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Stocks Highlights: Altria Group, Inc. (MO), The Mosaic Company (MOS), Masco Corporation (MAS)

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Altria Group, Inc. (MO) had a light trading with around 4.85M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.92M. The stock traded between $72.04 and $72.59 before closing at the price of $72.15 with -0.07% change on the day. The Richmond Virginia 23230 based company is currently trading 26.78% above its 52 week low of $59.18 and -0.17% below its 52 week high of $72.59. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 82.14 and $71.55 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States. It offers cigarettes primarily under the Marlboro brand; cigars principally under the Black & Mild brand; and moist smokeless tobacco products under the Copenhagen and Skoal, Red Seal and Husky, and Marlboro Snus brand names. The company also produces and sells varietal and blended table wines, and sparkling wines under the Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, and 14 Hands names; and imports and markets Antinori, Torres, and Villa Maria Estate wines, as well as Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in the United States. In addition, it provides finance leasing services primarily in aircraft, railcar, electric power, real estate, and manufacturing industries. The company sells its tobacco products primarily to wholesalers, including distributors; large retail organizations, such as chain stores; and the armed services. Altria Group, Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

The Mosaic Company (MOS) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.06% or $-0.02 to close the day at $32.21 on light trading volume of 4.8M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.98M. The Plymouth Minnesota 55441 based company has been outperforming the agricultural chemicals group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 40.59%, compared to the industry which has advanced 23.98% over the same period. With RSI of 57.16, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $27.26, making it a hold for now.

The Mosaic Company, through its subsidiaries, produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients primarily for the agricultural industry worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Phosphates, Potash, and International Distribution. It owns and operates mines, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients, such as diammonium phosphate, monoammonium phosphate, and ammoniated phosphate products; and phosphate-based animal feed ingredients primarily under the Biofos and Nexfos brand names. The company also produces and sells potash for use in the manufacturing of mixed crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, and for industrial use; and for use in the de-icing and as a water softener regenerant, as well as fluorosilicic acid for water fluoridation. In addition, it provides nitrogen-based crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, and other ancillary services; and purchases and sells phosphates, potash, and nitrogen products. The company sells its products to wholesale distributors, retail chains, cooperatives, independent retailers, and national accounts. The Mosaic Company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Masco Corporation (MAS) shares were up in last trading by 0.54% to $33.79. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.59% over the past week and grew 5.33% in the past month. It is currently trading 4.69% above its 50 day moving average and 3.6% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -9.05% decrease in value from its one year high of $37.38. The RSI indicator value of 63.35, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Masco Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. The company’s Cabinets and Related Products segment offers assembled cabinetry for kitchen, bath, storage, home office, and home entertainment applications; and integrated bathroom vanity and countertop products. Its Plumbing Products segment provides faucets, showerheads, handheld showers, valves, bathing units, shower enclosures, toilets, acrylic tub and shower systems, shower trays, spas and exercise pools, brass and copper plumbing system components, and other plumbing specialties. The company’s Decorative Architectural Products segment offers architectural coatings, including paints, primers, specialty paint and waterproofing products, and stains; cabinet, door, window, and hardware products; and bath hardware and shower accessories. Its Other Specialty Products segment provides vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum windows and patio doors; and manual and electric heavy duty staple guns, hammer tackers, glue guns, and rivet tools. Masco Corporation sells its products under the KRAFTMAID, MERILLAT, QUALITY CABINETS, MOORES, CARDELL, DELTA, PEERLESS, HANSGROHE, AXOR, BRIZO, GINGER, NEWPORT BRASS, BRASSTECH, PLUMB SHOP, BRISTAN, HERITAGE, MIROLIN, HOT SPRING, CALDERA, FREEFLOW SPAS, FANTASY SPAS, ENDLESS POOLS, BRASSCRAFT, COBRA, MASTER PLUMBER, BEHR, BEHR PRO, KILZ, LIBERTY, BRAINERD, FRANKLIN BRASS, ESSENCE SERIES, MILGARD, DURAFLEX, GRIFFIN, PREMIER, EVOLUTION, ARROW, POWERSHOT, and EASYSHOT brands. The company offers its products through home center retailers, mass merchandisers, hardware stores, homebuilders, distributors, and other outlets to consumers and contractors, as well as directly to consumers for home improvement and construction. Masco Corporation was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Taylor, Michigan.


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