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KiplingerJul 16, 2020
The Pros' Top 5 Industrial Stocks to Buy
Industrials stocks have been slammed so far in 2020, and that has Wall Street's analysts pounding the table for select names in the beaten-down sector.

There's little wonder why. The sweeping coronavirus pandemic and related lockdowns have derailed economies around the globe. As a result, the highly cyclical industrials sector is off more than 12% year-to-date. That lags the broader market by a wide margin. 

Of course, anywhere you find carnage, you'll find a few bargains, too. And analysts recently have targeted a few industrial stocks to buy for their apparent value and growth prospects.

To get a sense of where those discounts might lie, we surveyed the S&P 500 for industrial sector stocks with some of the strongest analyst ratings on Wall Street, according to S&P Capital IQ.

Here's how it works: S&P Capital IQ surveys analysts' stock calls and scores them on a five-point scale, where 1.0 equals a Strong Buy and 5.0 is a Strong Sell. Any score lower than 2.5 means that analysts, on average, rate the stock as a Buy. Scores of 1.5 and below mean the stock is a Strong Buy. Either way, the closer a stock's score gets to 1.0, the more bullish analysts are about its prospects.

After sorting through the S&P 500, we found buy-rated stocks across the industrial sector, from data analytics to defense contractors. Read on as we look at five of the top-rated industrial stocks to buy in these turbulent times.

91 Top Dividend Stocks From Around the World Share prices, dividend yields, price targets, analysts' ratings and other data are courtesy of S&P Capital IQ as of July 15, unless otherwise noted. Stocks are listed by analysts' average recommendation from worst to best.


MarketWatch MarketPulseJul 16, 2020
Cisco stock slips after J.P. Morgan downgrade
Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. are off 1.7% in premarket trading Thursday after J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee downgraded the stock to neutral from overweight. He expects that there will be "limited investor enthusiasm for the shares in the absence of visibility into a return to revenue growth amidst continuing headwinds to enterprise spending in the backdrop of an uncertain macro," even as channel checks indicated enterprise spending has been more resilient than he initially imagined. "Additionally, as investors are looking to position for a recovery despite limited visibility into the shape of the recovery just yet, rebound in enterprise spending is largely going to lag the recovery in consumer spending which positions other companies in our coverage for relatively higher upside," Chatterjee wrote. He also predicts that investors looking to position themselves for the possibility of a Democratic takeover in Washington this fall should consider "incremental headwinds to IT budgets" as some enterprises could pull back on spending to help offset a potential increase in corporate taxes. He maintained a $50 price target on the stock, which has added 12% over the past three months as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 14%.

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Yahoo BusinessJul 16, 2020
There's Still Nothing Even Close to Netflix
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Whatever Netflix Inc.'s second-quarter results show, it's clear that the Covid-19 crisis is fortifying the company's lead in streaming-TV entertainment. Other services that have been trying to build audiences in recent weeks and months — Disney , HBO Max, Peacock, Quibi — are merely competing for second place. Netflix is set to report earnings after the market closes Thursday, with subscriber growth numbers sure to be the focal point once again. Analysts predict the service added 8.3 million paying customers globally, according to the average estimate compiled by Bloomberg. That may be a touch too high, even with so many consumers still social distancing and spending lots of time at home. While the service posted incredible growth in the first quarter, adding 15.8 million users, CEO Reed Hastings warned that the pace won't keep up as many of those customers would have joined down the road if it weren't for the virus. That's why Netflix sees just 7.5 million new subscribers this time around.If analysts are indeed setting themselves up for disappointment, the stock could react negatively to Thursday's numbers. After all, the share price has surged 60% this year for one of the best returns in the S&P 500 Index. But even if Netflix's stock takes a deserved breather, it still remains the unquestioned streaming leader and a must-have subscription in a market of mostly mediocre offerings. Meanwhile, normally blue-chip-quality companies such as Walt Disney Co. are struggling to find balance as their key profit centers get

MarketWatch MarketPulseJul 15, 2020
Netflix's stock gets another price target boost, this time from Morgan Stanley's Benjamin Swinburne
Another analyst raised their price target on Netflix Inc.'s stock Wednesday, with Morgan Stanley's Benjamin Swinburne the latest to boost his outlook on the streaming video company just ahead of earnings, citing expectations of "higher long-term penetration and margins." Swinburne raised his target by 19% to $575, which is about 10% above current prices, from $485. He reiterated the overweight rating he's had on the stock for at least the past five years. "There is much debate over the pull-forward effect of the [COVID-19] pandemic on Netflix's strong member growth," Swinburne wrote in a note to clients. "Less discussed but potentially quite profound is the benefit of greater scale, sooner." He said he believes the greater scale will accelerate engagement growth even in Netflix's most mature markets and put pressure on its primary competition, the incumbent TV broadcasters. There have now been no less than eight price target increases in the past week, and 10 target increases this month, according to FactSet. The average price target has increased to $494.29, which is 5.4% below current levels, from $468.34 at the end of June. Netflix is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings after Thursday's closing bell. Netflix's stock slipped 0.4% in morning trading, putting it on track for a third-straight loss since closing at a record $548.73 on Friday. It has run up 14.9% this month, while the S&P 500 has gained 4.4%.

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Nielsen TrendsMar 13, 2020
From The Field: Nielsen Pakistan Offers Personal Insight On Shopping Trends Amid The Covid-19 Outbreak
During the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Murtaza Ahmed Khan, head of field operations in Pakistan and the Arabian Peninsula, said there were instances where outlets were selling high-demand items, particularly in traditional trade settings, for twice their normal retail price.
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