Mark Elwood

Stocks in Review: Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (DPLO), Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (PPC), AGNC Investment Corp. (AGNC)

Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (DPLO) traded within a range of $14.57 to $14.86 after opening the day at $14.86. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 15.95% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.68% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $14.61 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -62.48% below its 52 week high of $38.94 and 19.27% above its 12-month low of $12.25. The shares are up by over 6.41% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 57.2 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. operates as an independent specialty pharmacy in the United States. The company stocks, dispenses, and distributes prescriptions for various biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical manufacturers. It also provides specialty infusion pharmacy, patient care coordination, clinical, compliance and persistency program, patient financial assistance, specialty pharmacy training/consulting, benefits investigation, prior authorization, risk evaluation and medication strategy, retail specialty, and hub services, as well as clinical and administrative support services to hospitals and health systems. The company’s primary focus is on medication management programs for individuals with complex chronic diseases, including oncology, immunology, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, specialized infusion therapy, and various other serious or long-term conditions. Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. has 16 pharmacy locations in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Flint, Michigan.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (PPC) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 9.87% or $1.85 to close the day at $20.6 on active trading volume of 2.88M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.62M. The Greeley Colorado 80634 based company has been outperforming the food – major diversified group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 2.52%, compared to the industry which has advanced 29.78% over the same period. With RSI of 69.05, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $22.4, making it a hold for now.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation engages in the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products to retailers, distributors, and foodservice operators in the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. It offers fresh chicken products comprising pre-marinated or non-marinated refrigerated (non-frozen) whole chickens, whole cut-up chickens, and selected chicken parts. The company also provides prepared chicken products, including portion-controlled breast fillets, tenderloins and strips, delicatessen products, salads, formed nuggets and patties, and bone-in chicken parts. The company sells its products to foodservice market, including chain restaurants, food processors, broad-line distributors, and other institutions; and retail market customers comprising grocery store chains, wholesale clubs, and other retail distributors. In addition, it exports chicken products to the Middle East, Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and other countries. Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado. As of December 28, 2014, Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation operates as a subsidiary of JBS USA Holdings, Inc.

AGNC Investment Corp. (AGNC) dropped $-0.06 to close the day at a new closing price of $19.1, a -0.31% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 25.4% above its 52 week low of $17.27. A total of 2.87M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.94M. The stock, which fluctuated between $19.08 and $19.23 during the day, currently situated -2.89% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.84% in the past one month and down by -1.19% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $19.25 and RSI of 59.36, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

AGNC Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in residential mortgage pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by government-sponsored enterprise or by the United States government agency. It funds its investments primarily through short-term borrowings structured as repurchase agreements. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes, if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was formerly known as American Capital Agency Corp. and changed its name to AGNC Investment Corp. in September 2016. AGNC Investment Corp. was founded in 2008 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Stocks in Review: Total System Services, Inc. (TSS), Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (WDR), Depomed, Inc. (DEPO)

Total System Services, Inc. (TSS) traded within a range of $53.25 to $53.87 after opening the day at $53.7. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 9.5% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.19% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $53.69 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -4.64% below its 52 week high of $56.54 and 43.78% above its 12-month low of $38.73. The shares are up by over 8.29% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 63.29 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Total System Services, Inc. provides payment processing, merchant, and related payment services to financial and nonfinancial institutions in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and internationally. It operates through four segments: North America Services, International Services, Merchant Services, and NetSpend. The company offers account processing and output services, including processing the card application, initiating service for the cardholder, processing card transaction for the issuing retailer or financial institution, and accumulating the account’s transactions. It also provides fraud management services to monitor the unauthorized use of accounts; fraud detection systems for identifying fraudulent transactions; and other services, such as customized communication services to cardholders, and information verification services associated with granting credit, debt collection, and customer service. In addition, the company offers processing services, acquiring solutions, related systems, and integrated support services, which include processing various payment forms, such as credit, debit, prepaid, electronic benefit transfer, and electronic check; authorization and capture of transactions; clearing and settlement of transactions; information reporting services related to transactions; merchant billing services; and point-of-sale equipment sales and service. Further, it provides general purpose reloadable prepaid debit cards and payroll cards, as well as alternative financial services to underbanked and other consumers. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Columbus, Georgia.

Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (WDR) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 2.47% or $0.44 to close the day at $18.25 on light trading volume of 1.29M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.34M. The Overland Park Kansas 66202 based company has been underperforming the asset management group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -7.49%, compared to the industry which has advanced 34.53% over the same period. With RSI of 45.01, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $16.79, making it a hold for now.

Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides investment management and advisory, investment product underwriting and distribution, and shareholder services administration to mutual funds, and institutional and separately managed accounts in the United States. The company acts as an investment adviser for institutional and other private investors, and provides sub advisory services to other investment companies; and underwrites and distributes registered open-end mutual fund portfolios. It also offers fee-based asset allocation investment advisory products to advisors channel customers; distributes business partners’ variable annuity products, and retirement and life insurance products to advisors channel customers; and sells life insurance and disability products underwritten by various carriers. The company distributes investment products through its wholesale channel comprising other broker/dealers, various retirement platforms, and registered investment advisors, as well as through independent financial advisors; and markets investment advisory services to institutional investors directly or through consultants. Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. was founded in 1937 and is based in Overland Park, Kansas.

Depomed, Inc. (DEPO) dropped $-0.12 to close the day at a new closing price of $16.97, a -0.7% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 38.53% above its 52 week low of $12.25. A total of 1.28M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.49M. The stock, which fluctuated between $16.94 and $17.39 during the day, currently situated -37.19% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -10.5% in the past one month and down by -10.73% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $23.91 and RSI of 34.19, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Depomed, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, engages in the development, sale, and licensing of products for pain and other central nervous system conditions in the United States. It offers Gralise (gabapentin), an once-daily product for the management of postherpetic neuralgia; CAMBIA (diclofenac potassium for oral solution), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for acute treatment of migraine attacks in adults; Zipsor (diclofenac potassium) liquid filled capsule, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of mild to moderate acute pain in adults; and Lazanda (fentanyl) nasal spray, an intranasal fentanyl drug used to manage breakthrough pain in adults. The company also provides NUCYNTA ER (tapentadol extended release tablets), a product for the management of pain severe enough to long term opioid treatment, including neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in adults; and NUCYNTA (tapentadol), a product for the management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults. In addition, it is involved in the clinical development of IW-3718 refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease program using Acuform drug delivery technology; and Cebranopadol, a molecule for the treatment of chronic nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Depomed, Inc. sells its Gralise products to wholesalers and retail pharmacies. The company also has a portfolio of license agreements based on its proprietary Acuform gastroretentive drug delivery technology with Mallinckrodt Inc.; Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Newark, California.

 

Stocks To Track: Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (HTA), Big Lots, Inc. (BIG), Brixmor Property Group Inc. (BRX)

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (HTA) climbed 0.74% during last trading as the stock added $0.22 to finish the day at $30.02 with about 1.25M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 928.80K. The $4.22B market cap company, which fluctuated between $29.65 and $30.05 during the day, currently situated 20.49% above its 52 week low of $26.02 and -11.63% away from its one year high of $34.64. The RSI of 59.71 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in acquiring, owning and operating high-quality medical office buildings located primarily on-campus or affiliated with the nation’s leading healthcare systems. Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. was founded on April 20, 2006 and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Big Lots, Inc. (BIG) gained $1.75 to close the day at a new closing price of $52.97, a 3.42% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 50.22% above its 52 week low of $35.9. A total of 1.24M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 999.44K. The stock, which fluctuated between $50.99 and $53.41 during the day, currently situated -6.31% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.87% in the past one month and up by 18.88% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $56.09 and RSI of 62.45, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Big Lots, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a non-traditional, discount retailer in the United States. The company offers products under various merchandising categories, such as food category that includes beverage and grocery, candy and snacks, and specialty foods departments; consumables category, which comprises health and beauty, plastics, paper, chemical, and pet departments; soft home category that consists of home décor, frames, fashion bedding, utility bedding, bath, window, decorative textile, and area rugs departments; hard home category, including small appliances, table top, food preparation, stationery, greeting cards, and home maintenance departments; and furniture category consisting of upholstery, mattress, ready-to-assemble, and case goods departments. It also provides merchandise under the seasonal category that includes lawn and garden, summer, Christmas, toys, and other holiday departments; and electronics and accessories category, including electronics, jewelry, hosiery, and infant accessories departments. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 1,449 stores in 47 states. Big Lots, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Brixmor Property Group Inc. (BRX) had a light trading with around 1.24M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.65M. The stock traded between $23.97 and $24.33 before closing at the price of $24.33 with 1.16% change on the day. The New York New York 10017 based company is currently trading 20.23% above its 52 week low of $22.33 and -14.86% below its 52 week high of $29.14. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 51.41 and $27.43 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Brixmor Property Group Inc. owns and operates various grocery-anchored community and neighborhood shopping centers in the United States. As of March 31, 2013, the company owned interests in 532 community and neighborhood shopping centers comprising 526 wholly owned community and neighborhood shopping centers; and 6 community and neighborhood shopping centers held through unconsolidated real estate joint ventures. Brixmor Property Group Inc. was formerly known as CENTRO SUPER RESIDUAL HOLDING 2 LLC. The company was incorporated in 2008 and is based in New York, New York.

 

Investor’s Watch List: RH (RH), Immune Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IMNP), California Resources Corporation (CRC)

RH (RH) had a light trading with around 1.57M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.22M. The stock traded between $25.34 and $26.06 before closing at the price of $25.85 with 1.57% change on the day. The Corte Madera California 94925 based company is currently trading 5.9% above its 52 week low of $24.41 and -53.44% below its 52 week high of $55.52. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 37.02 and $38.73 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

RH, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the retail of home furnishings. It offers products in various categories, such as furniture, lighting, textiles, bathware, décor, outdoor and garden, tableware, and child and teen furnishings. The company sells products through its stores and catalogs, as well as through its Websites, such as restorationhardware.com, rh.com, rhbabyandchild.com, rhteen.com, and rhmodern.com. As of October 29, 2016, it operated 85 retail galleries that include 51 legacy galleries, 6 larger format design galleries, 7 next generation design galleries, 1 RH modern gallery, and 5 RH baby & child galleries throughout the United States and Canada; 15 Waterworks showrooms in the United States and the United Kingdom; and 28 outlet stores. The company was formerly known as Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to RH in January 2017. RH was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Corte Madera, California.

Immune Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IMNP) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.98% or $0.01 to close the day at $0.19 on light trading volume of 1.57M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.81M. The New York New York 10016 based company has been underperforming the drug manufacturers – major group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -62.24%, compared to the industry which has advanced 12.6% over the same period. With RSI of 42.49, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $3, making it a hold for now.

Immune Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes novel targeted therapeutics in the immuno-inflammation and immuno-oncology areas. The company’s lead product candidate is Bertilimumab, a human monoclonal antibody, which is in Phase II clinical trial for the treatment of ulcerative colitis, bullous pemphigoid, and Crohn’s disease. It is also developing NanoCyclo, a topical nanocapsule formulation of cyclosporine, for the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis; Ceplene, a small molecule, which has completed Phase III clinical trials targeting the Histamine-2 Receptor to overcome immunosuppression in Acute Myeloid Leukemia and other malignancies; Azixa, a Phase II clinical trial novel microtubular destabilizer that functions as a vascular disruption agent; and Crolibulin, a novel small molecule vascular disruption agent and apoptosis inducer, which is in Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of patients with solid tumors. The company’s products also include NanomAbs technology platform, an antibody-drug conjugate platform for the treatment of cancer; novel technology platform for the construction of bispecific antibodies for immunotherapies; and AmiKet, a prescription topical analgesic cream, which is in Phase III clinical trial to treat peripheral neuropathies. It has license, and other collaborative research and development arrangements with BioNanoSim Ltd.; Yissum Research Development Company of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd.; Atlante Biotech SAS; Shire Biochem, Inc.; Lonza Sales AG; MabLife SAS; iCo Therapeutics Inc.; Dalhousie University; and Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. Immune Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

California Resources Corporation (CRC) shares were up in last trading by 3.89% to $19.51. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -7.49% over the past week and fell -0.1% in the past month. It is currently trading -1.38% below its 50 day moving average and 31.88% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -23.49% decrease in value from its one year high of $25.5. The RSI indicator value of 44.52, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

California Resources Corporation operates as an oil and natural gas exploration and production company in the State of California. It produces oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company holds interests in approximately 2.4 million net acres. As of December 31, 2015, it had net proved reserves of 644 million barrels of oil equivalent. It also gathers, processes, and markets oil and gas products to marketers, California refineries, and other purchasers that have access to transportation and storage facilities. In addition, the company generates and sells electricity to the grid and to others through contractual agreements. California Resources Corporation is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

 

Stocks Roundup: Forest City Realty Trust, Inc (FCE-A), Tailored Brands, Inc. (TLRD), Quality Care Properties, Inc. (QCP)

Forest City Realty Trust, Inc (FCE-A) grew with the stock adding 1.55% or $0.35 to close at $22.93 on light trading volume of 1.56M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.32M. The company operating under the Property Management industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 36.94% up for the period and up by 10.03% so far this year. With price target of $24.9 and a 41.86% rebound from 52-week low, Forest City Realty Trust, Inc has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Forest City Realty Trust, Inc is a real estate investment trust. It was formerly known as Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Forest City Realty Trust, Inc was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tailored Brands, Inc. (TLRD) had a light trading with around 1.56M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.61M. The stock traded between $21.85 and $22.96 before closing at the price of $22.81 with 4.2% change on the day. The Houston Texas 77072 based company is currently trading 113.01% above its 52 week low of $10.9 and -20.69% below its 52 week high of $28.76. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $24.5 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Tailored Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel retailer in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The company operates in two segments, Retail and Corporate Apparel. The Retail segment offers suits, suit separates, sport coats, slacks, formalwear, business casual, sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, dress pants, ties, shoes, and accessories for men in classic, modern, and slim fits in various sizes; and a selection of tuxedo rental products. It also offers women’s career apparel, sportswear, shoes, and accessories; children’s apparel; alteration services; and retail dry cleaning, laundry, and heirlooming services. As of January 30, 2016, this segment operated 1,724 stores under the Men’s Wearhouse/Men’s Wearhouse and Tux, Jos. A. Bank, Joseph Abboud, Moores, and K&G brands; menswearhouse.com, josbank.com, and josephabboud.com Internet sites; and 35 retail dry cleaning, laundry, and heirlooming facilities. The Corporate Apparel segment provides corporate clothing uniforms and work wear to workforces under the Twin Hill, Dimensions, Alexandra, and Yaffy brands through various channels, including managed corporate accounts and catalogs, as well as through twinhill.com, dimensions.co.uk, and alexandra.co.uk Internet sites. This segment serves companies and organizations in the airline, retail grocery, retail, banking, distribution, travel and leisure, postal, security, healthcare, and public sectors. The company was formerly known as The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. and changed its name to Tailored Brands, Inc. in February 2016. Tailored Brands, Inc. was founded in 1973 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Quality Care Properties, Inc. (QCP) saw its value decrease by -2.54% as the stock dropped $-0.47 to finish the day at a closing price of $18.06. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $11.57-$24.05 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $17.77 to $18.49 during the day, are up by 44.71% in the past three months and down by 0% over the past six months. It is currently trading 6.39% above its 20 day moving average and 11.63% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $0 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 65.43.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Quality Care Properties, Inc. (NYSE:QCP.WI) operates independently of HCP, Inc. as of October 31, 2016.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: Aramark (ARMK), Gentex Corporation (GNTX), Amkor Technology, Inc. (AMKR)

Aramark (ARMK) retreated with the stock falling -0.28% or $-0.1 to close at $35.41 on light trading volume of 1.7M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.23M. The Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19107 based company operating under the Specialty Eateries industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 14.57% up for the period and down by -0.87% so far this year. With price target of $39.89 and a 22.36% rebound from 52-week low, Aramark has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Aramark provides food, facilities, and uniform services to education, healthcare, business and industry, sports, leisure, and corrections clients in North America and internationally. It offers managed services include dining, catering, food service management, convenience-oriented retail operations, grounds and facilities maintenance, custodial, energy and construction management, and capital project management. The company also provides non-clinical support services, such as patient food and nutrition, and retail food services; and facilities services comprising clinical equipment maintenance, environmental, laundry and linen distribution, plant operations, strategic/technical, energy and supply chain management, purchasing, and central transportation. In addition, it offers on-site restaurants, catering, convenience stores, and executive dining services; beverage and vending services; and facility management services comprising housekeeping, plant operations and maintenance, energy management, laundry and linen, grounds keeping, landscaping, transportation, capital program management and commissioning, and other facility consulting services. Further, the company provides facility and business support services for mining and oil operations; and concessions, banquet and catering, retail and merchandise sales, recreational and lodging, and facility management services for sports, entertainment, and recreational facilities. Additionally, it offers correctional food, and food and facilities management services for parks; and operates commissaries, laundry facilities, and property rooms. It also rents, sells, cleans, maintains, and delivers uniform and career apparel, and other textile items; and provides other garments and work clothes, as well as ancillary items. The company was formerly known as ARAMARK Holdings Corporation and changed its name to Aramark in May 2014. Aramark was founded in 1959 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Gentex Corporation (GNTX) gained $0.26 to close the day at a new closing price of $20.4, a 1.29% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 58.55% above its 52 week low of $13.64. A total of 1.7M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.27M. The stock, which fluctuated between $20.13 and $20.48 during the day, currently situated -6.81% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -1.31% in the past one month and up by 21.83% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $21.1 and RSI of 46.75, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Gentex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics for the automotive industry; dimmable aircraft windows for the aviation industry; and commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices for the fire protection industry worldwide. It offers automotive products, including interior and exterior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive electronics, and interior and exterior non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors with electronic features for automotive passenger cars, light trucks, pick-up trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans for original equipment manufacturers, tier one automotive mirror manufacturers, and various aftermarket and accessory customers. The company also provides photoelectric smoke detectors and alarms, audible and visual signaling alarms, electrochemical carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, and bells and speakers for use in fire detection systems in office buildings, hotels, and other commercial and residential establishments. Gentex Corporation sells its fire protection products directly, as well as through sales managers and manufacturer representative organizations to fire protection and security product distributors, electrical wholesale houses, and original equipment manufacturers of fire protection systems. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan.

Amkor Technology, Inc. (AMKR) shares were up in last trading by 2.8% to $9.93. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.1% over the past week and fell -7.11% in the past month. It is currently trading -5.65% below its 50 day moving average and 15.27% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -20.43% decrease in value from its one year high of $12.48. The RSI indicator value of 48.45, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Amkor Technology, Inc. provides outsourced semiconductor packaging and test services in the United States and internationally. The company offers turnkey packaging and test services, including semiconductor wafer bumps, wafer probes, wafer backgrinds, package design, packaging, and test and drop shipment services. Its packages employ wirebond, flip chip, and copper clip interconnect technologies. The company also provides semiconductor testing services, such as wafer testing or probe, and final test services; flip chip chip scale package products for use in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile consumer electronic devices; flip chip stacked chip scale packages that are used to stack memory, and as applications processors in mobile devices; flip chip ball grid array (BGA) products for various networking, storage, computing, and consumer applications; and flip chip molded BGA packages. In addition, it offers leadframe packages that are used in electronic devices for low to medium pin count applications; substrate-based wirebond packages that are used to connect a die to a substrate; micro-electro-mechanical systems packages that are miniaturized mechanical and electro-mechanical devices; and system-in-package modules, which are used in RF and front end modules, baseband processing, connectivity, fingerprint sensors, display and touch screen drivers, sensors and MEMS, and NAND memory and solid state drives. The company primarily serves integrated device manufacturers, fabless semiconductor companies, and contract foundries, as well as communications, consumer, networking, computing, and automotive and industrial markets. Amkor Technology, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

 

Stocks on Trader’s Radar: Green Plains Inc. (GPRE), Century Aluminum Company (CENX), Trimble Inc. (TRMB)

Green Plains Inc. (GPRE) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 5.52% or $1.35 to close the day at $25.8 on light trading volume of 2.17M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 953.78K. The Omaha Nebraska 68114 based company has been outperforming the specialty chemicals group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 71.89%, compared to the industry which has advanced 35.95% over the same period. With RSI of 62.37, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $29.14, making it a hold for now.

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

Century Aluminum Company (CENX) climbed 0.71% during last trading as the stock added $0.11 to finish the day at $15.61 with about 2.16M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.73M. The $1.37B market cap company, which fluctuated between $15.27 and $15.73 during the day, currently situated 294.19% above its 52 week low of $4.22 and -5.57% away from its one year high of $16.53. The RSI of 71.33 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

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.

Trimble Inc. (TRMB) saw its value increase by 4.83% as the stock gained $1.46 to finish the day at a closing price of $31.7. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $20.96-$32.19 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $30.59 to $32.19 during the day, are up by 18.9% in the past three months and up by 14.9% over the past six months. It is currently trading 5.52% above its 20 day moving average and 5.99% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $28.88 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 67.76. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Trimble Inc. provides technology solutions to enhance the work processes of professionals and field mobile workers worldwide. The company’s Engineering and Construction segment offers field and office software for route selection and design; systems to guide and control construction equipment; systems to monitor, track, and manage assets, equipment, and workers; software to share and communicate data; 3D conceptual design and modeling software; building information modeling software; integrated site layout and measurement systems; applications for sub-contractors and trades; integrated workplace management services software; capital program and facility management solutions; field based data collection systems; and communication systems and back-office software. Its Field Solutions segment provides guidance and positioning, and automated application systems; and information management solutions, as well as systems to collect authoritative field data. The company’s Mobile Solutions segment offers fleet and transportation management, analytics, routing, mapping, and reporting solutions; and work management and scheduling, and worker safety and mobility solutions. Its Advanced Devices segment supplies global navigation satellite system modules (GNSS), licensing and complementary technologies, and GNSS-integrated sub-system solutions; global positioning system receivers and embedded modules; precision products; and ultrahigh frequency radio frequency identification (RFID) reader modules, and finished/fixed-position RFID readers and design services. It serves agriculture, architecture, civil engineering, survey and land administration, construction, geospatial, environmental management, natural resources, transportation, and utility sectors, as well as governments. The company was formerly known as Trimble Navigation Limited and changed its name to Trimble Inc. in October 2016. Trimble Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

 

3 Notable Runners: Two Harbors Investment Corp. (TWO), Stillwater Mining Company (SWC), Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (SBH)

Two Harbors Investment Corp. (TWO) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.11% or $-0.01 to close the day at $8.9 on lower than average trading volume of 1.92M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.57M. The New York New York 10022 based company has been outperforming the reit – residential companies by 7.8043% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 2.06% YTD, versus the reit – residential industry which is down -0.21% for the same period. The RSI of 57.49 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights, commercial real estate and other financial assets. The company’s target assets include agency RMBS collateralized by fixed rate mortgage loans, adjustable rate mortgage loans, hybrid mortgage loans, or derivatives; and non-agency RMBS collateralized by prime mortgage loans, Alt-A mortgage loans, pay-option ARM mortgage loans, and subprime mortgage loans. Its target assets also comprise prime nonconforming and credit sensitive residential mortgage loans; floating and fixed rate commercial real estate loans; CMBS collateralized by commercial real estate loans; and other assets, such as asset backed securities and certain non-hedging transactions. The company qualifies as a REIT for federal income tax purposes. As a REIT, the company would not be subject to federal income tax, if it distributes at least 90% of net taxable income to its stockholders. Two Harbors Investment Corp. was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Stillwater Mining Company (SWC) had a light trading with around 1.91M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.32M. The stock traded between $16.99 and $17.2 before closing at the price of $17 with -1.28% change on the day. The Littleton Colorado 80120 based company is currently trading 165.62% above its 52 week low of $6.64 and -2.86% below its 52 week high of $17.5. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 47.33 and $17.96 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Stillwater Mining Company engages in the development, extraction, processing, smelting, and refining of platinum group metals (PGMs). It operates through Mine Production, PGM Recycling, Canadian Properties, and South American Properties segments. The company explores for palladium, platinum, and associated metals, as well as for gold, silver, nickel, copper, and rhodium ores. It conducts its mining operations at the Stillwater mine located near Nye, Montana; and at the East Boulder mine located in Sweet Grass County, Montana. The company also owns and operates a smelter and base metal refinery located in Columbus, Montana, as well as recycles spent catalyst and other industrial source materials. In addition, it develops and explores the Marathon PGM-copper property situated in Northern Ontario, Canada; and the Altar porphyry copper-gold property located in the San Juan Province of Argentina, as well as owns the Geordie Lake property situated in Ontario, Canada. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (SBH) traded within a range of $23.26 to $23.84 after opening the day at $23.28. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -10.86% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.46% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $23.55 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -28.48% below its 52 week high of $32.93 and 9.48% above its 12-month low of $21.51. The shares are down by over -8.97% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 40.62 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies. The company operates through two segments, Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group. The Sally Beauty Supply segment offers beauty products, including hair color and care, skin and nail care, beauty sundries, and styling tools for retail customers and salon professionals. This segment also provides products under third-party brands, such as Clairol, CHI, China Glaze, OPI, and Conair, as well as exclusive-label merchandise. As of September 30, 2016, it operated 3,763 company-operated retail stores under the Sally Beauty banner in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain; and 18 franchised stores in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and certain other European countries. The Beauty Systems Group segment offers professional beauty products, including hair color and care, skin and nail care, beauty sundries, and styling tools directly to salons and salon professionals through its sales force, as well as through company-operated and franchised stores. This segment also sells products under third-party brands, such as Paul Mitchell, Wella, Sebastian, Goldwell, Joico, and Aquage. This segment had 1,174 company-operated stores under the CosmoProf banner in the United States and Canada, as well as 164 franchised stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and certain European countries. The company also distributes its products through full-service/exclusive distribution, open-line distribution, directly, and mega-salon stores. Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Denton, Texas.

 

3 Notable Runners: Citigroup Inc. (C), Wells Fargo & Company (WFC), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Citigroup Inc. (C) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.52% or $-0.87 to close the day at $56.32 on lower than average trading volume of 18.61M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 22.76M. The New York New York 10013 based company has been outperforming the money center banks companies by 13.2426% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -4.96% YTD, versus the money center banks industry which is up 4.56% for the same period. The RSI of 41.39 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services for consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. It operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. The Citicorp segment offers traditional banking services to retail customers through retail banking, commercial banking, Citi-branded cards, and Citi retail services. This segment also provides various banking, credit card lending, and investment services through a network of local branches, offices, and electronic delivery systems. In addition, it offers wholesale banking products and services to corporate, institutional, public sector, and high-net-worth clients. Further, this segment provides fixed income and equity sales and trading, foreign exchange, prime brokerage, derivative services, equity and fixed income research, corporate lending, investment banking and advisory services, private banking, cash management, trade finance, and securities services. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 2,994 branches in 24 countries. The Citi Holdings segment provides consumer loans; portfolio of securities, loans, and other assets; and retail alternative investment and other services. Citigroup Inc. was founded in 1812 and is based in New York, New York.

Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) had a light trading with around 18.49M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 25.74M. The stock traded between $55.17 and $56.21 before closing at the price of $55.63 with -1.26% change on the day. The San Francisco California 94104 based company is currently trading 29.68% above its 52 week low of $43.55 and -3.47% below its 52 week high of $58.02. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 49.45 and $58.02 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. Its Community Banking segment offers checking, savings, market rate, individual retirement, and health savings accounts, as well as time deposits and remittances; and lines of credit, auto floor plan lines, equity lines and loans, equipment and transportation loans, education and residential mortgage loans, and debit and credit cards. This segment also provides equipment leases, real estate and other commercial financing, small business administration financing, venture capital financing, cash management, payroll services, retirement plans, and merchant payment processing and private label financing solutions, as well as purchases retail installment contracts. Its Wholesale Banking segment offers commercial loans and lines of credit, letters of credit, asset-based lending, equipment leasing, international trade facilities, trade financing, collection, foreign exchange, treasury management, investment management, institutional fixed-income sales, interest rate, commodity and equity risk management, insurance, corporate trust fiduciary and agency, and investment banking services, as well as online/electronic products. This segment also provides construction, and land acquisition and development loans; secured and unsecured lines of credit; interim financing arrangements; rehabilitation loans; affordable housing loans and letters of credit; loans for securitization; commercial real estate loan servicing; and real estate and mortgage brokerage services. The company’s Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement segment offers financial advisory, wealth management, brokerage, retirement, trust, and reinsurance services. As of February 25, 2015, it operated through approximately 8,700 locations and 12,500 ATMs & offices in 36 countries. Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1852 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) traded within a range of $63.22 to $63.81 after opening the day at $63.57. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 1.93% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.14% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $63.34 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -3.9% below its 52 week high of $65.91 and 35.04% above its 12-month low of $48.03. The shares are up by over 5.54% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 51.55 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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.

 

Stocks Roundup: ConocoPhillips (COP), The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW), Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (CFG)

ConocoPhillips (COP) grew with the stock adding 0.36% or $0.18 to close at $49.6 on active trading volume of 8.58M compared its three months average trading volume of 7.12M. The Houston Texas 77079 based company operating under the Independent Oil & Gas industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 51.48% up for the period and down by -1.08% so far this year. With price target of $57.82 and a 62.56% rebound from 52-week low, ConocoPhillips has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids worldwide. Its portfolio includes resource-rich North American tight oil and oil sands assets; lower-risk legacy assets in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia; various international developments; and an inventory of conventional and unconventional exploration prospects. The company was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW) had a light trading with around 8.49M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.6M. The stock traded between $39.19 and $39.64 before closing at the price of $39.44 with -0.6% change on the day. The San Francisco California 94105 based company is currently trading 84.64% above its 52 week low of $21.51 and -7.44% below its 52 week high of $42.61. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $45.88 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management, custody, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. The Investor Services segment provides retail brokerage and banking services, retirement plan services, and other corporate brokerage services; and stock plan services, compliance solutions, and mutual fund clearing services, as well as engages in the off-platform sales business. The Advisor Services segment provides custodial, trading, and support services; and retirement and corporate brokerage retirement services. The company provides brokerage accounts with cash management capabilities; third-party mutual funds through the Mutual Fund Marketplace, including no-transaction fee mutual funds through the Mutual Fund OneSource service, which includes proprietary mutual funds, plus mutual fund trading, and clearing services to broker-dealers; exchange-traded funds (ETFs), including proprietary and third-party ETFs; and advice solutions, such as managed portfolios of proprietary and third-party mutual funds and ETFs, separately managed accounts, customized personal advice for tailored portfolios, and specialized planning and portfolio management. It also offers banking products and services, including checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, first lien residential real estate mortgage loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and Pledged Asset Lines; and trust services comprising trust custody services, personal trust reporting services, and administrative trustee services. The company serves individuals and institutional clients in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, London, and Hong Kong. The Charles Schwab Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (CFG) saw its value decrease by -3.39% as the stock dropped $-1.24 to finish the day at a closing price of $35.35. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $18.04-$37.95 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $35.24 to $36.28 during the day, are up by 29.75% in the past three months and up by 51.76% over the past six months. It is currently trading -2.05% below its 20 day moving average and -0.09% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $37.79 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 44.75.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Citizens Bank, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania that provide retail and commercial banking products and services in the United States. It operates through two segments, Consumer Banking and Commercial Banking. The Consumer Banking segment focuses on retail customers and small businesses with traditional banking products and services, including checking, savings, home loans, student loans, credit cards, business loans, and financial management services. This segment also provides indirect auto finance for new and used vehicles through auto dealerships. The Commercial Banking segment provides various financial products and solutions, including loans, leases, trade financing, deposits, cash management, foreign exchange, interest rate risk management, corporate finance, and capital markets advisory capabilities. It focuses on small and middle-market companies, and serves government banking, not-for-profit, healthcare, technology, asset finance, franchise finance, asset-based lending, commercial real estate, private equity, and sponsor finance industries. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated through 1,200 branches in 11 states across the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions, as well as online, telephone, and mobile banking platforms. It also maintains approximately 100 retail and commercial non-branch offices located in its banking footprint and in other states, and the District of Columbia. The company was formerly known as RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. and changed its name to Citizens Financial Group, Inc. in April 2014. Citizens Financial Group, Inc. was founded in 1828 and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.