Mark Elwood

Traders Recap: RPC, Inc. (RES), Avis Budget Group, Inc. (CAR), Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM)

RPC, Inc. (RES) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.01% or $-0.22 to close the day at $21.5 on higher than average trading volume of 1.82M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.72M. The Atlanta Georgia 30329 based company has been outperforming the oil & gas equipment & services companies by 24.6819% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 8.53% YTD, versus the oil & gas equipment & services industry which is up 0.1% for the same period. The RSI of 50.21 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

RPC, Inc. provides a range of oilfield services and equipment for oil and gas companies involved in the exploration, production, and development of oil and gas properties in the United States, Africa, Canada, Argentina, China, Mexico, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and New Zealand. The company operates in two segments, Technical Services and Support Services. The Technical Services segment offers pressure pumping, coiled tubing, snubbing, nitrogen pumping, well control consulting and firefighting, downhole tools, wireline, fishing, and fluid pumping services that are used in the completion, production, and maintenance of oil and gas wells. The Support Services segment provides a range of rental tools, including blowout preventors, high pressure manifolds and valves, Hevi-wate drill pipes, tubing products, production related rental tools, pumps, diverters, drill pipes, drill collars, handling tools, Coflexip hoses, and Wear Knot drill pipes that are used for onshore and offshore oil and gas well drilling, completion, and workover activities. It also offers oilfield pipe inspection, and pipe management and storage services; and oilfield training services. RPC, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Avis Budget Group, Inc. (CAR) had a active trading with around 1.81M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.48M. The stock traded between $37.22 and $38.07 before closing at the price of $37.56 with -0.19% change on the day. The Parsippany New Jersey 07054 based company is currently trading 72.85% above its 52 week low of $21.73 and -9.56% below its 52 week high of $41.53. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 51.12 and $43.75 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, car sharing, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. The company operates through Americas and International segments. It operates the Avis car rental system with approximately 5,550 locations that supply rental cars to the premium commercial and leisure segments of the travel industry; the Budget vehicle rental system with approximately 3,900 car rental locations, which serve the value-conscious segments of the industry; and Zipcar, a membership-based car sharing network that provides vehicles to approximately 1 million members. The company also operates the Payless brand, which comprises approximately 200 vehicle rental locations; Apex brand primarily in the deep-value segment of the car rental industry with approximately 20 rental locations; and the Maggiore brand that provides vehicle rental services in the commercial, leisure, and insurance replacement/leasing segments with approximately 100 rental locations in Italy. In addition, it is involved in the local and one-way truck rental businesses with a fleet of approximately 21,000 vehicles, which are rented through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers and 450 company-operated locations that serve the consumer and light commercial sectors in the continental United States. Further, the company provides a range of optional insurance products and coverages, such as supplemental liability insurance, personal accident insurance, personal effects protection, automobile towing protection, and cargo insurance. Avis Budget Group, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM) traded within a range of $4.27 to $4.65 after opening the day at $4.65. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 635.59% so far this year. The stock was down close to -7.26% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $4.34 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -37.82% below its 52 week high of $6.98 and 764.54% above its 12-month low of $0.5. The shares are up by over 372.3% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 62.54 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Pulmatrix, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, engages in developing inhaled therapies to address serious pulmonary diseases using its inhaled Small Particles Easily Respirable and Emitted (iSPERSE) technology. The company’s proprietary product pipeline focuses on advancing treatments for rare diseases, including PUR1900, an inhaled anti-fungal for patients with cystic fibrosis, as well as PUR1500, an inhaled product for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It is also developing PUR0200, a branded generic in clinical development for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The company has collaboration with Capsugel to develop inhaled therapeutics to treat serious pulmonary diseases. Pulmatrix, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts.

 

Stocks Buzz: Xylem Inc. (XYL), Superior Energy Services, Inc. (SPN), Banc of California, Inc. (BANC)

Xylem Inc. (XYL) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.84% or $0.4 to close the day at $48.28 on active trading volume of 1.61M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.49M. The Rye Brook New York 10573 based company has been outperforming the diversified machinery group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 32.2%, compared to the industry which has advanced 25.74% over the same period. With RSI of 44.87, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $54.31, making it a hold for now.

Xylem Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and application of engineered technologies for the water and wastewater applications. It operates through two segments, Water Infrastructure and Applied Water. The Water Infrastructure segment offers various products, including water and wastewater pumps, treatment and testing equipment, and controls and systems, as well as filtration, disinfection, and biological treatment equipment under the Flygt, WEDECO, Godwin, WTW, Sanitaire, YSI, and Leopold names for the transportation, treatment, and testing of water and wastewater for public utilities and industrial applications. The Applied Water segment provides pumps, valves, heat exchangers, controls, and dispensing equipment systems under the Goulds Water Technology, Bell & Gossett, A-C Fire Pump, Standard Xchange, Lowara, Jabsco, Flojet, and Flowtronex names for residential and commercial building services, industrial water, and irrigation applications. Xylem Inc. also provides smart metering, network technologies and advanced data analytics to water, gas, and electric utilities. The company markets and sells its products through a network of direct sales force, resellers, distributors, and value-added solution providers in the United States, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. Xylem Inc. is headquartered in Rye Brook, New York.

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (SPN) retreated with the stock falling -0.38% or $-0.07 to close at $18.19 on light trading volume of 1.6M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.94M. The Houston Texas 77002 based company operating under the Oil & Gas Equipment & Services industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 105.07% up for the period and up by 7.76% so far this year. With price target of $20.3 and a 120.48% rebound from 52-week low, Superior Energy Services, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides specialized oilfield services and equipment to crude oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Drilling Products and Services; Onshore Completion and Workover Services; Production Services; and Technical Solutions. The Drilling Products and Services segment rents tubulars, including primary drill pipe strings, tubing landing strings, completion tubulars, and associated accessories; and manufactures and rents bottom hole tools, such as stabilizers, non-magnetic drill collars, and hole openers, as well as rents temporary onshore and offshore accommodation modules and accessories. The Onshore Completion and Workover Services segment offers pressure pumping services comprising hydraulic fracturing and high pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells; fluid management services used to obtain, move, store, and dispose of fluids that are involved in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas reservoirs; and workover services consisting of installations, completions, and sidetracking of wells, as well as support for perforating operations. The Production Services segment provides intervention services, including coiled tubing, cased hole and mechanical wireline, hydraulic workover and snubbing, production testing and optimization, and remedial pumping services. The Technical Solutions segment offers pressure control services; completion tools and services, such as sand control systems, well screens and filters, and surface-controlled sub surface safety valves; and offshore well decommissioning services, including plugging and abandoning wells at the end of their economic life, and dismantling and removing associated infrastructure. Superior Energy Services, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Banc of California, Inc. (BANC) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.26% or $0.25 to close the day at $20.15 on lower than average trading volume of 1.59M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.66M. The Irvine California 92612 based company has been outperforming the regional – pacific banks companies by 45.307% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 16.14% YTD, versus the regional – pacific banks industry which is up 2.27% for the same period. The RSI of 74.02 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Banc of California, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Banc of California, National Association that provides banking products and services in the United States. It operates through Commercial Banking, Mortgage Banking, Financial Advisory, and Corporate/Other segments. The company’s deposits consist of savings, checking, money market, and demand accounts, as well as certificates of deposit; and commercial and consumer loan products include commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans, multi-family loans, SBA guaranteed business loans, construction and renovation loans, lease financing, single family residential mortgage loans, warehouse loans, asset or security backed loans, home equity lines of credit, consumer and business lines of credit, home equity loans, and other consumer loans. It also provides private banking products for high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs; and other banking services to financial institutions, as well as invests in mortgage-backed securities. In addition, the company offers automated bill payment, cash and treasury management, master demand accounts, foreign exchange, interest rate swaps, trust services, card payment services, remote and mobile deposit capture, ACH origination, wire transfer, direct deposit, and safe deposit boxes, as well as online, telephone, and mobile banking services. Further, it provides financial advisory and asset management services to third parties; and manages and sells other real estate owned properties. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 35 branches in San Diego, Orange, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties in California; and 68 loan production offices in California, Arizona, Oregon, Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada. Banc of California, Inc. was formerly known as First PacTrust Bancorp, Inc. and changed its name to Banc of California, Inc. in July 2013. The company was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

 

3 Notable Runners: Covanta Holding Corporation (CVA), GameStop Corp. (GME), Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (PACB)

Covanta Holding Corporation (CVA) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -3.13% or $-0.5 to close the day at $15.5 on higher than average trading volume of 1.48M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.33M. The Morristown New Jersey 07960 based company has been outperforming the waste management companies by 9.2993% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -0.64% YTD, versus the waste management industry which is up 1.16% for the same period. The RSI of 43.74 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Covanta Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides waste and energy services to municipal entities primarily in the United States and Canada. The company owns and operates infrastructure for the conversion of waste to energy. It is also involved in related waste transport and disposal, and other renewable energy production businesses. The company disposes waste and generates electricity and/or steam; and sells metal recovered during the energy-from-waste process. It owns and operates 45 energy-from-waste facilities; 11 additional energy generation facilities, including wood biomass and hydroelectric renewable energy production facilities in North America. Covanta Holding Corporation also owns and operates 18 transfer stations, 12 environmental services facilities, 1 regional metals recycling facility, and 4 landfills. The company was formerly known as Danielson Holding Corporation and changed its name to Covanta Holding Corporation in September 2005. Covanta Holding Corporation was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey.

GameStop Corp. (GME) had a light trading with around 1.47M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.48M. The stock traded between $25.3 and $25.85 before closing at the price of $25.37 with -1.13% change on the day. The Grapevine Texas 76051 based company is currently trading 28.1% above its 52 week low of $20.1 and -21.62% below its 52 week high of $33.72. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 57.47 and $26.32 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

GameStop Corp. operates as an omnichannel video game retailer. It sells new and pre-owned video game hardware; physical and digital video game software; pre-owned and value video game products; video game accessories, such as controllers, gaming headsets, memory cards, and other add-ons for use with video game hardware and software; and digital products, including downloadable content, network points cards, prepaid digital and subscription cards, and digitally downloadable software. The company also sells mobile and consumer electronics, including smart phones, tablets, headphones, and accessories, as well as pre-owned smart phones; personal computer (PC) entertainment software in various genres, including sports, action, strategy, adventure/role playing, and simulation; and strategy guides, magazines, and gaming-related toys. In addition, it operates electronic commerce Websites comprising gamestop.com, ebgames.com.au, ebgames.co.nz, gamestop.ca, gamestop.it, gamestop.ie, gamestop.de, gamestop.co.uk, thinkgeek.com, and micromania.fr. Further, the company operates kongregate.com, a browser-based game site; Game Informer magazine, a print and digital video game publication; iOS and Android mobile applications; Simply Mac, a certified Apple consumer electronic products reseller; and Spring Mobile, an authorized AT&T reseller operating pre-paid wireless stores under the Cricket Wireless name that offers prepaid services, devices, and accessories. As of January 30, 2016, it operated approximately 7,117 stores in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Europe. GameStop Corp. primarily offers its products under the GameStop, EB Games, and Micromania names. The company, formerly known as GSC Holdings Corp., was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Grapevine, Texas.

Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (PACB) traded within a range of $4.92 to $5.12 after opening the day at $5.03. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 33.68% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.4% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $5.08 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -52.74% below its 52 week high of $10.75 and 35.11% above its 12-month low of $3.76. The shares are down by over -34.7% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 49.68 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures sequencing systems to resolve genetically complex problems. The company’s single molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing technology enables single molecule real-time detection of biological processes. It offers PacBio RS II and Sequel Systems that conducts, monitors, and analyzes biochemical sequencing reactions. The company also provides consumable products, including sealed and packaged SMRT cells, as well as various reagent kits, such as template preparation, binding, and sequencing kits to run the PacBio RS II or Sequel System. Its customers include research institutions; commercial laboratories; genome centers; clinical, government, and academic institutions; genomics service providers; pharmaceutical companies; and agricultural companies. The company markets its products through a direct sales force in North America and Europe, as well as primarily through distributors in Asia. The company was formerly known as Nanofluidics, Inc. Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

 

Investor’s Watch List: Deckers Outdoor Corporation (DECK), Old National Bancorp (ONB), Chico’s FAS, Inc. (CHS)

Deckers Outdoor Corporation (DECK) had a active trading with around 1.35M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.13M. The stock traded between $51.42 and $52.55 before closing at the price of $51.58 with -1% change on the day. The Goleta California 93117 based company is currently trading 17.23% above its 52 week low of $44 and -26.25% below its 52 week high of $69.94. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 41.27 and $50.83 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, markets, and distributes footwear, apparel, and accessories for casual lifestyle use and high performance activities. It offers luxurious comfort footwear, handbags, apparel, home, and cold weather accessories under the UGG brand name; casual sandals, shoes, and boots under the Teva brand name; and action sport footwear under the Sanuk brand name. The company also provides outdoor performance and lifestyle footwear products under the Ahnu brand name; running footwear under the Hoka One One brand name; fashion casual footwear using sheepskin and other plush materials under the Koolaburra brand; and linings and foot beds under the UGGpure brand. It markets its products primarily to specialty retailers, selected department stores, outdoor retailers, sporting goods retailers, shoe stores, and online retailers. The company also sells its products directly to end-user consumers through its Websites, call centers, and retail stores, as well as distributes its products through distributors and retailers in the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Canada, Latin America, and internationally. As of March 31, 2016, it had 153 retail stores. The company was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Goleta, California.

Old National Bancorp (ONB) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.83% or $0.15 to close the day at $18.3 on light trading volume of 1.35M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 770.80K. The Evansville Indiana 47708 based company has been outperforming the regional – midwest banks group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 71.51%, compared to the industry which has advanced 52.97% over the same period. With RSI of 59.66, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $17.95, making it a hold for now.

Old National Bancorp operates as the holding company for Old National Bank, which provides various financial services to individual and commercial customers in the United States. It operates in two segments, Banking and Insurance. The Banking segment offers deposit accounts, such as noninterest-bearing demand, negotiable order of withdrawal, savings and money market, and time deposits; and loans comprising home equity lines of credit, residential real estate loans, consumer loans, commercial loans, commercial real estate loans, letters of credit, and lease financing. This segment also offers debit and ATM cards, telephone access, and online banking, as well as other electronic and mobile banking services; and cash management, private banking, brokerage, trust, and investment advisory services; and reinsures credit life insurance. The Insurance segment provides insurance brokerage services, including commercial property and casualty, surety, loss control services, employee benefits consulting and administration, and personal insurance. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 160 banking financial centers located primarily in Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. Old National Bancorp was founded in 1834 and is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana.

Chico’s FAS, Inc. (CHS) shares were down in last trading by -1.82% to $13.99. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 5.11% over the past week and grew 4.56% in the past month. It is currently trading -3.37% below its 50 day moving average and 12.18% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -16.97% decrease in value from its one year high of $16.85. The RSI indicator value of 50.55, lead us to believe that it is a 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.

 

Equities Trend Analysis: Microsemi Corporation (MSCC), Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (SPR), MDU Resources Group, Inc. (MDU)

Microsemi Corporation (MSCC) retreated with the stock falling -0.41% or $-0.22 to close at $53.23 on light trading volume of 1.14M compared its three months average trading volume of 1.2M. The company operating under the Semiconductor – Integrated Circuits industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 72.38% up for the period and down by -1.37% so far this year. With price target of $63.91 and a 83.55% rebound from 52-week low, Microsemi Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Microsemi Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company offers analog mixed-signal integrated circuits; field programmable gate arrays; system on chip solutions and application-specific integrated circuits; power management products; and timing and synchronization devices, and precise time solutions. It also provides voice processing devices, radio frequency solutions, discrete components, enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products, Ethernet solutions, and power-over-Ethernet integrated circuits and midspans, as well as custom design capabilities and services. The company’s products are used in various applications, such as communications infrastructure systems comprising wireless and wired LAN systems; implantable pacemakers and defibrillators; radar systems; missile systems; military and commercial satellites and aircraft; oil field equipment; and enterprise storage and hyper scale data centers. It serves aerospace and defense, communications, data center, and industrial markets. The company was formerly known as Microsemiconductor Corp and changed its name to Microsemi Corporation in March 1983. Microsemi Corporation was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California.

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (SPR) had a light trading with around 1.14M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.15M. The stock traded between $56.86 and $57.74 before closing at the price of $57.57 with 1.28% change on the day. The Wichita Kansas 67210 based company is currently trading 43.1% above its 52 week low of $41.27 and -6.31% below its 52 week high of $61.55. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $62.68 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and supplies commercial aero structures worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Fuselage Systems, Propulsion Systems, and Wing Systems. The Fuselage Systems segment develops, produces, and markets forward, mid, and rear fuselage sections and systems primarily to aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs); and offers related spares, as well as maintenance, repairs, and overhaul (MRO) services. This segment also provides rotorcraft, including forward cockpits and cabins. The Propulsion Systems segment offers struts/pylons; nacelles, such as thrust reversers; and related engine structural components primarily to aircraft or engine OEMs, as well as related spares and MRO services. The Wing Systems segment provides wings and wing components comprising flight control surfaces; and other miscellaneous structural parts primarily to aircraft OEMs, as well as related spares and MRO services. It also offers low observables, including radar absorbent and translucent materials; radomes; and other military services, such as fabrication, bonding, assembly, testing, tooling, processing, engineering analysis, and training. The company was formerly known as Mid-Western Aircraft Systems Holdings, Inc. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. (MDU) saw its value decrease by -1.37% as the stock dropped $-0.36 to finish the day at a closing price of $26.01. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $16.09-$29.92 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $25.9 to $26.18 during the day, are down by -3.86% in the past three months and up by 12.03% over the past six months. It is currently trading -7.25% below its 20 day moving average and -8.99% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $27.2 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 27.54.The technical indicator lead us to believe the stock will reverse recent losses any time soon.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. Its Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. As of December 31, 2015, it served approximately 142,000 residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in 177 communities and adjacent rural areas. The company’s Natural Gas Distribution segment distributes natural gas in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, as well as Idaho, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington; and offers related value-added services. It served approximately 906,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in 334 communities and adjacent rural areas. The company’s Pipeline and Midstream segment provides natural gas transportation, underground storage, processing, and gathering services, as well as oil gathering and processing facilities in the Rocky Mountain and northern Great Plains regions. It also provides cathodic protection and other energy-related services. The company’s Construction Materials and Contracting segment mines aggregates and markets crushed stone, sand, gravel, and related construction materials; and provides integrated contracting services in the central, southern, and western United States, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. Its Construction Services segment constructs and maintains electric and communication lines, gas pipelines, fire suppression systems, and external lighting and traffic signalization equipment. This segment also offers utility excavation services, as well as electrical and mechanical services; and manufactures and distributes transmission line construction equipment and other supplies. The company’s Refining segment refines crude oil and produces and sells diesel fuel, naphtha, ATBs, and other by-products of the production process. MDU Resources Group, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota.

 

3 Notable Runners: Pfizer Inc. (PFE), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Microchip Technology Incorporated (MCHP)

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.09% or $-0.03 to close the day at $32.35 on lower than average trading volume of 19.3M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 25.91M. The New York New York 10017 based company has been underperforming the drug manufacturers – major companies by 1.7508% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 0.61% YTD, versus the drug manufacturers – major industry which is up 2.05% for the same period. The RSI of 59.62 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Pfizer Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide. It operates through Global Innovative Pharmaceutical (GIP); Global Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer Healthcare (VOC); and Global Established Pharmaceutical (GEP) segments. The GIP segment develops and commercializes medicines for various therapeutic areas, including inflammation/immunology, cardiovascular/metabolic, neuroscience/pain, and rare diseases. The VOC segment develops and commercializes vaccines, as well as products for oncology and consumer healthcare. It provides over-the-counter products comprising dietary supplements under the Centrum, Caltrate, and Emergen-C brands; pain management products under the Advil and ThermaCare brands; gastrointestinal products under the Nexium 24HR/Nexium Control and Preparation H brands; and respiratory and personal care products under the brand names of Robitussin, Advil Cold & Sinus, Advil Sinus Congestion Relief & Pain, Dimetapp, and ChapStick. The GEP segment offers products that have lost marketing exclusivity in various markets; and branded generics, generic sterile injectable products, biosimilars, infusion systems, and other products. The company serves wholesalers, retailers, hospitals, clinics, government agencies, pharmacies, and individual provider offices, as well as centers for disease control and prevention. It has licensing agreements with Cellectis SA and AstraZeneca PLC; collaborative agreements with Eli Lilly & Company, OPKO Health, Inc., BioRap Technologies LTD., Merck KGaA, Transgene S.A., Edelris SAS, IGNITE Immunotherapy Inc., and AbCellera Biologics Inc.; and a research and development agreement with the National Cancer Institute. The company has a partnership with The University of Pittsburgh. Pfizer Inc. was founded in 1849 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) had a light trading with around 18.17M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 25.97M. The stock traded between $63.97 and $64.3 before closing at the price of $64 with -0.09% change on the day. The Redmond Washington 98052 based company is currently trading 35.55% above its 52 week low of $48.04 and -2.9% below its 52 week high of $65.91. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 55.68 and $68.97 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

Microchip Technology Incorporated (MCHP) traded within a range of $69.76 to $71.02 after opening the day at $70.54. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 10.52% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.04% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $70.9 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -7.32% below its 52 week high of $76.5 and 86.79% above its 12-month low of $40.81. The shares are up by over 10.86% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 60.91 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Microchip Technology Incorporated develops, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. The company offers microcontrollers, such as 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontrollers under the PIC brand name; and microcontrollers for automotive networking, computing, lighting, power supplies, motor control, wired connectivity, and wireless connectivity. It also provides development tools that enable system designers to program PIC microcontrollers for specific applications; analog, interface, mixed signal, and timing products comprising power management, linear, mixed-signal, high-voltage, thermal management, RF, drivers, safety and security, USB, Ethernet, wireless, and other interface products; and memory products consisting of serial electrically erasable programmable read-only memory, serial flash memories, parallel flash memories, and serial SRAM memories for the production of very small footprint devices. In addition, the company licenses its SuperFlash embedded flash and Smartbits one time programmable NVM technologies to foundries, integrated device manufacturers, and design partners for use in the manufacture of microcontroller products, gate array, RF, and analog products that require embedded non-volatile memory, as well as provides engineering services. It serves automotive, communications, computing, consumer, office automation, telecommunication, aerospace, defense, safety, security, medical, and industrial control markets. The company sells its products through a network of direct sales personnel and distributors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Microchip Technology Incorporated was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: The Procter & Gamble Company (PG), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Sprint Corporation (S)

The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.79% or $-0.7 to close the day at $87.97 on light trading volume of 11.05M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.1M. The Cincinnati Ohio 45202 based company has been outperforming the personal products group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 13.63%, compared to the industry which has advanced 6.19% over the same period. With RSI of 61.56, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $90.53, making it a hold for now.

The Procter & Gamble Company provides branded consumer packaged goods to consumers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, India, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The company’s Beauty segment offers hair care products comprising conditioners, shampoos, styling aids, and treatments; and antiperspirants and deodorants, personal cleansing, and skin care products. This segment markets its products under the Head & Shoulders, Olay, Pantene, Rejoice, Old Spice, Safeguard, and SK-II brands. Its Grooming segment provides blades and razors, pre- and post-shave products, and other shave care products, as well as appliances under the Braun, Fusion, Gillette, Mach3, Prestobarba, and Venus brands. The company’s Health Care segment offers toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other oral care products; and gastrointestinal, rapid diagnostics, respiratory, vitamins/minerals/supplements, and other healthcare products under the Oral-B, Crest, Prilosec, Vicks, Metamucil, Pepto Bismol, and Align brands. Its Fabric & Home Care segment provides fabric care products, including fabric enhancers, laundry additives, and laundry detergents; and home care products comprising air care, dish care, P&G professional, and surface care products under the Tide, Ariel, Downy, Gain, Cascade, Dawn, Febreze, Mr. Clean, and Swiffer brands. The company’s Baby, Feminine & Family Care segment offers baby care products, such as baby wipes, diapers, and pants; adult incontinence and feminine care products; and family care products, such as paper towels, tissues, and toilet papers. This segment markets its products under the Pampers, Always, Bounty, Charmin, Luvs, and Tampax brands. The company sells its products through mass merchandisers, grocery stores, membership club stores, drug stores, department stores, distributors, baby stores, specialty beauty stores, e-commerce, high-frequency stores, and pharmacies. The Procter & Gamble Company was founded in 1837 and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) fell -0.23% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.2 to finish the day at $87 with about 10.99M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 17.76M. The $312.02B market cap company, which fluctuated between $86.89 and $87.48 during the day, currently situated 70.4% above its 52 week low of $54.33 and -1.33% away from its one year high of $88.17. The RSI of 56.83 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. operates as a financial services company worldwide. It operates through Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, and Asset Management segments. The Consumer & Community Banking segment offers deposit and investment products and services to consumers; lending, deposit, and cash management and payment solutions to small businesses; residential mortgages and home equity loans; and credit cards, payment services, payment processing services, auto loans and leases, and student loans. The Corporate & Investment Bank segment provides investment banking products and services, including advising on corporate strategy and structure, capital-raising in equity and debt markets, as well as loan origination and syndication; treasury services, such as cash management and liquidity solutions; and cash securities and derivative instruments, risk management solutions, prime brokerage, and research services. It also offers securities services, including custody, fund accounting and administration, and securities lending products for asset managers, insurance companies, and public and private investment funds. The Commercial Banking segment offers financial solutions, including lending, treasury, investment banking, and asset management to corporations, municipalities, financial institutions, and nonprofit entities, as well as financing to real estate investors and owners. The Asset Management segment provides investment and wealth management services across various asset classes, such as equities, fixed income, alternatives, and money market funds; multi-asset investment management services; retirement services; and brokerage and banking services comprising trusts, estates, loans, mortgages, and deposits. It has a strategic relationship with InvestCloud for the development of new digital capabilities for individual investors. JPMorgan Chase & Co. was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Sprint Corporation (S) saw its value increase by 2.17% as the stock gained $0.19 to finish the day at a closing price of $8.96. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $2.66-$9.65 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $8.78 to $8.97 during the day, are up by 26.02% in the past three months and up by 46.89% over the past six months. It is currently trading 1.24% above its 20 day moving average and 4.08% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $7.28 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 55.89. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Sprint Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various wireless and wireline communications products and services to consumers, businesses, government subscribers, and resellers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company operates in two segments, Wireless and Wireline. The Wireless segment offers wireless data communication services, including mobile productivity applications, such as Internet access, messaging, and email services; wireless photo and video offerings; location-based capabilities comprising asset and fleet management, dispatch services, and navigation tools; and mobile entertainment applications. It also provides wireless voice communications services that include local and long-distance wireless voice services, as well as voicemail, call waiting, three-way calling, caller identification, directory assistance, and call forwarding services. In addition, this segment offers voice and data services internationally through roaming arrangements; and customized wireless services to large companies and government agencies, as well as sells wireless devices, broadband devices, connected devices, and accessories to agents and other third-party distributors. The Wireline segment provides wireline voice and data communications, including domestic and international data communications using various protocols, such as multiprotocol label switching technologies, Internet protocol (IP), managed network services, Voice over IP, session initiated protocol, and traditional voice services to other communications companies, and targeted business and consumer subscribers, as well as for cable multiple system operators. Sprint Corporation offers its services under the Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Assurance Wireless brands. The company was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. Sprint Corporation is a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp.

 

Stocks Intraday Alert: The Williams Companies, Inc. (WMB), Schlumberger Limited (SLB), Chevron Corporation (CVX)

The Williams Companies, Inc. (WMB) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.8% or $-0.23 to close the day at $28.44 on lower than average trading volume of 6.22M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.55M. The Tulsa Oklahoma 74172 based company has been outperforming the oil & gas pipelines companies by -6.932% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -8.67% YTD, versus the oil & gas pipelines industry which is up 4.91% for the same period. The RSI of 45.16 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company operates through Williams Partners, Williams NGL (natural gas liquids) & Petchem Services, and Other segments. It owns and operates natural gas pipeline system extending from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the offshore Gulf of Mexico through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to the New York City metropolitan area. The company also owns and operates a natural gas pipeline system extending from the San Juan basin in northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado through Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to a point on the Canadian border near Sumas, Washington; gulfstream natural gas pipeline system extending from the Mobile Bay area in Alabama to markets in Florida; and constitution pipeline that would connect its gathering system in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to the Iroquois Gas Transmission and Tennessee Gas Pipeline systems in New York. In addition, it provides natural gas gathering, treating, processing, and compression; NGL production, fractionation, storage, marketing, and transportation; deepwater production handling and crude oil transportation; and olefin production services, as well as transports and stores natural gas to local natural gas distribution companies, municipal utilities, direct industrial users, electric power generators, and natural gas marketers and producers. Further, the company extracts, fractionates, treats, stores, and sells ethane/ethylene, propane, propylene, normal butane, isobutene, alky feedstock, and condensate. Additionally, it provides construction management services for third parties. As of December 31, 2015, the company owned and operated approximately 13,600 miles of pipelines. The Williams Companies, Inc. was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Schlumberger Limited (SLB) had a active trading with around 6.2M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.5M. The stock traded between $81.85 and $82.71 before closing at the price of $82.16 with 1.17% change on the day. The Houston Texas 77056 based company is currently trading 27.57% above its 52 week low of $70.39 and -6.47% below its 52 week high of $87.84. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 40.43 and $96.79 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Schlumberger Limited supplies technology products and services to the oil and gas exploration and production industry worldwide. Its Reservoir Characterization Group segment provides reservoir imaging, monitoring, and development services; wireline technologies for open and cased-hole services; slickline services; exploration and production pressure and flow-rate measurement services comprising surface and downhole services; software integrated solutions, such as software, consulting, information management, and IT infrastructure services; consulting services for reservoir characterization, field development planning, and production enhancement; and petrotechnical data services and training solutions, as well as integrated management services. Its Drilling Group segment designs, manufactures, and markets roller cone and fixed cutter drill bits; supplies drilling fluid systems; provides pressure drilling and underbalanced drilling solutions, and environmental services and products; mud logging services; land drilling rigs and support services; and well planning and drilling, engineering, supervision, logistics, procurement, contracting, and drilling rig management services, as well as bottom-hole-assembly, borehole-enlargement technologies, impact tools, tubulars, and tubular services. Its Production Group segment provides well services comprising pressure pumping, well cementing, and stimulation services; coiled tubing equipment; well completion services and equipment that include packers, safety valves, and sand control technology, as well as completions technology and equipment; artificial lifts; and integrated production and production management services. Its Cameron Group segment offers integrated subsea production systems; surface systems; drilling equipment and services; and valve products and measurement systems. The company was formerly known as Socie´te´ de Prospection E´lectrique. Schlumberger Limited was founded in 1926 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Chevron Corporation (CVX) traded within a range of $112.37 to $113.45 after opening the day at $112.75. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -3.95% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.7% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $113.05 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -5% below its 52 week high of $119 and 46.43% above its 12-month low of $82.9. The shares are up by over 6.08% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 44.52 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in integrated energy, chemicals, and petroleum operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The Upstream segment is involved in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation, and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transportation of crude oil through pipelines; and transportation, storage, and marketing of natural gas, as well as operates a gas-to-liquids plant. The Downstream segment engages in refining crude oil into petroleum products; marketing crude oil and refined products; transporting crude oil and refined products through pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment, and rail car; and manufacturing and marketing commodity petrochemicals, and fuel and lubricant additives, as well as plastics for industrial uses. It is also involved in the cash management and debt financing activities; corporate administrative operations; insurance operations; real estate activities; and technology businesses. Further, the company holds interests in power plants, as well as operates geothermal plants; and engages in the transportation of refined products primarily in the coastal waters of the United States. The company was formerly known as ChevronTexaco Corporation and changed its name to Chevron Corporation in 2005. Chevron Corporation was founded in 1879 and is headquartered in San Ramon, California.

 

Trader’s Round Up: Ally Financial Inc. (ALLY), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), First Data Corporation (FDC)

Ally Financial Inc. (ALLY) grew with the stock adding 0.22% or $0.05 to close at $22.79 on light trading volume of 4.93M compared its three months average trading volume of 5.32M. The Detroit Michigan 48243 based company operating under the Mortgage Investment industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 43.33% up for the period and up by 19.82% so far this year. With price target of $25.75 and a 53.57% rebound from 52-week low, Ally Financial Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Ally Financial Inc., a diversified financial services company, provides a range of financial products and services primarily to automotive dealers and their retail customers in the United States. It offers dealer financial services, including a range of financial services and insurance products to automotive dealers and retail customers. The company also provides automotive finance services for dealers, such as new and used vehicle inventory financing; inventory insurance; term loans, including real estate and working capital loans; and vehicle remarketing services, as well as vehicle service contracts (VCSs) and guaranteed automobile protection (GAP) products. In addition, it offers retail automotive financing for new and used vehicles, and leasing for new vehicles; consumer finance protection and insurance products, such as VSCs, maintenance coverage, and GAP products; commercial insurance products; and senior secured commercial-lending products. Further, the company, through its subsidiary, Ally Bank provides savings and money market accounts, certificates of deposit, interest-bearing checking accounts, trust accounts, and individual retirement accounts; and online and mobile banking, electronic bill pay, remote deposit, and electronic funds transfer. It also engages in the management of held-for-investment mortgage loan portfolio that includes the execution of bulk purchases of jumbo and low-to-moderate income mortgage loans originated by third parties. The company was formerly known as GMAC Inc. and changed its name to Ally Financial Inc. in May 2010. Ally Financial Inc. was founded in 1919 and is based in Detroit, Michigan.

Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) gained $0.36 to close the day at a new closing price of $26.51, a 1.38% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 96.79% above its 52 week low of $14.56. A total of 4.85M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 7.11M. The stock, which fluctuated between $26.21 and $26.66 during the day, currently situated -4.43% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -2.14% in the past one month and up by 16.1% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $27.47 and RSI of 50.59, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Fifth Third Bancorp operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States. It operates through four segments: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. The Commercial Banking segment offers credit intermediation, cash management, and financial services; lending and depository products; and foreign exchange and international trade finance, derivatives and capital markets services, asset-based lending, real estate finance, public finance, commercial leasing, and syndicated finance for business, government, and professional customers. The Branch Banking segment provides deposit and loan products to individuals and small businesses. This segment offers checking and savings accounts, home equity loans and lines of credit, credit cards, and loans for automobiles and personal financing needs. The Consumer Lending segment engages in direct lending activities that include origination, retention, and servicing of residential mortgage and home equity loans or lines of credit; and indirect lending activities, including loans to consumers through correspondent lenders and automobile dealers. The Investment Advisors segment provides various investment alternatives for individuals, companies, and not-for-profit organizations. It offers retail brokerage services to individual clients; and broker dealer services to the institutional marketplace. This segment also provides asset management services; holistic strategies to affluent clients in wealth planning, investing, insurance, and wealth protection; and advisory services for institutional clients comprising states and municipalities. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 1,254 full-service banking centers, including 95 Bank Mart locations, as well as 2,593 automated teller machines in 12 states throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern regions of the United States. Fifth Third Bancorp was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

First Data Corporation (FDC) shares were up in last trading by 1.87% to $15.82. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.15% over the past week and grew 2.59% in the past month. It is currently trading 5.52% above its 50 day moving average and 18.32% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.8% decrease in value from its one year high of $16.11. The RSI indicator value of 58.75, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

First Data Corporation provides electronic commerce solutions for merchants, financial institutions, and card issuers worldwide. It operates through three segments: Global Business Solutions, Global Financial Solutions, and Network & Security Solutions. The Global Business Solutions segment offers retail point-of-sale merchant acquiring and e-commerce services; and next-generation offerings, such as mobile payment services and webstore-in-a-box solutions, as well as its cloud-based Clover point-of-sale operating system, which includes a marketplace for proprietary and third-party business applications. The Global Financial Solutions segment provides credit solutions for bank and non-bank issuers, including credit and retail private-label card processing solutions; and licensed financial software systems, such as VisionPLUS bank processing application and lending solutions. This segment also offers a suite of related services, including card personalization and embossing, statement printing, client service, and remittance processing services to financial institutions. The Network & Security Solutions segment provides various value-added solutions, which include electronic funds transfer network solutions, such as debit card processing solutions; stored value network solutions; and security and fraud management solutions. This segment also supports its online and mobile banking digital strategies, and its business supporting mobile wallets. First Data Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

3 Notable Runners: The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX), McDonald’s Corporation (MCD), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.24% or $0.94 to close the day at $77.05 on higher than average trading volume of 3.67M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.55M. The Framingham Massachusetts 01701 based company has been underperforming the department stores companies by 4.5882% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 2.91% YTD, versus the department stores industry which is down -2.44% for the same period. The RSI of 62.04 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX International. The company sells family apparel, including footwear and accessories; home fashions, such as home basics, accent furniture, lamps, rugs, wall décor, decorative accessories, and giftware; seasonal items; jewelry; and other merchandise. It operates stores under the T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Winners, HomeSense, T.K. Maxx, and Sierra Trading Post names, as well as operates e-commerce sites tjmaxx.com, tkmaxx.com, and sierratradingpost.com. As of July 30, 2016, the company operated a total of 3,675 stores in nine countries, which included the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, as well as through three e-commerce sites. The TJX Companies, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) had a light trading with around 3.66M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.8M. The stock traded between $124.52 and $126.11 before closing at the price of $125.82 with 1.08% change on the day. The Oak Brook Illinois 60523 based company is currently trading 14.93% above its 52 week low of $110.33 and -2.45% below its 52 week high of $131.96. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 71.34 and $131.17 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

McDonald’s Corporation operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company’s restaurants offer various food products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 36,525 restaurants, including 30,081 franchised restaurants comprising 21,147 franchised to conventional franchisees, 5,529 licensed to developmental licensees, and 3,405 licensed to foreign affiliates; and 6,444 company-operated restaurants. The company has strategic partnerships with CITIC Limited, CITIC Capital, and The Carlyle Group to expand its business in Mainland China and Hong Kong. McDonald’s Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) traded within a range of $73.11 to $74.04 after opening the day at $73.42. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 4.52% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.6% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $73.97 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -10.32% below its 52 week high of $83.65 and 20.12% above its 12-month low of $64.85. The shares are up by over 9.57% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 58.21 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for home maintenance, repair, remodeling, and decorating. The company provides home improvement products in various categories, such as lumber and building materials, tools and hardware, appliances, fashion fixtures, rough plumbing and electrical, lawn and garden, seasonal living, paint, flooring, millwork, kitchens, outdoor power equipment, and home fashions. It also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories; extended protection plans; and in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services. The company sells its national brand-name merchandise and private branded products to homeowners, renters, and professional customers; and retail customers comprising individual homeowners and renters. As of January 29, 2016, it operated 1,857 home improvement and hardware stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company also sells its products through online sites comprising Lowes.com, Lowes.ca, and ATGstores.com, as well as through mobile applications. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.