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Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Discover Financial Services, POSCO, AstraZeneca, Bayer and Takeda Pharmaceutical
Date:6/22/2012

CHICAGO, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks Equity Research highlights Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) as the Bull of the Day and POSCO (NYSE: PKX) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis AstraZeneca plc (NYSE: AZN), Bayer (OTC:BAYRY) and Takeda Pharmaceutical (OTC:TKPYY).

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Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Discover Financial Services' (NYSE: DFS) higher transaction and credit card sales volumes as well record-low delinquency and chargeoff rates were the positives in the company's most recent earnings report. Dividend increments and share buybacks also injected optimism.

The company has a strong inorganic growth policy, which apart from boosting earnings also fosters portfolio diversification. However, regulatory restrictions and higher expenses could weigh on the margins.

Nevertheless, the company's extensive network, sound capital position, rapidly expanding acceptances and cost-containment initiatives will help accentuate growth over the long term. Hence, we retain our Outperform recommendation.

Bear of the Day:

POSCO (NYSE: PKX) reported disa
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