Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights Visa, Walt Disney, Abbott Laboratories, Nike and United Parcel Service

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Chicago, IL – April 29, 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: Visa Inc. V, The Walt Disney Co. DIS, Abbott Laboratories ABT, Nike, Inc. NKE, and United Parcel Service, Inc. UPS.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s analyst blog:

Key analyst reports for Visa, Walt Disney and Abbott

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 Visa Inc., The Walt Disney Co. and Abbott Laboratories. These research reports have been handpicked from the approximately 70 reports published today by our team of analysts.

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Shares of Visa have outperformed the Zacks financial transaction services sector year-to-date (+1.8% vs -3.5%). The company’s earnings in the second quarter of fiscal 2022 beat estimates on high payout volume. Numerous buyouts and alliances paved the way for long-term growth and consistently boosted its revenue.

Its investments in technology strengthen its position in the payments market. A transition of payments to digital mode is a godsend. Deployments of coronavirus vaccines and the gradual upturn in consumer confidence will continue to drive spending, in turn increasing business volumes.

With its strong cash position, the company remains committed to increasing its shareholder value. However, high operating costs weigh on margins. Increasing customer incentives will affect turnover. Its declining liquidity volume from Asia-Pacific is disturbing. Its volumes will probably suffer from the Russian-Ukrainian situation.

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

waltz disney shares are down -38.7% over the past year against media conglomerate Zacks’ industry decline of -40.8%. The company’s profitability is expected to be negatively affected by rising programming and production costs. Disney expects continued investment in its owned and produced content for direct-to-consumer services to hurt operating income.

The closure of its Shanghai theme park due to COVID-19 does not bode well for near-term park, experience and product revenue. Disney’s leveraged balance sheet also remains a concern.

However, thanks to a strong content portfolio and a cheaper bundle. Availability in the Nordics, Latin America, and other Asian territories should help expand the user base. The relaunch of the Parks, Experiences and Products activities is also promising.

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

Abbott shares are down -1.2% over the past year against the industry’s -23.9% decline Zacks Medical – Products. The company’s pediatric nutrition sales were negatively impacted by a voluntary recall of certain powdered formulas manufactured at one of Abbott’s US factories. With the exception of Nutrition (where the company recorded a 4.4% year-over-year decline on an organic basis), the company recorded organic sales growth in all of its major operating segments . Global sales related to COVID-19 tests were dominated by sales of rapid test products.

Within Diabetes Care, the company was honored for the developments of its flagship sensor-based continuous glucose monitoring system, FreeStyle Libre. In adult nutrition, the company benefited from the solid performance of the Ensure and Glucerna brands.

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

Other noteworthy reports we feature today include Nike, Inc. and United Parcel Service, Inc.

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