofi


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Chicago, IL – May 24, 2022 – announces the list of stocks featured in the analyst 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: Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated UNH, Costco Wholesale Corporation COST, Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO, and Sanofi SNY.

Here are the highlights from Monday’s analyst blog:

Better inventory reports for Alphabet, UnitedHealth and Costco

Zacks Research Daily features top research results from our team of analysts. Today’s Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Alphabet Inc., UnitedHealth Group Incorporated and Costco Wholesale Corporation. These research reports have been handpicked from the approximately 70 reports published today by our team of analysts.

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Shares of Alphabet have lagged the broader market this year (-21% vs -16%), but held up better than the tech sector (-21% vs -26.7%). The weakness in the stock reflects the shift in sentiment towards faster growing stocks in a rising rate environment. But the company is well positioned for the long term, given its search dominance, lucrative advertising business and a host of next-gen investments.

The Zacks analyst believes Alphabet’s strong cloud division continues to be the main catalyst. Moreover, the expansion of data centers will continue to strengthen its presence in the cloud space. Additionally, major updates in its search segment improve search results. Additionally, Google’s mobile search is constantly gaining popularity. Also, the focus on AI techniques and the home automation space is expected to drive the company’s growth. However, growing litigation and the Russian-Ukrainian war remain a concern.

(You can read the full Alphabet research report here >>>)

Shares of UnitedHealth outperformed the Zacks Medical – HMO industry over the past year (+18.2% vs. +16.2%) driven by a strong market position and an attractive core business that continues to be driven by new transactions, renewed agreements and expansion of the offerings service.

UnitedHealth reported strong results in the first quarter of 2022 thanks to growth in its business segments. A strong balance sheet allows for investments and prudent deployment of capital through share buybacks and dividends. However, weakness in trade cases due to COVID-induced volatilities persists. In addition, rising operating costs are hurting its profits.

(You can read the full UnitedHealth research report here >>>)

Shares of Costco outperformed the industry Zacks Retail – Discount Stores over the past year (+8.6% vs -11.0%). The Zacks analyst believes that as a defensive consumer stock, Costco has weathered the market turmoil fairly well. The discount retailer’s key strengths are strategic investments, a customer-centric approach, merchandise initiatives and a focus on membership growth. These factors have helped it record impressive sales and profit figures.

A favorable product mix, steady store traffic, pricing power and strong liquidity position should help Costco continue to outperform. Although it trades at a premium to its peers, the Zacks analyst believes the company’s long-term growth prospects should help the stock rally strongly.

(You can read the full Costco research report here >>>)

Other noteworthy reports we feature today include Cisco Systems, Inc. and Sanofi.

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