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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Norwegian Cruise, Royal Caribbean, Lowe's, Home Depot and Owens

Zacks Equity Research

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL –September 6, 2019 – 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: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd NCLH, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd RCL, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. LOW, Home Depot Inc HD and Owens Corning OC.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

How Stocks Have Been Reacting to Dorian’s Impact

After ravaging the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian is all set to unleash its fury on East Coast the United States on Sep 5. This event in turn has impacted several industries.

While shares of cruise companies and hotels fell as tourism stalled, insurance shares dropped as the companies had to release funds for damage relief. Meanwhile, shares of building materials, freights and home improvement products rose as demand for such products increased due to the property damage in wake of a hurricane.

Tracking Hurricane Dorian

After wreaking havoc in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian shifted its course toward the coast of Florida on Sep 3. The hurricane had weakened after hitting the Bahamas but has since gained strength, recording maximum wind speeds of 115mph.

On Sep 4, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Dorian has been upgraded to Category 3 and is shifting north toward the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina accompanied by strong winds, heavy rains, and high storm surges. Per NHC, Dorian is the most powerful storm to hit the Atlantic since 1935 Labor Day hurricane.

The increase in Dorian’s strength has raised the risk of storm hazards. The storm is anticipated to hit South Carolina coastline by Sep 5 and move toward North Carolina making landfall in the first half of Sep 6.

Dorian has hurricane-force winds extending outward more than 60 miles from the center and a wind force that extend outward up to 195 miles. If Dorian makes a landfall in North Carolina it will be the first Category 3 hurricane to strike since Hurricane Fran in 1996.

How the Stocks Reacted to Hurricane Dorian’s Impact?

Northern Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama has suffered severe damage due to Dorian. In fact, according to the International Red Cross more than 13,000 properties are either damaged or destroyed.

Without a doubt, travel and tourism industry which includes hotels and cruises bore the brunt of Hurricane Dorian. Shares of both Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd dropped nearly 2% on Sep 3 as the companies have multiple cruise ship destinations at The Bahamas.

At the same time, the overall insurance industry has also suffered due to the hurricane. Per analysts at Swiss investment bank UBS Group AG, insurance companies collectively will incur a loss of at least $25 billion owing to Dorian.

But shares of building supplies, home improvement and freight industries gained as Dorian left behind damaged properties, which raised demand for their products and shipments.

Shares of both Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and Home Depot Inc rose 0.7% on Sep 4. Also shares of building supplies like Owens Corning rose 0.5% on the same day. Low’s shares carry Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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