Stocks Buzz: Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX), Tesoro Corporation (TSO), The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC)

Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.67% or $-0.49 to close the day at $72.67 on light trading volume of 2.9M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.25M. The St. Louis Missouri 63121 based company has been outperforming the health care plans group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 0.4%, compared to the industry which has advanced 13.8% over the same period. With RSI of 55.61, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $81.11, making it a hold for now.

Express Scripts Holding Company operates as a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company operates through two segments, PBM and Other Business Operations. The company’s PBM segment’s products and services include clinical solutions to enhance health outcomes; specialized pharmacy care; home delivery pharmacy; specialty pharmacy, including the distribution of fertility pharmaceuticals that require special handling or packaging; and retail network pharmacy administration. It also provides benefit design consultation; drug utilization review; drug formulary management; an array of Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance marketplace; administration of a group purchasing organization; and consumer health and drug information services. In addition, the company distributes specialty pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to providers, clinics, and hospitals; and offers consulting services, including design, implementation, and project management for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device manufacturers to collect scientific evidence to guide the use of medicines. It serves managed care organizations, health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers’ compensation plans, government health programs, providers, clinics, hospitals, and others. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated four automated dispensing home delivery pharmacies; one non-automated dispensing home delivery pharmacy; and one non-dispensing home delivery pharmacy maintained for business continuity purpose, as well as several non-dispensing order processing centers, patient contact centers, specialty drug pharmacies, and fertility pharmacies. The company was formerly known as Aristotle Holding, Inc. and changed its name to Express Scripts Holding Company in April 2012. Express Scripts Holding Company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tesoro Corporation (TSO) grew with the stock adding 0.99% or $0.8 to close at $81.63 on active trading volume of 2.88M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.34M. The San Antonio Texas 78259 based company operating under the Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -6.44% down for the period and down by -6.66% so far this year. With price target of $104.73 and a 23.64% rebound from 52-week low, Tesoro Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Tesoro Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as an independent petroleum refining, logistics, and marketing company in the United States. Its Refining segment refines crude oil and other feed stocks into transportation fuels, such as gasoline, gasoline blend stocks, jet fuel, and diesel fuel, as well as other products, including heavy fuel oils, liquefied petroleum gas, petroleum coke, calcined coke, and asphalt. This segment also sells refined products in the wholesale market primarily through independent unbranded distributors; and in the bulk market primarily to independent unbranded distributors, other refining and marketing companies, utilities, railroads, airlines, marine, and industrial end-users in the western United States. It owns and operates 6 refineries with a combined crude oil capacity of approximately 875 thousand barrels per day. The company’s TLLP segment owns and operates a network of approximately 3,500 miles of crude oil, refined products, and natural gas pipelines; 29 crude oil and refined products truck and marine terminals; and approximately 15 million barrels of storage capacity. This segment also owns and operates four natural gas processing complexes and one fractionation facility. The company’s Marketing segment sells gasoline and diesel fuel through retail stations, and third-party branded dealers and distributors in the western United States. As of December 31, 2015, this segment operated a network of 2,397 retail stations under the ARCO, Shell, Exxon, Mobil, USA Gasoline, and Tesoro brands. The company was formerly known as Tesoro Petroleum Corporation and changed its name to Tesoro Corporation in November 2004. Tesoro Corporation was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.49% or $0.43 to close the day at $88.35 on lower than average trading volume of 2.88M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.12M. The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15222 based company has been outperforming the food – major diversified companies by 0.1695% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 1.18% YTD, versus the food – major diversified industry which is up 1.07% for the same period. The RSI of 64.72 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Worth Watching Stocks: L Brands, Inc. (LB), HCA Holdings, Inc. (HCA), Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (PTEN)

L Brands, Inc. (LB) saw its value increase by 1.19% as the stock gained $0.73 to finish the day at a closing price of $61.87. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $60-$97.35 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $60.15 to $61.95 during the day, are down by -13.61% in the past three months and down by -10.51% over the past six months. It is currently trading -4.72% below its 20 day moving average and -9.13% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $68.92 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 34.56.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women’s intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. The company operates in three segments: Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works International. Its products include loungewear, bras, panties, swimwear, athletic attire, fragrances, shower gels and lotions, aromatherapy, soaps and sanitizers, home fragrances, handbags, jewelry, and personal care accessories. The company offers its products under the Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza, Henri Bendel, C.O. Bigelow, White Barn Candle Company, and other brand names. L Brands, Inc. sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which are primarily mall-based; through its Websites; and through franchises, licenses, and wholesale partners. As of January 31, 2016, the company operated 2,721 retail stores in the United States; 270 retail stores in Canada; and 14 retail stores in the United Kingdom. It also operated 221 La Senza stores in 29 countries; 125 Bath & Body Works stores in 30 countries; 19 Victoria’s Secret stores in 7 Middle Eastern countries; and 373 Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Accessories stores, and various small-format locations in approximately 75 countries. The company was formerly known as Limited Brands, Inc. and changed its name to L Brands, Inc. in March 2013. L Brands, Inc. was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

HCA Holdings, Inc. (HCA) shares were down in last trading by -1.48% to $79.73. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.87% over the past week and grew 7.08% in the past month. It is currently trading 7.62% above its 50 day moving average and 3.73% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -4.73% decrease in value from its one year high of $83.69. The RSI indicator value of 65.63, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. It operates general, acute care hospitals that offer medical and surgical services, including inpatient care, intensive care, cardiac care, diagnostic, and emergency services; and outpatient services, such as outpatient surgery, laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, cardiology, and physical therapy services. The company also operates psychiatric hospitals, which provide therapeutic programs comprising child, adolescent and adult psychiatric care, adult and adolescent alcohol and drug abuse treatment, and counseling. In addition, it operates outpatient health care facilities consisting of freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding emergency care facilities, urgent care facilities, walk-in clinics, diagnostic and imaging centers, rehabilitation and physical therapy centers, radiation and oncology therapy centers, physician practices, and various other facilities. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 164 general, acute care hospitals with 43,275 licensed beds; 3 psychiatric hospitals with 396 licensed beds; and 1 rehabilitation hospital, as well as 116 freestanding surgery centers. HCA Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (PTEN) traded within a range of $27.36 to $28.02 after opening the day at $27.69. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 2.19% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.47% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $27.51 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -6.94% below its 52 week high of $29.56 and 153.52% above its 12-month low of $11.28. The shares are up by over 16.01% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 53.02 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides onshore contract drilling services to major and independent oil and natural gas operators in the United States and Canada. The company operates through three segments: Contract Drilling, Pressure Pumping, and Oil and Natural Gas. The Contract Drilling segment markets its contract drilling services primarily in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and western Canada. As of December 31, 2015, this segment had a drilling fleet of 221 marketable land-based drilling rigs. The Pressure Pumping segment offers pressure pumping services that consist of well stimulation and cementing for the completion of new wells and remedial work on existing wells, as well as hydraulic and nitrogen fracturing, cementing, and acid pumping services in Texas and the Appalachian region. The Oil and Natural Gas segment owns and invests in oil and natural gas assets as a non-operating working interest owner located principally in Texas and New Mexico. Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Radian Group Inc. (RDN), Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (INFI), F.N.B. Corporation (FNB)

Radian Group Inc. (RDN) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 2.54% or $0.45 to close the day at $18.16 on active trading volume of 2.82M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.71M. The Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19103 based company has been outperforming the property & casualty insurance group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 63.61%, compared to the industry which has advanced 25.57% over the same period. With RSI of 61.66, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $20.05, making it a hold for now.

Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides mortgage and real estate products and services in the United States. It operates through two segments, Mortgage Insurance, and Mortgage and Real Estate Services (Services). The Mortgage Insurance segment provides credit-related insurance coverage, principally through private mortgage insurance that protects mortgage lenders from all or a portion of default-related losses on residential mortgage loans made to home buyers, as well as facilitates the sale of these mortgage loans in the secondary mortgage market. It offers primary mortgage insurance coverage on residential first-lien mortgage loans. This segment primarily serves mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, savings institutions, credit unions, and community banks. The Services segment provides outsourced services, information-based analytics, and specialty consulting services for buyers and sellers of, and investors in, mortgage- and real estate-related loans and securities, and other asset-backed securities. This segment offers loan review and due diligence, monitoring of mortgage servicer and loan performance, valuation and component services, real estate owned asset management services, and outsourced mortgage services. Radian Group Inc. was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (INFI) climbed 3.61% during last trading as the stock added $0.06 to finish the day at $1.72 with about 2.78M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 613.75K. The $85.28M market cap company, which fluctuated between $1.65 and $1.81 during the day, currently situated 104.76% above its 52 week low of $0.84 and -75.67% away from its one year high of $7.07. The RSI of 70.35 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a drug discovery and development company, discovers, develops, and delivers medicines to patients with difficult-to-treat diseases. Its lead product candidate includes IPI-145, an oral inhibitor of the delta and gamma isoforms of phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) for the treatment of hematologic malignancies. The company is developing DYNAMO, which is in Phase II study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IPI-145 dosed at 25 mg; CONTEMPO that is in the Phase Ib/II study of IPI-145 in combination with obinutuzumab or rituximab in patients with untreated follicular lymphoma; BRAVURA, which is in Phase III study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IPI-145 plus rituximab and bendamustine; and FRESCO that is in Phase II study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IPI-145 plus rituximab. It is also developing DYNAMO+R, which is in Phase III randomized study to evaluate IPI-145 dosed at 25 mg in combination with rituximab, a monoclonal antibody treatment; DUO that is in randomized Phase III monotherapy study evaluating IPI-145 dosed at 25 mg in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL); and SYNCHRONY, which is in the Phase Ib study of IPI-145 in combination with obinutuzumab in CLL patients. In addition, the company is conducting a Phase Ib/II trial of IPI-145 in combination with venetoclax, a B-cell lymphoma 2 inhibitor; and developing IPI-549 that is in Phase I study for patients with various solid tumors, including melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer. The company has collaboration and license agreement with AbbVie Inc. to develop and commercialize IPI-145 in oncology; and development and license agreement with Intellikine, Inc. to discover, develop, and commercialize pharmaceutical products targeting the delta and/or gamma isoforms of PI3K. Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

F.N.B. Corporation (FNB) saw its value increase by 0.73% as the stock gained $0.11 to finish the day at a closing price of $15.27. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $11.16-$16.43 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $15.03 to $15.28 during the day, are up by 26.6% in the past three months and up by 17.94% over the past six months. It is currently trading -4.41% below its 20 day moving average and -0.07% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $16.57 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 41.74. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

F.N.B. Corporation, a financial holding company, provides a range of financial services to consumers, corporations, governments, and small- to medium-sized businesses primarily in Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia. It operates through four segments: Community Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance, and Consumer Finance. The Community Banking segment offers various deposit products, such as commercial and individual demand, savings, and time deposit accounts; and commercial, mortgage, and individual installment loans. The Wealth Management segment provides a range of personal and corporate fiduciary services, including the administration of decedent and trust estates; investment products and services for customers through a networking relationship with a third-party licensed brokerage firm; and investment programs consisting of mutual funds, annuities, stocks, and bonds for individuals, corporations, and retirement funds, as well as community banking customers. The Insurance segment operates as a full-service insurance brokerage agency that offers commercial and personal insurance products through various carriers to businesses and individuals; acts as a reinsurer to underwrite credit life, and accident and health insurance products; and provides title insurance products. The Consumer Finance segment is primarily involved in making personal installment loans to individuals; and purchasing installment sales finance contracts from retail merchants. The company also offers mezzanine financing options for small-to medium-sized businesses; and new or used equipment commercial loans and leasing services. As of December 31, 2015, it had 288 community banking offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia; and 76 consumer finance offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky. F.N.B. Corporation was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Trader Alert: Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS), CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP), FireEye, Inc. (FEYE)

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) grew with the stock adding 0.09% or $0.05 to close at $56.04 on light trading volume of 2.76M compared its three months average trading volume of 4.68M. The Las Vegas Nevada 89109 based company operating under the Resorts & Casinos industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 53.95% up for the period and up by 4.92% so far this year. With price target of $61.59 and a 69.61% rebound from 52-week low, Las Vegas Sands Corp. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. It owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macao, the People’s Republic of China; and iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The company also owns and operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, and Five-Diamond luxury resorts on the Las Vegas Strip; Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Its integrated resorts include accommodations, gaming, entertainment and retail, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants, and other amenities. Las Vegas Sands Corp. was founded in 1988 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP) gained $0.19 to close the day at a new closing price of $25.68, a 0.75% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 64.58% above its 52 week low of $16.38. A total of 2.76M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.44M. The stock, which fluctuated between $25.42 and $25.81 during the day, currently situated -0.27% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 5.64% in the past one month and up by 15.79% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $25.07 and RSI of 69.39, 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.

FireEye, Inc. (FEYE) shares were down in last trading by -0.76% to $13.06. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.24% over the past week and fell -0.91% in the past month. It is currently trading 0.17% above its 50 day moving average and -11.31% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -33.47% decrease in value from its one year high of $19.63. The RSI indicator value of 52.8, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

3 Stocks in Focus: Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM), Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO), Under Armour, Inc. (UA)

Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM) fell -34.84% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.54 to finish the day at $1.01 with about 2.71M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 329.32K. The $14.71M market cap company, currently situated 101.2% above its 52 week low of $0.5 and -74.04% away from its one year high of $3.89. The RSI of 58.28 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO) dropped $-0.42 to close the day at a new closing price of $18.26, a -2.25% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 28.77% above its 52 week low of $14.18. A total of 2.7M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.79M. The stock, which fluctuated between $17.91 and $18.51 during the day, currently situated -31.66% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -5.63% in the past one month and up by 4.76% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $17.62 and RSI of 46.34, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

Under Armour, Inc. (UA) had a light trading with around 2.69M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.72M. The stock traded between $25.25 and $26.25 before closing at the price of $25.35 with -3.24% change on the day. The Baltimore Maryland 21230 based company is currently trading 1.97% above its 52 week low of $23.51 and -47.13% below its 52 week high of $46.53. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 35.17 and $44 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Under Armour, Inc. together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and distributes branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. The company offers its apparel in compression, fitted, and loose types to be worn in hot, cold, and in between the extremes. It provides various footwear products, including football, baseball, lacrosse, softball and soccer cleats, slides, performance training, running, basketball, and outdoor footwear. The company also offers accessories, which include headwear, bags, and gloves; and digital fitness platform licenses and subscriptions, as well as digital advertising, as well as licenses its brands. It primarily provides its products under the UA Logo, UNDER ARMOUR, UA, ARMOUR, HEATGEAR, COLDGEAR, ALLSEASONGEAR, PROTECT THIS HOUSE, and I WILL, as well as ARMOURBITE, ARMOURSTORM, ARMOUR FLEECE, and ARMOUR BRA trademarks. The company sells its products through wholesale channels, including national and regional sporting goods chains, independent and specialty retailers, department store chains, institutional athletic departments, and leagues and teams, as well as independent distributors; and directly to consumers through a network of brand and factory house stores, and Website. Under Armour, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

3 Stocks to Watch For: Callon Petroleum Company (CPE), Kate Spade & Company (KATE), Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (ATW)

Callon Petroleum Company (CPE) saw its value decrease by -1.04% as the stock dropped $-0.16 to finish the day at a closing price of $15.17. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $4.99-$18.53 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $14.99 to $15.41 during the day, are up by 1.81% in the past three months and up by 31.8% over the past six months. It is currently trading -3.05% below its 20 day moving average and -2.43% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $19.77 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 44.84.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Callon Petroleum Company, an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2015, the company estimated net proved reserves totaled 54.3 million barrel of oil equivalent. Callon Petroleum Company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Natchez, Mississippi.

Kate Spade & Company (KATE) shares were up in last trading by 1.73% to $18.28. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.38% over the past week and grew 22.68% in the past month. It is currently trading 12.08% above its 50 day moving average and -5.93% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -30.91% decrease in value from its one year high of $26.46. The RSI indicator value of 59.75, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Kate Spade & Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs and markets apparel and accessories. The company operates in three segments: KATE SPADE North America, KATE SPADE International, and Adelington Design Group. It offers briefcases, handbags, small leather goods, fashion accessories, jewelry, fragrances, and apparel for men, women, and children; and licensed products, including footwear, swimwear, watches, children’s wear, optics, tabletop products, legwear, electronics cases, furniture, bedding, and stationery. The company markets and sells its products under the AXCESS, KATE SPADE SATURDAY, JACK SPADE, MARVELLA, KATE SPADE, MONET, kate spade new York, and TRIFARI brand names. It also designs, develops, and supplies jewelry for the LIZ CLAIBORNE and MONET brands; licenses LIZ CLAIBORNE NEW YORK and LIZWEAR brands. The company sells its products through wholly-owned specialty retail and outlet stores, specialty retail and upscale department stores, and concession stores and upscale wholesale accounts; and a network of distributors, as well as e-commerce Websites. As of January 2, 2016, it had 104 specialty retail stores and 64 outlet stores in the United States; and 22 specialty retail stores and 13 outlet stores internationally, as well as 54 concessions. The company was formerly known as Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. and changed its name to Kate Spade & Company in February 2014. Kate Spade & Company was founded in 1976 and is based in New York, New York.

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (ATW) traded within a range of $13.31 to $13.95 after opening the day at $13.6. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 5.79% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.43% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $13.89 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -9.63% below its 52 week high of $15.37 and 188.17% above its 12-month low of $4.82. The shares are up by over 51.14% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 64.8 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Atwood Oceanics, Inc., an offshore drilling contractor, engages in the drilling and completion of exploratory and developmental oil and gas wells. As of November 11, 2016, it owned a fleet of 10 mobile offshore drilling units. The company operates its fleet in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean Sea, offshore West Africa, offshore Southeast Asia, and offshore Australia. Atwood Oceanics, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

 

3 Trending Stocks: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (CBL), Allergan plc (AGN), Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PPHM)

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (CBL) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.56% or $-0.17 to close the day at $10.73 on active trading volume of 2.68M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.06M. The Chattanooga Tennessee 37421 based company has been outperforming the reit – retail group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 10.35%, compared to the industry which has advanced 5.87% over the same period. With RSI of 37.57, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $12.85, making it a hold for now.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. CBL & Associates Properties is based in Oak Brook, Illinois. CBL & Associates Properties was founded in 1978 and is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee with additional offices in Waltham, Massachusetts; Chesterfield, Missouri; and Irving, Texas.

Allergan plc (AGN) climbed 0.83% during last trading as the stock added $1.78 to finish the day at $216.56 with about 2.66M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.16M. The $81.26B market cap company, which fluctuated between $214.7 and $219.13 during the day, currently situated 17.38% above its 52 week low of $184.5 and -28.29% away from its one year high of $301.98. The RSI of 65.13 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PPHM) saw its value increase by 4.07% as the stock gained $0.01 to finish the day at a closing price of $0.3. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $0.282-$1.12 per share for the past year. The shares are down by -11.24% in the past three months and down by -20.58% over the past six months. It is currently trading -2.33% below its 20 day moving average and -3.39% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $1.25 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 46.89. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, researches and develops monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer in the United States. It’s lead immunotherapy candidate bavituximab, a monoclonal antibody that targets and binds to phosphatidylserine. The company also provides integrated current good manufacturing practices services from cell line development to commercial bio manufacturing for its third-party customers. In addition, its services comprise cGMP clinical and commercial manufacturing utilizing stainless steel and single use bioreactor technology, purification, bulk packaging, stability testing, regulatory strategy and related support. The company has license agreements with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Genentech, Inc.; Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Lonza Biologics; Affitech A/S; Merck KGaA; and National Comprehensive Cancer Network, as well as collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca PLC and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Tustin, California.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: Mastercard Incorporated (MA), Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (CIE)

Mastercard Incorporated (MA) grew with the stock adding 0.24% or $0.26 to close at $108.66 on light trading volume of 2.65M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.86M. The Purchase New York 10577 based company operating under the Credit Services industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 27.05% up for the period and up by 5.46% so far this year. With price target of $119.33 and a 39.51% rebound from 52-week low, Mastercard Incorporated has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

MasterCard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. The company also offers value-added services, such as loyalty and reward programs, and information and consulting services. In addition, it provides cross-border and domestic processing services; and issuer and acquirer processing solutions, and payment and mobile gateways. Further, the company offers various payment products and solutions for cardholders, merchants, financial institutions, and governments; programs that enable issuers to provide consumers with cards to defer payments; payment products and solutions that allow its customers to access funds in deposit and other accounts; prepaid payment programs and management services; and commercial payment products and solutions. Additionally, it provides products and services to prevent, detect, and respond to fraud and ensure the safety of transactions. The company offers payment solutions and services under the MasterCard, Maestro, and Cirrus brands. MasterCard Incorporated was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) dropped $-0.02 to close the day at a new closing price of $2.61, a -0.95% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 46.35% above its 52 week low of $1.78. A total of 2.64M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 9.71M. The stock, currently situated -15.42% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -7.95% in the past one month and down by -6.29% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $3.25 and RSI of 42.42, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Zynga Inc. develops, markets, and operates social games as live services played on the Internet, social networking sites, and mobile platforms in the United States, North America, Asia, and the European Union. It offers its online social games primarily under the Slots, Words With Friends, Zynga Poker, and FarmVille franchises. The company’s games are accessible on mobile platforms, Facebook, and other social networks, as well as Zynga.com. It also provides advertising services to advertising agencies and brokers. The company was formerly known as Zynga Game Network Inc. and changed its name to Zynga Inc. in November 2010. Zynga Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (CIE) shares were down in last trading by -2.59% to $1.13. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -2.59% over the past week and grew 2.73% in the past month. It is currently trading -6.33% below its 50 day moving average and -30.52% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -70.5% decrease in value from its one year high of $3.83. The RSI indicator value of 41.62, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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