Mark Nelson

Stocks in the Spotlight: AT&T Inc. (T), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)

AT&T Inc. (T) had a light trading with around 16.66M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 25.46M. The stock traded between $40.71 and $41.02 before closing at the price of $41 with 0.49% change on the day. The Dallas Texas 75202 based company is currently trading 28.56% above its 52 week low of $34.7 and -3.61% below its 52 week high of $43.89. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 53.1 and $41.48 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications and digital entertainment services. The company operates through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility, and International. The Business Solutions segment offers wireless, fixed strategic, legacy voice and data, and wireless equipment services to business, governmental, and wholesale customers, as well as individual subscribers. The Entertainment Group segment provides video entertainment and audio programming channels to approximately 25.4 million subscribers; broadband and Internet services to 12.4 million residential subscribers; local and long-distance voice services to residential customers, as well as DSL Internet access services; and voice services over IP-based technology, and technical support and other customer service functions and equipment. The Consumer Mobility segment offers wireless services to consumers, and wireless wholesale and resale subscribers, such as long-distance and roaming services. This segment provides postpaid and prepaid wireless voice and data communications services; consulting, advertising, and application and co-location services; and sells a variety of handsets, wirelessly enabled computers, and personal computer wireless data cards through company-owned stores, agents, or third-party retail stores, as well as accessories, such as carrying cases and hands-free devices. The International segment offers video entertainment services to residential customers in Latin America, as well as wireless data and voice communication services in Mexico. This segment provides digital television services under the DIRECTV and SKY brands; postpaid and prepaid wireless services to approximately 8.7 million subscribers under the AT&T, Iusacell, Unefon, and Nextel Mexico brands; and sells a range of handsets. The company was formerly known as SBC Communications Inc. and changed its name to AT&T Inc. in November 2005. AT&T Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.76% or $-0.64 to close the day at $83.3 on light trading volume of 16.54M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 18.02M. The New York New York 10017 based company has been outperforming the money center banks group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 54.31%, compared to the industry which has advanced 13.88% over the same period. With RSI of 42.78, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $87.59, making it a hold for now.

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

Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) shares were down in last trading by -1.8% to $84.73. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -2.4% over the past week and fell -7.07% in the past month. It is currently trading -3.63% below its 50 day moving average and -2.82% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -9.78% decrease in value from its one year high of $95.55. The RSI indicator value of 33.59, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. It also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and specialty products; and transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. As of December 31, 2015, the company had approximately 35,909 gross and 30,114 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil Corporation was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

 

Stocks in Review: AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)

AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) traded within a range of $9.39 to $9.8 after opening the day at $9.7. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -6.76% so far this year. The stock was down close to -5.46% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $9.52 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -16.42% below its 52 week high of $11.39 and 480.49% above its 12-month low of $1.81. The shares are up by over 105.62% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 44.52 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

AK Steel Holding Corporation, through its subsidiary, AK Steel Corporation, produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel, and tubular products in the United States and internationally. It produces flat-rolled value-added carbon steels, including coated, cold-rolled, and hot-rolled carbon steel products; and specialty stainless and electrical steels in sheet and strip forms. The company also produces carbon and stainless steel that is finished into welded steel tubing, which is used in the automotive, large truck, industrial, and construction markets; buys and sells steel and steel products, and other materials; and produces metallurgical coal from reserves in Pennsylvania. It sells its flat-rolled carbon steel products primarily to automotive manufacturers and to customers in the infrastructure and manufacturing markets, including electrical transmission, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, and appliances; and coated, cold-rolled, and hot-rolled carbon steel products to distributors, service centers, and converters. The company sells its stainless steel products to manufacturers and their suppliers in the automotive industry; manufacturers of food handling, chemical processing, pollution control, and medical and health equipment; and distributors and service centers. It also sells electrical steel products to manufacturers of power transmission and distribution transformers, as well as for use in the manufacture of electrical motors and generators. AK Steel Holding Corporation was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in West Chester, Ohio.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.32% or $-0.2 to close the day at $62.3 on light trading volume of 18.44M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 27.44M. The Redmond Washington 98052 based company has been outperforming the business software & services group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 26.03%, compared to the industry which has advanced 24.72% over the same period. With RSI of 48.45, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $66.33, making it a hold for now.

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.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) dropped $-0.05 to close the day at a new closing price of $29.98, a -0.17% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 38.23% above its 52 week low of $22.46. A total of 16.78M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 22.22M. The stock, currently situated -5.18% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -1.15% in the past one month and down by -0.67% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $33.11 and RSI of 46.62, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. It provides switching products, including fixed-configuration and modular switches, and storage products that provide connectivity to end users, workstations, IP phones, wireless access points, and servers; and next-generation network routing products that interconnect public and private wireline and mobile networks for mobile, data, voice, and video applications. The company also offers service provider video infrastructure, including set-top boxes, cable/telecommunications access products, and cable modems; and video software and solutions. In addition, it provides collaboration products comprising unified communications products, conferencing products, collaboration endpoints, and business messaging products; data center products, such as blade and rack servers, modular servers, fabric interconnects, software, and server access virtualization solutions; security products, including network and data center security, advanced threat protection, Web and email security, access and policy, unified threat management, and advisory, integration, and managed services; and other products, such as emerging technologies and other networking products. Further, the company offers wireless products consisting of wireless access points; network managed services; and standalone, switch-converged, and cloud managed solutions. Additionally, it provides technical support services and advanced services. The company serves businesses of various sizes, public institutions, governments, and communications service providers. Cisco Systems, Inc. sells its products directly, as well as through channel partners, such as systems integrators, service providers, other resellers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

 

Stocks on the Move: Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT), NIKE, Inc. (NKE), General Motors Company (GM)

Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.18% or $0.06 to close the day at $33.75 on active trading volume of 8.33M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 10.46M. The Santa Clara California 95054 based company has been outperforming the semiconductor equipment & materials group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 109.58%, compared to the industry which has advanced 47.04% over the same period. With RSI of 62.38, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $35.96, making it a hold for now.

Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, display, and related industries worldwide. It operates through three segments: Semiconductor Systems, Applied Global Services, and Display and Adjacent Markets. The Semiconductor Systems segment develops, manufactures, and sells a range of manufacturing equipment used to fabricate semiconductor chips or integrated circuits. It offers products and technologies for transistor and interconnect fabrication, including epitaxy, ion implantation, oxidation and nitridation, rapid thermal processing, chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, chemical mechanical planarization, and electrochemical deposition; patterning, selective removal, and packaging products and systems that enable the transfer of patterns onto device structures; and metrology, inspection, and review systems for front- and back-end-of-line applications. The Applied Global Services segment provides integrated solutions to optimize equipment and fab performance and productivity, including spares, upgrades, services, remanufactured earlier generation equipment, and factory automation software for semiconductor, display, and other products. The Display and Adjacent Markets segment offers products for manufacturing liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diodes, and other display technologies for TVs, personal computers, tablets, smart phones, and other consumer-oriented devices, as well as equipment for flexible substrates. The company serves manufacturers of semiconductor wafers and chips, liquid crystal and other displays, and other electronic devices. Applied Materials, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

NIKE, Inc. (NKE) fell -0.64% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.34 to finish the day at $52.93 with about 8.31M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.22M. The $86.71B market cap company, which fluctuated between $52.89 and $53.94 during the day, currently situated 8.39% above its 52 week low of $49.01 and -18.36% away from its one year high of $65.44. The RSI of 54.29 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories worldwide. It offers products in nine categories, including running, NIKE basketball, the Jordan brand, football, men’s training, women’s training, action sports, sportswear, and golf. The company also markets products designed for kids, as well as for other athletic and recreational uses, such as cricket, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, walking, and outdoor activities. In addition, it sells sports apparel; and markets apparel with licensed college and professional team and league logos. Further, the company sells a line of performance equipment, including bags, socks, sport balls, eyewear, timepieces, digital devices, bats, gloves, protective equipment, golf clubs, and other equipment under the NIKE brand name for sports activities; various plastic products to other manufacturers; athletic and casual footwear, apparel, and accessories under the Jumpman trademark; action sports and youth lifestyle apparel and accessories under the Hurley trademark; and casual sneakers, apparel, and accessories under the Converse, Chuck Taylor, All Star, One Star, Star Chevron, and Jack Purcell trademarks. Additionally, it licenses agreements that permit unaffiliated parties to manufacture and sell apparel, digital devices, and applications and other equipment for sports activities under NIKE-owned trademarks. The company sells its products to footwear stores, sporting goods stores, athletic specialty stores, department stores, skate, tennis and golf shops, and other retail accounts through NIKE-owned retail stores and Internet Websites (direct to consumer operations), as well as independent distributors and licensees. The company was formerly known as Blue Ribbon Sports, Inc. and changed its name to NIKE, Inc. in 1971. NIKE, Inc. was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon.

General Motors Company (GM) saw its value decrease by -0.45% as the stock dropped $-0.17 to finish the day at a closing price of $37.3. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $26.69-$38.16 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $37.16 to $37.84 during the day, are up by 20.08% in the past three months and up by 21.17% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.61% above its 20 day moving average and 6.44% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $37.62 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.76. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

General Motors Company designs, builds, and sells cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. The company operates through GM North America, GM Europe, GM International Operations, GM South America, and GM Financial segments. It markets its vehicles primarily under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Opel, Holden, Vauxhall, Baojun, Jiefang, and Wuling brand names. The company also sells cars and trucks to dealers for consumer retail sales, as well as to fleet customers, including daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies, and governments. In addition, it offers connected safety, security and mobility solutions, and information technology services. The company, through its subsidiary, General Motors Financial Company, Inc., provides automotive financing services. General Motors Company was founded in 1897 and is based in Detroit, Michigan.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS), Finisar Corporation (FNSR), Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO)

T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS) climbed 2.4% during last trading as the stock added $1.41 to finish the day at $60.07 with about 6.04M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.23M. The $49.46B market cap company, currently situated 80.77% above its 52 week low of $33.23 and 1.03% away from its one year high of $60.64. The RSI of 65.33 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

T-Mobile US, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides mobile communications services for consumers and businesses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company offers voice, messaging, and data services in the postpaid, prepaid, and wholesale markets. It also provides wireless devices, including smartphones, tablets, and other mobile communication devices, as well as accessories that are manufactured by various suppliers. The company offers services, devices, and accessories under the T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands through its owned and operated retail stores, as well as through its Websites. T-Mobile US, Inc. also sells its devices and accessories to dealers and other third party distributors for resale through independent third-party retail outlets and various third-party Websites. It delivers wireless services to approximately 65.5 million customers. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. T-Mobile US, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom Holding B.V.

Finisar Corporation (FNSR) gained $2.07 to close the day at a new closing price of $30.89, a 7.18% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 158.71% above its 52 week low of $12.04. A total of 6.03M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.2M. The stock, currently situated -16.17% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -0.9% in the past one month and up by 6.52% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $42.2 and RSI of 53.77, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) had a light trading with around 5.96M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.26M. The stock traded at the price of $42.09 with 0.14% change on the day. The Sunnyvale California 94089 based company is currently trading 60.96% above its 52 week low of $26.15 and -6.3% below its 52 week high of $44.92. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 61.46 and $45.68 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Yahoo! Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides search and display advertising services on Yahoo properties and affiliate sites worldwide. The company offers Yahoo Search that serves as a guide for users to discover information on the Internet; Yahoo Mail, which connects users to the people and content; and Yahoo Messenger, an instant messaging service, which enables users to connect, communicate, and share experiences in real-time. It also provides digital content products, including Yahoo News, which gives users to discover, consume, and engage around the news, content, and video; Yahoo Sports, which serves audiences of sports enthusiasts; Yahoo Finance that offers a range of financial data, information, and tools; Yahoo Lifestyle to engage users passionate about style and fashion; and Tumblr, which provides a Web platform and mobile applications on iOS and android to create, share, and curate content, as well as Tumblr messaging that enables users to engage with other users that share their same interests and passions. In addition, the company provides advertiser products, such as Yahoo Gemini, a marketplace for search and native advertising; and BrightRoll, which offers a suite of media-agnostic tools to enable advertisers, publishers, and partners connect with users across ad formats and devices. Further, it offers advertising formats; and digital advertising products, such as Yahoo native, Yahoo video, Yahoo premium, and Yahoo audience ads. Additionally, the company offers Yahoo Mobile Developer suite consisting of Flurry Analytics, Yahoo App Publishing, Yahoo App Marketing, and Tumblr In-App Sharing tools to measure, monetize, advertise, and improve their apps. Yahoo! Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

 

3 Notable Runners: V.F. Corporation (VFC), Opko Health, Inc. (OPK), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB)

V.F. Corporation (VFC) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.16% or $0.59 to close the day at $51.49 on higher than average trading volume of 5.71M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.21M. The Greensboro North Carolina 27408 based company has been underperforming the textile – apparel clothing companies by -4.6755% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -3.49% YTD, versus the textile – apparel clothing industry which is down -1.64% for the same period. The RSI of 37.86 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

V.F. Corporation engages in the design, production, procurement, marketing, and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and related products in the United States and Europe. The company primarily offers outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment, youth culture/action sports-inspired footwear, handbags, luggage, backpacks, totes, accessories, surfing-inspired footwear, merino wool socks, women’s activewear, and travel accessories under the The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Kipling, Napapijri, Jansport, Reef, Smartwool, Eastpak, lucy, and Eagle Creek brands. It also provides denim, casual apparel, footwear, and accessories under the Wrangler, Lee, Lee Casuals, Riders by Lee, Rustler, Timber Creek by Wrangler, and Rock & Republic brands. In addition, the company offers occupational, protective occupational, athletic, licensed athletic, and licensed apparel products under the Red Kap, Bulwark, Horace Small, Majestic, MLB, NFL, and Harley-Davidson brands; sportswear apparel, luggage, and accessories under the Nautica brand; and handbags, luggage, backpacks, totes, and accessories under the Kipling brand. Further, it provides premium denim apparel, footwear, and accessories under the 7 For All Mankind, Splendid, and Ella Moss brands. The company sells its products primarily to specialty stores, department stores, national chains, and mass merchants, as well as sells through company operated stores, concession retail stores, and e-commerce sites. V.F. Corporation was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Opko Health, Inc. (OPK) had a active trading with around 5.63M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.6M. The stock traded at the price of $8.75 with -2.56% change on the day. The Miami Florida 33137 based company is currently trading 22.89% above its 52 week low of $7.42 and -27.98% below its 52 week high of $12.15. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 30.65 and $15.5 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

OPKO Health, Inc., a biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel and proprietary technologies in the United States, Ireland, Chile, Spain, Israel, and Mexico. Its diagnostics business operates Bio-Reference Laboratories, a clinical laboratory that offers comprehensive laboratory testing services in the detection, diagnosis, evaluation, monitoring, and treatment of diseases, including esoteric testing, molecular diagnostics, anatomical pathology, genetics, women’s health, and correctional healthcare to physician offices, clinics, hospitals, employers, and governmental units. The Bio-Reference Laboratories also provides core genetic testing and leverages products, such as the 4Kscore prostate cancer test and the Claros 1 in-office immunoassay platform. The company’s pharmaceutical segment features Rayaldee, a treatment for secondary hyperparathyroidism in stage 3-4 chronic kidney disease patients with vitamin D deficiency and VARUBI for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Its biologics business engages in developing and commercializing hGH-CTP, a recombinant human growth hormone product under development for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency, and developing Factor VIIa drug for hemophilia using the carboxl terminal peptide technology. The company was incorporated in 1991 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) opening the day at $26.41. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -3.63% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.29% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $25.99 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -6.31% below its 52 week high of $27.88 and 92.93% above its 12-month low of $13.84. The shares are up by over 31.46% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 42.55 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

 

Stocks in Review: Sanchez Energy Corporation (SN), Philip Morris International Inc. (PM), Delcath Systems, Inc. (DCTH)

Sanchez Energy Corporation (SN) traded within a range of $12.9 to $13.73 after opening the day at $13.33. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 43.74% so far this year. The stock was down close to -2.41% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $12.98 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -5.12% below its 52 week high of $13.73 and 530.1% above its 12-month low of $2.27. The shares are up by over 81.79% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 75.57 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

Sanchez Energy Corporation, an independent exploration and production company, engages in the exploration, acquisition, and development of oil and natural gas resources in the onshore U.S. Gulf Coast. It holds a 93% working interest in the Eagle Ford Shale, which consists of approximately 200,000 net leasehold acres in the oil and condensate, or black oil and volatile oil located in South Texas; and a 65% working interest in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale covering an area of approximately 62,000 net leasehold acres situated in Mississippi and Louisiana. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.39% or $0.36 to close the day at $93.85 on active trading volume of 5.55M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.02M. The New York New York 10017 based company has been outperforming the cigarettes group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 14.02%, compared to the industry which has advanced 6.05% over the same period. With RSI of 67.61, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $100.25, making it a hold for now.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, other tobacco products, and other nicotine-containing products. Its portfolio of brands comprises Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia S., L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Lark, Muratti, Next, and Red & White. The company also owns various cigarette brands, such as Dji Sam Soe, Sampoerna, and U Mild in Indonesia; Champion, Fortune, and Hope in the Philippines; Apollo-Soyuz and Optima in Russia; Morven Gold in Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Belmont, Canadian Classics, and Number 7 in Canada; Best in Serbia; f6 in Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece; and Petra in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It markets and sells its products in approximately 180 countries in the European Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Canada. Philip Morris International Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is based in New York, New York.

Delcath Systems, Inc. (DCTH) dropped $-0.09 to close the day at a new closing price of $0.31, a -22.85% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock -20.64% below its 52 week low of $0.3. A total of 5.51M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 847.11K. The stock, currently situated -99.76% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -77.68% in the past one month and down by -86.62% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $16 and RSI of 17.68, 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.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: Array BioPharma Inc. (ARRY), Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY), CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (CBL)

Array BioPharma Inc. (ARRY) retreated with the stock falling -0.53% or $-0.06 to close at $11.19 on active trading volume of 4.79M compared its three months average trading volume of 4.11M. The Boulder Colorado 80301 based company operating under the Biotechnology industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 237.05% up for the period and up by 27.3% so far this year. With price target of $10.13 and a 370.17% rebound from 52-week low, Array BioPharma Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Array BioPharma Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule drugs to treat patients with cancer in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company’s drugs in Phase III clinical trials include Binimetinib, Encorafenib, and Selumetinib for the treatment of cancer, as well as ASC08/Danoprevir, a protease inhibitor for hepatitis C virus. Its drug candidates in Phase II clinical trials comprise Filanesib, a kinesin spindle protein inhibitor for multiple myeloma; ARRY-797, a p38 inhibitor for Lamin A/C-related dilated cardiomyopathy; ASLAN001/Varlitinib, a pan-HER2 inhibitor for gastric or breast cancer; Ipatasertib/GDC-0068, an AKT inhibitor for cancer; Motolimod/VTX-2337, a toll-like receptor for cancer; Prexasertib/LY2606368, a chk-1 inhibitor for cancer; LOXO-101, a PanTrk inhibitor for cancer; and ONT-380/ARRY-380, an HER2 inhibitor for breast cancer. The company’s Phase I drugs include GDC-0994, an ERK inhibitor for cancer; and ARRY-382, a CSF1R inhibitor for cancer, as well as Phase Ib drug candidate comprises GDC-0575, a chk-1 inhibitor for cancer. Array BioPharma Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY) dropped $-1.14 to close the day at a new closing price of $43.63, a -2.55% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 79.65% above its 52 week low of $26.1. A total of 4.76M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 5.49M. The stock, which fluctuated between $43.4 and $44.82 during the day, currently situated -11.68% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -7.17% in the past one month and up by 11.35% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $45.92 and RSI of 44.04, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a retailer of technology products, services, and solutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company operates through two reportable segments, Domestic and International. Its stores provide consumer electronics, such as home theater, home automation, digital imaging, health and fitness, and portable audio products; computing and mobile phones, including computing and peripherals, networking, tablets, smart watches, and e-readers, as well as mobile phones comprising related mobile network carrier commissions; and entertainment products, such as gaming hardware and software, movie, music, technology toy, and other software products. The company’s stores also offer appliances, which include refrigeration and laundry appliances, dishwashers, ovens, coffee makers, blenders, etc.; and other products comprising snacks, beverages, and other sundry items. In addition, it provides services, such as consultation, design, delivery, installation, set-up, protection plan, repair, technical support, and educational services. The company offers its products through stores and Websites under the Best Buy, bestbuy.com, Best Buy Mobile, Best Buy Direct, Best Buy Express, Geek Squad, Magnolia Home Theater, Pacific Kitchen and Home, bestbuy.com.ca, bestbuy.com.mx, and Geek Squad brand names, as well as through call centers. As of January 30, 2016, it had approximately 1,200 large-format and 400 small-format stores. The company was formerly known as Sound of Music, Inc. Best Buy Co., Inc. was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (CBL) shares were down in last trading by -2.42% to $10.47. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -5.42% over the past week and fell -7.97% in the past month. It is currently trading -7.5% below its 50 day moving average and -5.06% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -23.42% decrease in value from its one year high of $14.3. The RSI indicator value of 33.88, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. CBL & Associates Properties is based in Oak Brook, Illinois. CBL & Associates Properties was founded in 1978 and is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee with additional offices in Waltham, Massachusetts; Chesterfield, Missouri; and Irving, Texas.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), Amedica Corporation (AMDA), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT)

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.62% or $-0.31 to close the day at $50.07 on light trading volume of 4.24M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.9M. The Dallas Texas 75235 based company has been outperforming the regional airlines group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 28.56%, compared to the industry which has advanced 26.75% over the same period. With RSI of 50.6, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $59.1, making it a hold for now.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States and near-international markets. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 704 Boeing 737 aircraft. The company served 97 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as 7 near-international countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Belize. It also sells frequent flyer points and related services to business partners participating in the Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program, including car rental agencies, hotels, restaurants, and retailers. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Amedica Corporation (AMDA) fell -30.88% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.19 to finish the day at $0.44 with about 4.23M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 707.05K. The $11.41M market cap company, currently situated -27.08% below its 52 week low of $0.42 and -87.91% away from its one year high of $3.62. The RSI of 23.28 indicates the stock is oversold at the current levels, buy for now.

Amedica Corporation, a commercial-stage biomaterial company, develops, manufactures, and sells a range of medical devices based on its silicon nitride ceramic technology platform in the United States, Europe, and South America. The company offers Valeo silicon nitride spinal fusion devices for use in the cervical and thoracolumbar areas of the spine; and a line of non-silicon nitride spinal surgery products for the treatment of deformity and degenerative spinal procedures. It also develops femoral heads for use in total hip replacements; and femoral condyle components for use in total knee replacements. The company markets and sells its products to surgeons and hospitals directly, as well as through a network of independent sales distributors. Amedica Corporation was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT) saw its value increase by 0.97% as the stock gained $0.55 to finish the day at a closing price of $57.5. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $34.04-$59.76 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $57.28 to $57.91 during the day, are up by 22.05% in the past three months and up by 17.45% over the past six months. It is currently trading 1.83% above its 20 day moving average and 7.51% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $84.07 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 62.8. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., a hospitality company, owns, leases, manages, develops, and franchises hotels, resorts, and timeshare properties worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Ownership, Management and Franchise, and Timeshare. It also licenses its brands to franchisees; provides hotel management services for third parties; and markets and sells timeshare interests owned by Hilton and third parties. In addition, the company provides consumer financing, which includes interest income generated from the origination of consumer loans to finance their purchase of timeshare intervals. It operates hotels under the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations, and Hampton Inn brands. As of December 29, 2016, the company had approximately 4,800 managed, franchised, owned, and leased hotels, resorts, and timeshare properties comprising 789,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

 

Trader’s Buzzers: Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SGYP), Aetna Inc. (AET), The Dow Chemical Company (DOW)

Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SGYP) opening the day at $6.52. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 5.25% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.84% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $6.41 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -8.03% below its 52 week high of $6.97 and 156.4% above its 12-month low of $2.5. The shares are up by over 21.17% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 57.72 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of drugs to treat gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and diseases. Its lead product candidate is plecanatide, a guanylyl cyclase C receptor agonist that is in Phase III clinical trials to treat chronic idiopathic constipation GI disorders; and for the treatment of constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome GI disorders. The company is also developing SP-333, which is in Phase II clinical trials to treat opioid induced constipation, as well as in Phase Ib clinical trials to treat ulcerative colitis. The company has a research collaboration with BIND Therapeutics, Inc. to develop ACCURINS for treatment of a range of cells with novel therapeutic payloads. Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

Aetna Inc. (AET) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.31% or $1.59 to close the day at $122.56 on active trading volume of 4.07M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.96M. The Hartford Connecticut 06156 based company has been outperforming the health care plans group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 18.83%, compared to the industry which has advanced 13.9% over the same period. With RSI of 44.83, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $140.07, making it a hold for now.

Aetna Inc. operates as a health care benefits company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. The Health Care segment offers medical, pharmacy benefit management services, dental, behavioral health, and vision plans on an insured basis, as well as an employer-funded or administrative services contract basis. It also provides point-of-service, preferred provider organization, health maintenance organization, and indemnity benefit plans, as well as health savings accounts and consumer-directed health plans. In addition, this segment offers Medicare and Medicaid products and services, as well as other medical products, such as medical management and data analytics services, medical stop loss insurance, workers’ compensation administrative services, and products that provide access to its provider networks in select geographies. The Group Insurance segment offers life insurance products, including group term life insurance, voluntary spouse and dependent term life insurance, group universal life insurance, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance; disability insurance products; and long-term care insurance products, which provide the benefits to cover the cost of care in private home settings, adult day care, assisted living, or nursing facilities. The Large Case Pensions segment manages retirement products, including pension and annuity products primarily for tax-qualified pension plans. The company offers its products to employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups, and expatriates. Aetna Inc. has a collaboration agreement with Commonwealth Health to introduce a new health plan; and Regional Cancer Care Associates to create an oncology medical home. The company was founded in 1853 and is based in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) dropped $-0.62 to close the day at a new closing price of $57.09, a -1.07% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 46.83% above its 52 week low of $40.69. A total of 4.08M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 6.98M. The stock, which fluctuated between $56.76 and $58 during the day, currently situated -3.37% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -1.49% in the past one month and up by 7.17% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $62.82 and RSI of 49.25, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

 

Stocks Alert: SUPERVALU Inc. (SVU), Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (SWKS), Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (APRI)

SUPERVALU Inc. (SVU) retreated with the stock falling -2.51% or $-0.11 to close at $4.27 on active trading volume of 3.86M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.84M. The Eden Prairie Minnesota 55344 based company operating under the Grocery Stores industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -1.39% down for the period and down by -8.57% so far this year. With price target of $5.69 and a 8.38% rebound from 52-week low, SUPERVALU Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

SUPERVALU INC., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a grocery wholesaler and retailer in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Wholesale, Save-A-Lot, and Retail. The Wholesale segment offers wholesale distribution of various food and non-food products to independent retail customers, such as single and multiple grocery store independent operators, regional chains, and the military. This segment operates approximately 1,796 stores with a network spanning 40 states. The Save-A-Lot segment owns, operates, and licenses 1,360 discount grocery stores under the Save-A-Lot banner, including 897 licensed Save-A-Lot stores and 463 company-operated stores. The Retail segment operates retail stores that provide groceries and various additional products, including general merchandise, home, health and beauty care, and pharmacy products. This segment operates 200 stores under the Cub Foods, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Shop ’n Save, Farm Fresh, and Hornbacher’s banners, as well as 2 Rainbow and 2 County Market stores. The company provides a range of brand name and private-label products comprising perishable and nonperishable grocery products. SUPERVALU INC. was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (SWKS) dropped $-0.81 to close the day at a new closing price of $78.46, a -1.02% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 45.71% above its 52 week low of $54.5. A total of 3.85M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.18M. The stock, currently situated -4.28% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.15% in the past one month and up by 1.43% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $86.3 and RSI of 54.47, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (APRI) shares were down in last trading by -16.43% to $2.39. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 35.03% over the past week and grew 82.44% in the past month. It is currently trading 57.15% above its 50 day moving average and -27.56% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -84.58% decrease in value from its one year high of $4.07. The RSI indicator value of 64.09, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Apricus Biosciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of products and product candidates in the areas of urology and rheumatology. Its lead product is Vitaros, a topically-applied cream formulation of alprostadil used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The company’s marketing partners for Vitaros include Laboratoires Majorelle, Bracco S.p.A., Hexal AG (Sandoz), Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH, Recordati Ireland Ltd. (Recordati S.p.A.), Ferring International Center S.A. (Ferring Pharmaceuticals), Mylan NV, Neopharm Scientific Limited, Elis Pharmaceuticals Limited, and Global Harvest Pharmaceutical Corporation. It also develops second-generation Vitaros, a proprietary stabilized dosage formulation that is expected to be stored at room temperature conditions; and Fispemifene, a tissue-specific selective estrogen receptor modulator that is in Phase IIb clinical trial to treat secondary hypogonadism, lower urinary tract symptoms, and chronic prostatitis in men. In addition, the company plans to initiate a Phase IIb trial for RayVa to treat Raynaud’s phenomenon associated with scleroderma; and develops Femprox, a product candidate for the treatment of female sexual interest/arousal disorder. It operates in Latin America, Europe, and internationally. The company was formerly known as NexMed, Inc. and changed its name to Apricus Biosciences, Inc. in September 2010. Apricus Biosciences, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.