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Chicago, IL – October 9, 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: RH RH, The Boston Beer Company, Inc. SAM, Thor Industries, Inc. THO, Target Corporation TGT and FedEx Corporation FDX.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Growth Stocks to Buy on Iffy Stimulus Prospects

On Oct 7, U.S. stock markets closed sharply higher after President Donald Trump tweeted urging U.S. Congress to immediately pass a coronavirus-aid package for some specific segments of the economy.

This was in contrast to Trump’s tweet on Oct 6 when he asked his administration to halt negotiations with Democrats regarding a full-phased fiscal stimulus till the scheduled U.S. election on Nov 3. Wall Street saw an immediate downturn and ended sharply lower as soon as the news broke. However, investors’ hope for at least a truncated second round of stimulus package helped the market to more than offset the previous day’s losses.

A Partial Fiscal Stimulus

President Trump has urged Congress to clear $25 billion for airline payroll support and $135 billion for a small business paycheck protection program. Both of these aids could be paid for out of unused funds from the Cares Act, which came to an end in July. Moreover, Trump has also sent a stand-alone bill of $1,200 per individual as unemployment benefit.

Notably, the $2.2 trillion first round of coronavirus-relief package — popularly known as the CARES ACT — terminated at July end. Meanwhile, coronavirus-led severe economic devastation compelled lawmakers to inject another round of stimulus.

However, the U.S. Congress failed to reach an amicable solution regarding the size and scope of

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – October 7, 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 General Motors GM, Ford F, Fiat Chrysler FCAU, Tesla TSLA and Honda HMC.

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Big 3 Detroit Automakers in Focus: How Have They Fared?

After plunging the most in the second quarter since the Great Recession, the U.S. auto industry gathered momentum in the third quarter, with sales rebounding from coronavirus-led lows and buyers returning to showrooms. Sales growth for September marked the first monthly rise since February. Unless there is a spike in coronavirus cases, which will trigger another round of lockdown and send vehicle deliveries into a tailspin, auto sales in the United States are likely to gain traction going forward. Increasing consumer confidence, declining unemployment rate and Fed’s efforts to support the economy bode well for the auto industry, which is highly cyclical in nature.

Amid the improving landscape, let’s take a look at how the Big 3 automakers namely General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are currently faring. General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are three of the oldest auto firms dated 1908, 1903 and 1925, respectively. While relatively new auto firms including Tesla are surely beefing up competition, especially in the electric vehicle space, these three legacy automakers have certainly stood the test of time and remain trusted picks for investors and consumers alike. While Fiat Chrysler currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), General Motors and Ford carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and 3 (Hold), respectively. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here

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Chicago, IL – October 5, 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 Valero Energy VLO, Phillips 66 PSX, Marathon Petroleum MPC, Royal Dutch Shell RDS.A and HollyFrontier HFC.

Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

Oil Posts Quarterly Gain as Supplies Fall for Third Week

U.S. oil prices eked out a quarterly gain after a government report revealed a weekly decrease in crude supplies that was contrary to expectations. The third straight fall in domestic oil stocks was accompanied by a decrease in distillate inventories.

Additionally, the agency said that gasoline stockpiles increased and oil supplies at the Cushing, OK, delivery hub rose too, but these had little effect on the positive response to the Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) data. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, WTI crude futures gained 93 cents, or 2.4%, to settle at $40.22 a barrel on Wednesday. The commodity moved 2.4% higher over the past three months.

Analyzing the Latest EIA Report

Below we review the EIA’s Weekly Petroleum Status Report for the week ending Sep 25.

Crude Oil:The federal government’s EIA report revealed that crude inventories fell by 2 million barrels compared to expectations of a 1.9 million-barrel build. The combination of a sizable increase in exports and a ramp up in refinery activity accounted for the surprise stockpile draw with the world’s biggest oil consumer even as domestic production stayed firm. This puts total domestic stocks at 492.4 million barrels — 16.5% higher than the year-ago figure and 13% higher than the five-year average.

On a bearish note, the latest report showed that supplies at the Cushing

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Chicago, IL – October 2, 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: Commercial Metals Company CMC, L.B. Foster Company FSTR, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. SCHN, POSCO PKX and ArcelorMittal MT.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

5 Red-Hot Steel Stocks Set to Run Higher in Q4

The steel industry has staged a recovery after being out of favor for much of the first half, thanks to a revival in demand in key end-markets from the coronavirus-induced slowdown and a rebound in steel prices.

With China (the top consumer of steel) seeing an economic rebound and businesses gradually resume across the world following loosening of lockdowns and restrictions, things are looking up for the steel industry for the balance of the year. Recovery across major end-use industries such as construction and automotive represents a tailwind for the steel industry.

Moreover, steel prices have gained strength on an upswing in demand. However, the resurgence of coronavirus infections in Europe and rising cases in the United States may play a spoilsport.

Steel Demand Takes an Upturn on Economic Recovery

Demand for steel has picked up with the resumption of operations across major steel-consuming sectors, following the easing of restrictions globally. The automotive industry has gotten back into gear following pandemic-led shutdowns on the back of a strong recovery in customer demand. Notably, major U.S. automakers are ramping up production to boost lean vehicle inventories at dealerships in the wake of surging demand. The automotive rebound is driving demand for flat steel products globally.

Moreover, the resumption of many projects, which were stalled earlier due to labor shortages

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – October 2, 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: Zoom Video Communications, Inc. ZM, salesforce.com, inc. CRM, FedEx Corporation FDX, NIKE, Inc. NKE and Deere & Company DE.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Will October Regain Momentum After the Worst September Since 2011?

Wall Street’s five-month-long rally has halted in September, the historically worst-performing month in Wall Street. But this year it was more than that as all the three major stock indexes — the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite — tumbled 2.3%, 3.9% and 5.2%, respectively, to record their worst September since 2011.

At present, economists and financial experts are busy assessing how October will behave — will it see the continuation of a downturn and almost day-to-day fluctuations or will the month turn the wheel and put the market back in a northbound trajectory? Although no clear-cut inference can be drawn at this stage, several important factors, both negative and positive, for October are clearly visible. Let’s discuss these in detail.

Sources of September’s Volatility Persist

The factors that led to severe volatility last month are present in October too. A spike in new coronavirus cases, lack of a vaccine for COVID-19, uncertainty about the second round of fiscal stimulus despite repeated warning from the Fed and several economists, and intensifying geo-political conflict between the United States and China are all present in October.

Moreover, this is the month before the U.S. presidential election scheduled on Nov 3. Historically, stock markets have remained volatile in the month before the election. Market participants generally choose to