Peter Elliott

Investor’s Alert: Oracle Corporation (ORCL), Corning Incorporated (GLW), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY)

Oracle Corporation (ORCL) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.43% or $0.18 to close the day at $41.59 on lower than average trading volume of 10.13M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 12.56M. The Redwood City California 94065 based company has been outperforming the application software companies by 6.4991% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 8.59% YTD, versus the application software industry which is up 10.74% for the same period. The RSI of 75.69 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, sells, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, application software, cloud infrastructure, hardware systems, and related services worldwide. It offers services in three primary layers of the cloud: Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service. The company licenses its Oracle Database software, which enables storage, retrieval, and manipulation of various forms of data; and Oracle Fusion Middleware software to build, deploy, secure, access, and integrate business applications, as well as automate their business processes. It also provides a range of software for mobile computing to address the development needs of businesses; and Java, a software development language. In addition, the company offers application software, such as human capital and talent management, customer experience and customer relationship management, financial management and governance, risk and compliance, procurement, project portfolio management, supply chain management, business analytics and enterprise performance management, and industry-specific application software. Further, it offers hardware systems products, such as Oracle Engineered Systems, servers, storage, networking, industry specific hardware, virtualization software, operating systems, management software, and related hardware services. Additionally, the company offers customers with rights to software product upgrades and maintenance releases, patches released, and Internet access to technical content, as well as Internet and telephone access to technical support personnel. The company also provides consulting services, such as IT strategy alignment, enterprise architecture planning and design, initial product implementation and integration, and ongoing product enhancement and upgrade; customer support services; and education services. Oracle Corporation was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.

Corning Incorporated (GLW) had a active trading with around 9.93M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.08M. The stock traded between $27.38 and $27.88 before closing at the price of $27.71 with 1.28% change on the day. The Corning New York 14831 based company is currently trading 59.57% above its 52 week low of $17.69 and 0.76% above its 52 week high of $27.88. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 75.39 and $26.5 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

Corning Incorporated manufactures and sells specialty glasses, ceramics, and related materials in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and internationally. The company operates through five segments: Display Technologies, Optical Communications, Environmental Technologies, Specialty Materials, and Life Sciences. The Display Technologies segment manufactures glass substrates for liquid crystal displays (LCDs) used in LCD televisions, notebook computers, and flat panel desktop monitors. The Optical Communications segment manufactures optical fiber and cable; and hardware and equipment products comprising cable assemblies, fiber optic hardware and connectors, optical components and couplers, closures, network interface devices, and other accessories for various carrier network applications. This segment also offers subscriber demarcation, connection and protection devices, passive solutions, and outside plant enclosures; and coaxial RF interconnects for the cable television industry and microwave applications. The Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile and stationary, and gasoline and diesel applications. The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide approximately 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics, and fluoride crystals. The Life Sciences segment manufactures and supplies scientific laboratory products consisting of consumables, such as plastic vessels, specialty surfaces, and media, as well as general labware and equipment for cell culture research, bioprocessing, genomics, drug discovery, microbiology, and chemistry; and develops and produces technologies for biologic drug production markets. The company was formerly known as Corning Glass Works and changed its name to Corning Incorporated in April 1989. Corning Incorporated was founded in 1851 and is headquartered in Corning, New York.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) traded within a range of $53.92 to $55.16 after opening the day at $55.08. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -6.51% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.36% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $54.28 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -28.66% below its 52 week high of $77.12 and 17.97% above its 12-month low of $46.01. The shares are down by over -3.62% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 56.66 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company discovers, develops, licenses, manufactures, markets, and distributes biopharmaceutical products worldwide. It offers chemically-synthesized drug or small molecule, and biologic in various therapeutic areas, including virology comprising human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV); oncology; immunoscience; cardiovascular; and neuroscience. Its products include Baraclude for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection; Daklinza and Sunvepra for the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection; Reyataz and Sustiva for the treatment of HIV; Empliciti, a humanized monoclonal antibody for the treatment of multiple myeloma; Erbitux, an IgG1 monoclonal antibody that blocks the epidermal growth factor receptor; Opdivo, a fully human monoclonal antibody for non-small cell lung and renal cell cancer, and melanoma; Sprycel, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor for the treatment of adults with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia; Yervoy, a monoclonal antibody for metastatic melanoma; Abilify, an antipsychotic agent for adults with schizophrenia, bipolar mania disorder, and depressive disorder; Orencia to treat rheumatoid arthritis; and Eliquis, an oral factor Xa inhibitor targeted at stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. Its products pipeline includes Beclabuvir, a non-nucleoside NS5B inhibitor for the treatment of HCV; BMS-663068, an investigational compound that is being studied in HIV-1; and Prostvac, a Phase III prostate-specific antigen to treat asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. The company has clinical trial collaborations with Calithera Biosciences, Inc. and Janssen Biotech, Inc.; and a research collaboration with GeneCentric Diagnostics, Inc. The company was formerly known as Bristol-Myers Company and changed its name to Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in 1989. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

Stocks Intraday Alert: V.F. Corporation (VFC), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE), Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)

V.F. Corporation (VFC) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.3% or $-0.15 to close the day at $50.37 on higher than average trading volume of 7.01M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.63M. The Greensboro North Carolina 27408 based company has been underperforming the textile – apparel clothing companies by -10.2647% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -5.59% YTD, versus the textile – apparel clothing industry which is down -8.02% for the same period. The RSI of 44.9 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) had a active trading with around 6.85M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 10.3M. The stock traded between $24.21 and $24.48 before closing at the price of $24.33 with -0.21% change on the day. The Palo Alto California 94304 based company is currently trading 100.61% above its 52 week low of $12.82 and -1.59% below its 52 week high of $24.79. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 66.63 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.

Duke Energy Corporation (DUK) traded within a range of $76.77 to $79.21 after opening the day at $77.17. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 2.78% so far this year. The stock was up close to 2.76% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $78.9 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -8.05% below its 52 week high of $87.75 and 13.63% above its 12-month low of $72.34. The shares are up by over 6.26% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 63.84 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Duke Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. It operates through three segments: Regulated Utilities, International Energy, and Commercial Portfolio. The Regulated Utilities segment generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in the Carolinas, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana; and transports and sells natural gas in southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky. This segment owns approximately 50,000 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity; and uses coal, hydroelectric, natural gas, oil, and nuclear fuel to generate electricity. It serves approximately 7.4 million retail electric customers in 6 states in the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States with a service area covering approximately 95,000 square miles; and approximately 525,000 retail natural gas customers in southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky. This segment is also involved in the wholesale of electricity to incorporated municipalities, electric cooperative utilities, and other load-serving entities. The International Energy segment operates and manages power generation facilities; and markets and sells electric power, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. This segment serves retail distributors, electric utilities, independent power producers, marketers, and industrial and commercial companies. The Commercial Portfolio segment acquires, builds, develops, and operates wind and solar renewable generation and energy transmission projects. Its portfolio includes nonregulated renewable energy, electric transmission, natural gas infrastructure, and energy storage businesses. This segment has 22 wind farms and 38 commercial solar farms with a capacity of 2,400 MW across 11 states. The company was formerly known as Duke Energy Holding Corp. and changed its name to Duke Energy Corporation in April 2005. Duke Energy Corporation was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Equities Trend Analysis: CVS Health Corporation (CVS), Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY), Philip Morris International Inc. (PM)

CVS Health Corporation (CVS) grew with the stock adding 0.05% or $0.04 to close at $79.45 on light trading volume of 4.96M compared its three months average trading volume of 7.75M. The Woonsocket Rhode Island 02895 based company operating under the Health Care Plans industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -16.39% down for the period and up by 1.29% so far this year. With price target of $86.04 and a 15.34% rebound from 52-week low, CVS Health Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

CVS Health Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services. It operates through Pharmacy Services and Retail/LTC segments. The Pharmacy Services segment offers pharmacy benefit management solutions, such as plan design and administration, formulary management, Medicare Part D services, mail order, specialty pharmacy and infusion services, retail pharmacy network management services, prescription management systems, clinical services, disease management programs, and medical pharmacy management services. This segment serves employers, insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, health plans, Medicare Part D plans, managed Medicaid plans, plans offered on public and private exchanges, other sponsors of health benefit plans, and individuals under the CVS Caremark Pharmacy Services, Caremark, CVS Caremark, CarePlus CVS Pharmacy, CVS Specialty, Accordant, SilverScript, NovoLogix, Coram, Navarro Health Services, and ACS Pharmacy names. As of December 31, 2016, it had 23 retail specialty pharmacy stores, 13 specialty mail order pharmacies and 4 mail order dispensing pharmacies, and 84 branches for infusion and enteral services. The Retail/LTC segment sells prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, beauty products and cosmetics, personal care products, convenience foods, seasonal merchandise, and greeting cards, as well as offers photo finishing services. It has 9,709 retail stores in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Brazil primarily under the CVS Pharmacy, CVS, CVS Pharmacy y más, Longs Drugs, Navarro Discount Pharmacy, and Drogaria Onofre names; online retail pharmacy Websites; and 38 onsite pharmacy stores, long-term care pharmacy operations, and retail health care clinics. The company was formerly known as CVS Caremark Corporation and changed its name to CVS Health Corporation in September 2014. CVS Health Corporation was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) had a active trading with around 4.9M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.72M. The stock traded between $66.36 and $67.38 before closing at the price of $66.44 with -1.15% change on the day. The Houston Texas 77046 based company is currently trading 4.34% above its 52 week low of $64.37 and -13.78% below its 52 week high of $78.48. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $76.3 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

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.

Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) saw its value increase by 0.06% as the stock gained $0.06 to finish the day at a closing price of $102.99. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $86.78-$104.2 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $102.32 to $103.13 during the day, are up by 19.06% in the past three months and up by 4.95% over the past six months. It is currently trading 4.35% above its 20 day moving average and 9.83% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $103.81 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 80.93.The technical indicator do not lead us to believe the stock will see more gains any time soon.

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

 

Stocks Buzz: Eli Lilly and Company (LLY), Synchrony Financial (SYF), Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD)

Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.26% or $-0.21 to close the day at $80.04 on light trading volume of 3.63M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.13M. The Indianapolis Indiana 46285 based company has been outperforming the drug manufacturers – major group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 11.84%, compared to the industry which has advanced 13.14% over the same period. With RSI of 72.6, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $86.35, making it a hold for now.

Eli Lilly and Company discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Human Pharmaceutical Products and Animal Health Products. The company offers endocrinology products to treat diabetes; osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and men; human growth hormone deficiency and pediatric growth conditions; and testosterone deficiency. It also provides neuroscience products for the treatment of depressive disorders, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, anxiety disorders, fibromyalgia, and chronic musculoskeletal pain; schizophrenia; attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders; depressive, obsessive-compulsive, bulimia nervosa, and panic disorders; and positron emission tomography imaging of beta-amyloid neurotic plaques in adult brains. In addition, the company offers products for the treatment of non-small cell lung, colorectal, head and neck, pancreatic, metastatic breast, ovarian, bladder, and metastatic gastric cancers, as well as malignant pleural mesothelioma; and cardiovascular products. Further, it provides animal health products, such as cattle feed additives; protein supplements for cows; leanness and performance enhancers for swine and cattle; antibiotics to treat respiratory and other diseases in cattle, swine, and poultry; anticoccidial agents for poultry; and chewable tablets that kill fleas and prevent flea infestations, heartworm diseases, roundworm diseases, hookworm diseases, and whipworm diseases. Additionally, the company offers products to treat chronic manifestations of atopic dermatitis and congestive heart failure in dogs; and chronic allergic dermatitis and kidney diseases in cats. It has a clinical collaboration agreement with Athenex, Inc.; and a research agreement with AstraZeneca for the development of clinical candidate MEDI1814 as a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Eli Lilly and Company was founded in 1876 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Synchrony Financial (SYF) retreated with the stock falling -1.15% or $-0.43 to close at $36.85 on light trading volume of 3.62M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.13M. The Stamford Connecticut 06902 based company operating under the Credit Services industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 40.22% up for the period and up by 1.97% so far this year. With price target of $42.91 and a 60.55% rebound from 52-week low, Synchrony Financial has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Synchrony Financial operates as a consumer financial services company in the United States. The company offers private label credit cards, dual cards, and small and medium-sized business credit products; and promotional financing for consumer purchases, such as private label credit cards and installment loans. It also provides promotional financing to consumers for elective healthcare procedures or services, such as dental, veterinary, cosmetic, vision, and audiology; debt cancellation products; and deposit products, including certificates of deposit, individual retirement, money market, and savings accounts, as well as accepts deposits through third-party securities brokerage firms. The company offers its credit products through programs established with a group of national and regional retailers, local merchants, manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations, and healthcare service providers; and deposit products through multiple channels, including online, print, and radio advertising. Synchrony Financial was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. Synchrony Financial operates independently of GE Consumer Finance, Inc. as of November 17, 2015.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.24% or $-0.07 to close the day at $28.87 on lower than average trading volume of 3.6M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.2M. The Houston Texas 77002 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by 12.7969% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 6.77% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is down -3.29% for the same period. The RSI of 62.23 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P., a master limited partnership, provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals, and refined products. The company operates through NGL Pipelines & Services, Crude Oil Pipelines & Services, Natural Gas Pipelines & Services, and Petrochemical & Refined Products Services segments. The NGL Pipelines & Services segment provides natural gas processing and related NGL marketing services, as well as NGL export docks and related services. It operates approximately 19,500 miles of NGL pipelines; NGL and related product storage facilities; 15 NGL fractionators; and a liquefied petroleum gas export terminal and NGL import facility. The Crude Oil Pipelines & Services segment operates approximately 5,400 miles of crude oil pipelines and related operations; and crude oil storage and marine terminals located in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as a fleet of 478 tractor-trailer tank trucks used to transport crude oil. It also engages in crude oil marketing activities. The Natural Gas Pipelines & Services segment operates approximately 19,100 miles of natural gas pipeline systems to gather and transport natural gas in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. It leases underground salt dome natural gas storage facilities in Texas and Louisiana; owns an underground salt dome storage cavern in Texas; and markets natural gas. The Petrochemical & Refined Products Services segment operates propylene fractionation and related operations, including 674 miles of pipelines; butane isomerization complex, associated deisobutanizer units, and related pipeline assets; and octane enhancement and high purity isobutylene production facilities. It also operates refined products pipelines of approximately 4,200 miles; and terminals, as well as provides refined products marketing and marine transportation services. The company was founded in 1968 and is based in Houston, Texas.

 

Investor’s Watch List: Prologis, Inc. (PLD), Centene Corporation (CNC), Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A)

Prologis, Inc. (PLD) had a light trading with around 2.59M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.69M. The stock traded between $49.45 and $50.44 before closing at the price of $50.12 with 1.44% change on the day. The San Francisco California 94111 based company is currently trading 43.44% above its 52 week low of $37.02 and -7.78% below its 52 week high of $54.87. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 47.38 and $15.46 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. It was previously known as Security Capital Investment Trust. Prologis Inc. was formed in 1991 and is based in San Francisco, California with an additional office in Denver, Colorado.

Centene Corporation (CNC) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -1.93% or $-1.38 to close the day at $70.07 on active trading volume of 2.57M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.74M. The St. Louis Missouri 63105 based company has been outperforming the health care plans group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 25.3%, compared to the industry which has advanced 15.75% over the same period. With RSI of 70.7, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $77.76, making it a hold for now.

Centene Corporation operates as a diversified and multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides programs and services to under-insured and uninsured individuals in the United States. It operates through two segments, Managed Care and Specialty Services. The Managed Care segment offers Medicaid and Medicaid-related health plan coverage to individuals through government subsidized programs, including Medicaid, the State children’s health insurance program, long-term care, foster care, and dual-eligible individual, as well as aged, blind, or disabled programs. Its health plans include primary and specialty physician care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, emergency and urgent care, prenatal care, laboratory and x-ray services, home health and durable medical equipment, behavioral health and substance abuse, 24-hour nurse advice line, transportation assistance, vision care, dental care, immunizations, prescriptions and limited over-the-counter drugs, specialty pharmacy, therapies, social work services, and care coordination. The Specialty Services segment provides pharmacy benefits management services; health, triage, wellness, and disease management services; vision services; dental services; correctional healthcare services; in-home health services; and integrated long-term care services, as well as care management software that automate the clinical, administrative, and technical components of care management programs. This segment offers its services and products to state programs, healthcare organizations, employer groups, and other commercial organizations. The company provides its services through primary and specialty care physicians, hospitals, and ancillary providers. Centene Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A) shares were down in last trading by -1.51% to $50.84. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.73% over the past week and grew 5.37% in the past month. It is currently trading 6.91% above its 50 day moving average and 10.77% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.93% decrease in value from its one year high of $51.84. The RSI indicator value of 64.22, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. Its Life Sciences and Applied Markets segment offers liquid chromatography systems and components; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry systems; gas chromatography systems and components; gas chromatography mass spectrometry systems; inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments; atomic absorption instruments; microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry instruments; inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry instruments; laboratory software and informatics systems; laboratory automation and robotic systems; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps; and measurement technologies. The company’s Diagnostics and Genomics segment provides reagents, instruments, software, and consumables; arrays for DNA mutation detection, genotyping, gene copy number determination, identification of gene rearrangements, DNA methylation profiling, and gene expression profiling, as well as sequencing target enrichment services; and equipment focused on production of synthesized oligonucleotides for use as active pharmaceutical ingredients. Its Agilent CrossLab segment offers GC and LC columns, sample preparation products, custom chemistries, and various laboratory instrument supplies; and startup, operational, training, and compliance support, as well as asset management and consultation services. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales, electronic commerce, resellers, manufacturers’ representatives, and distributors. It has a collaboration agreement with University of Leuven to focus on detecting genetic abnormalities in cell-free DNA and embryo biopsies. Agilent Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

 

Stocks Under Review: Invesco Ltd. (IVZ), Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), Nucor Corporation (NUE)

Invesco Ltd. (IVZ) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.49% or $-0.16 to close the day at $32.55 on light trading volume of 2.19M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.2M. The  based company has been outperforming the asset management group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 24.9%, compared to the industry which has advanced 32.79% over the same period. With RSI of 66.49, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $33.09, making it a hold for now.

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm provides its services to retail clients, institutional clients, high-net worth clients, public entities, corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, pension funds, financial institutions, and sovereign wealth funds. It manages separate client-focused equity and fixed income portfolios. The firm also launches equity, fixed income, commodity, multi-asset, and balanced mutual funds for its clients. It launches equity, fixed income, multi-asset, and balanced exchange-traded funds. The firm also launches and manages private funds. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe. The firm also invests in alternative markets, such as commodities and currencies. For the equity portion of its portfolio, it invests in growth and value stocks of large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap companies. For the fixed income portion of its portfolio, the firm invests in convertibles, government bonds, municipal bonds, treasury securities, and cash. It also invests in short term and intermediate term bonds, investment grade and high yield bonds, taxable and tax-free bonds, senior secured loans, and structured securities such as asset-backed securities, mortgage-backed securities, and commercial mortgage-backed securities. The firm employs absolute return, global macro, and long/short strategies. It employs quantitative analysis to make its investments. The firm was formerly known as Invesco Plc, AMVESCAP plc, Amvesco plc, Invesco PLC, Invesco MIM, and H. Lotery & Co. Ltd. Invesco Ltd. was founded in December 1935 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia with an additional office in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC) grew with the stock adding 0.87% or $0.63 to close at $73.26 on active trading volume of 2.17M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.02M. The New York New York 10036 based company operating under the Insurance Brokers industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 30.03% up for the period and up by 8.93% so far this year. With price target of $75.06 and a 32.9% rebound from 52-week low, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services firm, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and people worldwide. It operates through two segments, Risk and Insurance Services; and Consulting. The Risk and Insurance Services segment offers risk management services, such as risk advice, risk transfer, risk control, and mitigation solutions, as well as insurance, reinsurance broking, catastrophe and financial modeling services, and related advisory services. This segment serves businesses, public entities, insurance companies, associations, professional services organizations, and private clients. The Consulting segment provides health, retirement, talent, and investments consulting services and products; and specialized management, and economic and brand consulting services. This segment assists public and private sector employers in the design, management, and administration of employee health care programs; provides a range of strategic and compliance-related retirement services and solutions to corporate, governmental, and institutional clients; advises organizations on the engagement, management, and rewarding of employees; and offers investment consulting and other services to the sponsors of pension funds, foundations, endowments, other investors, and wealth management companies. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Nucor Corporation (NUE) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.41% or $-0.26 to close the day at $63.61 on lower than average trading volume of 2.17M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.23M. The Charlotte North Carolina 28211 based company has been outperforming the steel & iron companies by 5.9433% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 6.87% YTD, versus the steel & iron industry which is up 13.44% for the same period. The RSI of 63.31 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Nucor Corporation manufactures and sells steel and steel products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The Steel Mills segment produces and distributes hot-rolled, cold-rolled, and galvanized sheet steel products; plate steel products; structural steel products comprising wide-flange beams, beam blanks, H-pilings, and sheet pilings; and bar steel products, such as blooms, billets, concrete reinforcing bars, merchant bars, and special bar quality products. This segment sells its products to steel service centers, fabricators, and manufacturers in automotive, energy, agricultural, heavy equipment, and transportation sectors. The Steel Products segment offers steel joists and joist girders, steel decks, fabricated concrete reinforcing and cold finished steel products, steel fasteners, metal building systems, steel gratings, and wire and wire mesh products to general contractors, fabricators, distributors, and manufacturers. Its products are used by contractors in constructing highways, bridges, reservoirs, utilities, hospitals, schools, airports, stadiums, and high-rise buildings. The Raw Materials segment produces direct reduced iron (DRI); brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, and DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal, as well as holds working interest in natural gas drilling programs. This segment sells its ferrous scrap to electric arc furnace steel mills and foundries for use in manufacturing process; and nonferrous scrap metal to aluminum can producers, secondary aluminum smelters, steel mills, and other processors and consumers of various nonferrous metals. The company offers its products through its in-house sales forces, as well as internal distribution and trading companies. Nucor Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Stocks In Action: KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC), CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP)

KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC) traded within a range of $87.17 to $88.58 after opening the day at $87.91. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 13.22% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.97% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $88.53 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding 0.76% above its 52 week high of $88.58 and 41.96% above its 12-month low of $65.12. The shares are up by over 14.58% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 71.16 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

KLA-Tencor Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions worldwide. It offers chip manufacturing products, such as front-end defect inspection tools, defect review systems, advanced packaging process control systems, metrology solutions, in-situ process monitoring products, and lithography software; wafer manufacturing products comprising surface and defect inspection, wafer geometry and nanotopography metrology, and data management; and reticle manufacturing products, such as defect inspection and pattern placement metrology products. The company also provides light emitting diode (LED), power device, and compound semiconductor manufacturing products consisting of patterned wafer inspection, defect inspection, surface metrology, and data management products; thin-film head metrology and inspection, virtual lithography, in-situ process monitoring, transparent and metal substrate inspection, and data management products for data storage media/head manufacturing; and stylus and optical profiling, and optical inspection products for microelectromechanical systems manufacturing, as well as products for general purpose/lab applications. It offers its products and services for bare wafer, IC, lithography reticle, and disk manufacturers. The company serves semiconductor and related nanoelectronics, LED, and data storage industries, as well as general materials research industries. KLA-Tencor Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.63% or $-0.8 to close the day at $126.96 on light trading volume of 1.93M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.83M. The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15222 based company has been outperforming the money center banks group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 57.4%, compared to the industry which has advanced 25.48% over the same period. With RSI of 69.49, 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.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP) gained $0.3 to close the day at a new closing price of $26.37, a 1.15% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 54.91% above its 52 week low of $18.3. A total of 1.93M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.25M. The stock, which fluctuated between $26.01 and $26.39 during the day, currently situated -0.38% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 3.73% in the past one month and up by 14.47% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $25.27 and RSI of 65.24, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. The company’s Electric Transmission & Distribution segment offers electric transmission and distribution services to retail electric providers, municipalities, electric cooperatives, and other distribution companies. As of December 31, 2015, this segment owned 28,474 pole miles of overhead distribution lines and 3,723 circuit miles of overhead transmission lines; 23,120 circuit miles of underground distribution lines and 26 circuit miles of underground transmission lines; and 232 substations with a capacity of 58,674 megavolt amperes. Its Natural Gas Distribution segment sells regulated intrastate natural gas; provides natural gas transportation and storage services for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation customers; and offers unregulated services comprising residential appliance repair and maintenance services, as well as sells heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment. This segment owned approximately 74,000 linear miles of natural gas distribution mains. The company’s Energy Services segment provides physical natural gas supplies primarily to commercial and industrial customers, and electric and gas utilities; natural gas management services; and physical delivery services, as well as procures and optimizes transportation and storage assets. It owns and operates approximately 200 miles of intrastate pipelines; and leases transportation capacity on various interstate and intrastate pipelines, and storage. Its Midstream Investments segment provides gathering, processing, compression, treating, dehydration, and natural gas liquids fractionation for producer customers. This segment had approximately 12,400 miles of gathering pipelines, 7,900 miles of interstate pipelines, and approximately 2,300 miles of intrastate pipelines. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT), Humana Inc. (HUM), Lam Research Corporation (LRCX)

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT) retreated with the stock falling -0.37% or $-0.22 to close at $59.24 on light trading volume of 3.13M compared its three months average trading volume of 4.02M. The McLean Virginia 22102 based company operating under the Lodging industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 49.07% up for the period and up by 6.14% so far this year. With price target of $79.13 and a 58.35% rebound from 52-week low, Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

Humana Inc. (HUM) gained $3.42 to close the day at a new closing price of $208.74, a 1.67% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 39.59% above its 52 week low of $150. A total of 3.12M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.64M. The stock, which fluctuated between $204.2 and $209.1 during the day, currently situated -4.02% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 1.28% in the past one month and up by 5.14% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $223 and RSI of 60.08, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Humana Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a health and well-being company. The company operates through three segments: Retail, Group, and Healthcare Services. The Retail segment offers Medicare, and commercial fully-insured medical and specialty health insurance benefits, including dental, vision, and other supplemental health and financial protection products directly to individuals. This segment also has contract with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to administer the Limited Income Newly Eligible Transition prescription drug plan program; and contracts with various states to provide Medicaid, dual eligible, and long-term support services benefits. The Group segment provides commercial fully-insured medical and specialty health insurance benefits comprising dental, vision, and other supplemental health and voluntary insurance benefits; and administrative services only, and health and wellness products to employer groups. It also offers military services, such as TRICARE South Region contract. The Healthcare Services segment offers pharmacy solutions, provider services, home based services, clinical programs, and predictive modeling and informatics services to its health plan members, as well as to third parties. The company also provides closed-block long-term care insurance policies. As of December 31, 2015, it had approximately 14.2 million members in medical benefit plans, as well as approximately 7.2 million members in specialty products. Humana Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) shares were down in last trading by -1.43% to $114.57. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -1.23% over the past week and grew 2.99% in the past month. It is currently trading 3.82% above its 50 day moving average and 20.63% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -3.84% decrease in value from its one year high of $119.14. The RSI indicator value of 52.5, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Lam Research Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, refurbishes, and services semiconductor processing systems used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. It provides thin film deposition products, including SABRE electrochemical deposition products for copper damascene manufacturing; ALTUS systems to deposit conformal atomic layer films for tungsten metallization applications; VECTOR plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition systems to deposit oxides, nitrides, carbides, multiple patterning films, anti-reflective layers, multi-layer stack films, and diffusion barriers; SPEED high-density plasma CVD products for applications in shallow trench isolation, pre-metal dielectrics, inter-layer dielectrics, inter-metal dielectrics, and passivation layers; and SOLA ultraviolet thermal processing products for the treatment of back-end-of-line low-k dielectric films and front-end-of-line silicon nitride strained films. The company also offers plasma etch products, such as Kiyo products that provide solutions for conductor etch applications; Flex products, which offer technologies and application-focused capabilities for dielectric etch applications; and Syndion products that provide solutions to address various through-silicon via etch applications. In addition, it provides single-wafer clean products, including EOS, Da Vinci, DV-Prime, and SP series products for wet etch and clean applications in wafer-level packaging, including silicon substrate thinning, wafer stress relief, underbump metallization etch, and photoresist removal; and Coronus plasma-based bevel clean products to enhance die yield by removing particles, residues, and unwanted films from the wafer’s edge, as well as legacy products. The company offers its products in the United States, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. Lam Research Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

 

Trader Alert: Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (BKD), Fitbit, Inc. (FIT), Intersil Corporation (ISIL)

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (BKD) grew with the stock adding 1.94% or $0.29 to close at $15.23 on active trading volume of 6.62M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.89M. The Brentwood Tennessee 37027 based company operating under the Long-Term Care Facilities industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 11.58% up for the period and up by 22.62% so far this year. With price target of $16.29 and a 43% rebound from 52-week low, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. owns and operates senior living communities in the United States. It operates through five segments: Retirement Centers, Assisted Living, Continuing Care Retirement Centers (CCRCs) – Rental, Brookdale Ancillary Services, and Management Services. The Retirement Centers segment owns or leases communities comprising independent living and assisted living units in a single community that are primarily designed for middle to upper income senior citizens. The Assisted Living segment owns or leases communities consisting of freestanding, multi-story communities, and freestanding single story communities, which offer housing and 24-hour assistance with activities of daily life to mid-acuity frail and elderly residents. This segment also operates memory care communities for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The CCRCs – Rental segment owns or leases communities that offer various living arrangements and services to accommodate various levels of physical ability and health. The Brookdale Ancillary Services segment provides outpatient therapy, home health, and hospice services to residents of its communities, as well as to other senior living communities. The Management Services segment operates communities under the management agreements. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 130 retirement center communities with 24,486 units; 915 assisted living communities with 62,567 units; and 78 CCRCs with 21,367 units, as well as owned or leased 959 communities with 81,067 units and provided management services with respect to 164 communities with 27,353 units for third parties or unconsolidated ventures. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Fitbit, Inc. (FIT) gained $0.07 to close the day at a new closing price of $5.93, a 1.19% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 5.52% above its 52 week low of $5.62. A total of 6.6M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 11.13M. The stock, which fluctuated between $5.86 and $5.95 during the day, currently situated -68.54% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -19.54% in the past one month and down by -37.05% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $8 and RSI of 35.47, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Fitbit, Inc. provides wearable health and fitness tracking devices. It offers various products, including Fitbit Zip, an entry-level wireless tracker that allows users to track daily activity statistics, such as steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes; Fitbit One, a clippable wireless tracker, which tracks floors climbed and sleep, as well as daily steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes; Fitbit Flex, a wristband-style tracker that tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, and sleep; and Fitbit Charge, an activity and sleep wristband, which tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed, and sleep. The company also provides Fitbit Alta, a customizable wristband that offers call, text, and calendar notifications when paired with the user’s phone and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition; and Fitbit Charge HR, a wireless heart rate and activity wristband. In addition, it offers Fitbit Blaze, a smart fitness watch that provides multi-sport functionality, tracks outdoor cycling activity, and provides run cues; Fitbit Surge, a fitness watch that features a GPS watch, heart rate tracker, activity tracker, and smartwatch; Aria, a Wi-Fi connected scale that tracks weight, body fat percentage, and body mass index; and Fitbit accessories that include bands and frames for Fitbit Blaze, bands for Fitbit Alta, colored bands for Fitbit Flex, colored clips for Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip, device charging cables, wireless sync dongles, band clasps, sleep bands, and Fitbit apparel. The company offers its products through consumer electronics and specialty retailers, e-Commerce retailers, sporting goods and outdoors retailers, and wireless carriers; and corporate wellness channels, as well as directly worldwide. The company was formerly known as Healthy Metrics Research, Inc. and changed its name to Fitbit, Inc. in October 2007. Fitbit, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Intersil Corporation (ISIL) shares were up in last trading by 0.36% to $22.26. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -0.4% over the past week and grew 0.32% in the past month. It is currently trading 0.33% above its 50 day moving average and 20.52% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.13% decrease in value from its one year high of $22.76. The RSI indicator value of 53.41, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Intersil Corporation designs and develops power management and precision analog integrated circuits (ICs) for applications in the infrastructure, industrial, automotive, military, aerospace, computing, and consumer markets. The company offers various power IC solutions for battery management, processor power management, and display power management, including power regulators, converters, and controllers, as well as integrated power modules. It also provides precision analog components, such as amplifiers and buffers, proximity and light sensors, data converters, optoelectronics, video decoders, and interface products. The company markets its products through direct sales force and a network of distributors to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and contract manufacturers primarily in China, the United States, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Singapore, and Taiwan. Intersil Corporation was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

 

Stocks In Queue: Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS), Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI), Rent-A-Center, Inc. (RCII)

Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS) fell -0.62% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.09 to finish the day at $14.41 with about 4.24M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.28M. The $3.37B market cap company, which fluctuated between $14.32 and $14.6 during the day, currently situated 242.28% above its 52 week low of $4.03 and -15.63% away from its one year high of $17.08. The RSI of 49.31 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Oasis Petroleum Inc., an independent exploration and production company, focuses on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas resources in the North Dakota and Montana regions of the Williston Basin. Its principal projects are located in West Williston and East Nesson. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 484,745 net leasehold acres in the Williston Basin; and approximately 218.2 million barrels of oil equivalent of estimated net proved reserves. Oasis Petroleum Inc. sells its oil and natural gas to refiners, marketers, and other purchasers that have access to pipeline and rail facilities. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI) gained $0.02 to close the day at a new closing price of $14.33, a 0.14% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 267.44% above its 52 week low of $3.9. A total of 4.2M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.16M. The stock, which fluctuated between $14.11 and $14.47 during the day, currently situated -12.99% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 7.18% in the past one month and up by 8.07% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $15.44 and RSI of 56.4, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. operates as an independent energy company in the United States. It focuses on the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties, as well as the transportation of oil and natural gas primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2015, it had interests in the 135,408 net acres in the Permian Basin; and had total proved reserves of 125,698 thousand barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as Laredo Petroleum Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Laredo Petroleum, Inc. in December 2013. Laredo Petroleum, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (RCII) had a active trading with around 4.2M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.67M. The stock traded between $8 and $8.52 before closing at the price of $8.32 with 4.26% change on the day. The company is currently trading 7.22% above its 52 week low of $7.76 and -47.87% below its 52 week high of $16.37. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 36.45 and $9.67 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, leases household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. The company operates through four segments: Core U.S., Acceptance Now, Mexico, and Franchising. It offers durable products, such as consumer electronics; appliances; computers, including tablets; smartphones; and furniture, including accessories under rental purchase agreements. The company also provides merchandise on an installment sales basis; and offers the rent-to-own transaction to consumers who do not qualify for financing from the traditional retailer through kiosks within retailer’s locations. It operates retail installment sales stores under the Get It Now and Home Choice names; and rent-to-own and franchised rent-to-own stores under the Rent-A-Centre, ColorTyme, and RimTyme names. As of December 31, 2015, the company owned and operated approximately 2,672 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, including 45 retail installment sales stores; 1,444 Acceptance Now kiosk locations in 40 states and Puerto Rico; 532 Acceptance Now direct locations; and 143 stores in Mexico, as well as franchised 227 rent-to-own stores in 31 states under the Rent-A-Center, ColorTyme, and RimTyme names. Rent-A-Center, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.