Nicole DeMars

Stocks Trending Alert: Rennova Health, Inc. (RNVA), Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (MSTX), GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC)

Rennova Health, Inc. (RNVA) saw its value increase by 2.02% as the stock dropped $0 to finish the day at a closing price of $0.06. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $0.05-$1.16 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $0.06 to $0.06 during the day, are down by -57.55% in the past three months and down by -78.32% over the past six months. It is currently trading -20.15% below its 20 day moving average and -34.16% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $18.5 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 25.44.The technical indicator lead us to believe the stock will reverse recent losses any time soon.

Rennova Health, Inc. provides diagnostics and supportive software solutions to healthcare providers in the United States. It offers products and services, including laboratory diagnostics, healthcare technology solutions, and revenue cycle management solutions, as well as intends to provide financial services in the form of loans to physician practices. The company provides toxicology, clinical pharmacogenetics, and esoteric testing services; develops Web-based system to place lab orders, track samples, and view test reports in real time; Web-enabled laboratory information management solutions; Medical Mime, which offers an electronic health record for substance abuse and behavioral health providers; and CollabRx that enhances cancer diagnoses and treatment through actionable data analytics and reporting for oncologists and their patients. Rennova Health, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (MSTX) shares were down in last trading by -4.58% to $0.14. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -1.17% over the past week and fell -3.29% in the past month. It is currently trading 14.18% above its 50 day moving average and -47.73% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -80.93% decrease in value from its one year high of $0.7088. The RSI indicator value of 52.06, lead us to believe that it is a 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.

GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC) traded within a range of $8.1 to $8.45 after opening the day at $8.43. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -25.72% so far this year. The stock was down close to -2.26% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $8.2 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -76.41% below its 52 week high of $35.9 and 7.47% above its 12-month low of $7.62. The shares are down by over -42.23% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 30.94 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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: Tidewater Inc. (TDW), Vista Outdoor Inc. (VSTO), Naked Brand Group Inc. (NAKD)

Tidewater Inc. (TDW) had a light trading with around 2.36M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.49M. The stock traded between $1.25 and $1.42 before closing at the price of $1.4 with 6.06% change on the day. The New Orleans Louisiana 70130 based company is currently trading 8.53% above its 52 week low of $1.25 and -87.91% below its 52 week high of $11.58. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 25.63 and $1.5 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

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

Vista Outdoor Inc. (VSTO) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.74% or $-0.36 to close the day at $20.37 on active trading volume of 2.36M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.38M. The Farmington Utah 84025 based company has been underperforming the sporting goods group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -56.04%, compared to the industry which has dropped -1.5% over the same period. With RSI of 18.96, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $33.25, making it a hold for now.

Vista Outdoor Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets consumer products for the outdoor sports and recreation markets worldwide. The company’s Shooting Sports segment designs, develops, produces, and sources ammunition for the hunting and sport shooting enthusiast markets, as well as for local law enforcement, the United States government, and international markets under the Federal Premium, Speer, American Eagle, Blazer, CCI, Estate Cartridge, Stevens, Fusion, Savage Arms, Savage Range Systems, Force on Force, and Independence brands; and provides firearms products, such as centerfire rifles, rimfire rifles, shotguns, and range systems. Its Outdoor Products segment offers archery/hunting accessories, such as hunting arrows, game calls, hunting blinds, game cameras, and waterfowl decoys; eyewear and sport protection products comprising safety and protective eyewear, fashion and sports eyewear, and helmets; golf products, including laser rangefinders; and hydration products consisting of hydration packs and water bottles. This segment also offers optics products, such as binoculars, riflescopes, and telescopes; shooting accessories, including reloading equipment, clay targets, and premium gun care products; tactical products comprising holsters, duty gear, bags, and packs; and water sports products, such as stand up paddle boards. It provides its products under the Alliant Powder, Bee Stinger, BLACKHAWK!, Bollé, Bushnell, Butler Creek, CamelBak, Cébé, Champion Target, Eagle, Final Approach, Gold Tip, GunMate, Gunslick Pro, Hoppe’s, Jimmy Styks, M-Pro 7, Millett, Night Optics, Outers, Primos, RCBS, Redfield, Serengeti, Simmons, Stoney Point, Tasco, Uncle Mike’s, and Weaver brand names. The company sells its products to outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and recreational shooters, athletes, and law enforcement and military professionals through various mass, specialty, and independent retailers. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in Farmington, Utah.

Naked Brand Group Inc. (NAKD) shares were up in last trading by 7.2% to $2.68. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -26.17% over the past week and grew 57.65% in the past month. It is currently trading 89.11% above its 50 day moving average and 81.75% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -43.58% decrease in value from its one year high of $4.75. The RSI indicator value of 59.3, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Naked Brand Group Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells men’s and women’s underwear, intimate apparel, loungewear, and sleepwear products in the United States and Canada. It offers various innerwear products for men, including boxer briefs, trunks, briefs, undershirts, T-shirts, lounge pants, lounge shorts, and robes; and loungewear and sleepwear products for women, such as boyshorts, hipsters, lounge pants and tops, camisoles, tank tops, pajamas, chemises, sleepshirts, and robes primarily under the Naked brand name. The company sells its products to consumers and retailers through wholesale channels; and direct-to-consumer channel, which consists of an online e-commerce store, wearnaked.com. Naked Brand Group Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

Worth Watching Stocks: Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM), Sanchez Energy Corporation (SN), Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH)

Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM) saw its value decrease by -5.53% as the stock dropped $-0.24 to finish the day at a closing price of $4.1. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $0.5-$6.98 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $3.96 to $4.35 during the day, are up by 350.55% in the past three months and up by 117.74% over the past six months. It is currently trading 35.98% above its 20 day moving average and 159.74% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $15 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.99.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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

Sanchez Energy Corporation (SN) shares were up in last trading by 1.04% to $12.6. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.56% over the past week and grew 12.1% in the past month. It is currently trading 16.1% above its 50 day moving average and 48.28% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -12.44% decrease in value from its one year high of $14.39. The RSI indicator value of 54.66, 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.

Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH) traded within a range of $6.42 to $6.66 after opening the day at $6.47. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 18.43% so far this year. The stock was up close to 2.16% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $6.62 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -69.04% below its 52 week high of $17.73 and 59.52% above its 12-month low of $4.15. The shares are up by over 35.93% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 55.31 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Community Health Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns, leases, and operates general acute care hospitals in the United States. It offers general acute care, emergency room, general and specialty surgery, critical care, internal medicine, obstetrics, diagnostic, psychiatric, and rehabilitation services, as well as skilled nursing and home care services. The company also provides outpatient services at urgent care centers, occupational medicine clinics, imaging centers, cancer centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and home health and hospice agencies. In addition, it offers management and consulting services to non-affiliated general acute care hospitals. As of February 15, 2016, the company owned, leased, or operated 195 affiliated hospitals in 29 states with approximately 30,000 licensed beds. Community Health Systems, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.

 

Stocks Buzz: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), Apache Corporation (APA), Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC)

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.7% or $-0.23 to close the day at $13.26 on light trading volume of 40.42M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 57.29M. The Sunnyvale California 94088 based company has been outperforming the semiconductor – broad line group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 624.59%, compared to the industry which has advanced 48.27% over the same period. With RSI of 67.2, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $11.03, making it a hold for now.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. operates as a semiconductor company worldwide. The company’s products primarily include x86 microprocessors as an accelerated processing unit (APU), chipsets, discrete graphics processing units (GPUs), and semi-custom System-on-Chip (SoC) products. It provides x86 microprocessors for desktop PCs under the AMD A-Series, AMD E-Series, AMD FX CPU, AMD Athlon CPU and APU, AMD Sempron APU and CPU, and AMD Pro A-Series APU brands; and microprocessors for notebook and 2-in-1s under the AMD A-Series, AMD E-Series, AMD C-Series, AMD Z-Series, AMD FX APU, AMD Phenom, AMD Athlon CPU and APU, AMD Turion, and AMD Sempron APU and CPU brands. The company also offers chipsets with and without integrated graphics features for desktop, notebook PCs, and servers, as well as controller hub-based chipsets for its APUs under the AMD brand; and AMD PRO mobile and desktop processors. In addition, it provides discrete desktop graphics products and discrete GPUs for notebooks under the AMD Radeon brand; professional graphics products under the AMD FirePro brand; and customer-specific solutions based on AMD’s CPU, GPU, and multi-media technologies. Further, the company offers microprocessors for server platforms under the AMD Opteron; embedded processor solutions for interactive digital signage, casino gaming, and medical imaging under the AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon, AMD Sempron, AMD Geode, AMD R-Series, and G-Series brands; and semi-custom SoC products that power the Sony Playstation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. sells its products through its direct sales force, independent distributors, and sales representatives. The company serves original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, system builders, and independent distributors. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Apache Corporation (APA) retreated with the stock falling -2.94% or $-1.68 to close at $55.5 on active trading volume of 7.44M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.1M. The Houston Texas 77056 based company operating under the Independent Oil & Gas industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 50.67% up for the period and down by -12.21% so far this year. With price target of $65.59 and a 56.43% rebound from 52-week low, Apache Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. It operates onshore and offshore assets primarily in the Permian Basin, the Anadarko basin in western Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, and Gulf Coast areas of the United States, as well as in Western Canada and Gulf of Mexico. The company also operates assets in Egypt and the United Kingdom in the North Sea. As of December 31, 2015, it had total estimated proved reserves of 794 million barrels of crude oil, 198 million barrels of natural gas liquids, and 3.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Apache Corporation was founded in 1954 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.28% or $0.19 to close the day at $68.33 on lower than average trading volume of 3.49M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.25M. The The Woodlands Texas 77380 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by 11.9305% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -2.01% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is down -1.75% for the same period. The RSI of 44.83 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of oil and gas properties. It operates through three segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production; Midstream; and Marketing. The Oil and Gas Exploration and Production segment explores for and produces oil, condensate, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Midstream segment provides gathering, processing, treating, and transportation services to Anadarko and third-party oil, natural-gas, and NGLs producers, as well as owns and operates gathering, processing, treating, and transportation systems in the United States. The Marketing segment markets oil, natural gas, and NGLs in the United States; oil and NGLs internationally; and anticipated liquefied natural gas production from Mozambique. The company’s asset portfolio includes U.S. onshore resource plays in the Rocky Mountains area, the southern United States, the Appalachian basin, and Alaska; the deepwater Gulf of Mexico; and in Algeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, New Zealand, Kenya, and other countries. As of December 31, 2015, it had approximately 2.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

 

Momentum Stocks: Continental Resources, Inc. (CLR), Allergan plc (AGN), Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK)

Continental Resources, Inc. (CLR) grew with the stock adding 1.16% or $0.54 to close at $46.97 on light trading volume of 1.94M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.74M. The Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73102 based company operating under the Independent Oil & Gas industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 154.44% up for the period and down by -8.87% so far this year. With price target of $60.94 and a 177.6% rebound from 52-week low, Continental Resources, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Continental Resources, Inc. explores for, develops, and produces crude oil and natural gas properties in the north, south, and east regions of the United States. The company sells its crude oil and natural gas production to energy marketing companies, crude oil refining companies, and natural gas gathering and processing companies. As of December 31, 2015, its estimated proved reserves were 1,226 million barrels of crude oil equivalent (MMBoe) with estimated proved developed reserves of 525 MMBoe. Continental Resources, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Allergan plc (AGN) had a light trading with around 2.63M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.53M. The stock traded between $244.65 and $249.27 before closing at the price of $248.57 with 0.73% change on the day. The Dublin Dublin D17 E400 based company is currently trading 34.73% above its 52 week low of $184.5 and -17.51% below its 52 week high of $301.32. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $263.37 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Allergan plc, a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes medical aesthetics, biosimilar, and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products worldwide. It operates through US Brands, US Medical Aesthetics, International Brands, and Anda Distribution segments. The company offers a portfolio of products that provide treatments for the central nervous system, gastroenterology, women’s health and urology, ophthalmology, neurosciences, medical aesthetics, liver disease, inflammation, fibrosis, and HIV, as well as dermatology and plastic surgery, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also involved in developing ocular implants that reduce intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma; medical devices for the correction of prominent ears; and intranasal neurostimulation devices, as well as other dry eye products. In addition, it distributes generic and branded pharmaceutical products primarily to independent pharmacies, pharmacy chains, pharmacy buying groups, and physicians’ offices. Further, the company develops, processes, and markets tissue-based products for use in reconstructive, orthopedic, and urogynecologic surgical procedures to repair soft tissue defects. Allergan plc has a collaboration with T2 Biosystems to develop blood-based diagnostic panel for the detection of Gram-negative bacterial species. The company was formerly known as Actavis plc and changed its name to Allergan plc in June 2015. Allergan plc was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK) saw its value increase by 0.31% as the stock gained $0.26 to finish the day at a closing price of $84.54. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $45.34-$85.11 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $82.81 to $84.59 during the day, are up by 14.54% in the past three months and up by 34.23% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.96% above its 20 day moving average and 6.93% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $81.71 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 61.18.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Autodesk, Inc. operates as a design software and services company worldwide. The company’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction segment offers Autodesk Building Design Suites to manage various phases of design and construction; Autodesk Revit products that offer model-based design and documentation systems; Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suites; AutoCAD Civil 3D, a surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution; and AutoCAD Map 3D software for infrastructure planning, design, and management. Its Platform Solutions and Emerging Business segment offers AutoCAD software, a professional design, drafting, detailing, and visualization software; and AutoCAD LT, a professional drafting and detailing software. The company’s Manufacturing segment provides Autodesk Product Design Suites for digital prototyping; Autodesk Inventor to go beyond 3D design to digital prototyping; AutoCAD Mechanical software to accelerate the mechanical design process; Autodesk Moldflow, an injection molding simulation software; Autodesk Delcam, a CAD and computer-aided manufacturing software; Autodesk PLM 360, a product lifecycle management application; and Autodesk Fusion 360, a product development environment. Its Media and Entertainment segment offers Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max software products that offer 3D modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing solutions; and Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Lustre software applications that offer editing, finishing, and visual effects design and color grading solutions. Autodesk, Inc. sells consumer products for digital art, personal design and creativity, and home design in digital storefronts and over the Internet. It licenses or sells its products to customers in the architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and digital media, consumer, and entertainment industries directly, as well as through resellers and distributors. Autodesk, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

 

Stocks in Focus: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PEG), The Allstate Corporation (ALL), Intel Corporation (INTC)

Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PEG) had a light trading with around 1.91M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.41M. The stock traded between $43.13 and $43.71 before closing at the price of $43.43 with -0.75% change on the day. The Newark New Jersey 07102 based company is currently trading 11.67% above its 52 week low of $39.28 and -5.74% below its 52 week high of $47.41. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 49.77 and $45.88 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the Northeastern and Mid- Atlantic United States. The company operates nuclear, coal, gas, oil-fired, and renewable generation facilities with a generation capacity of approximately 11,678 megawatts. It sells electricity, natural gas, emissions credits, and a series of energy-related products. The company also transmits electricity; and distributes electricity and gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as invests in solar generation projects, and implements energy efficiency and demand response programs. In addition, it offers appliance services and repairs to customers. As of December 31, 2015, the company’s electric transmission and distribution system included 24,022 circuit miles, of which 8,226 circuit miles were underground; and 848,496 poles, of which 549,636 poles were jointly-owned, as well as 4 electric distribution headquarters and 5 sub-headquarters. It also owned and operated 18,112 miles of gas mains; owned 12 gas distribution headquarters and 2 sub-headquarters; owned 1 meter shop; operated 60 natural gas metering and regulating stations; and owned 43 switching stations with an aggregate installed capacity of 29,090 megavolt-amperes (MVA) and 246 substations with an aggregate installed capacity of 8,179 MVA. Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

The Allstate Corporation (ALL) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.24% or $0.19 to close the day at $79.8 on light trading volume of 1.8M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.11M. The Northbrook Illinois 60062 based company has been outperforming the property & casualty insurance group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 26.02%, compared to the industry which has advanced 28.5% over the same period. With RSI of 83.55, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $81.67, making it a hold for now.

The Allstate Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in property-liability insurance and life insurance business in the United States and Canada. The company’s Allstate Protection segment sells private passenger auto, homeowners, and other property-liability insurance products under the Allstate, Esurance, and Encompass brand names. It also offers specialty auto products including motorcycle, trailer, motor home, and off-road vehicle insurance policies; other personal lines products including renter, condominium, landlord, boat, umbrella, and manufactured home insurance policies; commercial lines products for small business owners; roadside assistance products; service contracts; and other products sold in conjunction with auto lending and vehicle sales transactions. In addition, this segment sells its products through contact centers and Internet. The company’s Allstate Financial segment provides traditional, interest-sensitive, and variable life insurance; and voluntary accident and health insurance products; deferred and immediate fixed annuities; and funding agreements backing medium-term notes; and retirement and investment products, including mutual funds, fixed and variable annuities, disability insurance, and long-term care insurance. This segment markets its products through its agencies and financial specialists, and workplace enrolling independent agents. The Allstate Corporation was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois.

Intel Corporation (INTC) shares were up in last trading by 0.36% to $35.93. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -1.16% over the past week and fell -1.64% in the past month. It is currently trading -0.78% below its 50 day moving average and 4.77% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -5.89% decrease in value from its one year high of $38.45. The RSI indicator value of 44.42, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through Client Computing Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Software and Services, and All Other segments. The company’s platforms are used in various computing applications comprising notebooks, 2 in 1 systems, desktops, servers, tablets, smartphones, wireless and wired connectivity products, wearables, retail devices, and manufacturing devices, as well as for retail, transportation, industrial, buildings, home use, and other market segments. It offers microprocessors that processes system data and controls other devices in the system; chipsets, which send data between the microprocessor and input, display, and storage devices, such as keyboard, mouse, monitor, hard drive or solid-state drive, and optical disc drives; and system-on-chip products that integrate its central processing units with other system components onto a single chip. The company also provides communication and connectivity offerings, such as baseband processors, radio frequency transceivers, and power management integrated circuits; and tablet, phone, and Internet of Things solutions, which include multimode 4G LTE modems, Bluetooth technology and GPS receivers, software solutions, and interoperability tests, as well as home gateway and set-top box components. In addition, it offers security solutions for computers, mobile devices, and networks, as well as software and services for technology integration; NAND flash memory products, which are used in solid-state drives; and custom foundry services, including custom silicon, packaging, and manufacturing test services. The company sells its products primarily to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and industrial and communications equipment manufacturers in the computing and communications industries. Intel Corporation was founded in 1968 and is based in Santa Clara, California.

 

Stocks To Watch: BB&T Corporation (BBT), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC), Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS)

BB&T Corporation (BBT) traded within a range of $46.92 to $47.93 after opening the day at $47.05. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 2.47% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.89% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $47.87 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding 0.69% above its 52 week high of $47.93 and 57.79% above its 12-month low of $31.27. The shares are up by over 15.13% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 65.06 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. It operates in six segments: Community Banking, Residential Mortgage Banking, Dealer Financial Services, Specialized Lending, Insurance Services, and Financial Services. The company’s deposit products include noninterest-bearing checking, interest-bearing checking, savings, and money market deposit accounts, as well as certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts. Its loan portfolio comprises commercial, financial and agricultural, real estate construction and land development, real estate mortgage, and consumer loans. The company also provides asset management, automobile lending, bankcard lending, consumer finance, home equity and mortgage lending, insurance, investment brokerage, mobile/online banking, payment, sales finance, small business lending, and wealth management/private banking services. In addition, it offers association, capital markets, institutional trust, insurance premium finance, international banking, leasing, merchant, mortgage warehouse lending, private equity investments, real estate lending, and supply chain management services. Further, the company provides retail brokerage, equity and debt underwriting, investment advice, corporate finance, and equity research services, as well as facilitates the origination, trading, and distribution of fixed-income securities and equity products. As of April 4, 2016, it operated approximately 2,265 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C. The company was founded in 1872 and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.35% or $1.68 to close the day at $126.1 on light trading volume of 2.42M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.92M. The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15222 based company has been outperforming the money center banks group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 55.04%, compared to the industry which has advanced 24.61% over the same period. With RSI of 70.14, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $125.13, making it a hold for now.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company’s Retail Banking segment offers deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services to consumer and small business customers through branch network, ATMs, call centers, online banking, and mobile channels. As of March 31, 2016, this segment operated a network of 2,613 branches and 8,940 ATMs. Its Corporate & Institutional Banking segment provides secured and unsecured loans, letters of credit, equipment leases, cash and investment management, receivables management, disbursement and funds transfer, information reporting, trade services, foreign exchange, derivatives, securities, loan syndications, mergers and acquisitions advisory, equity capital markets advisory, and related services for corporations, government, and not-for-profit entities. This segment also offers commercial loan servicing, and real estate advisory and technology solutions for the commercial real estate finance industry. The company’s Asset Management Group segment provides investment and retirement planning, customized investment management, private banking, tailored credit solutions, and trust management and administration for individuals and their families; multi-generational family planning products; and mutual funds and institutional asset management services. Its Residential Mortgage Banking segment offers first lien residential mortgage loans. The company’s BlackRock segment provides investment and risk management services to institutional and retail clients. Its Non-Strategic Assets Portfolio segment offers consumer residential mortgage, brokered home equity loans, and lines of credit, as well as commercial real estate loans and leases. The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) gained $3.42 to close the day at a new closing price of $121.3, a 2.9% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 21.64% above its 52 week low of $99.72. A total of 1.51M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.1M. The stock, which fluctuated between $117.51 and $121.48 during the day, currently situated -13.01% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 7.66% in the past one month and up by 2.24% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $132.8 and RSI of 78.3, the stock still has upside potential, making it a sell for now.

Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and radiation oncology centers. The company’s hospitals provide various services, including general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services, and/or behavioral health services. As of February 25, 2016, it owned and/or operated 24 inpatient acute care hospitals, 3 free-standing emergency departments, and 213 inpatient and 16 outpatient behavioral health care facilities located in 37 states, Washington, D.C.; the United Kingdom; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Universal Health Services, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

 

Momentum Stocks: PPL Corporation (PPL), Citigroup Inc. (C), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT)

PPL Corporation (PPL) retreated with the stock falling -0.73% or $-0.26 to close at $35.47 on light trading volume of 2.66M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.68M. The Allentown Pennsylvania 18101 based company operating under the Electric Utilities industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 2.74% up for the period and up by 4.17% so far this year. With price target of $36.83 and a 11.85% rebound from 52-week low, PPL Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

PPL Corporation, a utility company, delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. It serves 322,000 natural gas and 403,000 electric customers in Louisville and adjacent areas in Kentucky; 543,000 customers in central, southeastern, and western Kentucky; and approximately 28,000 customers in 5 counties in southwestern Virginia, and fewer than 10 customers in Tennessee. The company also provides electric delivery services to approximately 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania; and operates 4 electricity distribution networks in the United Kingdom, as well as delivers natural gas to customers in Kentucky; generates electricity from power plants in Kentucky; and sells wholesale electricity to 11 municipalities in Kentucky. In addition, it provides finance for the operations of PPL and subsidiaries. PPL Corporation was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Citigroup Inc. (C) had a active trading with around 22.35M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 21.2M. The stock traded between $58.75 and $60.11 before closing at the price of $59.83 with 1.49% change on the day. The New York New York 10013 based company is currently trading 65.21% above its 52 week low of $36.61 and -2.64% below its 52 week high of $61.63. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $64.61 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

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

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT) saw its value decrease by -0.65% as the stock dropped $-0.38 to finish the day at a closing price of $58.47. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $39.07-$59.76 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $58.42 to $58.9 during the day, are up by 20.18% in the past three months and up by 18.84% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.97% above its 20 day moving average and 3.52% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $79.13 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 60.88.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 February 1, 2017, the company had 4,900 properties with approximately 796,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

 

Stocks in the Spotlight: Capital One Financial Corporation (COF), Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN), Viacom, Inc. (VIAB)

Capital One Financial Corporation (COF) had a light trading with around 2.15M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.99M. The stock traded between $88.7 and $90.5 before closing at the price of $90.18 with 1.29% change on the day. The McLean Virginia 22102 based company is currently trading 57.93% above its 52 week low of $58.03 and -1.14% below its 52 week high of $91.64. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 59.84 and $98.75 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Capital One Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for the Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (COBNA); and Capital One, National Association (CONA), which provide various financial products and services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It operates through three segments: Credit Card, Consumer Banking, and Commercial Banking. The company offers various non-interest bearing and interest-bearing deposits, such as demand deposits, money market deposits, time deposits, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, and savings accounts. It also provides credit card loans and installment loans; auto, home, and retail banking loans; and commercial and multifamily real estate, commercial and industrial, and small-ticket commercial real estate loans. In addition, the company offers credit and debit card products; online direct banking services; and treasury management and depository services. It serves consumers, small businesses, and commercial clients through the Internet and other distribution channels, as well as through branches located in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) operates independently of Signet Banking Corp. as of February 28, 1995.

Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.46% or $-0.3 to close the day at $65 on light trading volume of 2M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.9M. The Springdale Arkansas 72762 based company has been outperforming the meat products group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 6.26%, compared to the industry which has dropped -1.29% over the same period. With RSI of 58.45, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $70.33, making it a hold for now.

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Prepared Foods. The company raises and processes chickens into fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products; processes live fed cattle and live market hogs; and fabricates dressed beef and pork carcasses into primal and sub-primal meat cuts, as well as case ready beef and pork, and fully-cooked meats. It also supplies poultry breeding stock; sells allied products, such as hide and meats; and manufactures and markets frozen and refrigerated food products, including pepperoni, bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, flour and corn tortilla products, desserts, appetizers, snacks, prepared meals, ethnic foods, soups, sauces, side dishes, meat dishes, breadsticks, and processed meats. Tyson Foods, Inc. offers its products primarily under the Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Van’s, Sara Lee, Chef Pierre, Wright, Aidells, State Fair, Gallo Salame, and Golden Island brands. The company sells its products through its sales staff to grocery retailers, grocery wholesalers, meat distributors, warehouse club stores, military commissaries, industrial food processing companies, chain restaurants or their distributors, live markets, international export companies, and domestic distributors, as well as through independent brokers and trading companies. Tyson Foods, Inc. was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas.

Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) shares were up in last trading by 1.84% to $44.25. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 6.19% over the past week and grew 14.34% in the past month. It is currently trading 15.03% above its 50 day moving average and 11.84% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -4.15% decrease in value from its one year high of $46.69. The RSI indicator value of 78.81, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

Viacom, Inc. operates as media brand worldwide. The company creates television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences. It operates through two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related branded products for consumers through approximately 250 locally programmed and operated TV channels, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, SPIKE, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Channel 5 (UK), Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Paramount Channel, and others, as well as through online, mobile, and apps. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, acquires, and distributes motion pictures, television programming, and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films, and Paramount Television brands; and distributes films released under the Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, and Insurge Pictures brands. This segment exhibits motion pictures theatrically through home entertainment, licensing to television and digital platforms, and ancillary activities. The company releases its content through download-to-own, download-to-rent, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, transactional video-on-demand, pay television, subscription video-on-demand, basic cable television, free television, and free video-on-demand, as well as airlines and hotels. Viacom, Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

3 Stocks to Watch For: Wells Fargo & Company (WFC), International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)

Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) saw its value increase by 1.58% as the stock gained $0.9 to finish the day at a closing price of $57.98. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $43.55-$58.02 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $56.99 to $58 during the day, are up by 12.84% in the past three months and up by 21.94% over the past six months. It is currently trading 4.14% above its 20 day moving average and 4.87% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $58.15 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 64.49.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) shares were up in last trading by 0.43% to $180.13. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.73% over the past week and grew 8.49% in the past month. It is currently trading 6.98% above its 50 day moving average and 15.21% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a 0.13% increase in value from its one year high of $180.13. The RSI indicator value of 72.54, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company’s Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure services, such as IT outsourcing, integrated technology, cloud, and technology support services. Its Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration services for strategy and transformation, application innovation services, enterprise applications, and analytics; application management, maintenance, and support services; and processing platforms and business process outsourcing services. The company’s Software segment provides middleware and operating systems software, including WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software that enables clients to integrate, manage, and analyze data from various sources; Tivoli software that manages business infrastructure in real time; Workforce Solutions, which enables businesses to connect people and processes; and Rational software that supports software development. This segment also provides Watson software to interact in natural language, process big data, and learn from interactions with people and computers; Watson Health that offers data analytics and insights of individual health; and Watson Internet of Things that allows direct sensing and communication of data. Its Systems Hardware segment offers infrastructure technologies, such as servers for businesses, organizations, and technical computing applications; and data storage products and solutions. The company’s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing; commercial financing to suppliers, distributors, and remarketers; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. The company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Armonk, New York.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) traded within a range of $88.11 to $89.7 after opening the day at $88.3. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 4.36% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.6% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $89.56 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding 0.92% above its 52 week high of $89.7 and 69.51% above its 12-month low of $54.33. The shares are up by over 17.43% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 66.49 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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.