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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Apple, JPMorgan, Celgene, PayPal and Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Chicago, IL – July 19, 2017 – 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 Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL Free Report), JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM Free Report), Celgene (NASDAQ: CELG Free Report), PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL Free Report) and Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Apple. JPMorgan and Celgene

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 Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL Free Report ), JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM Free Report) and Celgene (NASDAQ: CELG Free Report). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

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Apple ’s shares are up +29.1% in the year-to-date period, handily outperforming the S&P 500 (up +10%) and the Zacks Technology sector (up +16.5%), with each of the last two earnings releases adding to the stock’s momentum. In the updated research report issued today, the Zacks analyst points out that Apple’s fortunes are tied to its flagship offering, the iPhone, at least in the near term.

The buzz surrounding iPhone 8, which is already labeled a super cycle, should allay investors fear about iPhone sales trajectory. Also, the company announced an increase in the share repurchase authorization by $50 billion, taking total authorization to $300 million. Apple raised its quarterly dividend by 10.5%. However, macroeconomic headwinds in some key regions like China and increasing competition remain concerns.

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

Shares of Buy rated JPMorgan have gained +9.7% over the past six months, outperforming the Zacks Major Regional Banks industry, which is up +6.7% over the same period. The company’s second-quarter 2017 earnings handily outpaced expectations. The Zacks analyst likes the company’s steady capital deployment activities (dividend hike and share buyback), which reflects its strong balance sheet position.

The company remains well-positioned to benefit from the improved rate scenario and rising loan demand. Synergies from retail banking performance and cost-containment efforts will help improving its profitability, going forward. However, a persistent fee income growth challenge remains a major headwind. Also, litigation hassles remain a concern.

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

Buy rated Celgene’s shares have gained +16.6% year to date, outperforming the Zacks Medical - Biomedical and Genetics sector which has gained +8.7% over the same period. Celgene’s multiple myeloma drug Revlimid continues to grow on the back of market share gains and increased duration. However, Otezla sales in the first quarter were impacted by managed care dynamics that drove lower total marketplace prescriptions for psoriasis therapies.

The Zacks analyst likes Celgene’s ongoing label expansion efforts and pipeline development. The company anticipates several pipeline-related events over the upcoming quarters and next few years.

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

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL Free Report) and Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX Free Report).

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