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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Pfizer, Wells Fargo, SAP, salesforce.com and Eli Lilly


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Chicago, IL - January 23, 2020 - 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: Pfizer PFE , Wells Fargo WFC , SAP SE SAP , salesforce.com CRM and Eli Lilly LLY .

Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Analyst Reports for Pfizer, Wells Fargo and SAP

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 Pfizer, Wells Fargo and SAP SE. 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 >>>

Pfizer 's shares have underperformed the Zacks Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry over the past year (-4.3% vs. +14.7%). The Zacks analyst believes that the Consumer Healthcare joint venture with Glaxo, the Array acquisition and the pending merger of Upjohn unit with Mylan, if successful, will make Pfizer a smaller company with a diversified portfolio of innovative drugs and vaccines.

The smaller Pfizer should see better revenue growth as the Lyrica LOE cliff will go away. The company expects continued strong growth of key brands like Ibrance, Xeljanz and Eliquis to drive sales in the coming quarters. Pfizer is also strengthening its pipeline and hopes to launch new innovative medicines in the next five years.

However, Lyrica generic erosion, currency headwinds and pricing pressure are key near-term, headwinds. Estimates have gone up ahead of Q4 earnings release. Pfizer has a positive record o f earnings surprises in the recent quarters. 

Shares of Wells Fargo have gained 3.7% in the past six months against the Zacks Major Regional Banks industry's rise of +11%. The Zacks analyst believes that Strategic acquisitions, along with rising loans and deposit balances, are impressive which is likely to aid NIM.

Though the company's investment in the businesses to enhance compliance and risk-management capability seems encouraging, Wells Fargo has been slapped with several sanctions, which continues on the CFPB's dissatisfaction with the bank's progress on fixing risk-management issues. Also, rising costs curb bottom-line expansion.

Further, the company's earnings surprise history remains unimpressive, having surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in only two of the trailing four quarters. The company's fourth-quarter 2019 earnings reflected lower net interest income and rise in expenses.

SAP 's shares have gained +6% over the past three months against the Zacks Computer Software industry's rise of +17.8%. The Zacks analyst believes that SAP is benefiting from strong growth in cloud and software revenues, and expanding customer base.

Robust adoption of S/4HANA, C/4HANA, Fieldglass, Concur and SuccessFactors Employee Central solutions hold promise. Further, SAP's alliances with Microsoft, Accenture and Verizon favor business prospects. Moreover, synergies from Qualtrics acquisition are enabling SAP to bolster Customer Experience segment revenues.

Additionally, strong demand for the company's Intelligent Spend offerings among enterprises holds promise. Nonetheless, integration risks related to acquisitions are likely to limit margin expansion. Moreover, increasing investments to enhance cloud-based offerings are anticipated to weigh on bottom-line growth at least in the near term.

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include salesforce.com and Eli Lilly.

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