Tuesday, August 2, 2022
The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today’s Research Daily features a real-time scorecard of the ongoing Q2 earnings season and new research reports on 16 major stocks, including CSX Corporation (CSX), Lam Research Corporation (LRCX), and TE Connectivity Ltd. (TEL). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.
You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>
Q2 Earnings Season Scorecard
Including all of this morning’s releases, we now have Q2 results from 321 S&P 500 members or 64.2% of the index’s total membership. Total earnings for these companies that have reported are up +7.3% from the same period last year on +15% higher revenues, with 77.3% beating EPS estimates and 65.7% beating revenue estimates.
Results from the Energy and Finance sectors are having big impacts on the ‘headline’ Q2 earnings growth rate of +7.3%, with the Energy sector boosting it and the Finance sector dragging it down.
Excluding contribution from the energy sector, Q2 earnings growth for the rest of the index would be down -3.2% from the year-earlier period. On the other hand, the reported earnings growth pace would be up +16.8% from the year-earlier level on an ex-finance basis.
Looking at Q2 as a whole, combining the actual results from the 321 index members that have reported with estimates for the still-to-come companies, earnings and revenues for the index are on track to increase +5.9% and +12.9%, respectively. .
The Q2 earnings growth pace would be up +13.3% on an ex-Finance basis, down -4.3% on an ex-Energy basis and down -0.7% excluding both the sectors.
Today’s Featured Analyst Reports
CSX shares have lagged the Zacks Rail Industry over the past year (+0.4% vs. +4.9%), but they have done significantly better than the broad market’s -6.8% decline. The company is benefiting from higher export coal volumes, domestic intermodal shipments and favorable pricing.
With the demand scenario expected to remain strong, despite the current macro uncertainty, management anticipates double-digit growth in operating income and revenues for 2022 from 2021’s reported levels. CSX’s measures to reward its shareholders are encouraging as well. In February, CSX hiked its dividend by 7.5%.
However, supply-chain disturbances are hurting the company’s operations. Weakness in the merchandise segment due to lower automotive volumes is concerning. High costs, primarily due to escalating fuel expenses (up 102% in first-half 2022), pose a threat to CSX’s bottom line. CSX’s high capital expenditures are also worrisome.
(You can read the full research report on CSX here >>>)
Lam Research shares and the broader chip space have made an impressive rebound over the past month, but the stock and the group is still in the red this year. While optimism about the macro backdrop has started improving lately, the market is still worried about a potential inventory overhang for the group.
However, Lam Research’s recent results were driven by strength across systems and the customer support business. Further, the company witnessed strong momentum in foundry and logic segment owing to the growing traction among etch and deposition technologies. Strong wins for conductor etch and selective etch applications were positive.
Also, solid momentum in both ALD metals and dielectric deposition solutions contributed well. Encouragingly, advanced packaging technology inflections remain a tailwind. Both etch and deposition technologies are expected to expand the company’s addressable market.
(You can Read the full research report on Lam Research here >>>)
TE Connectivity shares have declined -10.9% over the past year against the Zacks Electronics – Miscellaneous Components industry’s decline of -15.4%. The zacks analyst believes that declining sensor, medical and appliance sales negatively impacted the quarterly performance. Further, uncertainties related to the coronavirus pandemic continue to remain concerns.
However, the company reported impressive fiscal third-quarter results, in which earnings and revenues increased year over year. The top-line growth was driven by the well-performing communications and industrial solutions segments. Solid content growth in high-speed cloud applications aided the communications solutions segment.
Strong momentum across renewable applications, and growing capital investment in factory automation applications, are contributing well to the industrial solutions segment. Further, growing proliferation of EVs is creating growth in the company’s automotive sales.
(You can read the full research report on TE Connectivity here >>>)
Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Republic Services, Inc. (RSG), Telefónica, SA (TEF), and VeriSign, Inc. (VRSN).
Director of Research
Note: Sheraz Mian heads the Zacks Equity Research department and is a well-regarded expert of aggregate earnings. He is frequently quoted in the print and electronic media and publishes weekly Earnings Trends and Earnings Preview reports. If you want an email notification each time Sheraz publishes a new article, please click here>>>