Peter Elliott

3 Notable Runners: Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK), Fortive Corporation (FTV), Praxair, Inc. (PX)

Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -1.08% or $-1.06 to close the day at $97.35 on lower than average trading volume of 1.26M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.27M. The Seattle Washington 98188 based company has been outperforming the regional airlines companies by 33.3733% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 9.71% YTD, versus the regional airlines industry which is up 4.83% for the same period. The RSI of 63.08 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passengers and cargo air transportation services primarily in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Alaska Mainline, Alaska Regional, and Horizon. It has a network of approximately 1,200 daily flights to 118 destinations across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Cuba. The company was founded in 1932 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Fortive Corporation (FTV) had a light trading with around 1.25M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.61M. The stock traded between $56.68 and $57.42 before closing at the price of $57.15 with 0.23% change on the day. The Everett Washington 98203 based company is currently trading 23.79% above its 52 week low of $46.29 and 0% below its 52 week high of $57.42. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 70.67 and $58.29 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

Fortive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets industrial products. The company offers field instrumentation, sensing, product realization, and automation and specialty solutions. Fortive Corporation was founded in 2016 and is based in Everett, Washington. Fortive operates independently of Danaher Corp. as of July 02, 2016.

Praxair, Inc. (PX) traded within a range of $115.76 to $116.58 after opening the day at $116.2. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -0.82% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.41% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $116.23 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -6.63% below its 52 week high of $125 and 18.39% above its 12-month low of $100.8. The shares are down by over -1.45% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 40.25 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Praxair, Inc. produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, process, and specialty gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. The company offers atmospheric gases, such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; and process gases comprising carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, and acetylene. It also designs, engineers, and builds equipment that produces industrial gases; and manufactures precious metal and ceramic sputtering targets used primarily in the production of semiconductors. In addition, the company supplies wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings and powders to the aircraft, energy, printing, primary metals, petrochemical, textile, and other industries. Further, it provides electric arc, plasma and wire spray, and high-velocity oxy-fuel equipment; and distributes hardgoods and welding equipment purchased from independent manufacturers. The company sells its products primarily through independent distributors. It serves various industries, such as healthcare, petroleum refining, manufacturing, beverage carbonation, fiber-optics, steel making, aerospace, chemicals, and water treatment. Praxair, Inc. was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut.

 

Trader Alert: Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM), Depomed, Inc. (DEPO), Deckers Outdoor Corporation (DECK)

Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM) retreated with the stock falling -5.45% or $-0.27 to close at $4.68 on light trading volume of 1.92M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.8M. The Lexington Massachusetts 02421 based company operating under the Biotechnology industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 92.87% up for the period and up by 693.22% so far this year. With price target of $15 and a 832.27% rebound from 52-week low, Pulmatrix, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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

Depomed, Inc. (DEPO) dropped $-0.38 to close the day at a new closing price of $16.59, a -2.24% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 35.43% above its 52 week low of $12.25. A total of 1.88M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.44M. The stock, which fluctuated between $16.45 and $16.89 during the day, currently situated -38.6% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -12.22% in the past one month and down by -16.04% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $23.91 and RSI of 33.37, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Depomed, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, engages in the development, sale, and licensing of products for pain and other central nervous system conditions in the United States. It offers Gralise (gabapentin), an once-daily product for the management of postherpetic neuralgia; CAMBIA (diclofenac potassium for oral solution), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for acute treatment of migraine attacks in adults; Zipsor (diclofenac potassium) liquid filled capsule, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of mild to moderate acute pain in adults; and Lazanda (fentanyl) nasal spray, an intranasal fentanyl drug used to manage breakthrough pain in adults. The company also provides NUCYNTA ER (tapentadol extended release tablets), a product for the management of pain severe enough to long term opioid treatment, including neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in adults; and NUCYNTA (tapentadol), a product for the management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults. In addition, it is involved in the clinical development of IW-3718 refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease program using Acuform drug delivery technology; and Cebranopadol, a molecule for the treatment of chronic nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Depomed, Inc. sells its Gralise products to wholesalers and retail pharmacies. The company also has a portfolio of license agreements based on its proprietary Acuform gastroretentive drug delivery technology with Mallinckrodt Inc.; Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Newark, California.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation (DECK) shares were down in last trading by -0.34% to $52.1. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 11.75% over the past week and fell -11.17% in the past month. It is currently trading -8.99% below its 50 day moving average and -10.89% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -25.51% decrease in value from its one year high of $69.94. The RSI indicator value of 42.25, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, markets, and distributes footwear, apparel, and accessories for casual lifestyle use and high performance activities. It offers luxurious comfort footwear, handbags, apparel, home, and cold weather accessories under the UGG brand name; casual sandals, shoes, and boots under the Teva brand name; and action sport footwear under the Sanuk brand name. The company also provides outdoor performance and lifestyle footwear products under the Ahnu brand name; running footwear under the Hoka One One brand name; fashion casual footwear using sheepskin and other plush materials under the Koolaburra brand; and linings and foot beds under the UGGpure brand. It markets its products primarily to specialty retailers, selected department stores, outdoor retailers, sporting goods retailers, shoe stores, and online retailers. The company also sells its products directly to end-user consumers through its Websites, call centers, and retail stores, as well as distributes its products through distributors and retailers in the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Canada, Latin America, and internationally. As of March 31, 2016, it had 153 retail stores. The company was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Goleta, California.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Northern Trust Corporation (NTRS), CME Group Inc. (CME), Alphabet Inc. (GOOG)

Northern Trust Corporation (NTRS) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.16% or $-0.14 to close the day at $85.37 on light trading volume of 1.14M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.43M. The Chicago Illinois 60603 based company has been outperforming the asset management group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 59.92%, compared to the industry which has advanced 39.46% over the same period. With RSI of 49.8, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $89.31, making it a hold for now.

Northern Trust Corporation, a financial holding company, provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families, and individuals worldwide. It operates through two segments, Corporate & Institutional Services (C&IS) and Wealth Management. The C&IS segment offers asset servicing and related services, including global custody, fund administration, investment operations outsourcing, investment management, investment risk and analytical services, employee benefit services, securities lending, foreign exchange, treasury management, brokerage services, transition management services, banking, and cash management services. This segment provides services to corporate and public retirement funds, foundations, endowments, fund managers, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional investors. The Wealth Management segment offers trust, investment management, custody, and philanthropic services; financial consulting; guardianship and estate administration; family business consulting; family financial education; brokerage services; and private and business banking. This segment serves high-net-worth individuals and families, business owners, executives, professionals, retirees, and established privately-held businesses. The company also provides asset management services, such as active, passive, and engineered equity; active and passive fixed income; cash management; alternative asset classes comprising private equity and hedge funds of funds; and multi-manager advisory services and products through separately managed accounts, bank common and collective funds, registered investment companies, exchange traded funds, non-U.S. collective investment funds, and unregistered private investment funds. In addition, it offers overlay services and other risk management services. Northern Trust Corporation was founded in 1889 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

CME Group Inc. (CME) climbed 0.34% during last trading as the stock added $0.4 to finish the day at $118.98 with about 1.13M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.72M. The $40.24B market cap company, which fluctuated between $118.51 and $119.45 during the day, currently situated 41.71% above its 52 week low of $89 and -3.7% away from its one year high of $124.01. The RSI of 51.12 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

CME Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates contract markets for the trading of futures and options on futures contracts worldwide. The company offers a range of products across various asset classes, based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, and metals. Its products include exchange-traded; and privately negotiated futures and options contracts and swaps. It executes trade through its electronic trading platforms, open outcry, and privately negotiated transactions, as well as provides hosting, connectivity, and customer support for electronic trading through its co-location services. The company also provides clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts, as well as for cleared swaps; and regulatory reporting solutions for market participants through its global repository services in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. In addition, the company offers a range of market data services, including live quotes, delayed quotes, market reports, and historical data service, as well as index services. CME Group Inc. serves professional traders, financial institutions, institutional and individual investors, corporations, manufacturers, producers, governments, and central banks. The company was formerly known as Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. and changed its name to CME Group Inc. in July 2007. CME Group Inc. was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) saw its value increase by 0.51% as the stock gained $4.11 to finish the day at a closing price of $813.67. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $663.28-$841.95 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $809.78 to $815.25 during the day, are up by 3.61% in the past three months and up by 3.67% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.53% above its 20 day moving average and 2.39% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $955 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 56.76. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Alphabet Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online advertising services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and rest of the world. The company offers performance and brand advertising services. It operates through Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment includes principal Internet products, such as Search, Ads, Commerce, Maps, YouTube, Google Cloud, Android, Chrome, and Google Play, as well as technical infrastructure and newer efforts, including Virtual Reality. This segment also sells digital contents, apps and cloud offerings, and hardware products. The Other Bets segment includes businesses, such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Nest, Verily, Waymo, X, and Google Fiber. Alphabet Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: TETRA Technologies, Inc. (TTI), Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (FBHS), Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PGNX)

TETRA Technologies, Inc. (TTI) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.41% or $-0.02 to close the day at $4.91 on light trading volume of 1.23M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.06M. The The Woodlands Texas 77380 based company has been outperforming the oil & gas equipment & services group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 3.66%, compared to the industry which has advanced 39.26% over the same period. With RSI of 53.63, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $6.64, making it a hold for now.

TETRA Technologies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified oil and gas services company. It operates through four divisions: Fluids, Production Testing, Compression, and Offshore. The Fluids division manufactures and markets clear brine fluids, additives, and associated products and services to the oil and gas industry for use in well drilling, completion, and workover operations in the United States, as well as in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. This segment also markets liquid and dry calcium chloride products; and provides water management services for oil and gas operators. The Production Testing division provides frac flowback, production well testing, offshore rig cooling, and other associated services in oil and gas producing regions in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, as well as in various basins in South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. The Compression division provides compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing, and storage operating in onshore producing regions of the United States, as well as in Mexico, Canada, and Argentina. The Offshore division offers downhole and subsea services, such as well plugging, and abandonment and workover services; decommissioning and construction services through heavy lift barges and various cutting technologies; and conventional and saturation diving services. TETRA Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (FBHS) climbed 0.61% during last trading as the stock added $0.34 to finish the day at $56.28 with about 1.23M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.25M. The $8.61B market cap company, which fluctuated between $55.59 and $56.39 during the day, currently situated 28.44% above its 52 week low of $45.4 and -12.24% away from its one year high of $64.47. The RSI of 55.2 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, and security applications. It operates in four segments: Cabinets, Plumbing, Doors, and Security. The Cabinets segment manufactures custom, semi-custom, and stock cabinetry, as well as vanities for the kitchen, bath, and other parts of the home under various brand names, including Aristokraft, Diamond, Kitchen Craft, Mid-Continent, Kitchen Classics, Schrock, Omega, Thomasville, Homecrest, Ultracraft, and StarMark. The Plumbing segment manufactures or assembles, and sells faucets, accessories, kitchen sinks, and waste disposals under the Moen and Waste King brand names in North America, China, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and South America. The Doors segment manufactures and sells fiberglass and steel residential entry door and patio door systems under the Therma-Tru brand name; and urethane millwork products under the Fypon brand name in the United States and Canada. The Security segment offers key-controlled and combination padlocks, bicycle and cable locks, built-in locker locks, door hardware, automotive, trailer and towing locks, electronic access control solutions, and other specialty safety and security devices under the Master Lock brand name; and fire resistant safes, security containers, and commercial cabinets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, and Australia. The company sells its products through kitchen and bath dealers, wholesalers oriented toward builders or professional remodelers, industrial and locksmith distributors, do-it-yourself remodeling-oriented home centers, and other retail outlets. Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.

Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PGNX) saw its value increase by 1.57% as the stock gained $0.15 to finish the day at a closing price of $9.73. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $3.8-$10.27 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $9.59 to $9.85 during the day, are up by 62.71% in the past three months and up by 45.66% over the past six months. It is currently trading 7.87% above its 20 day moving average and 8.56% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $11.2 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 60.5. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. develops medicines for oncology in the United States and internationally. The company’s primary clinical-stage product candidates include Azedra, a radiotherapeutic product candidate, which is in Phase IIb clinical trial under special protocol assessment for the treatment of pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma; 1404, a technetium-99m labeled small molecule that has completed Phase II testing, as well as acts as an imaging agent to diagnose and detect prostate cancer; and PyL, a fluorinated prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-targeted PET imaging agent for prostate cancer. Its clinical-stage product candidates also comprise 1095, a PSMA-targeted Iodine-131 labeled small radiopharmaceutical molecule for the treatment of metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer; PSMA antibody-drug conjugate, which has completed Phase II testing in chemotherapy-experienced patients and is ongoing second cohort in chemotherapy-naïve patients for the treatment of prostate cancer; and EXINI Bone BSI, an analytical tool for analysis of bone scan index from bone scintigraphy images. The company also offers Relistor-subcutaneous injection for the treatment of opioid induced constipation (OIC) in advanced-illness patients receiving palliative care when laxative therapy has not been sufficient; and for treatment of OIC inpatients with non-cancer pain. In addition, it develops Relistor-oral that has completed Phase III testing for the treatment of OIC; and PRO 140, which is in Phase III testing for HIV treatment. The company has license agreement with Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for the development and commercialization of Relistor worldwide; and with Amgen Fremont, Inc. to use its XenoMouse technology for generating human antibodies to PSMA, as well as has collaboration agreement with Seattle Genetics, Inc. Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Tarrytown, New York.

 

Stocks in Review: Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS), Adeptus Health Inc. (ADPT), Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. (OREX)

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS) traded within a range of $29.29 to $29.63 after opening the day at $29.31. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 17.17% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.06% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $29.55 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -0.47% below its 52 week high of $29.69 and 52.71% above its 12-month low of $20.08. The shares are up by over 16.06% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 78.62 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. develops, sells, leases, and licenses electronic design automation (EDA) software, emulation and prototyping hardware, verification intellectual property (VIP), and design intellectual property (IP) for semiconductor and electronics systems industries worldwide. It offers functional verification products, including logic verification software that enables customers to coordinate verification activities across multiple teams and various specialists for verification planning and closure; and system design and verification products for hardware-software verification, as well as for system power exploration, analysis, and optimization. The company also provides digital integrated circuit (IC) design products, such as logic design products for chip planning, design, verification, and test technologies and services; physical implementation tools, including place and route, signal integrity, optimization, and double patterning preparation; and signoff products to signoff the design as ready for manufacture by a silicon foundry, as well as design for manufacturing products for use in the product development process. In addition, it offers custom IC design and verification products to create schematic and physical representations of circuits down to the transistor level for analog, mixed-signal, custom digital, memory, and RF designs; and system interconnect design products to develop printed circuit boards and IC packages. Further, the company provides design IP products consisting of pre-verified and customizable functional blocks to integrate into customer’s system-on-chips; and VIP and memory models for use in system-level verification to model correct behavior of full systems interacting with their environments. Additionally, it offers services related to methodology, education, and hosted design solutions, as well as technical support and maintenance services. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Adeptus Health Inc. (ADPT) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.78% or $-0.05 to close the day at $6.37 on light trading volume of 1.68M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 940.44K. The Lewisville Texas 75067 based company has been underperforming the hospitals group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -84.11%, compared to the industry which has advanced 0.6% over the same period. With RSI of 25.7, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $16.21, making it a hold for now.

Adeptus Health Inc. owns and operates a network of independent freestanding emergency rooms in the United States. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 81 facilities located in the Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Phoenix. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Lewisville, Texas.

Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. (OREX) gained $0.61 to close the day at a new closing price of $5.43, a 12.66% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 229.09% above its 52 week low of $1.65. A total of 1.68M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 699.40K. The stock, which fluctuated between $4.83 and $5.49 during the day, currently situated -70.49% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 61.13% in the past one month and up by 161.06% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $11.67 and RSI of 84.1, the stock still has upside potential, making it a sell for now.

Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of pharmaceutical products. The company offers Contrave for the treatment of obesity. It has a collaboration agreement with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited to develop and commercialize Contrave in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company’s product, Contrave also approved under the brand name of Mysimba in Europe. Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in La Jolla, California.

 

Stocks Under Consideration: Unisys Corporation (UIS), Windstream Holdings, Inc. (WIN), American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AXL)

Unisys Corporation (UIS) grew with the stock adding 8.46% or $1.1 to close at $14.1 on light trading volume of 2.24M compared its three months average trading volume of 919.98K. The Blue Bell Pennsylvania 19422 based company operating under the Information Technology Services industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 40.02% up for the period and down by -5.69% so far this year. With price target of $16.25 and a 109.82% rebound from 52-week low, Unisys Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Unisys Corporation provides information technology services worldwide. It operates through two segments, Services and Technology. The Services segment provides cloud and infrastructure services, application services, and business process outsourcing services. The Technology segment designs and develops software, servers, and related products. It offers a range of data center, infrastructure management, and cloud computing offerings for clients to virtualize and automate data-center environments. This segment’s product offerings include enterprise-class servers, such as the ClearPath Forward family of fabric servers; the Unisys Stealth family of security software; and operating system software and middleware. The company serves commercial, financial services, public sector, and the U.S. federal government through direct sales force, distributors, resellers, and alliance partners. Unisys Corporation was founded in 1886 and is based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

Windstream Holdings, Inc. (WIN) had a active trading with around 2.24M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.61M. The stock traded between $7.08 and $7.25 before closing at the price of $7.18 with -0.69% change on the day. The Little Rock Arkansas 72212 based company is currently trading 47.96% above its 52 week low of $5.5 and -30.01% below its 52 week high of $10.46. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $9.07 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Windstream Holdings, Inc. provides network communications and technology solutions for consumers, businesses, enterprise organizations, and carrier partners in the United States. It operates through Consumer and Small Business – ILEC, Carrier, Enterprise, and Small Business – CLEC segments. The Consumer and Small Business – ILEC segment offers consumer services, including high-speed Internet access; Internet security services; online backup service; basic local telephone services, features, and long-distance services; and video services, as well as owns and operates cable television franchises. It also provides services for small business comprising high-speed Internet access, online backup solution, remote tech help services, Web and audio conferencing services, managed Web design services, Web and e-mail hosting services, and fax-to-e-mail services. This segment serves approximately 1.6 million residential and small business customers. The Carrier segment provides products and services to other communications services providers, including special access services, which provide network access and transport services to end users; and fiber-to-tower connections to support backhaul services to wireless carriers. It also offers voice and data transport services to other communications providers on a wholesale basis. The Enterprise segment provides integrated voice and data services, which deliver voice and broadband services over a single Internet connection; multi-site networking services; and other data services, including cloud computing and collocation and managed services as an alternative to traditional information technology infrastructure. The Small Business – CLEC segment offers integrated voice and data services, advanced data, and traditional voice and long-distance services, as well as online backup, managed Web design and Web hosting, and various e-mail services. Windstream Holdings, Inc. is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AXL) saw its value increase by 3.87% as the stock gained $0.79 to finish the day at a closing price of $21.2. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $12.31-$21.25 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $20.44 to $21.25 during the day, are up by 54.29% in the past three months and up by 19.64% over the past six months. It is currently trading 4.21% above its 20 day moving average and 11.44% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $18.8 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 64.37.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, engineers, validates, and manufactures driveline and drivetrain systems, and related components and chassis modules for the automotive industry in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Asia, Europe, and internationally. It offers axles, driveheads, chassis modules, driveshafts, power transfer units, transfer cases, chassis and steering components, transmission parts, electric drive systems, and metal-formed products that transfer power from the transmission to the drive wheels. The company offers its products for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars, and crossover and commercial vehicles. American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.

 

Stocks in the Spotlight: Akorn, Inc. (AKRX), TCF Financial Corporation (TCB), Naked Brand Group Inc. (NAKD)

Akorn, Inc. (AKRX) had a active trading with around 1.86M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.62M. The stock traded between $20.4 and $20.82 before closing at the price of $20.69 with 0.73% change on the day. The Lake Forest Illinois 60045 based company is currently trading 17.76% above its 52 week low of $17.57 and -41.55% below its 52 week high of $35.4. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 55.27 and $27.38 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Akorn, Inc., a specialty generic pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets generic and branded prescription pharmaceuticals, as well as private-label over-the-counter (OTC) consumer health products and animal health pharmaceuticals in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health. The Prescription Pharmaceuticals segment markets generic and branded ophthalmics, injectables, oral liquids, otics, topicals, inhalants, and nasal sprays. This segment’s generic products include Atropine Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution; Clobetasol Propionate Ointment; Dehydrated Alcohol Injection; Ephedrine Sulfate Injection; Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection; Lidocaine Ointment; Methylene Blue Injection; Myorisan Soft Gelatin Capsules; Nembutal Sodium Solution; and Progesterone Capsules. The Consumer Health segment markets branded and private label animal health products, as well as OTC products for the treatment of dry eye under the TheraTears brand name. This segment also markets other OTC consumer health products, including Mag-Ox, a magnesium supplement, as well as the Diabetic Tussin line of cough and cold products. Akorn, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.

TCF Financial Corporation (TCB) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.99% or $0.34 to close the day at $17.44 on active trading volume of 1.86M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.72M. The Wayzata Minnesota 55391 based company has been outperforming the money center banks group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 63.5%, compared to the industry which has advanced 25.97% over the same period. With RSI of 39.52, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $18.83, making it a hold for now.

TCF Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for TCF National Bank that provides various financial products and services in the United States and Canada. It operates through Lending, Funding, and Support Services segments. The Lending segment offers consumer loans for personal, family, and household purposes, such as home purchases, debt consolidation, and financing of home improvements. This segment also provides loans secured by personal property, as well as unsecured personal loans; commercial real estate and business lending products, including multi-family housing, warehouse and industrial buildings, office buildings, health care facilities, retail services, and commercial real estate construction loans; lease and equipment finance services for specialty vehicles, construction, golf cart and turf, medical, manufacturing, and technology and data processing markets; and inventory and auto finance services. The Funding segment provides deposit products, including free checking accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and retirement savings plan accounts. This segment also offers treasury services, such as investment and borrowing portfolios, as well as management of capital, debt, and market risks, including interest rate and liquidity risks. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 155 branches in Illinois, 99 in Minnesota, 53 in Michigan, 34 in Colorado, 24 in Wisconsin, 7 in Arizona, 2 in South Dakota, and a branch in Indiana. TCF Financial Corporation was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Wayzata, Minnesota.

Naked Brand Group Inc. (NAKD) shares were down in last trading by -7.47% to $2.85. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.52% over the past week and grew 213.19% in the past month. It is currently trading 116.8% above its 50 day moving average and 95.35% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -40% decrease in value from its one year high of $4.75. The RSI indicator value of 62.85, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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

 

Stocks Highlights: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF), Deckers Outdoor Corporation (DECK), The AES Corporation (AES)

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) had a active trading with around 4.34M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.59M. The stock traded between $11.82 and $12.5 before closing at the price of $12.24 with 3.55% change on the day. The New Albany Ohio 43054 based company is currently trading 12.19% above its 52 week low of $10.91 and -61.41% below its 52 week high of $32.83. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 49.95 and $13.5 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel. The company sells knit and woven shirts, graphic T-shirts, fleece, jeans and woven pants, shorts, sweaters, and outerwear; personal care products; and accessories for men, women, and kids under the Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids, and Hollister brand names. As of March 2, 2016, it operated through 754 stores in the United States; and 178 stores in Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The company sells its products through its stores and direct-to-consumer sales. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in New Albany, Ohio.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation (DECK) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 6.63% or $3.25 to close the day at $52.28 on active trading volume of 4.27M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.07M. The Goleta California 93117 based company has been outperforming the textile – apparel footwear & accessories group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 6.04%, compared to the industry which has advanced 0.28% over the same period. With RSI of 42.22, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $61.93, making it a hold for now.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, markets, and distributes footwear, apparel, and accessories for casual lifestyle use and high performance activities. It offers luxurious comfort footwear, handbags, apparel, home, and cold weather accessories under the UGG brand name; casual sandals, shoes, and boots under the Teva brand name; and action sport footwear under the Sanuk brand name. The company also provides outdoor performance and lifestyle footwear products under the Ahnu brand name; running footwear under the Hoka One One brand name; fashion casual footwear using sheepskin and other plush materials under the Koolaburra brand; and linings and foot beds under the UGGpure brand. It markets its products primarily to specialty retailers, selected department stores, outdoor retailers, sporting goods retailers, shoe stores, and online retailers. The company also sells its products directly to end-user consumers through its Websites, call centers, and retail stores, as well as distributes its products through distributors and retailers in the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Canada, Latin America, and internationally. As of March 31, 2016, it had 153 retail stores. The company was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Goleta, California.

The AES Corporation (AES) shares were down in last trading by -1.04% to $11.47. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.33% over the past week and grew 2.31% in the past month. It is currently trading -0.26% below its 50 day moving average and -1.18% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -12.16% decrease in value from its one year high of $13.32. The RSI indicator value of 50.75, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

The AES Corporation operates as a diversified power generation and utility company. It owns and/or operates power plants to generate and sell power to customers, such as utilities, industrial users, and other intermediaries. The company also owns and/or operates utilities to generate or purchase, distribute, transmit, and sell electricity to end-user customers in the residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental sectors; and generates and sells electricity on the wholesale market. It uses a range of fuels to generate electricity, including natural gas, coal, hydro, wind, energy storage, oil, diesel, petroleum coke, biomass, landfill gas, and solar. The company owns and/or operates a generation portfolio of approximately 29,352 megawatts. It has operations in the United States, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. The company was formerly known as Applied Energy Services, Inc. and changed its name to The AES Corporation in April 2000. The AES Corporation was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

 

Momentum Stocks: Regions Financial Corporation (RF), The Coca-Cola Company (KO), Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)

Regions Financial Corporation (RF) retreated with the stock falling -0.62% or $-0.09 to close at $14.49 on light trading volume of 14.42M compared its three months average trading volume of 21.34M. The Birmingham Alabama 35203 based company operating under the Regional – Southeast Banks industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 94.26% up for the period and up by 0.91% so far this year. With price target of $15.23 and a 112.3% rebound from 52-week low, Regions Financial Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. Its Corporate Bank segment offers commercial banking services, such as commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, and investor real estate lending, as well as equipment lease financing services. This segment serves corporate, middle market, small business, and commercial real estate developers and investors. The company’s Consumer Bank segment provides consumer banking products and services related to residential first mortgages, home equity lines and loans, small business loans, indirect loans, consumer credit cards, and other consumer loans, as well as the corresponding deposit relationships. Its Wealth Management segment offers wealth management products and services, including credit related products, trust and investment management, asset management, retirement and savings solutions, estate planning, and personal and commercial insurance products to individuals, businesses, governmental institutions, and non-profit entities. The company also provides insurance coverage for various lines of personal and commercial insurance, such as property, vehicle, casualty, life, health, and accident insurance, as well as commercial crop, life, and environmental insurance; and commercial equipment financing products, as well as offers securities, insurance, and advisory services through financial consultants. In addition, it offers securities brokerage, merger and acquisition advisory, trust, and other specialty financing services. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 1,627 banking offices and 1,962 ATMs in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Regions Financial Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) had a active trading with around 14.2M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 13.44M. The stock traded between $41.84 and $42.15 before closing at the price of $42.02 with 0.29% change on the day. The Atlanta Georgia 30313 based company is currently trading 5.37% above its 52 week low of $39.88 and -8.66% below its 52 week high of $47.13. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $45.09 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes various nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Its sparkling beverages include nonalcoholic ready-to-drink beverages with carbonation, such as carbonated energy drinks, and carbonated waters and flavored waters. The company’s still beverages comprise nonalcoholic beverages without carbonation, including noncarbonated waters, flavored and enhanced waters, noncarbonated energy drinks, juices and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, and sports drinks. It also provides flavoring ingredients, sweeteners, beverage ingredients, and fountain syrups, as well as powders for purified water products. The Coca-Cola Company sells its products primarily under the Coca-Cola, Diet Coke/Coca-Cola Light, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Minute Maid, Georgia, Powerade, Del Valle, Schweppes, Aquarius, Minute Maid Pulpy, Dasani, Simply, Glacéau Vitaminwater, Bonaqua/Bonaqa, Gold Peak, FUZE TEA, Glacéau Smartwater, and Ice Dew brand names. The company offers its beverage products through a network of company-owned or controlled bottling and distribution operators, as well as through independent bottling partners, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. The Coca-Cola Company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) saw its value decrease by -1.56% as the stock dropped $-1.29 to finish the day at a closing price of $81.48. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $77.58-$95.55 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $81.17 to $82.12 during the day, are down by -3.8% in the past three months and down by -6.54% over the past six months. It is currently trading -4.2% below its 20 day moving average and -6.94% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $88.7 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 28.12.The technical indicator lead us to believe the stock will reverse recent losses any time soon.

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

 

Trader’s Buzzers: NIKE, Inc. (NKE), The Kroger Co. (KR), QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM)

NIKE, Inc. (NKE) traded within a range of $52.7 to $53.94 after opening the day at $52.74. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 6% so far this year. The stock was up close to 2.03% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $53.88 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -16.9% below its 52 week high of $65.44 and 10.33% above its 12-month low of $49.01. The shares are up by over 6.22% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 60.38 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

The Kroger Co. (KR) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.73% or $-0.24 to close the day at $32.84 on active trading volume of 9.26M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.7M. The Cincinnati Ohio 45202 based company has been underperforming the grocery stores group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -9.4%, compared to the industry which has advanced 0.42% over the same period. With RSI of 40.44, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $36, making it a hold for now.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. It also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. The company operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Its combination food and drug stores offer natural food and organic sections, pharmacies, general merchandise, pet centers, fresh seafood, and organic produce; multi-department stores provide general merchandise items, such as apparel, home fashion and furnishings, outdoor living, electronics, automotive products, toys, and fine jewelry; and price impact warehouse stores offer grocery, and health and beauty care items, as well as meat, dairy, baked goods, and fresh produce items. The company’s marketplace stores comprise full-service grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty departments, and perishable goods, as well as general merchandise, including apparel, home goods, and toys. It operates under the banner brands, such as Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, etc., as well as Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic brands. As of January 30, 2016, the company operated 2,778 retail food stores, including 1,387 fuel centers; 784 convenience stores; and 323 fine jewelry stores and an online retail store, as well as franchised 78 convenience stores. The Kroger Co. was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM) dropped $-0.38 to close the day at a new closing price of $52.89, a -0.71% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 29.69% above its 52 week low of $42.24. A total of 9.23M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 11.89M. The stock, which fluctuated between $52.72 and $53.39 during the day, currently situated -25.57% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -19.44% in the past one month and down by -22.14% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $65.49 and RSI of 24.2, the stock still has upside potential, making it a buy for now.

QUALCOMM Incorporated develops, designs, manufactures, and markets digital communications products and services in China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT); Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL); and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The QCT segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on code division multiple access (CDMA), orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), and other technologies for use in voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products. The QTL segment grants licenses or provides rights to use portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which include various patent rights useful in the manufacture and sale of certain wireless products comprising products implementing CDMA2000, WCDMA, CDMA TDD, and/or LTE standards, as well as their derivatives. The QSI segment invests in early-stage companies in various industries, including digital media, e-commerce, healthcare, and wearable devices for supporting the design and introduction of new products and services for voice and data communications. The company also develops and offers products for implementation of small cells; mobile health products and services; software products, and content and push-to-talk enablement services to wireless operators; and development, and other services and related products to the United States government agencies and their contractors. In addition, it licenses chipset technology and products for data centers. QUALCOMM Incorporated was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.