Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Eli Lilly, Nike, Micron Technology, Bayer Aktiengesellschaft and Valero Energy

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Chicago, IL – March 14, 2022 – Zacks.com 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: Eli Lilly and Company LLY, Nike, Inc. NKE, Micron Technology Inc. MU, Bayer Aktiengesellschaft BAYRY and Valero Energy Corp. VLO.

Here are highlights from Friday’s analyst blog:

Best analyst reports for Eli Lilly, Nike and Micron Technologies

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 Eli Lilly and Company, Nike Inc. and Micron Technology, Inc. These research reports have been handpicked from the approximately 70 reports published by our team of analysts today.

You can see all today’s research reports here >>>

Shares of Eli Lily outperformed the industry Zacks Large Cap Pharmaceuticals over the past year (+29.6% vs. +19.2%). Lilly has a strong pipeline of entry-level medicines in diabetes, autoimmune diseases and cancer. The Zacks analyst believes Lilly’s revenue growth is being driven by increased demand for drugs like Trulicity, Taltz and others.

It regularly adds promising new pipeline assets through business development agreements. It has an exciting pipeline of potential new drugs, including tirzepatide for type II diabetes and donanemab for early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Both candidates have multi-billion dollar sales potential.

However, generic competition for several drugs, increasing price pressure in the United States, mainly on the key drug, Trulicity, and price reductions in some international markets such as China, Japan and Europe are headwinds.

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

Nike stocks are down -10.2% over the past year against declines of -10.4% in the Zacks shoe industry and clothing retail. The Zacks analyst believes Nike shares have fallen over the past year on headwinds from supply chain constraints. Declines in Greater China and APLA, and continued impacts from supply chain headwinds in the market partially hurt the company’s revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2022.

Nike expects volatility in fiscal 2022 due to disruptions caused by COVID variants. However, product innovation, brand strength and scale of company operations are expected to continue to drive digital sales. It remains on track to deliver on its outlook for FY2025.

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

Shares of Micron have underperformed the S&P 500 index year-to-date (-18.7% vs. -10.5%). The Zacks analyst believes that Micron’s short-term profitability may be affected by its planned salary increases. Additionally, higher customer inventory levels in the cloud, graphics, and enterprise market pose a major threat. Demand for software servers from several enterprise original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers is also a concern.

However, Micron has already seen growing demand for memory chips from cloud computing providers and accelerating adoption of 5G (fifth generation) cellular networks. The increase in the number of high value-added solutions, improved customer engagement and improved cost structure are also growth drivers. Additionally, the adoption of 5G beyond mobile is likely to drive demand for memory and storage, especially in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and wireless infrastructure.

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

Other noteworthy reports we’re featuring today include Bayer Aktiengesellschaft and Valero Energy Corp.

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