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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights AppLovin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Clean Harbors, Global Payments and Omnicom

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Chicago, IL – June 11, 2024 – Zacks.com 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: AppLovin Corp. APP, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. BAH, Clean Harbors Inc.’s CLH, Global Payments Inc. GPN and Omnicom Group Inc. OMC

Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

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Industries within this sector are mature, with demand for services in good shape. Revenues, income and cash flows are anticipated to gradually reach the pre-pandemic levels, aiding most industry players to pay out stable dividends.

The pandemic has changed the way industry players conduct business and deliver services. The industry’s key focus is currently on channeling money and efforts toward more effective operational components, such as technology, digital transformation, data-driven decision-making and enhanced cybersecurity.

To position themselves suitably in the post-pandemic era and better utilize the opportunities that the economic recovery will bring, service providers are increasing their efforts toward formulating and reassessing strategic initiatives and targeting end markets.

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Higher talent costs due to a competitive talent market have been a headwind for the industry. However, growing immigration is helping service providers thrive with the increased flow of foreign talent.

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We have narrowed our search to five business services stocks with strong growth potential for the rest of 2024. These stocks have seen positive earnings estimate revisions in the last 60 days. Each of our picks carries either a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

AppLovin Corp. is engaged in building a software-based platform for mobile app developers to enhance the marketing and monetization of their apps in the United States and internationally. APP provides a technology platform that enables developers to market, monetize, analyze and publish their apps.

Zacks Rank #1 AppLovin has an expected revenue and earnings growth rate of 31.7% and more than 100%, respectively, for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 8.4% over the last 30 days.

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. is benefiting from its Vision 2020 strategy, which has accelerated organic revenue growth, strengthened its profitability and fetched significant headcount and backlog growth.

BAH’s VoLT strategy focuses on integrating velocity, leadership and technology in the process of transformation. BAH is focusing on areas such as Artificial Intelligence, advanced engineering, directed energy and modern digital platforms.

Zacks Rank #2 Booz Allen Hamilton has an expected revenue and earnings growth rate of 9.8% and 10%, respectively, for the current year (ending March 2025). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 1% over the last seven days.

Clean Harbors Inc.’s capital investments enhance the quality of its services, and help it comply with government and local regulations. Acquisitions help CLH expand its business across multiple lines of services.

CLH has a diversified customer base, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to midsize and small public and private entities, which provides it with stable and recurring revenue sources. Consistent share repurchases boost investor confidence and aid CLH’s earnings per share.

Zacks Rank #2 Clean Harbors has an expected revenue and earnings growth rate of 8.7% and 6.9%, respectively, for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 0.1% over the last 30 days.

Global Payments Inc. has benefited from solid contributions of its merchant business. The growing demand for digital payment methods is expected to support GPN’s transaction volume growth.

The EVO Payments buyout is enhancing GPN’s capabilities, as evidenced by the results of recent quarters. GPN’s favorable 2024 outlook further buoys investors’ confidence. We expect revenues to increase 5.5% year over year in 2024.

Zacks Rank #2 Global Payments has an expected revenue and earnings growth rate of 6.4% and 11.6%, respectively, for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 0.1% over the last 60 days.

Omnicom Group Inc. continues to focus on its internal development initiatives. Consistency and diversity of operations and increased focus on delivering consumer-centric strategic business solutions ensure persistent profitability.

OMC’s bottom line is gaining from ongoing operating efficiency initiatives in real estate, back-office services, procurement and IT areas. Change in the business mix of OMC resulting from the disposition of some non-core or underperforming agencies has been aiding the bottom line.

Zacks Rank #2 Omnicom Group has an expected revenue and earnings growth rate of 6.2% and 5.8%, respectively, for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 1.4% over the last 60 days.

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