Mark Elwood

3 Stocks in Focus: Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (FOX), Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP), Hess Corporation (HES)

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (FOX) fell -0.2% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.06 to finish the day at $29.65 with about 3.05M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.38M. The $23.68B market cap company, which fluctuated between $29.53 and $29.85 during the day, currently situated 27.75% above its 52 week low of $23.88 and -5.27% away from its one year high of $31.3. The RSI of 51.08 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified media and entertainment company in the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Asia, Latin America, and internationally. It operates through Cable Network Programming; Television; Filmed Entertainment; and Other, Corporate and Eliminations segments. The company produces and licenses news, sports, movie, and general and factual entertainment programming for distribution primarily through cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators, telecommunications companies, and online video distributors. It also broadcasts network programming; and operates 28 broadcast television stations, including 11 duopolies in the United States. In addition, the company produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in various formats and entertainment media, as well as produces and licenses television programming worldwide. Further, it offers video advertising services, including consumer engagement and on-demand marketing campaigns; and operates two San Francisco-Bay area television stations. The company was formerly known as News Corporation. Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) dropped $-0.31 to close the day at a new closing price of $38.08, a -0.81% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 114.58% above its 52 week low of $24.37. A total of 3.05M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 4.07M. The stock, which fluctuated between $37.81 and $38.92 during the day, currently situated -7.22% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 8.04% in the past one month and up by 5.53% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $43.95 and RSI of 59.25, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. engages in the natural gas midstream, and intrastate transportation and storage businesses in the United States. The company’s Intrastate Transportation and Storage segment transports natural gas from various natural gas producing areas, and through ET fuel system and HPL system. It owns and operates 7,500 miles of natural gas transportation pipelines and three natural gas storage facilities in Texas. Its Interstate Transportation and Storage segment provides natural gas transportation and storage services; owns and operates approximately 12,300 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline; and has interests in various natural gas pipelines. The company’s Midstream segment gathers, compresses, treats, blends, processes, and markets natural gas. It owns and operates 35,000 miles of in service natural gas, 31 natural gas processing plants, 21 natural gas treating facilities, and 4 natural gas conditioning facilities. The company’s Liquids Transportation and Services segment transports mixed NGLs and other hydrocarbons; stores mixed NGLs, NGL products, and petrochemical products; and separates mixed NGL streams into purity products. It owns and operates various NGL pipelines, and NGL storage facilities with aggregate storage capacity of approximately 51 million barrels. Its Investment in Sunoco Logistics segment gathers, purchases, markets, and sells crude oil; and owns and operates 1,800 miles of refined products pipelines. The company’s Retail Marketing segment sells motor fuel and merchandise at company-operated retail locations and branded convenience stores in 14 states, primarily on the east coast and south regions of the United States. Its Other segment provides natural gas compression equipment and compression services; manages coal and natural resources property, sells standing timber, and leases coal-related infrastructure facilities; and generates electrical power. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Hess Corporation (HES) had a light trading with around 3M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.37M. The stock traded between $52.2 and $53.53 before closing at the price of $52.51 with 0.36% change on the day. The New York New York 10036 based company is currently trading 44.79% above its 52 week low of $39.95 and -19.59% below its 52 week high of $65.56. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 29.9 and $65.71 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Hess Corporation, an exploration and production company, develops, produces, purchases, transports, and sells crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. The company operates in two segments, Exploration and Production, and Bakken Midstream. It is also involved in crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing of natural gas and the fractionation of natural gas liquids, transportation of crude oil by rail car, terminating and loading crude oil and natural gas liquids, and the storage and terminating of propane primarily in the Bakken shale play of North Dakota. The company operates primarily in the United States, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, the Joint Development Area of Malaysia/Thailand, Malaysia, and Norway. As of December 31, 2015, it had total proved reserves of 1,086 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

Stocks Buzz: Valero Energy Corporation (VLO), Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (ARE), The Boeing Company (BA)

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.22% or $-0.15 to close the day at $67.47 on light trading volume of 2.65M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.9M. The San Antonio Texas 78249 based company has been outperforming the oil & gas refining & marketing group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 25.26%, compared to the industry which has advanced 27.34% over the same period. With RSI of 55.01, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $73.09, making it a hold for now.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. It operates through two segments, Refining and Ethanol. The Refining segment is involved in refining, wholesale marketing, and bulk sales and trading activities. This segment produces conventional and premium gasolines, gasoline meeting the specifications of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygenate blending, diesel fuels, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuels, CARB diesel fuel, distillates, jet fuels, asphalts, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined products. As of February 19, 2016, it owned 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.0 million barrels per day. This segment also markets its refined products through bulk and rack marketing network; and through approximately 7,500 outlets under the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, Ultramar, Beacon, and Texaco brand names. The Ethanol segment produces and sells ethanol and distillers grains primarily to refiners and gasoline blenders, as well as to animal feed customers. This segment operates 11 ethanol plants with a combined ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.4 billion gallons per year. The company also operates a 50-megawatt wind farm; convenience stores; filling stations, as well as truckstop, cardlock, and home heating oil facilities; and credit card business. The company was formerly known as Valero Refining and Marketing Company and changed its name to Valero Energy Corporation in August 1997. Valero Energy Corporation was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (ARE) retreated with the stock falling -0.53% or $-0.61 to close at $114.37 on light trading volume of 2.64M compared its three months average trading volume of 563.25K. The Pasadena California 91101 based company operating under the REIT – Office industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 64.77% up for the period and up by 2.92% so far this year. With price target of $117.33 and a 67.01% rebound from 52-week low, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, operation, management, development, acquisition, and redevelopment of properties for the life sciences industry. Its properties consist of buildings containing scientific research and development laboratories, and other improvements. The company offers its properties for lease primarily to universities and independent not-for-profit institutions; and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, life science product, service, biodefense, and translational research entities, as well as governmental agencies. As of December 31, 2006, it had 159 properties, including 156 properties located in 9 states in the United States and 3 properties located in Canada. As a REIT, the company is not subject to federal income tax to the extent that it distributes 100% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 1993 and is based in Pasadena, California.

The Boeing Company (BA) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.19% or $1.95 to close the day at $166.23 on lower than average trading volume of 2.64M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.41M. The Chicago Illinois 60606 based company has been outperforming the aerospace/defense products & services companies by 15.4752% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 7.7% YTD, versus the aerospace/defense products & services industry which is up 4.73% for the same period. The RSI of 63.6 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. It operates in five segments: Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Military Aircraft, Network & Space Systems, Global Services & Support, and Boeing Capital. The Commercial Airplanes segment develops, produces, and markets commercial jet aircraft for various passenger and cargo requirements; and provides related support services to the commercial airline industry. This segment also offers aviation services support, aircraft modifications, spare parts, training, maintenance documents, and technical advice to commercial and government customers. The Boeing Military Aircraft segment researches, develops, produces, and modifies manned and unmanned military aircraft, and weapons systems for global strike, vertical lift, and autonomous systems, as well as mobility, surveillance, and engagement. The Network & Space Systems segment researches, develops, produces, and modifies strategic defense and intelligence systems, satellite systems, and space exploration products. The Global Services & Support segment provides integrated logistics services comprising supply chain management and engineering support; maintenance, modification, and upgrades for aircraft; and training systems and government services that include pilot and maintenance training. The Boeing Capital segment offers financing services and manages financing exposure for a portfolio of equipment under operating and finance leases, notes and other receivables, assets held for sale or re-lease, and investments. The company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Momentum Stocks in Focus: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD), CA, Inc. (CA), Vulcan Materials Company (VMC)

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.15% or $1.59 to close the day at $140.13 on active trading volume of 2.27M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.39M. The Allentown Pennsylvania 18195 based company has been outperforming the chemicals – major diversified group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 22.03%, compared to the industry which has advanced 43.49% over the same period. With RSI of 39.75, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $151.47, making it a hold for now.

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.

CA, Inc. (CA) grew with the stock adding 0.57% or $0.18 to close at $31.77 on light trading volume of 2.26M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.7M. The New York New York 10022 based company operating under the Business Software & Services industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 20.94% up for the period and down by 0% so far this year. With price target of $32.8 and a 22.25% rebound from 52-week low, CA, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

CA, Inc. provides information technology (IT) management software and solutions that help organizations plan, develop, manage, and secure applications and IT infrastructure in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Mainframe Solutions, Enterprise Solutions, and Services. The Mainframe Solutions segment’s products portfolio include databases and database management, systems and operations management, application development, and security and compliance. The Enterprise Solutions segment provides products that are designed for distributed and cloud computing environments and run on industry standard servers. It offers Agile management solutions, which enables customers to plan and manage software development process and IT services delivery; DevOps solutions comprising a range of solutions that allow customers to deliver and manage applications and IT infrastructure; and security solutions, such as identity-centric security portfolio that allows customers to manage identities and regulate access from the device to the data center. The Services segment offers consulting, implementation, application management services, education, and support services to commercial and government customers. The company serves banks, insurance companies, other financial services providers, government agencies, global service providers, telecommunication providers, manufacturers, technology companies, retailers, educational organizations, and health care institutions. CA, Inc. sells its solutions through direct sales force, as well as indirectly through its partners. The company was formerly known as CA Technologies and changed its name to CA, Inc. in 2006. CA, Inc. was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Vulcan Materials Company (VMC) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.74% or $2.1 to close the day at $122.6 on higher than average trading volume of 2.23M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.33M. The Birmingham Alabama 35242 based company has been outperforming the general building materials companies by -6.7379% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -2.04% YTD, versus the general building materials industry which is up 2.47% for the same period. The RSI of 40.98 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Vulcan Materials Company produces and sells construction aggregates, asphalt mix, and ready-mixed concrete primarily in the United States. It operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt Mix, Concrete, and Calcium. The Aggregates segment offers crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates, as well as related products and services. This segment’s aggregates are used in publicly funded construction, such as highways, airports, and government buildings; and sold to federal, state, county, or municipal governments/agencies. The Asphalt Mix segment offers asphalt mix in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. The Concrete segment produces and sells ready-mixed concrete in Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and the Bahamas. The Calcium segment mines, produces, and sells calcium products for the animal feed, paint, plastics, water treatment, and joint compound industries. The company was formerly known as Virginia Holdco, Inc. Vulcan Materials Company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Stocks on Trader’s Radar: Cigna Corporation (CI), Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (MXIM), UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH)

Cigna Corporation (CI) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -1.75% or $-2.59 to close the day at $145.55 on active trading volume of 1.92M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.25M. The Bloomfield Connecticut 06002 based company has been outperforming the health care plans group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 13.74%, compared to the industry which has advanced 19.65% over the same period. With RSI of 53.15, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $164.54, making it a hold for now.

Cigna Corporation, a health services organization, provides insurance and related products and services in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Global Health Care, Global Supplemental Benefits, and Group Disability and Life. The Global Health Care segment offers medical, dental, behavioral health, vision, and prescription drug benefit plans, as well as health advocacy programs, and other products and services to insured and self-insured customers. This segment also provides Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans to seniors, and Medicaid plans. The Global Supplemental Benefits segment offers supplemental health, life, and accident insurance products. The Group Disability and Life segment provides group long-term and short-term disability, group life, accident, and specialty insurance products and related services. The company also offers corporate-owned life insurance products that are permanent insurance contracts sold to corporations to provide life coverage; and operates the run-off settlement annuity business. The company distributes its products and services through insurance brokers and insurance consultants, or directly to employers, unions and other groups, or individuals, as well as through direct response television and the Internet. Cigna Corporation was founded in 1792 and is headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (MXIM) climbed 0.42% during last trading as the stock added $0.19 to finish the day at $45.07 with about 1.92M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.12M. The $12.69B market cap company, which fluctuated between $44.35 and $45.26 during the day, currently situated 52.97% above its 52 week low of $32.01 and -1.12% away from its one year high of $45.58. The RSI of 69.2 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets various linear and mixed-signal integrated circuits in the United States, China, other countries in Asia, Europe, and internationally. It also provides a range of high-frequency process technologies and capabilities for use in custom designs. The company serves automotive, communications and data center, computing, consumer, and industrial markets. It markets its products through a direct-sales and applications organization, as well as through its own and other unaffiliated distribution channels. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) saw its value increase by 0.19% as the stock gained $0.31 to finish the day at a closing price of $160.75. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $112.53-$164 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $160.1 to $161.59 during the day, are up by 13.74% in the past three months and up by 13.68% over the past six months. It is currently trading -0.08% below its 20 day moving average and -0.04% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $184.14 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 49.48. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. The company’s UnitedHealthcare segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services for national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, individuals, and military service members; and health care coverage, and health and well-being services to individuals aged 50 and older addressing their needs for preventive and acute health care services. It also provides services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals; Medicaid plans, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health care programs; and health services, including commercial health and dental benefits. This segment serves through a network of 1 million physicians and other health care professionals, as well as approximately 6,000 hospitals and other facilities. Its OptumHealth segment offers health management services, including care delivery and management, wellness and consumer engagement, distribution, and health financial services. This segment serves individuals through programs offered by employers, payers, government entities, and directly with the care delivery systems. The company’s OptumInsight segment provides software and information products, and business process outsourcing and support services to hospital systems, physicians, health plans, governments, life sciences companies, and other organizations. Its OptumRx segment offers pharmacy care services and programs, including retail network contracting, home delivery and specialty pharmacy, and purchasing and clinical, as well as develops programs in areas, such as step therapy, formulary management, drug adherence, and disease/drug therapy management. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated was founded in 1974 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: HCA Holdings, Inc. (HCA), Anthem, Inc. (ANTM), Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL)

HCA Holdings, Inc. (HCA) fell -0.01% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.01 to finish the day at $83.63 with about 1.35M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.68M. The $31.34B market cap company, which fluctuated between $83.1 and $84.08 during the day, currently situated 30.94% above its 52 week low of $63.87 and -0.75% away from its one year high of $84.26. The RSI of 69.19 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. It operates general, acute care hospitals that offer medical and surgical services, including inpatient care, intensive care, cardiac care, diagnostic, and emergency services; and outpatient services, such as outpatient surgery, laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, cardiology, and physical therapy services. The company also operates psychiatric hospitals, which provide therapeutic programs comprising child, adolescent and adult psychiatric care, adult and adolescent alcohol and drug abuse treatment, and counseling. In addition, it operates outpatient health care facilities consisting of freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding emergency care facilities, urgent care facilities, walk-in clinics, diagnostic and imaging centers, rehabilitation and physical therapy centers, radiation and oncology therapy centers, physician practices, and various other facilities. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 164 general, acute care hospitals with 43,275 licensed beds; 3 psychiatric hospitals with 396 licensed beds; and 1 rehabilitation hospital, as well as 116 freestanding surgery centers. HCA Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Anthem, Inc. (ANTM) gained $0.64 to close the day at a new closing price of $162.32, a 0.4% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 41.98% above its 52 week low of $114.85. A total of 1.34M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.66M. The stock, which fluctuated between $160.19 and $162.48 during the day, currently situated -0.1% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 11.31% in the past one month and up by 26.65% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $175.06 and RSI of 70.4, the stock still has upside potential, making it a sell for now.

Anthem, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a health benefits company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Commercial and Specialty Business, Government Business, and Other. The company offers a spectrum of network-based managed care health benefit plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid, and Medicare markets. Its managed care plans include preferred provider organizations; health maintenance organizations; point-of-service plans; traditional indemnity plans and other hybrid plans, such as consumer-driven health plans; and hospital only and limited benefit products. The company also provides a range of managed care services to self-funded customers, including claims processing, underwriting, stop loss insurance, actuarial services, provider network access, medical cost management, disease management, wellness programs, and other administrative services. In addition, it offers an array of specialty and other insurance products and services, such as dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits, radiology benefit management, and analytics-driven personal health care guidance; and Medicare administrative services. Further, the company provides services to the federal government in connection with the federal Employee Program; and operates as a licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. As of October 26, 2016, it served 73 million medical members through its affiliated companies. The company was formerly known as WellPoint, Inc. and changed its name to Anthem, Inc. in December 2014. Anthem, Inc. was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) had a light trading with around 1.34M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.8M. The stock traded between $94.94 and $96.22 before closing at the price of $95.84 with 0.49% change on the day. The Miami Florida 33132 based company is currently trading 49.41% above its 52 week low of $64.95 and -0.26% below its 52 week high of $96.22. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 73.78 and $105.41 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. operates as a cruise company. The company operates cruises under the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisières de France, and TUI Cruises brand names. The Royal Caribbean International brand provides cruise itineraries ranging from 2 to 24 nights with options for onboard dining, entertainment, and other onboard activities to various destinations. The Celebrity Cruises brand offers cruise itineraries ranging from 2 to 18 nights to various destinations; and operates onboard upscale ships that offer accommodations, fine dining, personalized services, and spa facilities. The Azamara Club Cruises brand offers cruise itineraries ranging from 3 to 20 nights that serve the up-market segment of the North American, the United Kingdom, and Australian markets. The Pullmantur brand provides cruise itineraries ranging from 2 to 15 nights with food and entertainment options for families and couples. The CDF Croisières de France brand offers seasonal itineraries to the Mediterranean, Europe, and Caribbean markets. The TUI Cruises brand provides onboard activities, services, shore excursions, and menu offerings for the German cruise market. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 44 ships with itineraries ranging from 2 to 24 nights on approximately 490 destinations worldwide. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (OCRX), Tidewater Inc. (TDW), Century Aluminum Company (CENX)

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (OCRX) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -2.27% or $-0.01 to close the day at $0.65 on active trading volume of 1.99M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.05M. The Palo Alto California 94301 based company has been underperforming the biotechnology group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -76.29%, compared to the industry which has dropped -0.81% over the same period. With RSI of 24.86, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $5.2, making it a hold for now.

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. operates as a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company. It focuses on the development and commercialization of OCR-002, which is in Phase IIb trials for the treatment of hyperammonemia and hepatic encephalopathy in patients with liver cirrhosis, acute liver injury, and acute liver failure, as well as in the areas of unmet medical need. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Tidewater Inc. (TDW) fell -3.97% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.06 to finish the day at $1.45 with about 1.96M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.5M. The $71.09M market cap company, which fluctuated between $1.44 and $1.58 during the day, currently situated 9.02% above its 52 week low of $1.33 and -87.48% away from its one year high of $11.58. The RSI of 23.6 indicates the stock is oversold at the current levels, buy for now.

Tidewater Inc. provides offshore service vessels and marine support services to the offshore energy industry through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia/Pacific, Middle East/North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segments. It provides services in support of offshore exploration, field development, and production, including towing of and anchor handling for mobile offshore drilling units; transporting supplies and personnel necessary to sustain drilling, workover, and production activities; offshore construction, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations, and seismic and subsea support; and various specialized services, such as pipe and cable laying. The company operates and charters deepwater vessels, including platform supply vessels, and anchor handling towing supply vessels that are used in transporting supplies and equipment from shore bases to deepwater and intermediate water depth offshore drilling rigs and production platforms; towing-supply vessels for use in intermediate and shallow waters; and crew boats and utility vessels for use in transporting personnel and supplies from shore bases to offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations. It also operates offshore tugs used for towing floating drilling rigs and barges; and assisting in the docking of tankers, as well as in pipe laying, cable laying, and construction barges. The company serves international oil and natural gas exploration, field development, and production companies; select independent exploration and production companies; foreign government-owned or government-controlled organizations and other companies; drilling contractors; and other companies, including offshore construction companies, diving companies, and well stimulation companies. As of March 31, 2016, it owned or chartered 269 vessels and 8 ROVs. Tidewater Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Century Aluminum Company (CENX) saw its value increase by 1.22% as the stock gained $0.19 to finish the day at a closing price of $15.8. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $4.53-$16.53 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $15.42 to $15.94 during the day, are up by 87.43% in the past three months and up by 121.29% over the past six months. It is currently trading 9.85% above its 20 day moving average and 40.25% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $10.2 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 72.66. The technical indicator do not lead us to believe the stock will see more gains any time soon.

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.

 

3 Notable Runners: Parsley Energy, Inc. (PE), Intersil Corporation (ISIL), Pandora Media, Inc. (P)

Parsley Energy, Inc. (PE) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.52% or $0.16 to close the day at $31.2 on lower than average trading volume of 12.39M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.02M. The Austin Texas 78701 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by -9.1658% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -11.46% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is down -2.93% for the same period. The RSI of 21 indicates the stock is oversold at the current levels, buy for now.

Parsley Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, production, exploration, and sale of crude oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin located in West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico. As of December 31, 2015, its acreage position consisted of 110,967 net acres, including 84,441 net acres in the Midland Basin and 26,526 net acres in the Delaware Basin; and estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves were 123.8 MMBoe. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Intersil Corporation (ISIL) had a active trading with around 12.22M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.53M. The stock traded between $21.64 and $22.25 before closing at the price of $22.21 with -1.16% change on the day. The Milpitas California 95035 based company is currently trading 99.79% above its 52 week low of $11.38 and -1.88% below its 52 week high of $22.76. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 37.67 and $20.86 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Intersil Corporation designs and develops power management and precision analog integrated circuits (ICs) for applications in the infrastructure, industrial, automotive, military, aerospace, computing, and consumer markets. The company offers various power IC solutions for battery management, processor power management, and display power management, including power regulators, converters, and controllers, as well as integrated power modules. It also provides precision analog components, such as amplifiers and buffers, proximity and light sensors, data converters, optoelectronics, video decoders, and interface products. The company markets its products through direct sales force and a network of distributors to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and contract manufacturers primarily in China, the United States, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Singapore, and Taiwan. Intersil Corporation was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

Pandora Media, Inc. (P) traded within a range of $12.55 to $13.02 after opening the day at $12.93. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -3.22% so far this year. The stock was down close to -2.4% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $12.62 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -15.75% below its 52 week high of $14.98 and 77.75% above its 12-month low of $7.1. The shares are up by over 20.08% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 38.32 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Pandora Media, Inc. provides Internet music streaming services in North America. The company allows its listeners to create personalized stations to access free music and comedy catalogs, as well as personalized playlist generating system; and offers Pandora One, a paid subscription service to listeners. It also sells audio, display, and video advertising to advertisers for delivery on computer, mobile, and other connected device platforms. In addition, the company offers ticketing and marketing software and services for venues and event promoters to promote their events, as well as allow fans to find and purchase tickets for events. Pandora Media, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Oakland, California.

 

Stock’s Trend Analysis Report: Zendesk, Inc. (ZEN), Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (OCRX), The Gap, Inc. (GPS)

Zendesk, Inc. (ZEN) climbed 15.45% during last trading as the stock added $3.79 to finish the day at $28.32 with about 6.14M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.22M. The $2.66B market cap company, which fluctuated between $27.59 and $29.53 during the day, currently situated 96.87% above its 52 week low of $15.09 and -11.15% away from its one year high of $31.88. The RSI of 77.52 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Zendesk, Inc., a software development company, provides software as a service customer service platform for organizations. It provides single customer service interface to organizations to manage all their one-on-one customer interactions; track and predict common questions; and provide a seamless path to answers. The company’s platform also enables organizations to gather customer data and engage with customers based on the insights the data provides; and offers tools for organizations to understand their customers and track the efficiency and effectiveness of their customer service. It also provides live chat software that enables the organizations to communicate in real-time with their customers through online chat; and analytics software, which enable organizations to analyze and visualize data from a diverse set of applications. The company operates in 150 countries and territories, and provides service through customer service platform in approximately 40 languages. Zendesk, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (OCRX) dropped $-0.07 to close the day at a new closing price of $0.66, a -9.47% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 26.92% above its 52 week low of $0.52. A total of 6.12M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 957.16K. The stock, which fluctuated between $0.64 and $0.79 during the day, currently situated -83.08% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -70% in the past one month and down by -69.3% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $5.2 and RSI of 24.85, the stock still has upside potential, making it a buy for now.

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. operates as a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company. It focuses on the development and commercialization of OCR-002, which is in Phase IIb trials for the treatment of hyperammonemia and hepatic encephalopathy in patients with liver cirrhosis, acute liver injury, and acute liver failure, as well as in the areas of unmet medical need. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

The Gap, Inc. (GPS) had a light trading with around 6.11M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.6M. The stock traded between $23.06 and $24.1 before closing at the price of $23.97 with 2.83% change on the day. The San Francisco California 94105 based company is currently trading 45.51% above its 52 week low of $17 and -21.23% below its 52 week high of $30.74. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 53.07 and $25.55 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company provides apparel, eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and performance and lifestyle apparel for use in yoga, strength training, and running, as well as seasonal sports, including skiing and tennis. The Gap, Inc. offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, e-commerce and social media sites, and catalogs. The company has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy stores in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of November 17, 2016, it operated 3,300 company-operated stores and 450 franchise stores. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

 

Trader’s Round Up: Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS), Delcath Systems, Inc. (DCTH), Tidewater Inc. (TDW)

Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS) grew with the stock adding 2.91% or $0.4 to close at $14.14 on light trading volume of 4.7M compared its three months average trading volume of 9.84M. The Houston Texas 77002 based company operating under the Independent Oil & Gas industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 198.94% up for the period and down by -6.61% so far this year. With price target of $17.07 and a 252.62% rebound from 52-week low, Oasis Petroleum Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Oasis Petroleum Inc., an independent exploration and production company, focuses on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas resources in the North Dakota and Montana regions of the Williston Basin. Its principal projects are located in West Williston and East Nesson. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 484,745 net leasehold acres in the Williston Basin; and approximately 218.2 million barrels of oil equivalent of estimated net proved reserves. Oasis Petroleum Inc. sells its oil and natural gas to refiners, marketers, and other purchasers that have access to pipeline and rail facilities. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Delcath Systems, Inc. (DCTH) dropped $-0.02 to close the day at a new closing price of $0.22, a -7.71% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 10.75% above its 52 week low of $0.2. A total of 4.59M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.93M. The stock, which fluctuated between $0.22 and $0.261 during the day, currently situated -99.8% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -53.86% in the past one month and down by -86.49% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $16 and RSI of 19.8, the stock still has upside potential, making it a buy for now.

Delcath Systems, Inc. operates as a specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company focusing on cancers of the liver. The company is developing its proprietary product-Melphalan Hydrochloride for injection for use with the Delcath Hepatic Delivery System; and markets melphalan hydrochloride as a device under the trade name Delcath Hepatic CHEMOSAT Delivery System for Melphalan in Europe. Its primary focus is on the execution of its clinical development program in ocular melanoma liver metastases, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, and certain other cancers that are metastatic to the liver. Delcath Systems, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Tidewater Inc. (TDW) shares were down in last trading by -9.58% to $1.51. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -26.34% over the past week and fell -57.94% in the past month. It is currently trading -49.52% below its 50 day moving average and -60.18% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -86.96% decrease in value from its one year high of $11.58. The RSI indicator value of 25.03, lead us to believe that it may correct downwards in the near term.

Tidewater Inc. provides offshore service vessels and marine support services to the offshore energy industry through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia/Pacific, Middle East/North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segments. It provides services in support of offshore exploration, field development, and production, including towing of and anchor handling for mobile offshore drilling units; transporting supplies and personnel necessary to sustain drilling, workover, and production activities; offshore construction, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations, and seismic and subsea support; and various specialized services, such as pipe and cable laying. The company operates and charters deepwater vessels, including platform supply vessels, and anchor handling towing supply vessels that are used in transporting supplies and equipment from shore bases to deepwater and intermediate water depth offshore drilling rigs and production platforms; towing-supply vessels for use in intermediate and shallow waters; and crew boats and utility vessels for use in transporting personnel and supplies from shore bases to offshore drilling rigs, platforms, and other installations. It also operates offshore tugs used for towing floating drilling rigs and barges; and assisting in the docking of tankers, as well as in pipe laying, cable laying, and construction barges. The company serves international oil and natural gas exploration, field development, and production companies; select independent exploration and production companies; foreign government-owned or government-controlled organizations and other companies; drilling contractors; and other companies, including offshore construction companies, diving companies, and well stimulation companies. As of March 31, 2016, it owned or chartered 269 vessels and 8 ROVs. Tidewater Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Worth Watching Stocks: Commercial Metals Company (CMC), PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM), Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO)

Commercial Metals Company (CMC) saw its value increase by 6.29% as the stock gained $1.32 to finish the day at a closing price of $22.31. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $13.22-$24.64 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $21.07 to $22.4 during the day, are up by 32.07% in the past three months and up by 38.57% over the past six months. It is currently trading 7.77% above its 20 day moving average and 2.3% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $20.6 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.42.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Commercial Metals Company manufactures, recycles, and markets steel and metal products, and related materials and services in the United States and internationally. It operates through five segments: Americas Recycling, Americas Mills, Americas Fabrication, International Mill, and International Marketing and Distribution. The Americas Recycling segment processes and sells scrap metals to steel mills and foundries, aluminum sheet and ingot manufacturers, brass and bronze ingot makers, copper refineries and mills, secondary lead smelters, specialty steel mills, high temperature alloy manufacturers, and other consumers. The Americas Mills segment manufactures finished long steel products, including reinforcing bars, merchant bars, light structural products, and other special sections, as well as semi-finished billets for re-rolling and forging applications. This segment sells its products to construction, service center, transportation, steel warehousing, fabrication, energy, petrochemical, and original equipment manufacturing industries. The Americas Fabrication segment offers fabricated steel products for use in the construction of commercial and non-commercial buildings, hospitals, convention centers, industrial plants, power plants, highways, bridges, arenas, stadiums, and dams. The International Mill segment manufactures rebars, merchant bars, and wire rods, as well as semi-finished billets; and sells fabricated rebars, fabricated meshes, assembled rebar cages, and other rebar by-products. This segment sells its products to fabricators, manufacturers, distributors, and construction companies. The International Marketing and Distribution segment processes, sells, and distributes steel products, ferrous and nonferrous metals, and other industrial products to manufacturers in the steel, nonferrous metals, metal fabrication, chemical, refractory, construction, and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM) shares were up in last trading by 0.61% to $21.4. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.66% over the past week and grew 14.5% in the past month. It is currently trading 10.17% above its 50 day moving average and 10% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -3.57% decrease in value from its one year high of $22.4. The RSI indicator value of 69.96, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages primarily in the homebuilding business in the United States. The company is involved in the acquisition and development of land primarily for residential purposes; and the construction of housing on such land. It offers various home designs, including single-family detached, townhouses, condominiums, and duplexes under the Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods names. As of December 31, 2016, the company controlled 99,279 owned lots and 43,979 lots under land option agreements. It also arranges financing through the origination of mortgage loans, principally for homebuyers; sells the servicing rights for the originated loans; and provides title insurance policies, and examination and closing services to homebuyers. The company was formerly known as Pulte Homes, Inc. and changed its name to PulteGroup, Inc. in March 2010. PulteGroup, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO) traded within a range of $16.61 to $17 after opening the day at $16.64. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -5.82% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.18% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $16.67 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -37.61% below its 52 week high of $26.72 and 13.63% above its 12-month low of $14.67. The shares are up by over 7.55% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 38.38 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. provides contract drilling services to the energy industry worldwide. It provides services in floater market, including ultra-deepwater, deepwater, and mid-water. The company operates a fleet of 32 offshore drilling rigs, which comprise 8 ultra-deepwater, 7 deepwater, and 8 mid-water semisubmersibles; 5 jack-ups; and 4 drillships. It serves independent oil and gas companies, and government-owned oil companies. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Loews Corporation.