Pfizer Rated Top Buy This Week As Vaccine Distribution Kicks Off

Although December has largely kept November’s election and vaccine rally moving, markets fell for the first week in three last week. After fresh record highs were reached the week before, the major indices ended the week lower due to stimulus pessimism, disappointing jobless claims data, and COVID concerns. Between Monday December 7th and Friday’s close December 11th, the Dow closed down 0.08%, the S&P closed down 0.77%, and the NASDAQ closed down 1.13%. However, the small-cap Russell 2000, notched another weekly gain, and closed up about 1.00%. We potentially have a very pivotal week ahead of us. A two part stimulus plan may finally be agreed to, and Pfizer’s vaccine rollout will begin. Additionally, the FDA is expected to publish its assessment on Moderna’s vaccine candidate this week. Furthermore, there will be a big Federal Reserve policy meeting and announcement, more earnings reports, and Tesla’s official addition to the S&P 500 on Friday. Among all the news and data spurring on the markets, the deep learning algorithms at Q.ai have used Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) technology to rate the Top Trending Stocks for this week. 

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Top Buy

One of our trending stocks was identified as a Top Buy this week.

Pfizer Inc (PFE)

Pfizer is our first Top Buy this week. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last month, you know that Pfizer, since November 9th, has almost single handedly spurred a major market rally and flickered on a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel with its COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, began the rollout of its vaccine in the UK two weeks ago, and is set to massively distribute its vaccine in the US starting today. Our AI systems rated Pfizer C in Technicals, B in Growth, A in Momentum Volatility, and C in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.46% to $41.12 on volume of 60,445,323 vs its 10-day price average of $40.75 and its 22-day price average of $38.35, and is up 15.38% for the year. Revenue was $51750.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $52546.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $15042.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $14711.0M three years ago, EPS was $2.87 in the last fiscal year compared to $3.52 three years ago, and ROE was 25.62% in the last year compared to 32.48% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 17.95% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 13.27.

Attractive

Four of our trending stocks were identified as Attractive this week.

Microsoft Corp (MSFT)

Microsoft is our first Attractive stock this week. Long a staple in the tech industry, the company is one the largest providers of computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services in the world. The tech giant has been reborn and continues to innovate, grow, and adapt to any changes in the market. As we are firmly in the holiday shopping season, Microsoft could also have a very big week and rest of the month. Our AI systems rated Microsoft D in Technicals, B in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and B in Quality Value. The stock closed up 1.3% to $213.26 on volume of 30,979,440 vs its 10-day price average of $214.01 and its 22-day price average of $213.84, and is up 34.18% for the year. Revenue grew by 2.87% in the last fiscal year and grew by 33.3% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 6.02% in the last fiscal year and grew by 60.16% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 7.62% in the last fiscal year and grew by 191.03% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $143015.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $110360.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $52959.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $35058.0M three years ago, EPS was $5.76 in the last fiscal year compared to $2.13 three years ago, and ROE was 40.14% in the last year compared to 19.45% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 2.52% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 31.64.

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Mastercard Inc (MA)

rated B in Technicals, D in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and B in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.24% to $327.42 on volume of 4,177,251 vs its 10-day price average of $337.26 and its 22-day price average of $335.82, and is up 8.49% for the year. Revenue grew by 24.79% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 24.14% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 82.55% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $16883.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $12497.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $9667.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $6809.0M three years ago, EPS was $7.94 in the last fiscal year compared to $3.65 three years ago, and ROE was 141.43% in the last year compared to 69.59% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 12.49% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 43.69.

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Facebook (FB)

Facebook is our next Attractive stock to watch. While they have had their share of controversies, and have been under increasing scrutiny due to censorship and antitrust issues, our AI systems remain bullish on the social media giant. Our AI systems rated Facebook D in Technicals, B in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and B in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.29% to $273.55 on volume of 14,391,401 vs its 10-day price average of $281.02 and its 22-day price average of $277.54, and is up 30.4% for the year. Revenue grew by 11.71% in the last fiscal year and grew by 94.27% over the last three fiscal years, while Operating Income grew by 17.58% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 36.52% in the last fiscal year and grew by 62.85% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $70697.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $40653.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $23986.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $20203.0M three years ago, EPS was $6.43 in the last fiscal year compared to $5.39 three years ago, and ROE was 19.96% in the last year compared to 23.86% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 19.05% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 27.62.

Qualcomm Inc (QCOM)

Semiconductor giant Qualcomm is our final Attractive stock for the week. After crushing its earnings report a month ago, Qualcomm is continuing the strong run that it has been on as of late. However, the stock plummeted during last Friday’s trading session due to a report that Apple may build its own modem chips. Our AI systems rated Qualcomm D in Technicals, A in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and C in Quality Value. The stock closed down 7.36% to $144.28 on volume of 25,923,148 vs its 10-day price average of $152.75 and its 22-day price average of $148.72, and is up 66.78% for the year. Revenue was $23531.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $22611.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $6227.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $3774.0M three years ago, EPS was $4.52 in the last fiscal year compared to $(3.39) three years ago, and ROE was 94.63% in the last year compared to (31.46%) three years ago. The stock is also trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 20.48.

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Neutral Rated

Our systems have identified four Neutral rated trending stocks this week. 

Netflix (NFLX)

Netflix is our first Neutral stock for the week after being a Top Buy for the last three weeks. The streaming media giant has been a major winner in 2020, and continues to have a bright future- despite competition increasing in the streaming space and several content licenses expiring once 2021 begins. Our AI systems have rated Netflix F in Technicals, B in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and C in Quality Value. The stock closed up 0.43% to $503.22 on volume of 3,210,928 vs its 10-day price average of $502.08 and its 22-day price average of $492.34, and is up 52.58% for the year. Revenue grew by 18.17% in the last fiscal year and grew by 103.71% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 57.03% in the last fiscal year and grew by 387.62% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 49.92% in the last fiscal year and grew by 395.33% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $20156.45M in the last fiscal year compared to $11692.71M three years ago, Operating Income was $2604.25M in the last fiscal year compared to $838.68M three years ago, EPS was $4.13 in the last fiscal year compared to $1.25 three years ago, and ROE was 29.12% in the last year compared to 17.85% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 14.04% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 58.03.

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Intel Corp (INTC)

Intel is on our list of Neutral rated stocks for the third week in a row. Although a staple in tech and chipmaking, semiconductor competitors such as Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices have skyrocketed this year, while Intel lagged. Our AI systems rated Intel D in Technicals, D in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and B in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.05% to $49.73 on volume of 29,398,840 vs its 10-day price average of $50.17 and its 22-day price average of $47.9, and is down 16.24% for the year. Revenue grew by 8.52% in the last fiscal year and grew by 24.44% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 10.76% in the last fiscal year and grew by 34.76% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 8.48% in the last fiscal year and grew by 156.76% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $71965.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $62761.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $22428.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $18434.0M three years ago, EPS was $4.71 in the last fiscal year compared to $1.99 three years ago, and ROE was 27.68% in the last year compared to 14.2% three years ago. The stock is also trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 11.32.

Boston Scientific Corp (BSX)

Medical devices company Boston Scientific is our next Neutral stock. Boston Scientific Boston Scientific manufactures medical devices used in interventional medical specialties, including interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, peripheral interventions, neuromodulation, neurovascular intervention, electrophysiology, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, endoscopy, oncology, urology and gynecology. Our AI systems rated the company C in Technicals, D in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and B in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.18% to $33.6 on volume of 14,825,234 vs its 10-day price average of $33.91 and its 22-day price average of $34.58, and is down 25.88% for the year. Revenue grew by 11.72% over the last three fiscal years, while EPS grew by 3332.37% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $10735.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $9048.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $1806.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $1599.0M three years ago, EPS was $3.33 in the last fiscal year compared to $0.08 three years ago, and ROE was 41.59% in the last year compared to 1.51% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 14.19% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 22.29.

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Starbucks Corp (SBUX)

Starbucks is our final Neutral stock this week. Starbucks, which is the largest coffeehouse chain in the world, operates over 30,000 locations worldwide in more than 70 countries as of early 2020. Our AI systems rated the company B in Technicals, C in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and C in Quality Value. The stock closed down 2.27% to $103.0 on volume of 6,262,636 vs its 10-day price average of $100.96 and its 22-day price average of $98.85, and is up 17.63% for the year. Revenue was $23518.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $24719.5M three years ago, Operating Income was $1599.9M in the last fiscal year compared to $3810.1M three years ago, EPS was $0.79 in the last fiscal year compared to $3.24 three years ago, and ROE was 136.23% three years ago. The stock is also trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 36.46.

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Unattractive

One of our Top Trending Stocks was identified as Unattractive this week.

Boeing Co (BA)

Boeing is our lone Unattractive stock for the fourth week in a row. Despite being one of the best performing stocks in the entire market since the start of November due to vaccine-related euphoria, the pandemic is still not under control. Until that happens, Boeing’s business will simply not return to normal pre-pandemic levels. Our AI systems rated Boeing B in Technicals, C in Growth, F in Low Volatility Momentum, and F in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.75% to $230.33 on volume of 17,278,193 vs its 10-day price average of $228.9 and its 22-day price average of $214.55, and is down 30.48% for the year. Revenue was $76559.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $94005.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $(2102.0)M in the last fiscal year compared to $10113.0M three years ago, EPS was $(1.12) in the last fiscal year compared to $13.85 three years ago, and ROE was 653.13% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is also expected to grow by 22.53% over the next 12 months.

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