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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Lear, Manpower and TDK

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – April 19, 2016 – 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 Lear Corp (LEA), Manpower (MAN) and TDK Corp (TTDKY).

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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

Trading Activity Follows Political Action

Trading action often follows closely upon the heels of major political action.

In light of that idea, observers might think a political failure to freeze global oil production in Doha, Qatar last weekend would sour oil traders more than it has. Oil demand and supply is set to support prices anyway.

This market’s balance kept winding tighter over time. Seasonally, the summer driving season is nearly here. Structurally, U.S. rig counts are at historic multi-year lows. Cyclically, global GDP seemed to mark a turn up recently -- thanks to China -- and heedless of this meeting.

In this Global Week Ahead, fresher political headlines look to be made “across the pond” in the U.K and Europe.

On Tuesday, a tag-team of U.K. Treasury Secretary George Osborne and Bank of England Head Mark Carney actively seek to capture business news headlines.

The two want to pour cold water on “Brexit.” This U.K. referendum to leave the European Union (EU) is scheduled for a vote on June 23rd. U.K. macroeconomic powers-that-be want to make it clear. Voters need to understand the potential bitter consequences of exit from the EU.

On Thursday, Continental Europe hears from ECB head Mario Draghi and Sweden’s Riksbank. These two monetary policy groups announce their latest stances on internal negative deposit rates and external zero policy rates. The press conference held by ECB head Mario Draghi is likely the most interesting trading event this week.

On Friday, a European focused week ends with a splash of preliminary PMIs for the Eurozone, and France and Germany specifically. Consensus thinks all composite PMI tallies rise this time around. That is good news indeed for Europe. But any European GDP growth upgrade is still coming off a very low base.

Also on Friday, the EU’s Finance Ministers and Central Bankers meet in Amsterdam. In the first half of 2016, the Netherlands holds the Presidency of the EU. That means they host major meetings like this one.

This group of nations will consider 5 options to reduce the exposure of banks to sovereign debt. They don’t want a “Doom Loop” to materialize, if the EU heads into another downward spiral.

Note to U.K. voters -- if you are not in the EU, you are not at the table.

Over the weekend -- in a more global setting -- 3 large cap stocks scored notable Zack #1 Rank (Strong Buy) upgrades. Two stocks show us the U.S. still has cyclical companies actively kicking up business. One Japanese stock shows us the global electronic components/semiconductor industry is still experiencing fresh upgrades to its outlook.

Here they are—

Lear Corp (LEA) : This U.S. auto parts stock holds a Zacks VGM trifecta, with an A in Value, Growth, and Momentum. The stock tallies an overall value of A in the VGM context and has a $7.98 billion market cap.

Manpower (MAN) : This U.S. staffing company gets an A for Zacks Value, and a B for Zacks Growth and has a $6.0 billion market cap.

TDK Corp (TTDKY) : This Japanese electronics-miscellaneous components stock gets an A for Zacks Value. The stock tallies an overall A in the VGM context and has a $7.3 billion market cap.

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