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Stocks In Action: KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC), CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP)


KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC) traded within a range of $87.17 to $88.58 after opening the day at $87.91. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 13.22% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.97% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $88.53 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding 0.76% above its 52 week high of $88.58 and 41.96% above its 12-month low of $65.12. The shares are up by over 14.58% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 71.16 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

KLA-Tencor Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions worldwide. It offers chip manufacturing products, such as front-end defect inspection tools, defect review systems, advanced packaging process control systems, metrology solutions, in-situ process monitoring products, and lithography software; wafer manufacturing products comprising surface and defect inspection, wafer geometry and nanotopography metrology, and data management; and reticle manufacturing products, such as defect inspection and pattern placement metrology products. The company also provides light emitting diode (LED), power device, and compound semiconductor manufacturing products consisting of patterned wafer inspection, defect inspection, surface metrology, and data management products; thin-film head metrology and inspection, virtual lithography, in-situ process monitoring, transparent and metal substrate inspection, and data management products for data storage media/head manufacturing; and stylus and optical profiling, and optical inspection products for microelectromechanical systems manufacturing, as well as products for general purpose/lab applications. It offers its products and services for bare wafer, IC, lithography reticle, and disk manufacturers. The company serves semiconductor and related nanoelectronics, LED, and data storage industries, as well as general materials research industries. KLA-Tencor Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.63% or $-0.8 to close the day at $126.96 on light trading volume of 1.93M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.83M. The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15222 based company has been outperforming the money center banks group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 57.4%, compared to the industry which has advanced 25.48% over the same period. With RSI of 69.49, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $125.13, making it a hold for now.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company’s Retail Banking segment offers deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services to consumer and small business customers through branch network, ATMs, call centers, online banking, and mobile channels. As of March 31, 2016, this segment operated a network of 2,613 branches and 8,940 ATMs. Its Corporate & Institutional Banking segment provides secured and unsecured loans, letters of credit, equipment leases, cash and investment management, receivables management, disbursement and funds transfer, information reporting, trade services, foreign exchange, derivatives, securities, loan syndications, mergers and acquisitions advisory, equity capital markets advisory, and related services for corporations, government, and not-for-profit entities. This segment also offers commercial loan servicing, and real estate advisory and technology solutions for the commercial real estate finance industry. The company’s Asset Management Group segment provides investment and retirement planning, customized investment management, private banking, tailored credit solutions, and trust management and administration for individuals and their families; multi-generational family planning products; and mutual funds and institutional asset management services. Its Residential Mortgage Banking segment offers first lien residential mortgage loans. The company’s BlackRock segment provides investment and risk management services to institutional and retail clients. Its Non-Strategic Assets Portfolio segment offers consumer residential mortgage, brokered home equity loans, and lines of credit, as well as commercial real estate loans and leases. The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP) gained $0.3 to close the day at a new closing price of $26.37, a 1.15% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 54.91% above its 52 week low of $18.3. A total of 1.93M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.25M. The stock, which fluctuated between $26.01 and $26.39 during the day, currently situated -0.38% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 3.73% in the past one month and up by 14.47% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $25.27 and RSI of 65.24, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. The company’s Electric Transmission & Distribution segment offers electric transmission and distribution services to retail electric providers, municipalities, electric cooperatives, and other distribution companies. As of December 31, 2015, this segment owned 28,474 pole miles of overhead distribution lines and 3,723 circuit miles of overhead transmission lines; 23,120 circuit miles of underground distribution lines and 26 circuit miles of underground transmission lines; and 232 substations with a capacity of 58,674 megavolt amperes. Its Natural Gas Distribution segment sells regulated intrastate natural gas; provides natural gas transportation and storage services for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation customers; and offers unregulated services comprising residential appliance repair and maintenance services, as well as sells heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment. This segment owned approximately 74,000 linear miles of natural gas distribution mains. The company’s Energy Services segment provides physical natural gas supplies primarily to commercial and industrial customers, and electric and gas utilities; natural gas management services; and physical delivery services, as well as procures and optimizes transportation and storage assets. It owns and operates approximately 200 miles of intrastate pipelines; and leases transportation capacity on various interstate and intrastate pipelines, and storage. Its Midstream Investments segment provides gathering, processing, compression, treating, dehydration, and natural gas liquids fractionation for producer customers. This segment had approximately 12,400 miles of gathering pipelines, 7,900 miles of interstate pipelines, and approximately 2,300 miles of intrastate pipelines. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.


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