Nicole DeMars

Trader Alert: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM), The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC), Sprint Corporation (S)

Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) retreated with the stock falling -1.03% or $-0.86 to close at $82.3 on light trading volume of 10.6M compared its three months average trading volume of 11.17M. The Irving Texas 75039 based company operating under the Major Integrated Oil & Gas industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 3.35% up for the period and down by -7.99% so far this year. With price target of $88.57 and a 6.96% rebound from 52-week low, Exxon Mobil Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) dropped $-3.82 to close the day at a new closing price of $87.28, a -4.19% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 24.99% above its 52 week low of $71.82. A total of 10.57M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.69M. The stock, which fluctuated between $86.35 and $89.84 during the day, currently situated -4.4% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -1.21% in the past one month and up by 8.34% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $90.29 and RSI of 40.86, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Kraft Heinz Company manufactures and markets food and beverage products in the United States, Canada, Europe, and rest of world. The company’s products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy products, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, snack nuts, dressings, packaged dinners, infant/nutrition products, and other grocery products. It offers its products under various brand names, including Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Heinz, Planters, Velveeta, Philadelphia, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Capri Sun, Ore-Ida, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, Cracker Barrel, Tassimo, Plasmon, Lea & Perrins, ABC, Master, Quero, Golden Circle, Wattie’s, and Complan. The Kraft Heinz Company sells its products through independent brokers, agents and distributors to chain, wholesale, cooperative and independent grocery accounts, convenience stores, drug stores, value stores, bakeries, pharmacies, mass merchants, club stores, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, health care facilities, and certain government agencies, as well as through its own sales organizations. The company was formerly known as H.J. Heinz Holding Corporation and changed its name to The Kraft Heinz Company in July 2015. The Kraft Heinz Company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sprint Corporation (S) shares were down in last trading by -1.32% to $9. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.62% over the past week and grew 3.09% in the past month. It is currently trading 3.53% above its 50 day moving average and 40.86% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -6.74% decrease in value from its one year high of $9.65. The RSI indicator value of 55.55, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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

 

Stocks Alert: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX), Tesla, Inc. (TSLA)

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) grew with the stock adding 0.75% or $0.88 to close at $118.08 on active trading volume of 7.11M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.78M. The New Brunswick New Jersey 08933 based company operating under the Drug Manufacturers – Major industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 16.48% up for the period and up by 2.49% so far this year. With price target of $124.56 and a 19.45% rebound from 52-week low, Johnson & Johnson has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, researches and develops, manufactures, and sells various products in the health care field worldwide. It operates through three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices. The Consumer segment offers baby care products under the JOHNSON’S brand name; oral care products under the LISTERINE brand name; skin care products under the AVEENO, CLEAN & CLEAR, DABAO, JOHNSON’S Adult, LE PETITE MARSEILLAIS, LUBRIDERM, NEUTROGENA, and RoC brand names; women’s health products, such as sanitary pads under the STAYFREE and CAREFREE, and o.b. tampon brand names; wound care products, including adhesive bandages under the BAND-AID brand name and first aid products under the NEOSPORIN brand name. This segment also provides over-the-counter medicines, including acetaminophen products under the TYLENOL brand name; cold, flu, and allergy products under the SUDAFED brand name; allergy products under the BENADRYL and ZYRTEC brand names; ibuprofen products under the MOTRIN IB brand name; and heartburn products under the PEPCID brand name. The Pharmaceutical segment provides various products in the areas of immunology, infectious diseases and vaccines, neuroscience, oncology, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The Medical Devices segment offers orthopaedic products; general surgery, biosurgical, endomechanical, and energy products; electrophysiology products to treat cardiovascular disease; sterilization and disinfection products to reduce surgical infection; blood glucose monitoring and insulin delivery products; and disposable contact lenses. The company offers its products to general public, retail outlets and distributors, wholesalers, hospitals, and health care professionals for prescription use, as well as for use in the professional fields by physicians, nurses, hospitals, eye care professionals, and clinics. Johnson & Johnson was founded in 1885 and is based in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX) dropped $-0.54 to close the day at a new closing price of $30.4, a -1.75% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 41.69% above its 52 week low of $22.45. A total of 7.11M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 5.14M. The stock, which fluctuated between $30.33 and $31.15 during the day, currently situated -2.97% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 4.35% in the past one month and up by 19.17% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $35.13 and RSI of 54.18, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations, retirees, sovereign wealth funds, and institutional and individual investors. The firm manages separate client focused portfolios for its clients. It launches fixed income mutual funds. The firm also launches and manages private equity funds, real estate funds, funds of hedge funds, and credit-focused funds for its clients. It invests in private equity, public equity, fixed income, and alternative investment markets. The Blackstone Group L.P. was founded in 1985 and is based in New York, New York with additional offices in London, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Beijing, China, Dubai, UAE, Dusseldorf, Germany, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Mexico City, Mexico, Paris, France, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Seoul, Korea, Shanghai, China, Singapore, Sydney, Australia, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Tokyo, Japan.

Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) shares were down in last trading by -3.86% to $268.95. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -0.09% over the past week and grew 12.83% in the past month. It is currently trading 16.49% above its 50 day moving average and 25.06% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -6.42% decrease in value from its one year high of $287.39. The RSI indicator value of 66.98, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Tesla, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and stationary energy storage products in the United States, China, Norway, and internationally. The company primarily offers sedans and sport utility vehicles. It also offers electric vehicle powertrain components and systems to other manufacturers. The company sells its products through a network of Tesla stores and galleries, as well as through Internet. In addition, it designs, manufactures, installs, monitors, maintains, leases, and sells solar energy systems to government, residential, and commercial customers; and sells electricity generated by solar energy systems to customers. The company was formerly known as Tesla Motors, Inc. and changed its name to Tesla, Inc. in February 2017. Tesla, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

 

Momentum Stocks: Coach, Inc. (COH), T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS), The Mosaic Company (MOS)

Coach, Inc. (COH) retreated with the stock falling -0.5% or $-0.19 to close at $37.96 on active trading volume of 3.79M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.29M. The New York New York 10001 based company operating under the Textile – Apparel Footwear & Accessories industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 8.27% up for the period and up by 8.4% so far this year. With price target of $42.77 and a 13.1% rebound from 52-week low, Coach, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Coach, Inc. provides luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. It offers handbags, money pieces, wristlets and cosmetic cases, key rings, and charms for women; and business cases, computer bags, messenger-style bags, backpacks, totes, wallets, card cases, belts, time management, electronic accessories, and ready-to-wear for men. The company also provides footwear; seasonal lifestyle apparel collections, including outerwear and ready-to-wear, and cold weather accessories, such as gloves, scarves, and hats; jewelry consisting of bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings made with sterling silver, leather, and non-precious metals; sunglasses; watches; and fragrances comprising eau de perfume sprays, eau de toilette sprays, purse sprays, and body lotions. In addition, it offers weekend and travel accessories, travel bags, and other lifestyle products. Further, the company holds licensing rights to market and distribute footwear, eyewear, watches, and fragrances under the Coach brand name. It markets its products to consumers through a network of company-operated stores, including Internet in North America; and Coach-operated stores and concession shop-in-shops in Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The company also sells its products to wholesale customers and distributors in approximately 55 countries. As of July 2, 2016, it operated 228 Coach retail stores and 204 Coach outlet leased stores; and 522 Coach-operated concession shop-in-shops within department stores, retail, and outlet stores, as well as 75 Stuart Weitzman stores. Coach, Inc. was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS) had a light trading with around 3.71M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.4M. The stock traded between $60.32 and $61.4 before closing at the price of $60.61 with -1.13% change on the day. The Bellevue Washington 98006 based company is currently trading 73.82% above its 52 week low of $34.87 and -4.82% below its 52 week high of $63.68. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $62.25 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

T-Mobile US, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides mobile communications services in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company offers voice, messaging, and data services to approximately 71 million customers 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 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. As of December 31, 2016, it had approximately 2,000 T-Mobile and MetroPCS retail locations, including stores and kiosks. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. T-Mobile US, Inc. is as a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom Holding B.V.

The Mosaic Company (MOS) saw its value decrease by -1.87% as the stock dropped $-0.63 to finish the day at a closing price of $33.15. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $22.77-$34.36 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $32.93 to $33.81 during the day, are up by 19.81% in the past three months and up by 21.59% over the past six months. It is currently trading 3.1% above its 20 day moving average and 7.5% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $28.01 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.22.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

The Mosaic Company, through its subsidiaries, produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients primarily for the agricultural industry worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Phosphates, Potash, and International Distribution. It owns and operates mines, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients, such as diammonium phosphate, monoammonium phosphate, and ammoniated phosphate products; and phosphate-based animal feed ingredients primarily under the Biofos and Nexfos brand names. The company also produces and sells potash for use in the manufacturing of mixed crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, and for industrial use; and for use in the de-icing and as a water softener regenerant, as well as fluorosilicic acid for water fluoridation. In addition, it provides nitrogen-based crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, and other ancillary services; and purchases and sells phosphates, potash, and nitrogen products. The company sells its products to wholesale distributors, retail chains, cooperatives, independent retailers, and national accounts. The Mosaic Company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota.

 

Trader’s Buzzers: National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV), Cimarex Energy Co. (XEC), Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (PAA)

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV) traded within a range of $40.06 to $40.8 after opening the day at $40.56. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 7.48% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.45% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $40.24 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -7.77% below its 52 week high of $43.63 and 51.57% above its 12-month low of $26.56. The shares are up by over 11.82% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 58.41 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling, completion, and production operations; and provides oilfield services to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide. It operates through four segments: Rig Systems, Rig Aftermarket, Wellbore Technologies, and Completion & Production Solutions. The Rig Systems segment offers land rigs; offshore drilling equipment packages; and drilling rig components. This segment provides substructures, derricks, and masts; cranes; pipe lifting, racking, rotating, and assembly systems; fluid transfer technologies, such as mud pumps; pressure control equipment; power transmission systems; and rig instrumentation and control systems. The Rig Aftermarket segment offers spare parts; and repair and rental services, as well as technical support, field and first well support, field engineering, and customer training services. The Wellbore Technologies segment designs, manufactures, rents, and sells various equipment and technologies. This segment also provides solids control and waste management equipment and services, drilling fluids, power generation equipment, drill and wired pipes, instruments, measuring and monitoring equipment, downhole and fishing tools, hole openers, and drill bits, as well as drilling optimization and automation, tubular inspection, repair and coating, and rope access inspection services. The Completion and Production Solutions segment offers pressure pumping trucks and pumps, blenders, sanders, hydration units, injection units, flowlines, manifolds, and wellheads; well intervention tools; offshore production comprising composite pipes, process equipment, floating production systems, and subsea production technologies; and onshore production, including surface transfer and progressive cavity pumps, reciprocating pumps, pressure vessels, and artificial lift systems. The company was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Cimarex Energy Co. (XEC) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.97% or $-1.3 to close the day at $133.06 on light trading volume of 2.63M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 939.80K. The Denver Colorado 80203 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 61.51%, compared to the industry which has advanced 46% over the same period. With RSI of 46.52, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $157.24, making it a hold for now.

Cimarex Energy Co. operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company primarily in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. As of December 31, 2015, it had a total proved oil and gas reserves of 2.9 trillion cubic feet equivalent (Tcfe) consisting of 1.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 0.65 Tcfe of oil, and 0.75 Tcfe of natural gas liquids principally located in the Mid-Continent and Permian Basin regions. The company also owned interests in 3,153 net productive oil and gas wells. Cimarex Energy Co. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (PAA) dropped $-0.58 to close the day at a new closing price of $31.33, a -1.82% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 96.03% above its 52 week low of $18.5. A total of 2.62M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.55M. The stock, which fluctuated between $31.27 and $32.23 during the day, currently situated -6.12% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.78% in the past one month and up by 2.22% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $33.93 and RSI of 48.42, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., through with its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage, terminalling, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), natural gas, and refined products in the United States and Canada. Its Transportation segment transports crude oil and NGL through pipelines, gathering systems, trucks, and barges. As of December 31, 2015, this segment owned and leased 18,100 miles of active crude oil and NGL pipelines and gathering systems; 30 million barrels of active and above-ground tank capacity; 830 trailers; 142 transport and storage barges; and 64 transport tugs. The company’s Facilities segment provides storage, terminalling, and throughput services for crude oil, refined products, NGL, and natural gas; and NGL fractionation and isomerization, and natural gas and condensate processing services. As of December 31, 2015, it owned and operated approximately 80 million barrels of crude oil and refined products storage capacity; 25 million barrels of NGL storage capacity; 97 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage working capacity; 31 billion cubic feet of base gas; 10 natural gas processing plants; 1 condensate processing facility; 7 fractionation plants; 28 crude oil and NGL rail terminals; 6 marine facilities; and 1,100 miles of active pipelines. Its Supply and Logistics segment purchases crude oil at the wellhead, pipeline, terminal, and rail facilities; purchases cargos at load port and various locations in transit; stores inventory, and NGL and natural gas; purchases NGL; resells or exchanges crude oil and NGL; transports crude oil and NGL on trucks, barges, railcars, pipelines, and ocean-going vessels; and purchases and sells natural gas. As of December 31, 2015, it owned 13 million barrels of crude oil and NGL linefill; 5 million barrels of crude oil and NGL linefill; 990 trucks and 1,100 trailers; and 10,100 crude oil and NGL railcars. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

 

Stocks in Focus: Ameren Corporation (AEE), Xilinx, Inc. (XLNX), Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)

Ameren Corporation (AEE) had a active trading with around 2.25M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.24M. The stock traded between $52 and $53.08 before closing at the price of $52.94 with 0.76% change on the day. The St. Louis Missouri 63103 based company is currently trading 22.08% above its 52 week low of $45.1 and -0.86% below its 52 week high of $54.08. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 57.05 and $52.36 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Ameren Corporation operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. The company engages in the rate-regulated electric generation, transmission, and distribution in Missouri; and rate-regulated natural gas transmission and distribution businesses in Illinois. It primarily generates electricity through coal, solar, nuclear power, natural gas, methane gas, hydroelectric power, and oil resources. The company serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers. As of February 19, 2016, it had a generating capacity of approximately 10,200 megawatts; and served 2.4 million electric customers and approximately 900,000 natural gas customers. The company was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Xilinx, Inc. (XLNX) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.17% or $0.69 to close the day at $59.61 on light trading volume of 2.23M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.88M. The San Jose California 95124 based company has been outperforming the semiconductor – integrated circuits group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 28.48%, compared to the industry which has advanced 47% over the same period. With RSI of 58.87, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $59.79, making it a hold for now.

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

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) shares were up in last trading by 0.43% to $175.75. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.8% over the past week and grew 7.28% in the past month. It is currently trading 8.07% above its 50 day moving average and 12.51% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a 0.43% increase in value from its one year high of $175.83. The RSI indicator value of 77.77, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. It offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The company provides dry and packaged foods, and groceries; snack foods, candies, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, and garden and patio; meat, bakery, deli, and produces; and apparel and small appliances. It also operates gas stations, pharmacies, optical dispensing centers, food courts, and hearing-aid centers; and engages in the travel businesses. In addition, the company provides gold star individual and business membership services. As of August 28, 2016, it operated 715 warehouses, including 501 warehouses in the United States, Washington, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; 91 in Canada; 36 in Mexico; 28 in the United Kingdom; 25 in Japan; 12 in Korea; 12 in Taiwan; 8 in Australia; and 2 in Spain. Further, the company sells its products through online. The company was formerly known as Costco Companies, Inc. Costco Wholesale Corporation was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Washington.

 

Stocks Under Consideration: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (AMTD), United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL), Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS)

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (AMTD) retreated with the stock falling -0.35% or $-0.15 to close at $43.27 on light trading volume of 2.2M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.69M. The Omaha Nebraska 68154 based company operating under the Investment Brokerage – National industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 59.61% up for the period and down by -0.37% so far this year. With price target of $48.96 and a 66.54% rebound from 52-week low, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and related technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. Its products and services include tdameritrade.com, a Web platform for self-directed retail investors; Trade Architect, a Web-based platform for investors and traders to identify opportunities and stay informed; thinkorswim, a desktop platform for traders; and TD Ameritrade Mobile, which allows on-the-go investors and traders to trade and monitor accounts. The company also offers TD Ameritrade Institutional that provides brokerage and custody services to approximately 5,000 independent RIAs and their clients; TD Ameritrade’s Goal Planning, which offers investment consulting and planning services; Investools, a suite of investor education products and services for stock, option, foreign exchange, futures, mutual fund, and fixed-income investors; Amerivest, an advisory service that develops portfolios of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds; AdvisorDirect, a national referral service for investors; and TD Ameritrade Corporate Services that provide self-directed brokerage services to employees of corporations. In addition, it offers various retail brokerage products and services, such as common and preferred stocks; ETFs; options; futures; foreign exchange; mutual funds; fixed income products; primary and secondary offerings of fixed income securities, closed-end funds, and preferred stocks; margin lending; cash management services; and annuities. The company provides its services primarily through the Internet, a network of retail branches, mobile trading applications, interactive voice response, and registered representatives through telephone. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) had a light trading with around 2.2M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.54M. The stock traded between $75.1 and $76.3 before closing at the price of $75.67 with -0.11% change on the day. The Chicago Illinois 60606 based company is currently trading 102.27% above its 52 week low of $37.41 and -1.47% below its 52 week high of $76.8. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $85.44 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The company transports people and cargo through its mainline and regional operations. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 1,236 aircraft. United Continental Holdings, Inc. also sells fuel; and offers catering, ground handling, and maintenance services for third parties. The company was formerly known as UAL Corporation and changed its name to United Continental Holdings, Inc. in October 2010. United Continental Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS) saw its value decrease by -0.27% as the stock dropped $-0.22 to finish the day at a closing price of $79.94. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $67.11-$95.9 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $79.46 to $80.74 during the day, are down by -7.1% in the past three months and down by -8.1% over the past six months. It is currently trading -4.81% below its 20 day moving average and -9.07% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $84.7 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 40.75.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Citrix Systems, Inc. develops and sells products and services that enable delivery of applications and data over public, private, or hybrid clouds or networks to various types of devices. The company’s Enterprise and Service Provider segment provides XenDesktop, a desktop virtualization system that gives customers the flexibility to deliver desktops and applications as cloud services; XenApp that allows Windows applications to be delivered as cloud services to Android and iOS mobile devices, Macs, PCs, and thin clients; XenMobile Enterprise to manage mobile devices, apps, and data; Citrix Workspace Suite, a business mobility solution; and NetScaler, an all-in-one application delivery controller. Its Mobility Apps segment provides GoToMeeting for online meetings, sales demonstrations, and collaborative gatherings; GoToWebinar, a do-it-yourself Webinar product; GoToTraining, an online training product; OpenVoice, a reservation-less audio conferencing service; and Grasshopper, a cloud-based telephony solutions for small businesses. This division also provides ShareFile, a cloud-based file sharing and storage solution for businesses; GoToMyPC, an online service that enables mobile workstyles by providing remote access to a PC or Mac from virtually Internet-connected computer, as well as from supported iOS or Android mobile devices; and GoToAssist, which offers cloud-based information technology support solutions. In addition, it offers license updates and maintenance services, including subscription, technical support, and hardware and software maintenance services; and consulting, and product training and certification services. Citrix Systems, Inc. markets and licenses its products through systems integrators, resellers, distributors, original equipment manufacturers, and service providers, as well as directly to customers worldwide. The company, formerly known as Citrus Systems, Inc., was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (CIE), Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (MSTX), Pandora Media, Inc. (P)

Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (CIE) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -4.57% or $-0.04 to close the day at $0.79 on active trading volume of 7M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.23M. The Houston Texas 77024 based company has been underperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -68.81%, compared to the industry which has advanced 44.3% over the same period. With RSI of 32.96, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $2.69, making it a hold for now.

Cobalt International Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an oil and gas exploration and production company primarily in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The company holds interests in the North Platte, Shenandoah, Anchor, and Heidelberg fields located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico; and the Diaba block located offshore Gabon. As of December 31, 2015, it had net proved undeveloped reserves of 5.6 million barrels (MMBbls) of oil; 0.3 MMBbls of natural gas liquids; and 1.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (MSTX) fell -3.99% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.01 to finish the day at $0.13 with about 6.78M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.69M. The $28.67M market cap company, which fluctuated between $0.13 and $0.14 during the day, currently situated 85.71% above its 52 week low of $0.07 and -81.69% away from its one year high of $0.71. The RSI of 48.7 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Mast Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, develops therapies for serious or life-threatening diseases with significant unmet needs. The company’s lead product candidate is MST-188 (vepoloxamer), an injection used for the treatment of sickle cell disease, arterial disease, and heart failure. It also develops AIR001, a sodium nitrite solution for intermittent inhalation via nebulizer, as well as for the treatment of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. The company was formerly known as ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and changed its name to Mast Therapeutics, Inc. in March 2013. Mast Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Pandora Media, Inc. (P) saw its value decrease by -0.52% as the stock dropped $-0.07 to finish the day at a closing price of $13.45. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $8.05-$14.98 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $13.31 to $13.67 during the day, are up by 26.17% in the past three months and up by 2.59% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.55% above its 20 day moving average and 2.82% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $14.59 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.39. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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

 

Stocks in Focus: Avis Budget Group, Inc. (CAR), Commercial Metals Company (CMC), GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC)

Avis Budget Group, Inc. (CAR) had a active trading with around 4.42M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.44M. The stock traded between $38.35 and $41 before closing at the price of $40.66 with 5.83% change on the day. The Parsippany New Jersey 07054 based company is currently trading 87.11% above its 52 week low of $21.73 and -2.09% below its 52 week high of $41.53. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 65.92 and $43.75 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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

Commercial Metals Company (CMC) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 4.23% or $0.94 to close the day at $23.14 on active trading volume of 4.38M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.93M. The Irving Texas 75039 based company has been outperforming the steel & iron group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 63.98%, compared to the industry which has advanced 102.84% over the same period. With RSI of 64.61, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $20.6, making it a hold for now.

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

GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC) shares were up in last trading by 1.46% to $8.32. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 3.1% over the past week and fell -26.24% in the past month. It is currently trading -23.63% below its 50 day moving average and -54.98% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -76.07% decrease in value from its one year high of $35.9. The RSI indicator value of 33.03, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

GNC Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of health, wellness, and performance products. The company operates through three segments: Retail, Franchise, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. Its products include vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products; and sports nutrition products, diet products, and other wellness products. The company sells its products under the GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men, Ultra Mega, Total Lean, Pro Performance, Pro Performance AMP, Beyond Raw, GNC Puredge, GNC GenetixHD, and Herbal Plus, as well as under third-party brands. It operates a network of approximately 9,000 locations under the GNC brand worldwide. The company sells its products through company-owned retail stores; Websites, including GNC.com and LuckyVitamin.com, as well as Drugstore.com; domestic and international franchise activities; third-party contract manufacturing; and e-commerce and corporate partnerships. GNC Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Stocks in the Spotlight: FireEye, Inc. (FEYE), Antero Resources Corporation (AR), Service Corporation International (SCI)

FireEye, Inc. (FEYE) had a light trading with around 3.19M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.56M. The stock traded between $11.71 and $11.95 before closing at the price of $11.73 with -1.35% change on the day. The Milpitas California 95035 based company is currently trading 10.66% above its 52 week low of $10.6 and -40.24% below its 52 week high of $19.63. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 43.07 and $13.77 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

FireEye, Inc. provides cybersecurity solutions for detecting, preventing, analyzing, and resolving cyber-attacks. The company offers vector-specific appliance solutions that provide threat protection from network to endpoint for inbound and outbound network traffic that may contain sensitive information. It also offers Central Management System that provides cross-enterprise threat data correlation to identify and block attacks across multiple attack vectors; and Threat Analytics Platform to identify and respond to cyber threats by correlating enterprise-generated security event data from any security product with real-time threat intelligence, as well as Malware Analysis System to manually execute and inspect advanced malware, zero-day, and other advanced cyber-attacks embedded in files, email attachments, and Web objects. In addition, the company offers Network Forensics Platform that helps in detecting threats and view specific packets and sessions before, during, and after the attack to confirm what may have triggered a malware download or callback; Investigation Analysis System, a centralized analytical interface to the Network Forensics Platform; and Mandiant Intelligent Response that enables remote investigation of endpoints and allows security teams to collect targeted forensic data to identify attacker behavior, tools, and techniques. Further, it provides cloud-based subscription services; Security-as-a-Service; and incident response, compromise assessments, and related consulting, as well as training and professional, and customer support and maintenance services. FireEye, Inc. provides its products and services through distributors, resellers, and strategic partners in the United States, the Asia Pacific, Japan, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and others. The company was formerly known as NetForts, Inc. and changed its name to FireEye, Inc. in September 2005. FireEye, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

Antero Resources Corporation (AR) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.06% or $0.27 to close the day at $25.83 on light trading volume of 3.19M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.42M. The Denver Colorado 80202 based company has been underperforming the oil & gas drilling & exploration group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -1.6%, compared to the industry which has advanced 94.73% over the same period. With RSI of 55.49, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $34.19, making it a hold for now.

Antero Resources Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, explores, and develops natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil properties in the United States. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 569,000 net acres of oil and gas properties located in the Appalachian Basin in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. It also owned and operated 182 miles of gas gathering pipelines in the Marcellus Shale; and 110 miles of low-pressure, high-pressure, and condensate pipelines in the Utica Shale. The company was formerly known as Antero Resources Appalachian Corporation and changed its name to Antero Resources Corporation in June 2013. Antero Resources Corporation was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Antero Resources Corporation is a subsidiary of Antero Resources Investment LLC.

Service Corporation International (SCI) shares were down in last trading by -0.35% to $31.64. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 8.58% over the past week and grew 9.67% in the past month. It is currently trading 10.8% above its 50 day moving average and 17.02% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.77% decrease in value from its one year high of $32.21. The RSI indicator value of 83.51, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

Service Corporation International, together with its subsidiaries, provides deathcare products and services in the United States and Canada. The company operates through Funeral and Cemetery segments. Its funeral service and cemetery operations comprise funeral service locations, cemeteries, funeral service/cemetery combination locations, crematoria, and related businesses. The company also provides professional services relating to funerals and cremations, including the use of funeral facilities and motor vehicles; arranging and directing services; and removal, preparation, embalming, and cremation services, as well as catering services. In addition, it offers funeral merchandise, including burial caskets and related accessories, urns and other cremation receptacles, outer burial containers, flowers, on-line and video tributes, stationery products, casket and cremation memorialization products, and other merchandise. Further, the company’s cemeteries provide cemetery property interment rights, including developed lots, lawn crypts, mausoleum spaces, niches, and other cremation memorialization and interment options; and sells cemetery merchandise and services, including memorial markers and bases, floral placements, graveside services, merchandise installation, and burial openings and closings, as well as offers preneed cemetery merchandise and services. Service Corporation International offers its products and services under the Dignity Memorial, Dignity Planning, National Cremation Society, Advantage, Funeraria del Angel, Making Everlasting Memories, Neptune Society, and Trident Society brands. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 1,535 funeral service locations; and 469 cemeteries, including 262 funeral service/cemetery combination locations covering 45 states, 8 Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The company was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

 

Trader Alert: Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO), Swift Transportation Company (SWFT), Sanchez Energy Corporation (SN)

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO) retreated with the stock falling -3.34% or $-0.61 to close at $17.63 on active trading volume of 3.03M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.78M. The Houston Texas 77094 based company operating under the Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -5.72% down for the period and down by -0.4% so far this year. With price target of $16.74 and a 20.18% rebound from 52-week low, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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

Swift Transportation Company (SWFT) gained $0.2 to close the day at a new closing price of $22.61, a 0.89% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 58.% above its 52 week low of $14.31. A total of 3.03M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.37M. The stock, which fluctuated between $22.3 and $22.7 during the day, currently situated -16.81% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -4.64% in the past one month and down by -9.01% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $27.5 and RSI of 42.46, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Swift Transportation Company operates as a multi-faceted transportation services company in North America. The company operates through four segments: Truckload, Dedicated, Swift Refrigerated, and Intermodal. The Truckload segment provides services through one-way movements over irregular routes utilizing company’s and owner-operator tractors with dry van, flatbed, and specialized trailing equipment in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The Dedicated segment offers tailored solutions under long-term contracts utilizing refrigerated, dry van, flatbed, and other specialized trailing equipment. The Swift Refrigerated segment primarily offers shipments for customers who require temperature-controlled trailers. This segment’s shipments include one-way movements over irregular routes, as well as dedicated truck operations. The Intermodal segment moves freight over the rail in containers and other trailing equipment; and provides drayage services to transport loads between the railheads and customer locations. The company also offers logistics and freight brokerage services, as well as support services to its customers and owner-operators, including repair and maintenance shop services, equipment leasing, and insurance. As of December 31, 2015, it operated a fleet of 15,211 company tractors and 4,653 owner-operator tractors; 65,233 trailers; and 9,150 intermodal containers from 40 terminals near key freight centers and traffic lanes. Swift Transportation Company serves various customers primarily in the retail, food and beverage, consumer products, paper products, transportation and logistics, housing and building, automotive, and manufacturing industries. The company was formerly known as Swift Holdings Corp. Swift Transportation Company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sanchez Energy Corporation (SN) shares were down in last trading by -0.56% to $12.53. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -2.49% over the past week and fell -5.08% in the past month. It is currently trading 14.65% above its 50 day moving average and 47.15% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -12.93% decrease in value from its one year high of $14.39. The RSI indicator value of 53.47, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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.