Cameron Chan

3 Stocks in Focus: Zosano Pharma Corporation (ZSAN), Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), Novavax, Inc. (NVAX)

Zosano Pharma Corporation (ZSAN) climbed 41.09% during last trading as the stock added $0.83 to finish the day at $2.85 with about 35.15M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.2M. The $49.16M market cap company, which fluctuated between $2.02 and $3.49 during the day, currently situated 530.53% above its 52 week low of $0.45 and 0.71% away from its one year high of $3.49. The RSI of 90.61 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Zosano Pharma Corporation, a clinical stage specialty pharmaceutical company, develops a proprietary transdermal microneedle patch system to deliver drug formulations through the skin for the treatment of various indications. The company’s product candidate is ZP-Triptan, a proprietary formulation of zolmitriptan used for the treatment of migraine, which has completed a Phase I clinical trial. Its product candidates also include ZP-PTH, a proprietary formulation of teriparatide that is used for the treatment of severe osteoporosis; and ZP-Glucagon, a proprietary formulation of glucagon that is intended for the emergency rescue of patients suffering from life-threatening, severe hypoglycemia. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) dropped $-0.03 to close the day at a new closing price of $2.67, a -1.11% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 46.7% above its 52 week low of $1.84. A total of 31.62M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 10.01M. The stock, which fluctuated between $2.55 and $2.69 during the day, currently situated -13.31% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 1.52% in the past one month and down by -6.32% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $3.27 and RSI of 54.79, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Zynga Inc. develops, markets, and operates social games as live services played on the Internet, social networking sites, and mobile platforms in the United States, North America, Asia, and the European Union. It offers its online social games primarily under the Slots, Words With Friends, Zynga Poker, and FarmVille franchises. The company’s games are accessible on mobile platforms, Facebook, and other social networks, as well as Zynga.com. It also provides advertising services to advertising agencies and brokers. The company was formerly known as Zynga Game Network Inc. and changed its name to Zynga Inc. in November 2010. Zynga Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Novavax, Inc. (NVAX) had a light trading with around 31.31M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.39M. The stock traded between $1.41 and $1.73 before closing at the price of $1.62 with 14.08% change on the day. The Gaithersburg Maryland 20878 based company is currently trading 39.66% above its 52 week low of $1.16 and -80.92% below its 52 week high of $8.49. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 74.34 and $3.29 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

Novavax, Inc., a clinical-stage vaccine company, focuses on discovering, developing, and commercializing recombinant nanoparticle vaccines and adjuvants. The company produces its vaccines using its proprietary recombinant nanoparticle vaccine technology. Its product pipeline includes respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine candidates for elderly and maternal immunization that are in Phase III clinical trials, as well as pediatric RSV candidate, which is in Phase I clinical trial; seasonal quadrivalent influenza and pandemic H7N9 vaccines, which are in Phase II clinical trials; vaccine candidate against Ebola Virus that is Phase I clinical trial, as well as combination respiratory vaccine candidate and seasonal influenza vaccine candidate that is in pre-clinical trial; and rabies G protein vaccine candidate, which is in Phase I/II clinical trial. The company also has pre-clinical stage programs for various infectious diseases, including the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; and develops technology for the production of immune stimulating saponin-based adjuvants. Novavax, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

 

Trader’s Buzzers: ON Semiconductor Corporation (ON), Hecla Mining Company (HL), Huntsman Corporation (HUN)

ON Semiconductor Corporation (ON) traded within a range of $15.31 to $15.7 after opening the day at $15.35. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 22.45% so far this year. The stock was up close to 2.06% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $15.63 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -1.48% below its 52 week high of $15.86 and 115.52% above its 12-month low of $7.5. The shares are up by over 37.06% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 80.34 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

ON Semiconductor Corporation manufactures and sells semiconductor components for various electronic devices worldwide. Its Application Products Group segment provides analog, mixed-signal, and advanced logic application specific integrated circuit and application specific standard product solutions; and solutions for voltage and current options, as well as foundry and manufacturing services, including integrated passive devices technology, integrated circuit (IC) design, packaging, and silicon technology offerings. The company’s Image Sensor Group segment offers complementary metal oxide semiconductor and charge-coupled device image sensors, proximity sensors, and image signal processors. Its Standard Products Group segment provides discrete and integrated semiconductor products that perform application functions, such as power switching, signal conditioning, circuit protection, signal amplification, and voltage reference; and develops lower capacitance protection and integrated signal conditioning products to support data transmission rates, micro packages, and switching and rectification technologies. The company’s System Solutions Group segment supplies analog and mixed signal ICs, digital signal processors, analog and digital tuners, intelligent power modules, and memory and discrete semiconductors. ON Semiconductor Corporation’s devices are used in various end-products, such as automotive electronics, smartphones, media tablets, wearable electronics, computers, servers, industrial building and home automation systems, consumer white goods, imaging systems, LED lighting, power supplies, networking and telecom equipment, medical diagnostics, imaging and hearing health, and sensor networks, as well as the Internet-of-Things. The company serves original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and electronic manufacturing service providers. ON Semiconductor Corp. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Hecla Mining Company (HL) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -1.23% or $-0.08 to close the day at $6.45 on active trading volume of 6.05M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 10.64M. The company has been outperforming the silver group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 184.93%, compared to the industry which has advanced 18.62% over the same period. With RSI of 56.05, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $6.33, making it a hold for now.

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, produces, and markets precious and base metal deposits worldwide. The company offers unrefined gold and silver bullion bars to precious metals traders; and lead, zinc, and bulk concentrates to custom smelters and brokers. It owns 100% interests in the Greens Creek mine located on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska; the Lucky Friday unit located in the Coeur d’Alene mining district in northern Idaho; the Casa Berardi mine located in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, Canada; and the San Sebastian unit located in the state of Durango, Mexico. The company was founded in 1891 and is based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Huntsman Corporation (HUN) dropped $-0.52 to close the day at a new closing price of $21.21, a -2.39% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 151.08% above its 52 week low of $8.86. A total of 6.04M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.25M. The stock, which fluctuated between $20.65 and $22.37 during the day, currently situated -2.44% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 7.34% in the past one month and up by 14.51% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $22.2 and RSI of 56.93, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Huntsman Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives. The Polyurethanes segment offers polyurethane chemicals, including methyl diphenyl diisocyanate, propylene oxide, polyols, propylene glycol, thermoplastic polyurethane, aniline, and methyl tertiary-butyl ether products, which are used to produce rigid and flexible foams, as well as coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers. The Performance Products segment provides amines, carbonates, surfactants, linear alkyl benzene, maleic anhydride, other performance chemicals, ethylene glycol, olefins, and technology licenses. The Advanced Materials segment offers basic liquid and solid epoxy resins; specialty resin compounds; cross-linking, matting, and curing agents; and epoxy, acrylic, and polyurethane-based formulations. The Textile Effects segment provides textile chemicals, dyes, and inks. The Pigments and Additives segment offers titanium dioxide, functional additives, color pigments, timber treatment, and water treatment chemicals. The company’s products are used in various applications, including adhesives, aerospace, automotive, construction products, personal care and hygiene, durable and non-durable consumer products, electronics, medical, packaging, paints and coatings, power generation, refining, synthetic fiber, textile chemicals, and dye industries. Huntsman Corporation was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

 

Stocks Highlights: Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (THLD), Kohl’s Corporation (KSS), KB Home (KBH)

Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (THLD) had a light trading with around 3.79M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 840.25K. The stock traded between $0.664 and $0.792 before closing at the price of $0.68 with -5.73% change on the day. The South San Francisco California 94080 based company is currently trading 221.43% above its 52 week low of $0.21 and -54.39% below its 52 week high of $1.48. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 69.3 and $0 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. discovers and develops therapeutic agents that target tumor cells for the treatment of cancer patients in the United States. Its lead investigational small molecule is evofosfamide, which is in two Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma indication and advanced pancreatic cancer; Phase II clinical trials for treating non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer; Phase II clinical trials for advanced melanoma; and Phase I/II clinical trials for multiple myeloma. The company is also involved in the study of evofosfamide in investigator sponsored trials, including Phase I/II clinical trials for glioblastoma; Phase I clinical trials for advanced renal cell carcinoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors; Phase II clinical trials for glioblastoma and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors; Phase I clinical trials for advanced solid tumors; and Phase I/II clinical trials for advanced kidney cancer or liver cancer. In addition, it engages in developing Tarloxotinib, a hypoxia-activated EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor, which is in two Phase II clinical trials for patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer, as well as patients with squamous cell carcinomas of the head, neck, or skin; and [18F]-HX4, an investigational PET imaging agent for hypoxia. The company has a license agreement with Merck KGaA to co-develop and commercialize evofosfamide; license agreement with Auckland UniServices Ltd. for the development program based on Tarloxotinib; and license agreement with Eleison Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for the manufacture, development, and commercialization of glufosfamide for the treatment of cancer in humans and animals, as well as other uses. It also has a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute to study TH-3424, a drug candidate for the treatment of cancer. Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

Kohl’s Corporation (KSS) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.49% or $0.21 to close the day at $42.85 on light trading volume of 3.78M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.44M. The Menomonee Falls Wisconsin 53051 based company has been outperforming the department stores group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 2.04%, compared to the industry which has advanced 1.69% over the same period. With RSI of 50.75, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $46.7, making it a hold for now.

Kohl’s Corporation operates department stores in the United States. It offers private label, exclusive, and national brand apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty, and home products to children, men, and women customers. The company also sells its products online through Website Kohls.com. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 1,164 department stores in 49 states. Kohl’s Corporation was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

KB Home (KBH) shares were up in last trading by 3.48% to $16.67. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.58% over the past week and grew 0.27% in the past month. It is currently trading 1.67% above its 50 day moving average and 8.61% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -3.94% decrease in value from its one year high of $17.38. The RSI indicator value of 54.86, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

KB Home operates as a homebuilding company in the United States. It builds and sells various homes, including attached and detached single-family residential homes, townhomes, and condominiums primarily for first-time, move-up, and active adult homebuyers. The company also provides property and casualty insurance, as well as earthquake, flood, and personal property insurance to its homebuyers; title services; and mortgage banking services, including residential mortgage loan originations to its homebuyers. It has operations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, The company was formerly known as Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation and changed its name to KB Home in January 2001. KB Home was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Finisar Corporation (FNSR), Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (DBD), Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI)

Finisar Corporation (FNSR) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -2.19% or $-0.79 to close the day at $35.22 on active trading volume of 3.07M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.6M. The Sunnyvale California 94089 based company has been outperforming the networking & communication devices group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 156.71%, compared to the industry which has advanced 28.33% over the same period. With RSI of 69.83, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $42.2, making it a hold for now.

Finisar Corporation provides optical subsystems and components for data communication and telecommunication applications in the United States, Malaysia, China, and internationally. Its optical subsystems primarily consist of transmitters, receivers, transceivers, transponders, and active optical cables that provide the fundamental optical-electrical or optoelectronic interface for interconnecting the electronic equipment used in communication networks, including the switches, routers, and servers used in wireline networks, as well as the antennas and base stations used in wireless networks. The company also offers wavelength selective switches, which are used to switch network traffic from one optical fiber to multiple other fibers without converting to an electronic signal. In addition, it provides optical components comprising packaged lasers, receivers, and photodetectors for data communication and telecommunication applications; and passive optical components for telecommunication applications. Finisar Corporation markets its products through its direct sales force, as well as through a network of distributors and manufacturers’ representatives to the original equipment manufacturers of storage systems, networking equipment, and telecommunication equipment, as well as to their contract manufacturers. Finisar Corporation was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (DBD) climbed 2.39% during last trading as the stock added $0.7 to finish the day at $29.95 with about 3.07M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.21M. The $2.25B market cap company, which fluctuated between $29.05 and $30.6 during the day, currently situated 42.9% above its 52 week low of $21.05 and 0.67% away from its one year high of $30.6. The RSI of 78.05 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated provides financial self-service delivery, integrated services and software, and security systems to the financial, commercial, retail, and other markets. The company operates in four segments: North America; Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Latin America. It offers self-service technologies and services, including automated teller machine (ATM) outsourcing, ATM security, deposit automation, recycling and payment terminals, and software. The company also provides self-service support and managed services comprising installation and ongoing maintenance of products, remote services, availability management, branch automation, and distribution channel consulting; and outsourced and managed services, such as remote monitoring, troubleshooting, transaction processing, currency management, maintenance, and online communication services. In addition, it offers electronic security services and products; security monitoring solutions comprising remote monitoring and diagnostics, fire detection, intrusion protection, managed access control, energy management, remote video management and storage, logical security, and Web-based solutions; and physical security and facility products. Further, the company engages in the provision of strategic analysis and planning for new systems, systems integration, architectural engineering, consulting, and project management services; development, training, support, and maintenance of elections and lottery equipment, personal computer equipment, networking, tabulation, and diagnostic software; and design, installation, maintenance, and monitoring of electronic security systems. The company was formerly known as Diebold, Incorporated and changed its name to Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated in December 2016. Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated was founded in 1859 and is headquartered in North Canton, Ohio.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) saw its value decrease by -1.58% as the stock dropped $-0.34 to finish the day at a closing price of $21.2. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $10.81-$23.69 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $21.1 to $21.57 during the day, are up by 19.3% in the past three months and up by 19.84% over the past six months. It is currently trading 3.15% above its 20 day moving average and 15.54% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $0 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.81. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated produces and sells specialty materials and components worldwide. The company operates through two segments, High Performance Materials & Components; and Flat-Rolled Products. The High Performance Materials & Components segment provides various high performance materials, including titanium and titanium-based alloys; nickel-and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys; zirconium and related alloys, such as hafnium and niobium, advanced powder alloys, and other specialty materials, in long product forms of ingots, billets, bars, rods, wires, shapes and rectangles, and seamless tubes, plus precision forgings, castings, components, and machined parts. This segment serves aerospace and defense, oil and gas/chemical, hydrocarbon processing, electrical energy, and medical markets. The Flat-Rolled Products segment produces, converts, and distributes stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, specialty alloys, and titanium and titanium-based alloys in various forms, including plate, sheet, engineered strip, and Precision Rolled Strip products, as well as grain-oriented electrical steel. This segment serves oil and gas/chemical and hydrocarbon processing industry, electrical energy, automotive, food processing equipment and appliances, construction and mining, electronics, communication equipment and computers, and aerospace and defense markets. The company sells its products through direct sales and independent representatives. Allegheny Technologies Incorporated was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

3 Trending Stocks: Range Resources Corporation (RRC), Function(x) Inc. (FNCX), McDermott International, Inc. (MDR)

Range Resources Corporation (RRC) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.58% or $0.19 to close the day at $33 on light trading volume of 2.83M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.26M. The Fort Worth Texas 76102 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 23.22%, compared to the industry which has advanced 44.3% over the same period. With RSI of 46.58, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $47.19, making it a hold for now.

Range Resources Corporation operates as an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and oil company. It engages in the exploration, development, and acquisition of natural gas and oil properties. The company holds interests in developed and undeveloped natural gas and oil leases in the Appalachian region of the United States. It owns and operates 4,462 net producing wells and approximately 905,000 net acres under lease in the Appalachian region; and 444 net producing wells and approximately 308,000 net acres under lease in the Texas Panhandle, as well as in the Anadarko Basin of western Oklahoma, the Nemaha Uplift of Northern Oklahoma and Kansas, the Permian Basin of West Texas, and Mississippi. The company markets and sells natural gas to utilities, marketing and midstream companies, and industrial users; NGLs to natural gas processors or users of NGLs; and oil and condensate to crude oil processors, transporters, and refining and marketing companies. As of December 31, 2015, it had proved reserves of 9.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas equivalents. The company was formerly known as Lomak Petroleum, Inc. and changed its name to Range Resources Corporation in 1998. Range Resources Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

Function(x) Inc. (FNCX) fell -10.85% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.3 to finish the day at $2.42 with about 2.81M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 61.65K. The $8.66M market cap company, which fluctuated between $2.27 and $4.75 during the day, currently situated 40.99% above its 52 week low of $1.72 and -85.21% away from its one year high of $16.48. The RSI of 53.57 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Function(x) Inc. operates Wetpaint.com, an online destination for entertainment news for millennial women covering the latest in television, music, and pop culture. The company also offers daily fantasy sports experience both directly to consumers and to businesses desiring turnkey solutions. In addition, it operates Rant, a digital publisher that publishes original content in 13 different verticals, primarily sports, entertainment, pets, cars, and food; and Choose Digital, a digital marketplace platform that allows companies to incorporate digital content into existing rewards and loyalty programs in support of marketing and sales initiatives. The company was formerly known as DraftDay Fantasy Sports, Inc. and changed its name to Function(x) Inc. in June 2016. Function(x) Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

McDermott International, Inc. (MDR) saw its value decrease by -1.09% as the stock dropped $-0.09 to finish the day at a closing price of $8.16. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $2.39-$8.33 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $8.03 to $8.24 during the day, are up by 42.16% in the past three months and up by 58.75% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.45% above its 20 day moving average and 6.11% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $7.75 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 58.08. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

McDermott International, Inc. provides engineering, procurement, construction and installation, and module fabrication services for upstream field developments worldwide. It operates through three segments: the Americas, Europe and Africa; the Middle East; and Asia. The company delivers fixed and floating production facilities, pipeline installations, and subsea systems from concept to commissioning for offshore and subsea oil and gas projects. Its operations include fabrication and offshore installation of fixed and floating structures; and the installation of pipelines and subsea systems, as well as provision of shallow water and deep water construction services. The company’s customers include national, integrated, and other oil and gas companies. McDermott International, Inc. was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: SM Energy Company (SM), Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO), PAREXEL International Corporation (PRXL)

SM Energy Company (SM) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.71% or $-0.48 to close the day at $27.63 on light trading volume of 2.51M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.94M. The Denver Colorado 80203 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 173.1%, compared to the industry which has advanced 44.3% over the same period. With RSI of 31.48, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $44.05, making it a hold for now.

SM Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil and condensate, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in onshore North America. It primarily has operations in the South Texas and Gulf Coast region, which focuses primarily on Eagle Ford shale program; Rocky Mountain region comprising the Bakken and Three Forks formations in the North Dakota; and Permian region covering western Texas and southeastern New Mexico. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 471.3 million barrels of oil equivalent of estimated proved reserves; and working interests in 872 net productive oil wells and 653 net productive gas wells. The company was formerly known as St. Mary Land & Exploration Company and changed its name to SM Energy Company in May 2010. SM Energy Company was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO) fell -1.11% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.26 to finish the day at $23.08 with about 2.5M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.06M. The $4.25B market cap company, which fluctuated between $23 and $23.52 during the day, currently situated 87.53% above its 52 week low of $14.14 and -3.83% away from its one year high of $24. The RSI of 67.82 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Apollo Global Management, LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to endowment and sovereign wealth funds, as well as other institutional and individual investors. It manages client focused portfolios. The firm launches and manages hedge funds and mutual funds for its clients. It also manages real estate funds and private equity funds for its clients. The firm invests in the fixed income and alternative investment markets across the globe. Its alternative investments include investment in private equity and real estate markets. The firm’s private equity investments include traditional buyouts, recapitalization, distressed buyouts and debt investments in real estate, corporate partner buyouts, distressed asset, corporate carve-outs, turnaround, corporate restructuring, special situation, acquisition, and industry consolidation transactions. Its fixed income investments include income-oriented senior loans, bonds, collateralized loan obligations, structured credit, opportunistic credit, non-performing loans, distressed debt, mezzanine debt, and value oriented fixed income securities. The firm seeks to invest in chemicals, commodities, consumer and retail, oil and gas, metals, mining, agriculture, commodities, distribution and transportation, financial and business services, manufacturing and industrial, media distribution, cable, entertainment and leisure, natural resources, energy, packaging and materials, and satellite and wireless industries. It seeks to invest in companies based in across North America with a focus on United States, and Europe. The firm also makes investments outside North America, primarily in Western Europe and Asia. It employs a combination of contrarian, value, and distressed strategies to make its investments. The firm conducts an in-house research to create its investment portfolio. It seeks to acquire minority positions in its portfolio companies. The firm seeks to make investments in the range of $200 million and $1.5 billion. Apollo Global Management, LLC was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York City, with additional offices in New York City; Bethesda, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; Purchase, New York; Houston, Texas; London, United Kingdom; Frankfurt, Germany; Mumbai, India; Central, Hong Kong; Singapore; and Luxembourg.

PAREXEL International Corporation (PRXL) saw its value increase by 1.74% as the stock gained $1.15 to finish the day at a closing price of $67.06. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $51.16-$72.32 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $65.02 to $67.72 during the day, are up by 18.59% in the past three months and down by -3.84% over the past six months. It is currently trading -0.46% below its 20 day moving average and 0.8% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $63.46 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 52.17. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

PAREXEL International Corporation, a biopharmaceutical services company, provides clinical research, clinical logistics, medical communications, consulting, commercialization, and advanced technology products and services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Clinical Research Services (CRS), PAREXEL Consulting Services (PC), and PAREXEL Informatics (PI). The CRS segment offers clinical trials management, observational studies, patient/disease registries and post-marketing surveillance, data management and biostatistics, epidemiology and health economics/outcomes research, clinical logistics, pharmacovigilance, commercialization, and clinical pharmacology, as well as related medical affairs, patient recruitment, and investigator site services. The PC segment provides technical expertise and advice in various areas, such as drug development, regulatory affairs, product pricing and reimbursement, commercialization, and strategic compliance; and market development, product development, and targeted communications services in the support of product launch, as well as offers solutions to address client issues associated with product development, registration, and commercialization. The PI segment provides information technology solutions comprising ClinPhone randomization and trial supply management solutions, medical imaging services, IMPACT clinical trial management systems, LIQUENT InSight regulatory information management software and professional services, DataLabs electronic data capture systems, Web-based portals, systems integration services, electronic patient reported outcomes, and patient diary applications, as well as centralized assessment services for patient technology solutions, such as spirometry, electronic clinical outcomes, and wearables. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

 

Stocks Alert: Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. (TENX), First Bancorp (FBP), Civeo Corporation (CVEO)

Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. (TENX) grew with the stock adding 8.62% or $0.06 to close at $0.74 on active trading volume of 2.24M compared its three months average trading volume of 1.25M. The Morrisville North Carolina 27560 based company operating under the Biotechnology industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -69.35% down for the period and down by -62.12% so far this year. With price target of $9.25 and a 77.98% rebound from 52-week low, Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Tenax Therapeutics, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, focused on the development and commercialization of a portfolio of products for the critical care market in the United States and Canada. It focuses on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products containing levosimendan, 2.5 mg/ml concentrate for solution for infusion/5ml vial for use in the reduction of morbidity and mortality in cardiac surgery patients at risk for developing Low Cardiac Output Syndrome. The company offers Wundecyte, a wound-healing gel. The company was formerly known as Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. and changed its name to Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. in September 2014. Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina.

First Bancorp (FBP) gained $0.04 to close the day at a new closing price of $6.6, a 0.61% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 197.3% above its 52 week low of $2.22. A total of 2.24M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.95M. The stock, which fluctuated between $6.57 and $6.66 during the day, currently situated -6.38% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.17% in the past one month and up by 3.77% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $7.58 and RSI of 48.74, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

First BanCorp. operates as the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico that provides a range of financial products and services to retail, commercial, and institutional clients. Its Commercial and Corporate Banking segment offers commercial real estate and construction loans, and floor plan financings; and cash and business management services, as well as underwrites municipal securities and provides financial advisory services. The company’s Consumer (Retail) Banking segment offers auto, boat, and personal loans; credit cards; lines of credit; and deposit products comprising interest bearing and non-interest bearing checking and savings accounts, individual retirement accounts, and retail certificates of deposit, as well as engages in the finance leasing and insurance activities. Its Mortgage Banking segment is involved in the origination, sale, securitization, and servicing of various residential mortgage loan products and related hedging activities; acquisition and sale of mortgages in the secondary markets; and provision of mortgage loans purchased from other local banks and mortgage bankers. The company’s Treasury and Investments segment engages in the treasury and investment management activities, such as funding and liquidity management. Its United States Operations segment offers checking, savings, and money market accounts; and residential mortgages, home equity loans, lines of credit, and automobile loans, as well as retail certificates of deposits, Internet banking services, remote data capture, automated clearing house transactions, and commercial real estate products. The company’s Virgin Islands Operations segment is involved in the consumer, commercial lending, and deposit-taking activities. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 51 branches in Puerto Rico, 11 branches in the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, and 10 branches in the state of Florida. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

Civeo Corporation (CVEO) shares were up in last trading by 1.87% to $3.26. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 7.59% over the past week and grew 26.36% in the past month. It is currently trading 23.39% above its 50 day moving average and 79.71% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -11.89% decrease in value from its one year high of $3.7. The RSI indicator value of 60.93, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Civeo Corporation provides remote site accommodation, logistics, and facility management services to the natural resource industry in Australia, Canada, and the United States. The company develops lodges and villages, open camps, and mobile assets, including modular, skid-mounted accommodation, and central facilities that provide long-term and temporary work force accommodations. It also provides catering and food services, housekeeping, laundry, water and wastewater treatment, power generation, communications, and personnel logistics services, as well as sewage hauling services. The company operates 19 lodges and villages with approximately 23,000 rooms in Canada and Australia; 9 smaller open camp properties; and a fleet of mobile accommodation assets. It serves independent oil and natural gas companies, mining companies, and oilfield and mining service companies. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

 

Stocks Trend Analysis: Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP), Jabil Circuit, Inc. (JBL), Newfield Exploration Company (NFX)

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -2.72% or $-1.92 to close the day at $68.73 on active trading volume of 1.98M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.89M. The Tulsa Oklahoma 74119 based company has been outperforming the oil & gas drilling & exploration group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 35.74%, compared to the industry which has advanced 94.73% over the same period. With RSI of 37.26, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $69.45, making it a hold for now.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. engages in the contract drilling of oil and gas wells. It provides drilling rigs, equipment, personnel, and camps on a contract basis to explore for and develop oil and gas from onshore areas and from fixed platforms, tension-leg platforms, and spars in offshore areas. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Land, Offshore, and International Land. The U.S. Land segment drills primarily in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, and North Dakota. The Offshore segment has drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. The International Land segment conducts drilling operations in Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. As of September 30, 2016, the company operated a fleet of 348 land rigs in the United States; 38 international land rigs; and 9 offshore platform rigs. The company also owns, develops, and operates commercial real estate properties; and researches and develops rotary steerable technology. Its real estate investments include a shopping center comprising approximately 441,000 leasable square feet; multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties covering approximately one million leasable square feet; and approximately 210 acres of undeveloped real estate located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jabil Circuit, Inc. (JBL) grew with the stock adding 2.23% or $0.56 to close at $25.72 on light trading volume of 1.97M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.06M. The St. Petersburg Florida 33716 based company operating under the Printed Circuit Boards industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 29.05% up for the period and up by 9% so far this year. With price target of $24.4 and a 55.38% rebound from 52-week low, Jabil Circuit, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Jabil Circuit, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Electronics Manufacturing Services and Diversified Manufacturing Services. It provides electronics design, production, and product management services. The company offers electronic circuit design services, including application-specific integrated circuit design, firmware development, and rapid prototyping services, as well as designs the look and feel of the plastic and metal enclosures that comprise the electro-mechanics, such as the printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA). It also specializes in three-dimensional mechanical design comprising the analysis of electronic, electro-mechanical, and optical assemblies, as well as the provision of various industrial design, advance mechanism development, and tooling management services. In addition, the company offers computer-assisted design services consisting of PCBA design, and PCBA design validation and verification services, as well as other consulting services, which include the generation of a bill of materials, approved vendor list, and assembly equipment configuration for various PCBA designs. Further, it provides product and process validation services that comprise product system, product safety, regulatory compliance, and reliability tests, as well as manufacturing test solution development services. Additionally, the company offers systems assembly, test, direct-order fulfillment, and configure-to-order services. It provides its services to companies in the automotive, capital equipment, consumer lifestyles and wearable technologies, computing and storage, defense and aerospace, digital home, emerging growth, healthcare, industrial and energy, mobility, networking and telecommunications, packaging, point of sale, and printing industries. The company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Newfield Exploration Company (NFX) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -1.14% or $-0.5 to close the day at $43.17 on lower than average trading volume of 1.96M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.38M. The The Woodlands Texas 77380 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by 11.8871% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 6.59% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is down -2.18% for the same period. The RSI of 56.45 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Its principal areas of operation include the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota, the Uinta Basin of Utah, and the Maverick and Gulf Coast basins of Texas. The company also holds offshore oil developments in China. As of December 31, 2015, it had proved reserves of approximately 509 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

 

3 Trending Stocks: U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA), Uranium Resources, Inc. (URRE), Jones Energy, Inc. (JONE)

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -2.95% or $-1.77 to close the day at $58.21 on active trading volume of 1.91M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.67M. The Frederick Maryland 21701 based company has been outperforming the industrial metals & minerals group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 230.89%, compared to the industry which has advanced 94% over the same period. With RSI of 54.46, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $58.82, making it a hold for now.

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. produces and sells commercial silica in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Oil & Gas Proppants, and Industrial & Specialty Products. It offers whole grain commercial silica products to be used as fracturing sand in connection with oil and natural gas recovery; and resin coated proppants, as well as sells its whole grain silica products in various size distributions, grain shapes, and chemical purity levels for manufacturing glass products. The company also provides ground commercial silica products for use in plastics, rubber, polishes, cleansers, paints, glazes, textile fiberglass, and precision castings; and fine ground silica for use in premium paints, specialty coatings, sealants, silicone rubber, and epoxies. In addition, it offers other industrial mineral products, such as aplite, a mineral used to produce container glass and insulation fiberglass; and adsorbent made from a mixture of silica and magnesium for preparative and analytical chromatography applications. The company serves oil and gas recovery markets; and industrial end markets with customers involved in the production of glass, building products, foundry products, chemicals, and fillers and extenders. As of December 31, 2015, it had approximately 400 million tons of proven and probable recoverable mineral reserves. The company was formerly known as GGC USS Holdings, Inc. U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in Frederick, Maryland.

Uranium Resources, Inc. (URRE) fell -3.69% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.09 to finish the day at $2.35 with about 1.91M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.07M. The $48.9M market cap company, which fluctuated between $2.25 and $2.4 during the day, currently situated 142.27% above its 52 week low of $0.97 and -41.25% away from its one year high of $4. The RSI of 56.99 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Uranium Resources, Inc. explores for, develops, and produces uranium. The company has in-situ recovery (ISR) projects and two licensed processing facilities. It owns and operates the Temrezli ISR project in Central Turkey; and controls exploration properties under nine exploration and operating licenses covering approximately 32,000 acres with various exploration targets, including the Sefaatli project. The company also holds interest in approximately 190,000 acres of mineral holdings in the prolific Grants Mineral Belt of the State of New Mexico; and 14,000 acres in the South Texas uranium province. In addition, it holds an agreement to acquire certain placer mining claims in the Sal Rica lithium brine project that covers an area of approximately 9,800 acres located in the Pilot Valley region of northwestern Utah. Uranium Resources, Inc. was founded in 1977 and is based in Centennial, Colorado.

Jones Energy, Inc. (JONE) saw its value decrease by 0% as the stock dropped $0 to finish the day at a closing price of $3.85. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $1.15-$5.34 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $3.61 to $3.9 during the day, are up by 4.05% in the past three months and up by 5.77% over the past six months. It is currently trading -15.89% below its 20 day moving average and -19.79% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $6.78 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 29.23. The technical indicator led us to believe the stock will reverse recent losses any time soon.

Jones Energy, Inc., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the mid-continent region of the United States. The company owns leasehold interests in oil and natural gas producing properties, as well as in undeveloped acreage located in the Anadarko and Arkoma basins in Texas and Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2015, its total estimated proved reserves included 101.7 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

 

Stocks Trend Analysis: Kansas City Southern (KSU), DiamondRock Hospitality Company (DRH), Chico’s FAS, Inc. (CHS)

Kansas City Southern (KSU) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.38% or $0.33 to close the day at $86.75 on active trading volume of 1.76M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.74M. The Kansas City Missouri 64105 based company has been outperforming the railroads group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 6.5%, compared to the industry which has advanced 14.55% over the same period. With RSI of 55.65, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $96.32, making it a hold for now.

Kansas City Southern, through its subsidiaries, provides freight rail transportation services. The company operates north/south rail route between Kansas City, Missouri, and various ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. It also operates direct rail passageway between Mexico City and Laredo, Texas serving Mexico’s industrial cities and three of its seaports; and owns a 157-mile rail line extending from Laredo, Texas to the port city of Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, the company owns the northern half of the rail bridge at Laredo, Texas. Its coordinated rail network includes approximately 6,600 route miles extending from the Midwest and Southeast portions of the United States south into Mexico and connects with other Class I railroads. The company serves the chemical and petroleum, industrial and consumer products, agriculture and minerals, energy, intermodal, and automotive markets. Kansas City Southern was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

DiamondRock Hospitality Company (DRH) retreated with the stock falling -0.17% or $-0.02 to close at $11.46 on light trading volume of 1.76M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.79M. The Bethesda Maryland 20814 based company operating under the REIT – Hotel/Motel industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 41.61% up for the period and down by -0.61% so far this year. With price target of $11.06 and a 47.13% rebound from 52-week low, DiamondRock Hospitality Company has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

DiamondRock Hospitality Company, a lodging focused real estate company, owns premium hotels and resorts in North America. The company operates its hotels under the Hilton, Marriott, and Westin brand names in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta; and in destination resort locations, such as the United States Virgin Islands and Colorado. As of December 16, 2011, it owned 26 hotels with approximately 12000 rooms. The company qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes, if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Chico’s FAS, Inc. (CHS) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.07% or $-0.01 to close the day at $14.15 on lower than average trading volume of 1.75M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.37M. The Fort Myers Florida 33966 based company has been underperforming the apparel stores companies by -3.7486% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -1.67% YTD, versus the apparel stores industry which is down -1.24% for the same period. The RSI of 53.54 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Chico’s FAS, Inc. operates as an omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing items. The company’s portfolio of brands consists of the Chico’s, White House Black Market (WHBM), and Soma, and Boston Proper. The Chico’s brand primarily sells private branded clothing focusing on women 45 and older. The WHBM brand sells private branded clothing and accessories, such as shoes, belts, scarves, handbags, and jewelry focusing on women who are 35 years old and over. The Soma brand sells designed private branded lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, and beauty products focusing on women who are 35 years old and over. The Boston Proper brand sells women’s apparel and accessories focusing on women between 35 and 55 years old. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 1,518 retail stores in 48 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The company also sells through its Websites and catalogs. Chico’s FAS, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida.