Today's Must Read
Ford (F) Buoyed by Demand for SUVs & Trucks Amid Recall Woes
Growing Topline Aids Marsh & McLennan (MMC), Expenses Hurt
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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 Nvidia (NVDA), Ford Motor (F) and Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.
Nvidia’s shares have outperformed the Zacks General Semiconductor industry year to date (35.8% vs. 20.3%). The Zacks analyst believes that Nvidia has been making concerted efforts to strengthen its position in several emerging markets.
Growth across automotive, gaming plus OEM and IP end-markets is expected to be a key catalyst. Increasing deal wins for autonomous vehicle development and the solid uptake of AI-based smart cockpit infotainment solutions should act as tailwinds. Moreover, the rising traction of GeForce laptops and RTX GPUs in the market is a positive.
Further, the company’s latest acquisition of Mellanox is likely to be its main driver as it will fortify its datacenter footprint and lend a competitive edge. However, the current pause in spending by hyperscale customers remains an overhang on its data center business. Growing competition from AMD also poses a key threat to the company.
Shares of Ford have lost 5.9% in the past six months, outperforming the Zacks Domestic Automotive industry’s fall of 9.2% over the same period. The Zacks analyst believes that focus on streamlining its portfolio and rising inclination toward bigger vehicles including SUVs and trucks are boosting Ford’s top-line growth.
Ford’s attempts to build a winning portfolio by launching models of autonomous and electric vehicles are commendable. Strong FCF generation and solid dividend yield further boost investors’ confidence. The $11 billion restructuring program bodes well for the long term but is likely to strain the company’s near-term financials.
As it is, concerns over economic slowdown, increased raw material costs and tariff issues are weighing on the firm’s international profitability. In addition, frequent recalls act as headwinds. As such, investors are recommended to wait for a better entry point.
Marsh & McLennan’s shares have gained 16.1% over the past year compared with the Zacks Insurance Broker industry’s rise of 20.6%. The Zacks analyst believes that the company is well-poised to grow on the back of significant investments and acquisitions made within its operating units. Its revenues have been increasing over the past many years.
The deals made by the company have enabled it to enter new geographies, expand within the existing ones, foray into new businesses and also develop new segments. Its robust capital position, which is evident from its balance sheet and financial flexibility also impresses.
However, it has been suffering a low investment income phase for quite some time. Its operating expenses weigh on its margins. The company has also been witnessing a rise in its long-term leverage ratio, which raises financial risk.
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include American Electric Power (AEP), Verisk (VRSK) and TransUnion (TRU).
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