Peter Elliott

Stocks To Track: Newell Brands Inc. (NWL), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT), Tiffany & Co. (TIF)

Newell Brands Inc. (NWL) fell -0.34% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.16 to finish the day at $47.55 with about 2.86M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.2M. The $23B market cap company, which fluctuated between $47.04 and $47.75 during the day, currently situated 45.34% above its 52 week low of $33.26 and -13.6% away from its one year high of $55.45. The RSI of 61.3 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Newell Brands Inc. designs, manufactures or sources, and distributes consumer and commercial products worldwide. The company’s Writing segment offers writing instruments, including markers and highlighters, pens, and pencils; art products; activity-based adhesive and cutting products; fine writing instruments; and labeling solutions under the Sharpie, Paper Mate, Expo, Prismacolor, Mr. Sketch, Elmer’s, X-Acto, Parker, Waterman, and Dymo Office brands. Its Home Solutions segment provides indoor/outdoor organization, food storage, and home storage products; durable beverage containers; gourmet cookware, bakeware, and cutlery; window treatments; and hair care accessories under the Rubbermaid, Contigo, Bubba, Calphalon, Levolor, and Goody brands. The company’s Tools segment offers hand and power tool accessories; industrial band saw blades; tools for HVAC systems; and industrial label makers and printers under the Irwin, Lenox, Hilmor, and Dymo Industrial brands. Its Commercial Products segment designs, manufactures or sources, and distributes cleaning and refuse products, hygiene systems, and material handling solutions under the Rubbermaid Commercial Products brand names. The company’s Baby & Parenting segment offers infant and juvenile products, such as car seats, strollers, highchairs, and playards directly under the Graco, Baby Jogger, Aprica, and Teutonia brands. The company sells its products through distributors and directly to mass merchants, warehouse clubs, grocery/drug stores, office superstores, office supply stores, and contract stationers, as well as travel retail, on-line, and other retailers; and specialty and department stores, home centers, industrial/construction outlets, commercial products distributors, contract customers, and other professional customers. The company was formerly known as Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and changed its name to Newell Brands Inc. in April 2016. Newell Brands Inc. was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT) gained $0.86 to close the day at a new closing price of $56.95, a 1.53% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 73.9% above its 52 week low of $34.04. A total of 2.85M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 4.81M. The stock, which fluctuated between $56.01 and $56.95 during the day, currently situated -4.7% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 1.62% in the past one month and up by 22.37% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $84.07 and RSI of 59.81, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) had a active trading with around 2.85M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.77M. The stock traded between $77.93 and $80.33 before closing at the price of $79.94 with 0.05% change on the day. The New York New York 10022 based company is currently trading 41.93% above its 52 week low of $56.99 and -5.91% below its 52 week high of $85.44. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 54.65 and $84.91 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and retails jewelry and other items worldwide. Its jewelry products include fine and solitaire jewelry; engagement rings and wedding bands; and non-gemstone, sterling silver, and gold jewelry. The company also sells timepieces, leather goods, sterling silverware, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances, and accessories. In addition, it wholesales diamonds to third parties. The company offers its products through retail sales, Internet and catalog sales, business-to-business sales, and wholesale distribution. As of January 31, 2016, it operated 124 stores in the Americas, 81 stores in the Asia-Pacific, 56 stores in Japan, 41 stores in Europe, and 5 stores in the United Arab Emirates. Tiffany & Co. was founded in 1837 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

Stocks Trend Analysis: Nuance Communications, Inc. (NUAN), The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX), Commercial Metals Company (CMC)

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NUAN) managed to rebound with the stock declining -0.83% or $-0.13 to close the day at $15.44 on light trading volume of 2.73M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.83M. The Burlington Massachusetts 01803 based company has been underperforming the application software group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -14.98%, compared to the industry which has advanced 16.75% over the same period. With RSI of 51.41, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $20.67, making it a hold for now.

Nuance Communications, Inc. provides voice recognition and natural language understanding solutions worldwide. It operates through four segments: Healthcare, Mobile, Enterprise, and Imaging. The Healthcare segment offers transcription solutions, which enables physicians to streamline clinical documentation with medical transcription platform; Dragon Medical, a dictation software that empowers physicians to accurately capture and document patient care in real-time on various devices; clinical document improvement and coding solutions to ensure patient health information is accurately documented, coded, and evaluated; and diagnostic solutions that allows radiologists to document, collaborate, and share medical images and reports. It also provides Dragon professional and personal productivity solutions to business users and consumers. The Mobile segment provides a portfolio of virtual assistants and connected services built on voice recognition, text-to-speech, natural language understanding, dialog, and text input technologies to automotive manufacturers, device makers, and mobile operators. The Enterprise segment offers OnPremise solutions and services, an automated customer service solution comprising speech recognition, voice biometrics, transcription, text-to-speech, and dialog and analytics products; and OnDemand multichannel cloud, a platform that offers enterprises the ability to implement automatic customer service. The Imaging segment provides MFP Scan automation solutions to offer scanning and document management solutions; MFP Print automation solutions to deliver printing and document management solutions; and PDF and OCR software, a technology that enables the capture, creation, and management of document workflows. The company was formerly known as ScanSoft, Inc. and changed its name to Nuance Communications, Inc. in October 2005. Nuance Communications, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.

The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX) retreated with the stock falling -0.3% or $-0.09 to close at $29.58 on light trading volume of 2.72M compared its three months average trading volume of 5.05M. The New York New York 10154 based company operating under the Asset Management industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 31.24% up for the period and up by 9.43% so far this year. With price target of $33.85 and a 41.24% rebound from 52-week low, The Blackstone Group L.P. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

Commercial Metals Company (CMC) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 3.93% or $0.79 to close the day at $20.87 on higher than average trading volume of 2.71M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.91M. The Irving Texas 75039 based company has been outperforming the steel & iron companies by 35.134% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -3.63% YTD, versus the steel & iron industry which is up 7.23% for the same period. The RSI of 43.56 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, 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.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG), Prudential Financial, Inc. (PRU), Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC)

EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.08% or $-0.08 to close the day at $105.4 on light trading volume of 2.53M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.64M. The Houston Texas 77002 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 74.14%, compared to the industry which has advanced 65.15% over the same period. With RSI of 60.7, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $111.21, making it a hold for now.

EOG Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, explores for, develops, produces, and markets crude oil and natural gas. The company’s principal producing areas are located in New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming in the United States; and Canada, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the People’s Republic of China. As of December 31, 2015, it had total estimated net proved reserves of 2,118 million barrels of oil equivalent, including 1,098 million barrels (MMBbl) crude oil and condensate reserves; 383 MMBbl of natural gas liquid reserves; and 3,825 billion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. EOG Resources, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (PRU) climbed 1.61% during last trading as the stock added $1.67 to finish the day at $105.59 with about 2.52M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.55M. The $46.03B market cap company, which fluctuated between $103.64 and $105.65 during the day, currently situated 91.39% above its 52 week low of $57.19 and -2.49% away from its one year high of $108.29. The RSI of 54.96 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Prudential Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services in the United States and internationally. It offers primarily life insurance, annuities, retirement-related, mutual funds, and investment management products and services. The company operates through U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management, U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance, and International Insurance divisions. The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division provides individual variable and fixed annuity products; and recordkeeping, plan administration, actuarial advisory, tailored participant education and communication, trustee, and institutional and retail investment services. It also offers brokerage services; guaranteed investment contracts, funding agreements, structured settlement annuities, and other group annuities; and investment management and advisory services to the public and private marketplace. The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance division provides individual variable, term, and universal life insurance products to mass middle, mass affluent, and affluent markets; group life; long-term and short-term group disability; and group corporate, bank, and trust-owned life insurance products to institutional clients. It also sells accidental death and dismemberment, and other ancillary coverages; and offers plan administrative services. The International Insurance division provides individual life insurance, retirement, and related products. The company serves individual and institutional customers through third-party broker-dealers, independent financial planners, financial professionals, third-party financial advisors, brokers, benefits consultants, sales force, wire houses, banks, general agencies, producer groups, life planners, and life consultants. Prudential Financial, Inc. was founded in 1875 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) saw its value increase by 0.98% as the stock gained $1.07 to finish the day at a closing price of $109.97. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $64.51-$112.99 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $105.89 to $110.04 during the day, are up by 16.7% in the past three months and up by 21.91% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.75% above its 20 day moving average and 3.77% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $107.5 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 54.52. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods. It also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports; provides logistics services; and operates scheduled passenger trains. In addition, the company engages in the acquisition, leasing, and management of coal, oil, gas, and minerals; development of commercial real estate; telecommunications; and leasing or sale of rail property and equipment. As of March 1, 2016, it operated approximately 20,000 miles of road in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The company was founded in 1883 and is based in Norfolk, Virginia.

 

Trader’s Buzzers: Discover Financial Services (DFS), NiSource Inc. (NI), Cheniere Energy, Inc. (LNG)

Discover Financial Services (DFS) traded within a range of $69.28 to $70.5 after opening the day at $70.11. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -2.4% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.66% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $70.36 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -5.34% below its 52 week high of $74.33 and 66.75% above its 12-month low of $42.86. The shares are up by over 29.86% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 46.13 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Discover Financial Services operates as a direct banking and payment services company in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. The Direct Banking segment offers Discover-branded credit cards to individuals; and other consumer products and services, including private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, and other consumer lending, as well as deposit products, such as certificates of deposit, money market accounts, savings accounts, checking accounts, and individual retirement arrangement certificates of deposit. The Payment Services segment operates the Discover Network, which processes transactions for Discover-branded credit cards, and provides payment transaction processing and settlement services; and PULSE network, an electronic funds transfer network that provides financial institutions issuing debit cards on the PULSE network with access to automated teller machines and point-of-sale terminals. This segment also operates the Diners Club International, a payments network that issues Diners Club branded charge cards and provides card acceptance services. The company was incorporated in 1960 and is based in Riverwoods, Illinois.

NiSource Inc. (NI) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.76% or $0.17 to close the day at $22.52 on light trading volume of 2.47M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.84M. The Merrillville Indiana 46410 based company has been outperforming the diversified utilities group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 15.56%, compared to the industry which has advanced 26.22% over the same period. With RSI of 57.94, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $23.88, making it a hold for now.

NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. It provides natural gas service and transportation to residential, commercial, and industrial customers; generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and provides wholesale and transmission transaction services. The company serves approximately 3.4 million natural gas customers and 463,000 electric customers in in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, and Massachusetts. It also owns and operates 3 coal-fired electric generating stations with a net capability of 2,540 megawatts (MW), 3 gas-fired generating units with a net capability of 196 MW, and 2 hydroelectric generating plants with a net capability of 10 MW, as well as a combined cycle gas turbine plant with a capacity of 535 MW. The company was formerly known as NIPSCO Industries, Inc. and changed its name to NiSource Inc. in April 1999. NiSource Inc. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana.

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (LNG) dropped $-0.86 to close the day at a new closing price of $42.82, a -1.97% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 87.81% above its 52 week low of $22.8. A total of 2.47M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.29M. The stock, which fluctuated between $42.71 and $43.6 during the day, currently situated -6.91% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 0.56% in the past one month and up by 4.26% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $51.22 and RSI of 54.55, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Cheniere Energy, Inc., an energy company, engages in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) related business in the United States. It operates through two segments, LNG Terminal Business, and LNG and Natural Gas Marketing Business. The company owns and operates Sabine Pass LNG terminal in western Cameron Parish, Louisiana; and Corpus Christi LNG terminal near Corpus Christi, Texas. It also owns Creole Trail Pipeline, a 94-mile pipeline interconnecting the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with various interstate pipelines. In addition, the company is involved in the LNG and natural gas marketing business. Cheniere Energy, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in Houston, Texas.

 

Stocks In Queue: Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR), Masco Corporation (MAS), Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN)

Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) climbed 0.29% during last trading as the stock added $0.09 to finish the day at $31.24 with about 2.25M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.92M. The $5.34B market cap company, which fluctuated between $30.5 and $31.34 during the day, currently situated 129.91% above its 52 week low of $15.23 and -14.11% away from its one year high of $37.48. The RSI of 47.85 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Murphy Oil Corporation operates as an oil and gas exploration and production company worldwide. It explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company was formerly known as Murphy Corporation and changed its name to Murphy Oil Corporation in 1964. Murphy Oil Corporation was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Masco Corporation (MAS) gained $0.07 to close the day at a new closing price of $32.1, a 0.22% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 40.67% above its 52 week low of $23.1. A total of 2.25M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.77M. The stock, which fluctuated between $31.85 and $32.31 during the day, currently situated -13.6% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.09% in the past one month and down by -4.73% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $37.8 and RSI of 50.71, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Masco Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes home improvement and building products in North America and internationally. The company’s Cabinets and Related Products segment offers assembled cabinetry for kitchen, bath, storage, home office, and home entertainment applications; and integrated bathroom vanity and countertop products. Its Plumbing Products segment provides faucets, showerheads, handheld showers, valves, bathing units, shower enclosures, toilets, acrylic tub and shower systems, shower trays, spas and exercise pools, brass and copper plumbing system components, and other plumbing specialties. The company’s Decorative Architectural Products segment offers architectural coatings, including paints, primers, specialty paint and waterproofing products, and stains; cabinet, door, window, and hardware products; and bath hardware and shower accessories. Its Other Specialty Products segment provides vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum windows and patio doors; and manual and electric heavy duty staple guns, hammer tackers, glue guns, and rivet tools. Masco Corporation sells its products under the KRAFTMAID, MERILLAT, QUALITY CABINETS, MOORES, CARDELL, DELTA, PEERLESS, HANSGROHE, AXOR, BRIZO, GINGER, NEWPORT BRASS, BRASSTECH, PLUMB SHOP, BRISTAN, HERITAGE, MIROLIN, HOT SPRING, CALDERA, FREEFLOW SPAS, FANTASY SPAS, ENDLESS POOLS, BRASSCRAFT, COBRA, MASTER PLUMBER, BEHR, BEHR PRO, KILZ, LIBERTY, BRAINERD, FRANKLIN BRASS, ESSENCE SERIES, MILGARD, DURAFLEX, GRIFFIN, PREMIER, EVOLUTION, ARROW, POWERSHOT, and EASYSHOT brands. The company offers its products through home center retailers, mass merchandisers, hardware stores, homebuilders, distributors, and other outlets to consumers and contractors, as well as directly to consumers for home improvement and construction. Masco Corporation was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Taylor, Michigan.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN) had a light trading with around 2.25M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.91M. The stock traded at the price of $26.98 with 0.11% change on the day. The Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19112 based company is currently trading 34.5% above its 52 week low of $20.85 and -33.87% below its 52 week high of $40.8. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 27.57 and $33.35 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Urban Outfitters, Inc., a lifestyle specialty retail company, engages in the retail and wholesale of general consumer products. It operates through two segments, Retail and Wholesale. The company retails women’s and men’s fashion apparel, intimates, footwear, beauty and accessories, home goods, activewear and gear, and electronics, as well as a mix of apartment wares and gifts for young adults aged 18 to 28 under the Urban Outfitters brand; and assortment, including women’s casual apparel and accessories, intimates, shoes, beauty, home furnishings, and various gifts and decorative items for women aged 28 to 45 under the Anthropologie brand. It also offers a collection of heirloom quality wedding gowns, bridesmaid frocks, party dresses, assorted jewelry, headpieces, footwear, lingerie, and decorations under the Bhldn brand; and lifestyle home and garden products, antiques, live plants, flowers, wellness products, and accessories under the Terrain brand, as well as operates Terrain garden centers that offer full service restaurant and coffee bar services. In addition, the company operates Free People retail stores that provide merchandise mix of casual women’s apparel, intimates, shoes, accessories, activewear, home products, and gifts for women aged 25 to 30. It serves its customers directly through retail stores, Websites, mobile applications, catalogs, and customer contact centers. As of March 7, 2016, the company operated 240 Urban Outfitters stores; and 218 Anthropologie Group stores comprising Anthropologie, Bhldn, and Terrain brands in the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as 114 Free People stores in the United States and Canada. It also engages in the wholesale business under the Free People brand that designs, develops, and markets young women’s contemporary casual apparel and shoes to approximately 1,800 specialty stores and select department stores worldwide. The company was founded in 1970 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Stocks on Trader’s Radar: Gulfport Energy Corp. (GPOR), Century Aluminum Company (CENX), SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI)

Gulfport Energy Corp. (GPOR) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 2.27% or $0.47 to close the day at $21.14 on light trading volume of 3.3M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.46M. The Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73134 based company has been underperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -5.92%, compared to the industry which has advanced 65.15% over the same period. With RSI of 38.89, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $32.41, making it a hold for now.

Gulfport Energy Corp. engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, and production of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and crude oil in the United States. The company’s principal properties are located in the Utica Shale primarily in Eastern Ohio, along the Louisiana Gulf Coast in the West Cote Blanche Bay, and Hackberry fields. It also has interests in the Niobrara Formation of Northwestern Colorado; Bakken Formation; Alberta oil sands in Canada; and Phu Horm gas field in Thailand. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 1.7 Tcfe of proved reserves; and proved undeveloped reserves of 338 thousand barrels of oil, 907,184 million cubic feet of natural gas, and 4,826 thousand barrels of NGLs. Gulfport Energy Corp. is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Century Aluminum Company (CENX) climbed 5.65% during last trading as the stock added $0.65 to finish the day at $12.16 with about 3.29M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.2M. The $952.25M market cap company, which fluctuated between $11.33 and $12.22 during the day, currently situated 328.17% above its 52 week low of $3.18 and 2.53% away from its one year high of $12.22. The RSI of 73.05 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Century Aluminum Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces primary aluminum in the United States and Iceland. It produces standard grade and value-added primary aluminum products; and carbon products, such as anodes and cathodes. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI) saw its value increase by 0.89% as the stock gained $0.48 to finish the day at a closing price of $54.36. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $31.07-$56.97 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $53.56 to $54.4 during the day, are up by 22.19% in the past three months and up by 27.02% over the past six months. It is currently trading -2.13% below its 20 day moving average and 2.43% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $58.34 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 47.78. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank that provides various financial services for consumers, businesses, corporations, and institutions in the United States. It operates through three segments: Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, and Mortgage Banking. The Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management segment offers deposits, home equity lines and loans, credit lines, indirect auto loans, student loans, bank cards, and other lending products, as well as various services. This segment also provides wealth management products and professional services, including brokerage, professional investment management, and trust services; and family office solutions. The Wholesale Banking segment offers corporate and investment banking solutions, such as advisory, capital raising, and financial risk management, as well as lease financing solutions; cash management services, auto dealer financing, and corporate insurance premium financing solutions; and construction, mini-perm, and permanent real estate financing, as well as tailored financing and equity investment solutions. This segment also provides treasury and payment solutions, including operating various electronic and paper payment types, such as card, wire transfer, automated clearing house, check, and cash; and offers clients to manage their accounts online. The Mortgage Banking segment provides residential mortgage products in the secondary market. The company offers its products and services through a network of traditional and in-store branches, automated teller machines, Internet, mobile, and telephone banking channels. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 1,401 full-service banking offices located in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Stocks in Focus: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE), The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK), Fastenal Company (FAST)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) had a active trading with around 8.45M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 11.15M. The stock traded between $22.59 and $22.99 before closing at the price of $22.86 with 0.75% change on the day. The Palo Alto California 94304 based company is currently trading 98.95% above its 52 week low of $11.62 and -7.54% below its 52 week high of $24.79. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 43.27 and $24.71 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company provides technology solutions to business and public sector enterprises. It operates through Enterprise Group, Software, Enterprise Services, and Financial Services segments. The Enterprise Group segment offers industry standard servers and mission-critical servers to address the array of its customers’ computing needs; converged storage solutions, including 3PAR StoreServ, StoreOnce, all-flash arrays, and software defined and StoreVirtual products; wireless local area network equipment, mobility and security software, switches, routers, and network management products; and support and technology consulting services. The Software segment offers software to capture, store, explore, analyze, protect, and share information and insights within and outside organizations; HP Vertica, an analytics database technology for machine, structured, and semi-structured data; and HP IDOL, an analytics tool for human information, as well as solutions for archiving, data protection, eDiscovery, information governance, and enterprise content management. This segment also provides application delivery management, enterprise security, and IT operations management software products. The Enterprise Services segment offers technology consulting, outsourcing, and support services in infrastructure, applications, and business process domains within traditional and strategic enterprise service (SES) offerings, which include analytics and data management, security, and cloud services. The Financial Services segment provides leasing, financing, IT consumption and utility programs, and asset management services. The company markets and sells its products through resellers, distribution partners, original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, systems integrators, and advisory firms. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.43% or $-0.2 to close the day at $46.23 on active trading volume of 8.42M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.25M. The New York New York 10286 based company has been outperforming the asset management group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 31.02%, compared to the industry which has advanced 28.89% over the same period. With RSI of 37.11, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $52.81, making it a hold for now.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, an investment company, provides financial products and services to institutions, corporations, and high net worth individuals in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Investment Management and Investment Services. The company offers investment management; trust and custody; foreign exchange; fund administration; global collateral services; securities lending; depositary receipts; corporate trust; global payment/cash management; banking services; and clearing services. It also provides mutual funds, separate accounts, wealth management and private banking services; and broker-dealer services, registered investment advisory services, prime brokerage services, and working capital solutions. In addition, the company is involved in credit-related activities, business exits, leasing operations, and corporate treasury activities; and the provision of global markets and institutional banking services. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation was founded in 1784 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Fastenal Company (FAST) shares were up in last trading by 5.8% to $51.06. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 9.78% over the past week and grew 5.43% in the past month. It is currently trading 9.76% above its 50 day moving average and 16.6% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a 3.55% increase in value from its one year high of $51.56. The RSI indicator value of 77.15, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies primarily under the Fastenal name. The company’s fastener products include threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, which are used in manufactured products and building projects, as well as in the maintenance and repair of machines and structures. It also offers miscellaneous supplies and hardware, including various pins and machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire ropes, strut products, rivets, and related accessories. The company serves the manufacturing market comprising original equipment manufacturers, maintenance, repair, and operations; and non-residential construction market, which include general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. It also serves farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, schools, and retail trades; and oil exploration, production, and refinement companies, as well as federal, state, and local governmental entities. The company distributes its products through a network of approximately 2,600 company owned stores. Fastenal Company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Winona, Minnesota.

 

Stocks Highlights: Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST), UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH), NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG)

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (HST) had a active trading with around 6.6M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 10.83M. The stock traded between $18.11 and $18.4 before closing at the price of $18.31 with 0.88% change on the day. The Bethesda Maryland 20817 based company is currently trading 58.48% above its 52 week low of $12.79 and -6.01% below its 52 week high of $19.51. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 50.82 and $18.03 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. It also invests in Canada, Mexico, Chile, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and Poland. The firm primarily invests in luxury and upper upscale hotels. It was formerly known as Host Marriott Corporation. Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. was founded in 1927 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.82% or $-2.92 to close the day at $157.74 on active trading volume of 6.59M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.02M. The Minneapolis Minnesota 55343 based company has been outperforming the health care plans group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 42.55%, compared to the industry which has advanced 13.8% over the same period. With RSI of 41.38, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $181.9, making it a hold for now.

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

NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) shares were down in last trading by -0.52% to $15.26. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 12.04% over the past week and grew 21.3% in the past month. It is currently trading 25.32% above its 50 day moving average and 16.32% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -16.28% decrease in value from its one year high of $18.32. The RSI indicator value of 79.77, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. The company provides electricity; system power, distributed generation, solar and wind products, backup generation, storage and distributed solar, demand response, energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging stations, and on-site energy solutions; carbon management and specialty services; and various energy services, such as operations, maintenance, technical, development, and asset management services. It owns and operates approximately 50,000 megawatts of generation. The company also offers retail energy, rooftop solar, portable solar, and battery products home services; and various bundled products, which combine energy with protection products, energy efficiency, and renewable energy solutions, as well as offers installation and contract management services for residential solar customers. As of December 31, 2015, it served approximately 2.77 million recurring and 624,000 discrete customers. In addition, the company owns, operates, and develops solar and wind power projects; develops, constructs, and finances a range of solutions for utilities, schools, municipalities, and commercial markets; and trades in electric power, natural gas, and related commodity and financial products, including forwards, futures, options, and swaps. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 90 active fossil fuel and nuclear plants, 16 utility scale solar facilities, and 36 wind farms and multiple distributed solar facilities. Further, the company transacts in and trades fuel and transportation services; directly sells energy, services, and products and services to retail customers under the NRG, Reliant, and other names; and provides steam, hot water, and chilled water, as well as electricity to commercial businesses, universities, hospitals, and governmental units. NRG Energy, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.

 

Momentum Stocks: Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ), Staples, Inc. (SPLS), Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN)

Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ) grew with the stock adding 0.29% or $0.13 to close at $45.03 on light trading volume of 5.54M compared its three months average trading volume of 8.83M. The Deerfield Illinois 60015 based company operating under the Confectioners industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 10.48% up for the period and up by 1.58% so far this year. With price target of $49.45 and a 27.66% rebound from 52-week low, Mondelez International, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Mondelez International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. The company offers biscuits, including cookies, crackers, and salted snacks; chocolates, and gums and candies; powdered beverages and coffee; and cheese and grocery products. Its primary brand portfolio includes LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk, and Milka chocolates; Trident gum; Jacobs Kaffee; and Tang powdered beverages. Mondelez International, Inc. sells its products to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, club stores, mass merchandisers, distributors, convenience stores, gasoline stations, drug stores, value stores, and other retail food outlets through direct store delivery, company owned and satellite warehouses, distribution centers, and other facilities, as well as through independent sales offices and agents. The company was formerly known as Kraft Foods Inc. and changed its name to Mondelez International, Inc. in October 2012. Mondelez International, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Deerfield, Illinois.

Staples, Inc. (SPLS) had a light trading with around 5.53M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.88M. The stock traded between $9.22 and $9.4 before closing at the price of $9.29 with -0.43% change on the day. The Framingham Massachusetts 01701 based company is currently trading 29.88% above its 52 week low of $7.24 and -14.96% below its 52 week high of $11.37. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $9.92 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates office products superstores. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. The company offers a range of office supplies, business technology products, facility and breakroom supplies, computers and mobility products, and office furniture under the Staples, Quill, and other proprietary brands. It also provides copy and print services, as well as technology services. The company sells and delivers office products and services directly to businesses and consumers through its Staples.com and Staples.ca, and Quill.com Websites, as well as through retail stores, and Internet and direct mail catalogs. As of January 30, 2016, it operated approximately 1,907 retail stores; and 104 distribution and fulfillment centers in the United States and internationally. The company was founded in 1985 and is based in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN) saw its value decrease by -0.15% as the stock dropped $-0.11 to finish the day at a closing price of $74.38. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $49.01-$75.3 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $74.25 to $74.84 during the day, are up by 9.51% in the past three months and up by 15.99% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.38% above its 20 day moving average and 2.41% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $75.86 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 55.25.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Texas Instruments Incorporated designs, manufactures, and sells semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. It operates through two segments, Analog and Embedded Processing. The Analog segment offers high volume analog and logic products for automotive safety devices, touch screen controllers, low voltage motor drivers, and integrated motor controllers; and power management products that include catalog and application-specific standard products to enhance the efficiency of powered devices using battery management solutions, portable power conversion devices, power supply controls, and point-of-load products. This segment also provides high performance analog products, such as high-speed data converters, amplifiers, sensors, high reliability products, interface products, and precision products; and silicon valley analog products, including power management, data converter, interface, and operational amplifier catalog analog products that are used in manufacturing various electronic systems. The Embedded Processing segment offers microcontroller products, which are systems with a processor core, memory, and peripherals to control a set of specific tasks for electronic equipment; processor products comprising digital signal and applications processors; and connectivity products consisting of electronic devices to connect and transfer data. The company also provides DLP products primarily used in projectors to create high-definition images; application-specific integrated circuits; calculators; and baseband products, as well as OMAP applications processors and connectivity products. It markets and sells its products through a direct sales force and distributors. Texas Instruments Incorporated was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

 

Traders Watch list: Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY), Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (PAA), Devon Energy Corporation (DVN)

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) saw its value decrease by -0.59% as the stock dropped $-0.41 to finish the day at a closing price of $69.32. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $58.76-$78.48 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $69.06 to $69.88 during the day, are down by -3.3% in the past three months and down by -7.34% over the past six months. It is currently trading -2.67% below its 20 day moving average and -0.29% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $76.78 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 43.48.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas, Chemical, and Midstream and Marketing. The Oil and Gas segment explores for, develops, and produces oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and natural gas. The Chemical segment manufactures and markets basic chemicals, including chlorine, caustic soda, chlorinated organics, potassium chemicals, ethylene dichloride, chlorinated isocyanurates, sodium silicates, and calcium chloride; vinyls comprising vinyl chloride monomer and polyvinyl chloride; and other chemicals, such as resorcinol. The Midstream and Marketing segment gathers, processes, transports, stores, purchases, and markets oil, condensate, NGLs, natural gas, carbon dioxide, and power. This segment also trades around its assets consisting of transportation and storage capacity, as well as oil, NGLs, gas, and other commodities. Occidental Petroleum Corporation was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (PAA) shares were down in last trading by -0.99% to $31.01. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -2.85% over the past week and fell -3.82% in the past month. It is currently trading -2.01% below its 50 day moving average and 11.87% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -8.66% decrease in value from its one year high of $33.95. The RSI indicator value of 37.86, lead us to believe that it is 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.

Devon Energy Corporation (DVN) traded within a range of $45.53 to $46.42 after opening the day at $45.99. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 1.51% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.26% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $46.36 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -8.43% below its 52 week high of $50.69 and 160.46% above its 12-month low of $18.07. The shares are up by over 11.13% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 48.66 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Devon Energy Corporation, an independent energy company, primarily engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and Canada. It operates approximately 19,000 wells. The company also offers midstream energy services, including gathering, transmission, processing, fractionation, and marketing to producers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, and condensate through its natural gas pipelines, plants, and treatment facilities. Devon Energy Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.