Kathryn Reed

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

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.

 

Equities Trend Analysis: The Dow Chemical Company (DOW), Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (FIS), Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD)

The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) retreated with the stock falling -0.1% or $-0.06 to close at $59.73 on light trading volume of 4.72M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.75M. The Midland Michigan 48674 based company operating under the Chemicals – Major Diversified industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 32.72% up for the period and up by 4.39% so far this year. With price target of $66.44 and a 39.3% rebound from 52-week low, The Dow Chemical Company has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies products that are used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. It operates through Agricultural Sciences, Consumer Solutions, Infrastructure Solutions, Performance Materials & Chemicals, and Performance Plastics segments. The Agricultural Sciences segment provides crop protection and seed/plant biotechnology products and technologies, urban pest management solutions, and healthy oils. The Consumer Solutions segment offers semiconductors and organic light-emitting diodes, and adhesives and foams used by the transportation industry; and cellulosics and other polymers for innovative pharmaceutical formulations and food solutions. It serves automotive, electronics and entertainment, food and pharmaceuticals, and personal and home care products markets. The Infrastructure Solutions segment provides architectural and industrial coatings, construction material ingredients, building insulation, adhesives, and microbial protection products for the oil and gas industry; water technologies; monomers; and silicone and silicone products. The Performance Materials & Chemicals segment offers chlorine and caustic soda; industrial solutions; and propylene oxides, propylene glycols, polyether polyols, and aromatic isocyanates. The Performance Plastics segment provides elastomers, polyolefin plastomers, and ethylene propylene diene monomer elastomers; wire and cable insulation, semiconductive, and jacketing compound solutions, as well as bio-based plasticizers; acrylics, polyethylene, polyolefin emulsions, and polyolefin plastomers; and ethylene, propylene, benzene, butadiene, cumene, octene, aromatics co-products, and crude c4. The company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Midland, Michigan.

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (FIS) had a active trading with around 4.68M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.84M. The stock traded between $77.63 and $80.36 before closing at the price of $79.84 with 3.29% change on the day. The company is currently trading 47% above its 52 week low of $55.99 and -1.57% below its 52 week high of $81.67. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $89.4 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., a financial services technology company, offers a range of solutions in retail and enterprise banking, payments, capital markets, asset and wealth management, risk and compliance, treasury, and insurance. It also provides financial consulting and outsourcing services. The company’s Integrated Financial Solutions segment offers various solutions, including core processing and ancillary applications; digital solutions, such as Internet, mobile, and e-banking; fraud, risk management, and compliance solutions; electronic funds transfer and network services; card solutions; item processing and output services; government payments solutions; e-payment solutions; and retail solutions to regional and community bank market in North America. Its Global Financial Solutions segment provides banking and payments solutions, and consulting and transformation services to financial institution worldwide, which include retail banking and payments services, securities processing and finance, asset management, global trading, corporate liquidity, insurance, wealth management, global commercial services, strategic consulting services, and public sector and education. The company delivers a range of information technology consulting, advisory, and transformational services to financial institutions under the Capco brand. Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD) saw its value increase by 3.85% as the stock gained $6.73 to finish the day at a closing price of $181.68. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $105.22-$195 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $168.13 to $183.68 during the day, are up by 4.75% in the past three months and up by 6.08% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.04% above its 20 day moving average and -1.08% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $219.89 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 49.11.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and gas. It has operations primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, the Raton field in southeastern Colorado, and the West Panhandle field in the Texas Panhandle. As of December 31, 2015, the company had proved undeveloped reserves and proved developed reserves of approximately 47 million Bbls of oil, 15 million Bbls of NGLs, and 157 billion cubic feet of gas; and owned interests in seven gas processing plants and eight treating facilities. Pioneer Natural Resources Company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

 

Stocks in Review: Century Aluminum Company (CENX), Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (PVCT), PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDLI)

Century Aluminum Company (CENX) traded within a range of $15.1 to $16.09 after opening the day at $16.01. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 81.07% so far this year. The stock was down close to -3.49% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $15.5 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -6.23% below its 52 week high of $16.53 and 291.41% above its 12-month low of $3.96. The shares are up by over 114.98% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 71.09 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

Century Aluminum Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces primary aluminum in the United States and Iceland. It produces standard grade and value-added primary aluminum products; and carbon products, such as anodes and cathodes. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (PVCT) managed to rebound with the stock declining -5.5% or $0 to close the day at $0.02 on light trading volume of 2.47M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.14M. The Knoxville Tennessee 37931 based company has been underperforming the drug manufacturers – major group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -95.71%, compared to the industry which has advanced 12.03% over the same period. With RSI of 59.3, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $3.5, making it a hold for now.

Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in developing ethical pharmaceuticals for oncology and dermatology indications. Its prescription drug candidates includes PV-10, which is in Phase III study for cutaneous melanoma; completed Phase II study for metastatic melanoma; completed Phase I study for liver and breast cancers; and phase 1b/2 study for pembrolizumab. The company is also developing PH-10 that has completed Phase II randomized study for the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. In addition, it develops PH-10 for the treatment of actinic keratosis and severe acne vulgaris. Further, the company is developing over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, including GloveAid, a hand cream with antiperspirant and antibacterial properties; Pure-ific line of products to prevent the spread of germs on skin; and Pure-Stick and Pure N Clear acne products. Additionally, it develops medical device technologies for markets comprising cosmetic treatments, such as reduction of wrinkles and elimination of spider veins, and other cosmetic blemishes; and therapeutic uses, including photoactivation of PH-10, other prescription drugs, and non-surgical destruction of various skin cancers. The company was formerly known as Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and changed its name to Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2013. Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDLI) gained $0.01 to close the day at a new closing price of $2.22, a 0.45% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 15.03% above its 52 week low of $1.93. A total of 2.47M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.84M. The stock, which fluctuated between $2.15 and $2.24 during the day, currently situated -41.34% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -2.2% in the past one month and down by -30.62% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $3.67 and RSI of 47.16, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

PDL BioPharma, Inc. manages a portfolio of patents and royalty assets in the United States and Europe. The company is involved in the humanization of monoclonal antibodies and the discovery of a new generation of targeted treatments for cancer and immunologic diseases. It offers Queen et al. patents that cover humanized antibodies, methods for humanizing antibodies, polynucleotide encoding in humanized antibodies, and methods of producing humanized antibodies. PDL BioPharma, Inc. has license agreements with various biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as acquires royalty and other assets. The company was formerly known as Protein Design Labs, Inc. and changed its name to PDL BioPharma, Inc. in 2006. PDL BioPharma, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada.

 

Stocks To Track: Green Plains Inc. (GPRE), Palatin Technologies, Inc. (PTN), Cempra, Inc. (CEMP)

Green Plains Inc. (GPRE) climbed 5.39% during last trading as the stock added $1.25 to finish the day at $24.45 with about 2.3M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 924.24K. The $948.42M market cap company, which fluctuated between $22.75 and $24.52 during the day, currently situated 97.42% above its 52 week low of $12.39 and -18.09% away from its one year high of $29.85. The RSI of 54.16 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Green Plains Inc. produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness; Marketing and Distribution; and Partnership. It produces and sells ethanol and co-products, such as wet, modified wet, or dried distillers to grains to feedlot, poultry, and rail markets, as well as for dairy and beef operations; and corn oil to biodiesel manufactures, as well as for feedlot and poultry markets. The company also purchases and sells bulk grain primarily corn and soybeans to grain processing companies and livestock producers; and cattle to meat processors, as well as provides grain drying and storage services to these producers. In addition, it purchases and sells ethanol, distillers grains, corn oil, grain, natural gas, and other commodities; and participates in trading activities in various markets. Further, it offers fuel storage and transportation services. The company owns, operates, develops, and acquires ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets, and other related assets. It owns approximately 30 ethanol storage facilities, 8 fuel terminal facilities, and 2,500 leased railcars. The company was formerly known as Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. and changed its name to Green Plains Inc. in May 2014. Green Plains Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

Palatin Technologies, Inc. (PTN) gained $0.02 to close the day at a new closing price of $0.44, a 6.84% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 21.75% above its 52 week low of $0.3646. A total of 2.27M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.67M. The stock, which fluctuated between $0.415 and $0.4495 during the day, currently situated -50.59% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -14.63% in the past one month and down by -12.96% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $3.83 and RSI of 47.05, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Palatin Technologies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops targeted, receptor-specific peptide therapeutics for the treatment of various diseases in the United States. The company’s principal product is Bremelanotide, an as needed subcutaneous injectable peptide melanocortin receptor agonist, which is in the Phase III clinical studies for the treatment of premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). Its drug development programs also include Melanocortin receptor-4 (MC4r) peptides and small molecule agonists that are under the preclinical trials for the treatment of conditions responsive to MC4r activation, including female sexual dysfunction, HSDD, erectile dysfunction, obesity, and diabetes; and Melanocortin receptor-1 peptide agonists, which are under preclinical studies for the treatment of inflammatory and dermatologic disease indications, as well as other Melanocortin receptors. In addition, the company is involved in the development of natriuretic peptide receptor-specific programs, including PL-3994, a natriuretic peptide receptor-A, which is in Phase II clinical studies for treatment of heart failure, acute exacerbations of asthma, and refractory hypertension. Palatin Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Cranbury, New Jersey.

Cempra, Inc. (CEMP) had a light trading with around 2.26M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.47M. The stock traded between $2.9 and $3.1 before closing at the price of $2.9 with -3.33% change on the day. The Chapel Hill North Carolina 27517 based company is currently trading 13.73% above its 52 week low of $2.55 and -89.24% below its 52 week high of $26.95. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 30.63 and $10.58 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Cempra, Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, focuses on developing antibiotics to meet medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases in North America. Its lead product candidates include solithromycin (CEM-101), which is in Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of community acquired bacterial pneumonia, as well as for uncomplicated bacterial urethritis; and Taksta, an antibiotic that has completed Phase II clinical trials for refractory bone and joint infections. The company also produces novel macrolides for non-antibiotic uses, such as the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, endocrine diseases, and gastric motility disorders. It has collaborative research and development and license agreement with Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company was formerly known as Cempra Holdings, LLC and changed its name to Cempra, Inc. in February 2012. Cempra, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

 

Worth Watching Stocks: Campbell Soup Company (CPB), VMware, Inc. (VMW), Comerica Incorporated (CMA)

Campbell Soup Company (CPB) saw its value increase by 0.27% as the stock gained $0.17 to finish the day at a closing price of $63.4. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $52.59-$67.89 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $63.08 to $63.76 during the day, are up by 18.42% in the past three months and up by 4.64% over the past six months. It is currently trading 1.68% above its 20 day moving average and 5.1% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $60 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 67.24.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets food and beverage products. It operates through three segments: Americas Simple Meals and Beverages; Global Biscuits and Snacks; and Campbell Fresh. The Americas Simple Meals and Beverages segment engages in the retail and food service of Campbell’s condensed and ready-to-serve soups; Swanson broth and stocks; Prego pasta sauces; Pace Mexican sauces; Campbell’s gravies, pastas, beans, and dinner sauces; Swanson canned poultry; Plum food and snacks; V8 juices and beverages; and Campbell’s tomato juices. The Global Biscuits and Snacks segment provides Pepperidge Farm cookies, crackers, bakery, and frozen products in the United States retail; and Arnott’s biscuits in Australia and the Asia Pacific; and Kelsen cookies worldwide, as well as meals and shelf-stable beverages in Australia and the Asia Pacific. The Campbell Fresh segment provides Bolthouse Farms fresh carrots, carrot ingredients, refrigerated beverages, and refrigerated salad dressings; and Garden Fresh Gourmet salsa, hummus, dips, and tortilla chips, as well as refrigerated soups. The company sells its products through retail food chains, mass discounters, mass merchandisers, club stores, convenience stores, drug stores, and dollar stores, as well as other retail, commercial, and non-commercial establishments; and independent contractor distributors. Campbell Soup Company was founded in 1869 and is headquartered in Camden, New Jersey.

VMware, Inc. (VMW) shares were up in last trading by 0.32% to $89.76. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.95% over the past week and grew 11.43% in the past month. It is currently trading 9.28% above its 50 day moving average and 25.23% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -0.62% decrease in value from its one year high of $90.32. The RSI indicator value of 76.23, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

VMware, Inc. provides virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. Its virtualization infrastructure solutions include a suite of products and services designed to deliver a software-defined data center (SDDC), run on industry-standard desktop computers, servers, and mobile devices; and support a range of operating system and application environments, as well as networking and storage infrastructures. The company offers VMware vSphere, a SDDC platform, which enables users to deploy hypervisor, a layer of software that resides between the operating system and system hardware to enable compute virtualization; storage and availability products that provide data storage and protection options; network and security products; and management and automation products to manage and automate overarching IT processes involved in provisioning IT services and resources to users from initial infrastructure deployment to retirement. It also provides SDDC suites, such as VMware vCloud Suite, vSphere with Operations Management, and VMware vRealize suite for building and managing cloud infrastructure for use with the VMware vSphere platform. In addition, the company offers hybrid cloud computing solutions, including VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers and VMware vCloud Air; and end-user computing solutions, which enables IT organizations to deliver secure access to applications, data, and devices to end users. VMware, Inc. sells its products through distributors, resellers, system vendors, and systems integrators. It has a strategic alliance with Amazon Web Services, Inc. to build and deliver an integrated hybrid solution. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. VMware, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Dell EMC.

Comerica Incorporated (CMA) traded within a range of $66.9 to $67.82 after opening the day at $67.56. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -0.53% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.73% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $67.75 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -4.85% below its 52 week high of $71.2 and 126.56% above its 12-month low of $30.48. The shares are up by over 30.73% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 46.72 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Comerica Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services. It operates through three segments: Business Bank, Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. The Business Bank segment offers various products and services, such as commercial loans and lines of credit, deposits, cash management, capital market products, international trade finance, letters of credit, foreign exchange management services, and loan syndication services to middle market businesses, multinational corporations, and governmental entities. The Retail Bank segment provides small business banking and personal financial services, including consumer lending, consumer deposit gathering, and mortgage loan origination. This segment also offers a range of consumer products consisting of deposit accounts, installment loans, credit cards, student loans, home equity lines of credit, and residential mortgage loans. The Wealth Management segment provides products and services comprising fiduciary services, private banking, retirement services, investment management and advisory services, and investment banking and brokerage services. This segment also sells annuity products, as well as life, disability, and long-term care insurance products. The company operates in Texas, California, and Michigan, as well as in Arizona and Florida, the United States; Canada; and Mexico. Comerica Incorporated was founded in 1849 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

 

3 Stocks to Watch For: Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (SWKS), Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB)

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (SWKS) saw its value decrease by -0.1% as the stock dropped $-0.09 to finish the day at a closing price of $91.69. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $54.5-$94.49 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $90.94 to $92.34 during the day, are up by 19.52% in the past three months and up by 37.79% over the past six months. It is currently trading 5.99% above its 20 day moving average and 14.24% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $92.57 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 68.85.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Skyworks Solutions, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary semiconductor products, including intellectual property worldwide. Its product portfolio includes amplifiers, attenuators, circulators/isolators, DC/DC converters, demodulators, detectors, diodes, directional couplers, diversity receive modules, filters, front-end modules, hybrids, LED drivers, low noise amplifiers, mixers, modulators, optocouplers/optoisolators, phase shifters, phase locked loops, power dividers/combiners, receivers, switches, synthesizers, technical ceramics, voltage controlled oscillators/synthesizers, and voltage regulators. The company provides its products for automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected home, industrial, medical, military, smartphone, tablet, and wearable applications. Skyworks Solutions, Inc. sells its products through direct sales force, electronic component distributors, and independent sales representatives. The company was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC) shares were up in last trading by 0.84% to $84.97. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -0.07% over the past week and fell -0.49% in the past month. It is currently trading -1.16% below its 50 day moving average and 2.34% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -4.63% decrease in value from its one year high of $89.66. The RSI indicator value of 47.17, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Omnicom Group Inc. provides advertising, marketing, and corporate communications services. It offers a range of services in advertising, customer relationship management, public relations, and specialty communications areas. The company’s services include advertising, brand consultancy, content marketing, corporate social responsibility consulting, crisis communication, custom publishing, data analytics, database management, direct marketing, entertainment marketing, environmental design, experiential marketing, field marketing, financial/corporate business-to-business advertising, graphic arts/digital imaging, healthcare communications, and instore design services. Its services also comprise interactive marketing, investor relations, marketing research, media planning and buying, mobile marketing, multi-cultural marketing, non-profit marketing, organizational communications, package design, product placement, promotional marketing, public affairs, public relations, reputation consulting, retail marketing, search engine marketing, social media marketing, and sports and event marketing services. The company offers its services in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and other Asian countries. Omnicom Group Inc. was founded in 1944 and is based in New York, New York.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) traded within a range of $122.12 to $123.02 after opening the day at $122.45. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 7.72% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.39% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $122.93 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -10.12% below its 52 week high of $138.87 and 11.34% above its 12-month low of $111.3. The shares are up by over 8.73% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 73.42 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and professional products worldwide. The Personal Care segment offers disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products under the Huggies, Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers, GoodNites, DryNites, Kotex, U by Kotex, Intimus, Depend, Plenitud, Poise, and other brands. The Consumer Tissue segment provides facial and bathroom tissues, paper towels, napkins, and related products under the Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, Viva, Andrex, Scottex, Neve, and other brand names. The K-C Professional segment offers wipers, tissues, towels, apparel, soaps, and sanitizers under the Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, and Jackson Safety brands. The company sells household use products directly to supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drugstores, warehouse clubs, variety and department stores, and other retail outlets, as well as through other distributors and e-commerce. It also sells products for away-from-home use through distributors and directly to manufacturing, lodging, office building, food service, and public facilities. Kimberly-Clark Corporation was founded in 1872 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

 

Stocks To Track: CBRE Group, Inc. (CBG), The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (HIG), Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD)

CBRE Group, Inc. (CBG) fell -0.55% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.17 to finish the day at $30.78 with about 1.66M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.11M. The $10.34B market cap company, which fluctuated between $30.43 and $30.86 during the day, currently situated 35.36% above its 52 week low of $23.36 and -7.32% away from its one year high of $33.21. The RSI of 46.15 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company worldwide. It operates through Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services segments. The company offers advisory services, such as strategic advice and execution to owners, investors, and occupiers of real estate in connection with leasing, disposition, and acquisition of property; integrated investment sales and debt/structured financing services under the CBRE Capital Markets brand; and valuation services, including market value appraisals, litigation support, discounted cash flow analyses, feasibility and fairness opinions, property condition reports, hotel advisory, and environmental consulting, as well as originates and services commercial mortgage loans. It also provides outsourcing services comprising facilities management, project management, advisory and transaction, and strategic consulting services to occupiers of real estate; and property management services consisting of construction management, marketing, building engineering, accounting, and financial services for owners/investors in office, industrial, and retail properties. In addition, the company offers investment management services to pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, endowments, and other institutional investors seeking to generate returns and diversification through investment in real estate. Further, the company develops and invests in commercial real estate, including industrial, office, and retail properties; healthcare facilities; and residential/mixed-use projects. CBRE Group, Inc. offers its commercial real estate services under the CBRE brand name; investment management services under the CBRE Global Investors brand name; and development services under the Trammell Crow brand name. The company was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (HIG) dropped $-0.3 to close the day at a new closing price of $47.05, a -0.63% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 25.01% above its 52 week low of $38.38. A total of 1.65M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.53M. The stock, which fluctuated between $46.99 and $47.26 during the day, currently situated -5.29% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -2.12% in the past one month and up by 6.34% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $52.46 and RSI of 37.7, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers in the United States. It operates through six segments: Commercial Lines, Personal Lines, Property & Casualty Other Operations, Group Benefits, Mutual Funds, and Talcott Resolution. The Commercial Lines segment offers workers’ compensation, property, automobile, liability, umbrella, marine, and livestock insurance, as well as customized insurance products and services, including general liability, professional liability, bond, and specialty casualty coverages. The Personal Lines segment provides automobile, homeowners, and personal umbrella coverages to individuals. The Property & Casualty Other Operations segment manages property and casualty insurance. The Group Benefits segment offers group life, accident and disability coverage, and group retiree health to employer groups, associations, and affinity groups; and disability underwriting, administration, claims processing, and reinsurance to other insurers and self-funded employer plans. The Mutual Funds segment provides investment products for retail and retirement accounts; and investment-management and administrative services, such as product design, implementation, and oversight, as well as the runoff of the mutual funds supporting the company’s variable annuity products. The Talcott Resolution segment engages in the U.S. annuity, institutional, and private-placement life insurance businesses. It has a research partnership with UCLA Anderson Forecast to understand the critical economic issue and other trends affecting small business. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. was founded in 1810 and is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD) had a active trading with around 1.64M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.41M. The stock traded between $137.72 and $138.8 before closing at the price of $138.59 with -0.15% change on the day. The Allentown Pennsylvania 18195 based company is currently trading 21.74% above its 52 week low of $116.66 and -7.33% below its 52 week high of $150.45. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 32.63 and $151.79 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, electronics and performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company produces atmospheric gases, including oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; process gases, such as hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, syngas, and specialty gases; and equipment for the production or processing of gases comprising air separation units and non-cryogenic generators for customers in various industries, including metals, glass, chemical processing, electronics, energy production and refining, food processing, metallurgical, medical, and general manufacturing. It also designs and manufactures equipment for air separation, hydrocarbon recovery and purification, natural gas liquefaction, and liquid helium and liquid hydrogen transport and storage. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

 

3 Trending Stocks: IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (IDXX), Xilinx, Inc. (XLNX), Fastenal Company (FAST)

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (IDXX) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -1.41% or $-2.02 to close the day at $141.11 on light trading volume of 1.36M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 991.10K. The Westbrook Maine 04092 based company has been outperforming the diagnostic substances group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 106.03%, compared to the industry which has advanced 60.88% over the same period. With RSI of 77.24, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $117.17, making it a hold for now.

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and distributes products and services primarily for the companion animal veterinary, livestock and poultry, water testing, and dairy markets worldwide. It operates through Companion Animal Group; Water Quality Products; Livestock, Poultry and Dairy; and Other segments. The company provides point-of-care veterinary diagnostic products, including instruments, consumables, and rapid assays; veterinary reference laboratory diagnostic and consulting services; practice management systems and services, and digital imaging systems for veterinarians; and biological materials testing, and laboratory animal diagnostic instruments and services for biomedical research community. It also offers diagnostic, health-monitoring, and food safety testing products for livestock, poultry, and dairy markets; products that test water for various microbiological contaminants; and point-of-care electrolytes and blood gas analyzers that are used in the human point-of-care medical diagnostics market. The company markets its products through marketing, customer service, sales, and technical service groups, as well as through independent distributors and other resellers. IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Westbrook, Maine.

Xilinx, Inc. (XLNX) climbed 0.24% during last trading as the stock added $0.14 to finish the day at $58.23 with about 1.36M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.9M. The $14.48B market cap company, which fluctuated between $57.91 and $58.63 during the day, currently situated 43.95% above its 52 week low of $41.53 and -5.91% away from its one year high of $62.24. The RSI of 53.38 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Xilinx, Inc. designs and develops programmable devices and associated technologies worldwide. Its programmable devices comprise integrated circuits (ICs) in the form of programmable logic devices (PLDs), such as programmable system on chips, and three dimensional ICs; software design tools to program the PLDs; targeted reference designs; printed circuit boards; and intellectual property (IP). The company also offers development boards; development kits, including hardware, design tools, IP, and reference designs that are designed to streamline and accelerate the development of domain-specific and market-specific applications; and configuration products, such as one-time programmable and in-system programmable storage devices to configure field programmable gate arrays. In addition, it provides design services, customer training, field engineering, and technical support. The company offers its products to electronic equipment manufacturers in end markets, such as wired and wireless communications, industrial, scientific and medical, aerospace and defense, audio, video and broadcast, consumer, automotive, and test and measurement. Xilinx, Inc. sells its products through a network of independent distributors; and through direct sales to original equipment manufacturers and electronic manufacturing service providers by a network of independent sales representative firms and by a direct sales management organization. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Fastenal Company (FAST) saw its value increase by 0.02% as the stock gained $0.01 to finish the day at a closing price of $49.82. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $37.7-$51.56 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $49.42 to $49.98 during the day, are up by 23.47% in the past three months and up by 18.95% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.87% above its 20 day moving average and 3.28% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $49.9 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 55.03. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies primarily under the Fastenal name. The company’s fastener products include threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, which are used in manufactured products and building projects, as well as in the maintenance and repair of machines and structures. It also offers miscellaneous supplies and hardware, including various pins and machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire ropes, strut products, rivets, and related accessories. The company serves the manufacturing market comprising original equipment manufacturers, maintenance, repair, and operations; and non-residential construction market, which include general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. It also serves farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, schools, and retail trades; and oil exploration, production, and refinement companies, as well as federal, state, and local governmental entities. The company distributes its products through a network of approximately 2,600 company owned stores. Fastenal Company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Winona, Minnesota.

 

Traders Recap: United Technologies Corporation (UTX), The Progressive Corporation (PGR), Capital One Financial Corporation (COF)

United Technologies Corporation (UTX) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.76% or $-0.85 to close the day at $110.4 on lower than average trading volume of 2.07M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.15M. The Farmington Connecticut 06032 based company has been outperforming the aerospace/defense products & services companies by 7.6773% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 0.71% YTD, versus the aerospace/defense products & services industry which is up 3.25% for the same period. The RSI of 52.2 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. Its Otis segment designs, manufactures, sells, and installs passenger and freight elevators, escalators, and moving walkways; modernization products to upgrade elevators and escalators; and maintenance and repair services. The company’s UTC Climate, Controls & Security segment provides heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions, such as controls for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation applications. This segment offers electronic security products, including intruder alarms, access control systems, and video surveillance systems; and fire safety products; systems integration, video surveillance, installation, maintenance, and inspection services; and monitoring and response services. Its Pratt & Whitney segment supplies aircraft engines for commercial, military, business jet, and general aviation markets; and provides aftermarket maintenance, repair, and overhaul, as well as fleet management services. The company’s UTC Aerospace Systems segment provides electric power generation, power management, and distribution systems; air data, and flight sensing and management systems; engine control, electric, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems; engine components; environmental control systems; fire and ice detection, and protection systems; propeller systems; cargo, actuation, and landing systems; aircraft aero structures, and lighting and seating products; space products and subsystems; and aftermarket services. United Technologies Corporation offers its services through manufacturers’ representatives, distributors, wholesalers, dealers, retail outlets, and sales representatives, as well as directly to customers. The company was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut.

The Progressive Corporation (PGR) had a light trading with around 2.07M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.02M. The stock traded between $36.84 and $37.1 before closing at the price of $36.97 with -0.19% change on the day. The Mayfield Village Ohio 44143 based company is currently trading 24.73% above its 52 week low of $30.19 and -1.39% below its 52 week high of $38.17. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 67.57 and $36.86 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

The Progressive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal and commercial property-casualty insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance and related services primarily in the United States. Its Personal Lines segment writes insurance for personal autos, and recreational and other vehicles. This segment’s products include personal auto insurance; and special lines products, including insurance for motorcycles, ATVs, RVs, mobile homes, watercraft, and snowmobiles. The company’s Commercial Lines segment provides primary liability, physical damage, and other auto-related insurance for autos, vans, and pick-up trucks, and dump trucks used by small businesses; tractors, trailers, and straight trucks primarily used by regional general freight and expeditor-type businesses, and non-fleet long-haul operators; dump trucks, log trucks, and garbage trucks used by dirt, sand and gravel, logging, and coal-type businesses; tow trucks and wreckers used in towing services and gas/service station businesses; and non-fleet taxis, black-car services, and airport taxis. Its Property segment provides personal and commercial property insurance, personal umbrella insurance, and primary and excess flood insurance products for homeowners, other property owners, and renters. The company also offers policy issuance and claims adjusting services for the commercial auto insurance procedures/plans; home, condominium, and renters insurance; and general liability and business owners policies, and workers’ compensation insurance, as well as sells personal auto physical damage and property damage liability insurance in Australia. The Progressive Corporation sells its products and services through independent insurance agencies, as well as directly on the Internet, mobile devices, and over the phone. The company was founded in 1937 and is headquartered in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

Capital One Financial Corporation (COF) traded within a range of $87.05 to $87.91 after opening the day at $87.6. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 0.34% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.65% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $87.54 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -4.47% below its 52 week high of $91.64 and 52.6% above its 12-month low of $58.03. The shares are up by over 17.62% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 46.72 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It operates through three segments: Credit Card, Consumer Banking, and Commercial Banking. The company offers various non-interest bearing and interest-bearing deposits, such as demand deposits, money market deposits, time deposits, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, and savings accounts. It also provides credit card loans and installment loans; auto, home, and retail banking loans; and commercial and multifamily real estate, commercial and industrial, and small-ticket commercial real estate loans. In addition, the company offers credit and debit card products; online direct banking services; and treasury management and depository services. It serves consumers, small businesses, and commercial clients through the Internet and other distribution channels, as well as through branches located in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) operates independently of Signet Banking Corp. as of February 28, 1995.

 

Momentum Stocks in Focus: Prologis, Inc. (PLD), Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE), State Street Corporation (STT)

Prologis, Inc. (PLD) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.31% or $0.64 to close the day at $49.37 on light trading volume of 2.59M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.02M. The San Francisco California 94111 based company has been outperforming the reit – industrial group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 36.69%, compared to the industry which has advanced 15.56% over the same period. With RSI of 40.28, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $54.68, making it a hold for now.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. It was previously known as Security Capital Investment Trust. Prologis Inc. was formed in 1991 and is based in San Francisco, California with an additional office in Denver, Colorado.

Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE) grew with the stock adding 1.02% or $1.17 to close at $116.13 on light trading volume of 2.59M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.66M. The San Jose California 95110 based company operating under the Application Software industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 57.25% up for the period and up by 12.8% so far this year. With price target of $122.56 and a 62.94% rebound from 52-week low, Adobe Systems Incorporated has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Adobe Systems Incorporated operates as a diversified software company worldwide. Its Digital Media segment provides tools and solutions that enable individuals, small and medium businesses, and enterprises to create, publish, promote, and monetize their digital content. This segment’s flagship product is Creative Cloud, a subscription service that allows customers to download and install the latest versions of its creative products. This segment serves traditional content creators, Web application developers, and digital media professionals, as well as their management in marketing departments and agencies, companies, and publishers. The company’s Digital Marketing segment offers solutions for how digital advertising and marketing are created, managed, executed, measured, and optimized. This segment provides analytics, social marketing, targeting, advertising and media optimization, digital experience management, cross-channel campaign management, and audience management solutions, as well as video delivery and monetization to digital marketers, advertisers, publishers, merchandisers, Web analysts, chief marketing officers, chief information officers, and chief revenue officers. Its Print and Publishing segment offers products and services, such as eLearning solutions, technical document publishing, Web application development, and high-end printing, as well as publishing needs of technical and business, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) printing businesses. The company markets and licenses its products and services directly to enterprise customers through its sales force, as well as to end-users through app stores and through its Website at adobe.com. It also distributes products and services through a network of distributors, value-added resellers, systems integrators, independent software vendors, retailers, and OEMs. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

State Street Corporation (STT) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.19% or $-0.15 to close the day at $77.35 on higher than average trading volume of 2.59M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.3M. The Boston Massachusetts 02111 based company has been outperforming the asset management companies by 7.3202% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -0.48% YTD, versus the asset management industry which is up 1.96% for the same period. The RSI of 43.69 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

State Street Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services to institutional investors worldwide. The company offers investment servicing products and services, including custody; product- and participant-level accounting; daily pricing and administration; master trust and master custody; record-keeping; cash management; foreign exchange, brokerage, and other trading services; securities finance; deposit and short-term investment facilities; loans and lease financing; investment manager and alternative investment manager operations outsourcing; and performance, risk, and compliance analytics. It also provides investment management services, such as investment management, investment research, and investment advisory services to corporations, public funds, and other sophisticated investors, as well as offers active and passive asset management strategies across equity, fixed-income, and cash asset classes. The company offers its products and services to mutual funds, collective investment funds and other investment pools, corporate and public retirement plans, insurance companies, foundations, endowments, and investment managers. State Street Corporation was founded in 1792 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.