Stocks in Review: Aramark (ARMK), Palatin Technologies, Inc. (PTN), Hess Corporation (HES)

Aramark (ARMK) traded within a range of $33.21 to $33.75 after opening the day at $33.72. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -6.77% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.6% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $33.3 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -12.8% below its 52 week high of $38.3 and 15.07% above its 12-month low of $29.18. The shares are down by over -9.61% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 30.35 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Aramark provides food, facilities, and uniform services to education, healthcare, business and industry, sports, leisure, and corrections clients in North America and internationally. It offers managed services include dining, catering, food service management, convenience-oriented retail operations, grounds and facilities maintenance, custodial, energy and construction management, and capital project management. The company also provides non-clinical support services, such as patient food and nutrition, and retail food services; and facilities services comprising clinical equipment maintenance, environmental, laundry and linen distribution, plant operations, strategic/technical, energy and supply chain management, purchasing, and central transportation. In addition, it offers on-site restaurants, catering, convenience stores, and executive dining services; beverage and vending services; and facility management services comprising housekeeping, plant operations and maintenance, energy management, laundry and linen, grounds keeping, landscaping, transportation, capital program management and commissioning, and other facility consulting services. Further, the company provides facility and business support services for mining and oil operations; and concessions, banquet and catering, retail and merchandise sales, recreational and lodging, and facility management services for sports, entertainment, and recreational facilities. Additionally, it offers correctional food, and food and facilities management services for parks; and operates commissaries, laundry facilities, and property rooms. It also rents, sells, cleans, maintains, and delivers uniform and career apparel, and other textile items; and provides other garments and work clothes, as well as ancillary items. The company was formerly known as ARAMARK Holdings Corporation and changed its name to Aramark in May 2014. Aramark was founded in 1959 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Palatin Technologies, Inc. (PTN) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 5.7% or $0.02 to close the day at $0.45 on light trading volume of 2.62M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.06M. The Cranbury New Jersey 08512 based company has been underperforming the diagnostic substances group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -12.6%, compared to the industry which has advanced 42.16% over the same period. With RSI of 41.7, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $5, making it a hold for now.

Palatin Technologies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops targeted, receptor-specific peptide therapeutics for the treatment of various diseases in the United States. The company’s principal product is Bremelanotide, an as needed subcutaneous injectable peptide melanocortin receptor agonist, which is in the Phase III clinical studies for the treatment of premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). Its drug development programs also include Melanocortin receptor-4 (MC4r) peptides and small molecule agonists that are under the preclinical trials for the treatment of conditions responsive to MC4r activation, including female sexual dysfunction, HSDD, erectile dysfunction, obesity, and diabetes; and Melanocortin receptor-1 peptide agonists, which are under preclinical studies for the treatment of inflammatory and dermatologic disease indications, as well as other Melanocortin receptors. In addition, the company is involved in the development of natriuretic peptide receptor-specific programs, including PL-3994, a natriuretic peptide receptor-A, which is in Phase II clinical studies for treatment of heart failure, acute exacerbations of asthma, and refractory hypertension. Palatin Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Cranbury, New Jersey.

Hess Corporation (HES) dropped $-0.47 to close the day at a new closing price of $58.83, a -0.79% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 84.94% above its 52 week low of $34.02. A total of 2.62M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 4.37M. The stock, which fluctuated between $58.39 and $59.42 during the day, currently situated -9.91% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -6.14% in the past one month and up by 16.22% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $65.29 and RSI of 43.94, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Hess Corporation, an exploration and production company, develops, produces, purchases, transports, and sells crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. The company operates in two segments, Exploration and Production, and Bakken Midstream. It is also involved in crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing of natural gas and the fractionation of natural gas liquids, transportation of crude oil by rail car, terminating and loading crude oil and natural gas liquids, and the storage and terminating of propane primarily in the Bakken shale play of North Dakota. The company operates primarily in the United States, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, the Joint Development Area of Malaysia/Thailand, Malaysia, and Norway. As of December 31, 2015, it had total proved reserves of 1,086 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

Stocks in the Spotlight: DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (XRAY), Forest City Realty Trust, Inc (FCE-A), Conagra Brands, Inc. (CAG)

DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (XRAY) had a active trading with around 2.61M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.53M. The stock traded at the price of $56.55 with -2.78% change on the day. The York Pennsylvania 17405 based company is currently trading 6.39% above its 52 week low of $53.43 and -13.76% below its 52 week high of $65.83. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 35.77 and $68 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

DENTSPLY International Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets various consumable dental products for the professional dental market in the United States and internationally. The company provides dental consumable products, including dental anesthetics, prophylaxis paste, dental sealants, impression materials, restorative materials, tooth whiteners, and topical fluoride; and small equipment products comprising dental handpieces, intraoral curing light systems, dental diagnostic systems, and ultrasonic scalers and polishers. It also offers dental laboratory products, such as dental prosthetics that include artificial teeth, precious metal dental alloys, dental ceramics, and crown and bridge materials, as well as computer aided design and machining ceramic systems, and porcelain furnaces. In addition, the company provides dental specialty products, which include endodontic instruments and materials, implants and related products, 3D digital scanning and treatment planning software, and dental and orthodontic appliances and accessories. Further, it offers consumable medical device products, such as urology catheters, various surgical products, medical drills, and other products. The company markets and sells its dental products through distributors, dealers, and importers to dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratories, and dental schools; and medical products directly, as well as through distributors to urologists, urology nurses, and general practitioners. DENTSPLY International Inc. was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.

Forest City Realty Trust, Inc (FCE-A) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.64% or $-0.14 to close the day at $21.76 on active trading volume of 2.61M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.11M. The company has been outperforming the property management group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 12.22%, compared to the industry which has advanced 1.77% over the same period. With RSI of 69.08, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $24.7, making it a hold for now.

Forest City Realty Trust, Inc is a real estate investment trust. It was formerly known as Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Forest City Realty Trust, Inc was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Conagra Brands, Inc. (CAG) shares were up in last trading by 0.28% to $38.72. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.12% over the past week and grew 0.78% in the past month. It is currently trading 2.4% above its 50 day moving average and 6.98% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -3.13% decrease in value from its one year high of $39.97. The RSI indicator value of 53.76, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Conagra Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food company in North America. It operates through five segments: Grocery & Snacks, Refrigerated & Frozen, International, Foodservice, and Commercial. The Grocery & Snacks segment primarily provides branded, shelf-stable food products in various retail channels in the United States. The Refrigerated & Frozen segment offers branded, temperature controlled food products in various retail channels in the United States. The International segment primarily provides branded food products, in various temperature states, in retail and foodservice channels outside of the United States. The Foodservice segment offers branded and customized food products, such as meals, entrees, prepared potatoes, sauces, and various custom-manufactured culinary products packaged for sale to restaurants and other foodservice establishments in the United States. The Commercial segment offers commercially branded and private label food and ingredients primarily to commercial, restaurant, foodservice, food manufacturing, and industrial customers. The company markets its products primarily under the Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Slim Jim, Reddi-wip, Alexia, Blake’s, Frontera, Bertolli, P.F. Chang’s, and Marie Callender’s brands. The company was formerly known as ConAgra Foods, Inc. and changed its name to Conagra Brands, Inc. in November 2016. Conagra Brands, Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Momentum Stocks: Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY), United Technologies Corporation (UTX), PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDLI)

Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY) retreated with the stock falling -0.33% or $-0.1 to close at $30.5 on light trading volume of 2.6M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.85M. The Federal Way Washington 98003 based company operating under the Lumber, Wood Production industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 24.77% up for the period and up by 1.36% so far this year. With price target of $34.88 and a 44.06% rebound from 52-week low, Weyerhaeuser Co. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Weyerhaeuser Co. is a real estate investment trust. It primarily invests in United States. The firm operates under four business segments, timberlands, wood products, cellulose fibers and real estate. It owns timberlands primarily in the U.S and has long-term licenses in Canada. The firm manufactures wood and specialty cellulose fibers products, and develops real estate, primarily as a builder of single-family homes. Weyerhaeuser Co was founded in 1900 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

United Technologies Corporation (UTX) had a light trading with around 2.6M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.26M. The stock traded between $109.82 and $110.89 before closing at the price of $110.42 with 0.41% change on the day. The Farmington Connecticut 06032 based company is currently trading 35.94% above its 52 week low of $83.85 and -2.14% below its 52 week high of $112.83. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $116.47 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. Its Otis segment designs, manufactures, sells, and installs passenger and freight elevators, escalators, and moving walkways; modernization products to upgrade elevators and escalators; and maintenance and repair services. The company’s UTC Climate, Controls & Security segment provides heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions, such as controls for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation applications. This segment offers electronic security products, including intruder alarms, access control systems, and video surveillance systems; and fire safety products; systems integration, video surveillance, installation, maintenance, and inspection services; and monitoring and response services. Its Pratt & Whitney segment supplies aircraft engines for commercial, military, business jet, and general aviation markets; and provides aftermarket maintenance, repair, and overhaul, as well as fleet management services. The company’s UTC Aerospace Systems segment provides electric power generation, power management, and distribution systems; air data, and flight sensing and management systems; engine control, electric, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems; engine components; environmental control systems; fire and ice detection, and protection systems; propeller systems; cargo, actuation, and landing systems; aircraft aero structures, and lighting and seating products; space products and subsystems; and aftermarket services. United Technologies Corporation offers its services through manufacturers’ representatives, distributors, wholesalers, dealers, retail outlets, and sales representatives, as well as directly to customers. The company was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut.

PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDLI) saw its value increase by 4.44% as the stock gained $0.1 to finish the day at a closing price of $2.35. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $1.93-$3.84 per share for the past year. The shares are down by -25.63% in the past three months and down by -31.69% over the past six months. It is currently trading 7.97% above its 20 day moving average and -5.49% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $3.67 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 52.23.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

PDL BioPharma, Inc. manages a portfolio of patents and royalty assets in the United States and Europe. The company is involved in the humanization of monoclonal antibodies and the discovery of a new generation of targeted treatments for cancer and immunologic diseases. It offers Queen et al. patents that cover humanized antibodies, methods for humanizing antibodies, polynucleotide encoding in humanized antibodies, and methods of producing humanized antibodies. PDL BioPharma, Inc. has license agreements with various biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as acquires royalty and other assets. The company was formerly known as Protein Design Labs, Inc. and changed its name to PDL BioPharma, Inc. in 2006. PDL BioPharma, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Incline Village, Nevada.

 

Stocks Buzz: The Chemours Company (CC), Arconic Inc. (ARNC), Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)

The Chemours Company (CC) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 2.21% or $0.54 to close the day at $25.02 on light trading volume of 2.58M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.84M. The Wilmington Delaware 19899 based company has been outperforming the specialty chemicals group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 605.38%, compared to the industry which has advanced 31.46% over the same period. With RSI of 60.3, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $22.43, making it a hold for now.

The Chemours Company provides performance chemicals in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. It operates in three segments: Titanium Technologies, Fluoroproducts, and Chemical Solutions. The Titanium Technologies segment produces and sells titanium dioxide (TiO2) under the Ti-Pure brand name to deliver whiteness, brightness, opacity, and protection in various applications, such as architectural and industrial coatings, flexible and rigid plastic packaging, PVC window profiles, laminate papers, coated paper, and coated paperboard used for packaging. The Fluoroproducts segment provides fluoroproducts, such as hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants, and fluoropolymer resins and downstream products and coatings under the Teflon brand name. The Chemical Solutions segment offers industrial and specialty chemicals used in gold production, oil refining, agriculture, industrial polymers, and other industries in North America. This segment provides cyanides; and performance chemicals and intermediates, such as clean and disinfect chemicals, aniline, methylamines, glycolic acid, Vazo free radical initiators, and reactive metals. The company is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

Arconic Inc. (ARNC) grew with the stock adding 0.68% or $0.14 to close at $20.88 on light trading volume of 2.58M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.64M. The New York New York 10022 based company has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 39.88% up for the period and up by 12.62% so far this year. With price target of $23.2 and a 53.55% rebound from 52-week low, Arconic Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Arconic Inc. develops and manufactures engineered products for aerospace, industrial gas turbine, commercial transportation, and oil and gas markets. It offers airfoils, fasteners, rings, forgings, extrusions, alloys, and industrial gas turbines; and titanium aero ingots and mill products, as well as multi-material airframe subassemblies, technologies, and materials, such as 3D printing and titanium aluminides. The company also provides aluminum sheets and plates for the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, brazing, and industrial markets. In addition, it provides forged aluminum truck wheels and other transportation products; aluminum curtain walls and front entry systems, including self-cleaning facades, and blast proof and hurricane resistant entrances for building and construction markets; and extrusions for trains, buildings, and various industrial applications. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in New York, New York.

Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.62% or $0.91 to close the day at $57.22 on lower than average trading volume of 2.58M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.61M. The St. Louis Missouri 63136 based company has been outperforming the industrial electrical equipment companies by 16.144% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 2.64% YTD, versus the industrial electrical equipment industry which is up 2.25% for the same period. The RSI of 55.09 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Emerson Electric Co. designs and manufactures products, and delivers services to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s Process Management segment offers systems and software; measurement and analytical instrumentation; valves, actuators, and regulators; industry services and solutions; and digital plant architecture solutions. It also provides consulting services for precision measurement, control, monitoring, asset optimization, and safety and reliability of oil and gas reservoirs and plants. This segment serves oil and gas, refining, chemicals, power generation, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, pulp and paper, metal and mining, and municipal water supplies markets. Its Industrial Automation segment provides fluid power and control products; electrical distribution equipment; and materials joining and precision cleaning products, as well as hermetic motors. The company’s Climate Technologies segment supplies compressors, temperature sensors and controls, thermostats, flow controls, and remote monitoring technology and services to residential heating and cooling, commercial air conditioning, commercial and industrial refrigeration, and marine control areas. Its Commercial & Residential Solutions segment provides tools for professionals and homeowners; home storage systems; and appliance solutions. The company was formerly known as The Emerson Electric Manufacturing Company and changed its name to Emerson Electric Co. in 2000. Emerson Electric Co. was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Stocks To Track: Sabre Corporation (SABR), Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL), Apache Corporation (APA)

Sabre Corporation (SABR) fell -0.8% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.2 to finish the day at $24.72 with about 2.57M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.92M. The $6.88B market cap company, currently situated 14.42% above its 52 week low of $22.03 and -15.74% away from its one year high of $29.76. The RSI of 41.84 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Sabre Corporation provides technology solutions to the travel and tourism industry. The company operates through two segments, Travel Network, and Airline and Hospitality Solutions. The Travel Network segment operates a business-to-business travel marketplace that offers travel content, such as inventory, prices, and availability from a range of travel suppliers, including airlines, hotels, car rental brands, rail carriers, cruise lines, and tour operators with a network of travel buyers comprising online and offline travel agencies, travel management companies, and corporate travel departments. The Airline and Hospitality Solutions segment offers a portfolio of software technology products and solutions through software-as-a-service and hosted delivery models to airlines, hotel properties, and other travel suppliers. This segment provides SabreSonic Customer Sales & Service, a reservation system that provides capabilities around managing sales and customer service across an airline’s diverse touch points; Sabre AirVision Marketing & Planning, a set of airline commercial planning solutions; and Sabre AirCentre Enterprise Operations, a set of solutions for the holistic planning and management of airline, airport, and customer operations. In addition, this segment offers software and solutions to hotel properties comprising central reservation system, property management solution, and marketing and consulting services. Sabre Corporation was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Southlake, Texas.

Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL) dropped $-0.18 to close the day at a new closing price of $36.17, a -0.5% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 9.54% above its 52 week low of $33.18. A total of 2.57M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.7M. The stock, which fluctuated between $35.94 and $36.59 during the day, currently situated -19.59% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 5.47% in the past one month and down by -4.14% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $39.64 and RSI of 58.28, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Hormel Foods Corporation produces and markets various meat and food products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Grocery Products, Refrigerated Foods, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Specialty Foods, and International & Other. It provides various perishable meat products, including fresh meats, frozen items, refrigerated meal solutions, sausages, hams, guacamole, and bacon; and shelf-stable products comprising canned luncheon meats, shelf-stable microwaveable meals, stews, chilies, hash, flour and corn tortillas, salsas, tortilla chips, peanut butter, and other products. The company also offers poultry products, such as turkey products; and nutritional food products and supplements, sugar and sugar substitutes, dessert and drink mixes, and industrial gelatin products. It sells its products through sales personnel, as well as through independent brokers and distributors. The company was formerly known as Geo. A. Hormel & Company and changed its name to Hormel Foods Corporation in January 1995. Hormel Foods Corporation was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Austin, Minnesota.

Apache Corporation (APA) had a light trading with around 2.56M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.22M. The stock traded between $62.16 and $63.36 before closing at the price of $62.91 with -0.3% change on the day. The Houston Texas 77056 based company is currently trading 97.95% above its 52 week low of $33.23 and -8.83% below its 52 week high of $69. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 43.06 and $65.13 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Trader Alert: 3D Systems Corporation (DDD), Welltower Inc. (HCN), The Michaels Companies, Inc. (MIK)

3D Systems Corporation (DDD) grew with the stock adding 0.81% or $0.13 to close at $16.1 on light trading volume of 2.51M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.66M. The Rock Hill South Carolina 29730 based company operating under the Computer Peripherals industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 142.84% up for the period and up by 21.14% so far this year. With price target of $15.55 and a 168.33% rebound from 52-week low, 3D Systems Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides 3D printing products and services worldwide. The company’s 3D printers transform data input generated by 3D design software, CAD software, or other 3D design tools into printed parts using a range of print materials, including plastic, metal, nylon, rubber, wax, and composite materials. It offers various 3D printing technologies, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, direct metal printing, multijet printing, colorjet printing, and plasticjet printing. The company also develops, blends, and markets various print materials, such as plastic, nylon, metal, composite, elastomeric, wax, and Class IV bio-compatible materials. It offers its printers under the Accura, DuraForm, LaserForm, CastForm, and VisiJet brand names. In addition, the company provides digital design tools, including software, scanners, and haptic devices, as well as products for product design, mold and die design, 3D scan-to-print, reverse engineering, and production machining and inspection. Further, it offers proprietary software and drivers that provide part preparation, part placement, support placement, build platform management, and print queue management; and 3D virtual reality simulators and simulator modules for medical applications, as well as digitizing scanners for medical and mechanical applications. Additionally, the company provides warranty, maintenance, and training services. It primarily serves companies and small and midsize businesses in a range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, government, defense, technology, electronics, education, consumer goods, energy, and healthcare. The company sells its products and services through its direct sales force, resellers, and channel partners and distributors. 3D Systems Corporation was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Welltower Inc. (HCN) dropped $-0.22 to close the day at a new closing price of $67.08, a -0.33% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 29.98% above its 52 week low of $52.8. A total of 2.51M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.32M. The stock, which fluctuated between $66.97 and $67.63 during the day, currently situated -15.54% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 5.9% in the past one month and down by -3.25% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $69.89 and RSI of 55.55, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Welltower Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm primarily invests in senior living and health care properties. It invests across the full spectrum of health care real estate, including senior living communities, medical office buildings, inpatient and outpatient medical centers and life science facilities. The firm conducts in-house research to make its investments. It was formerly known as Health Care REIT, Inc. Welltower Inc. was founded in 1970 and is based in Toledo, Ohio with additional offices in Brentwood, Tennessee and Dallas, Texas.

The Michaels Companies, Inc. (MIK) shares were down in last trading by -0.09% to $21.6. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 3.65% over the past week and fell -2.53% in the past month. It is currently trading -4.11% below its 50 day moving average and -15.1% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -31.13% decrease in value from its one year high of $31.36. The RSI indicator value of 51.44, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

The Michaels Companies, Inc. owns and operates a chain of arts and crafts specialty retail stores under the Michaels and Aaron Brothers names in North America. Its Michaels stores offer approximately 35,000 stock-keeping units in crafts, home décor and seasonal, framing, and paper crafting. The company’s Aaron Brothers stores offer approximately 6,000 stock-keeping units, including photo frames, a line of ready-made frames, art prints, framed art, art supplies, and custom framing. It also provides private brands, including Recollections, Studio Decor, Bead Landing, Creatology, Ashland, Celebrate It, Art Minds, Artist’s Loft, Craft Smart, and Loops & Threads. In addition, the company manufactures custom and specialty framing merchandise; and distributes gifts and decor products. As of June 30, 2016, it operated 1,356 stores under the Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan’s brands in 49 states in the United States, as well as in and Canada. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

 

Investor’s Alert: Coach, Inc. (COH), Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA), MannKind Corporation (MNKD)

Coach, Inc. (COH) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -1.06% or $-0.38 to close the day at $35.35 on lower than average trading volume of 2.5M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.31M. The New York New York 10001 based company has been outperforming the textile – apparel footwear & accessories companies by 2.2124% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 0.94% YTD, versus the textile – apparel footwear & accessories industry which is up 3.69% for the same period. The RSI of 46.34 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Coach, Inc. provides luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. It offers handbags, money pieces, wristlets and cosmetic cases, key rings, and charms for women; and business cases, computer bags, messenger-style bags, backpacks, totes, wallets, card cases, belts, time management, electronic accessories, and ready-to-wear for men. The company also provides footwear; seasonal lifestyle apparel collections, including outerwear and ready-to-wear, and cold weather accessories, such as gloves, scarves, and hats; jewelry consisting of bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings made with sterling silver, leather, and non-precious metals; sunglasses; watches; and fragrances comprising eau de perfume sprays, eau de toilette sprays, purse sprays, and body lotions. In addition, it offers weekend and travel accessories, travel bags, and other lifestyle products. Further, the company holds licensing rights to market and distribute footwear, eyewear, watches, and fragrances under the Coach brand name. It markets its products to consumers through a network of company-operated stores, including Internet in North America; and Coach-operated stores and concession shop-in-shops in Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The company also sells its products to wholesale customers and distributors in approximately 55 countries. As of July 2, 2016, it operated 228 Coach retail stores and 204 Coach outlet leased stores; and 522 Coach-operated concession shop-in-shops within department stores, retail, and outlet stores, as well as 75 Stuart Weitzman stores. Coach, Inc. was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA) had a light trading with around 2.5M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.15M. The stock traded at the price of $28.01 with 0.72% change on the day. The Silver Spring Maryland 20910 based company is currently trading 18.39% above its 52 week low of $23.66 and -5.85% below its 52 week high of $29.75. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 53.41 and $27.71 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a media company worldwide. It operates through U.S. Networks; International Networks; and Education and Other segments. The company owns and operates various television networks under the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, Velocity, Discovery Family, American Heroes, Destination America, Discovery Life, Oprah Winfrey Network, Eurosport, DMAX, and Discovery Kids brands. Its content spans genres, including survival, exploration, sports, lifestyle, general entertainment, heroes, adventure, crime and investigation, health, and kids. The company also develops and sells curriculum-based education products and services comprising online suite of curriculum-based VOD tools, professional development services, and digital textbooks, as well as student assessments; and publishes hard copy curriculum-based content for K-12 schools. In addition, it operates production studios that develop content for television service providers, as well as Websites. The company provides content through various distribution platforms, including pay-TV, free-to-air and broadcast television, digital distribution arrangements, and content licensing agreements, as well as various platforms, such as brand-aligned Websites, Web-native networks, on-line streaming, mobile devices, video on demand (VOD), and broadband channels. As of December 31, 2015, it operated approximately 380 distribution feeds in 40 languages internationally. The company is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.

MannKind Corporation (MNKD) opening the day at $0.67. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 5.28% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.43% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $0.67 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -70.08% below its 52 week high of $2.24 and 63.49% above its 12-month low of $0.41. The shares are up by over 42.95% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 51.92 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

MannKind Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutic products for diabetes patients in the United States. Its approved product is AFREZZA, a rapid-acting, inhaled insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. MannKind Corporation has license and collaboration agreement with Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH for the development of AFREZZA. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Valencia, California.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Stocks Roundup: Dollar General Corporation (DG), PACCAR Inc (PCAR), The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT)

Dollar General Corporation (DG) retreated with the stock falling -2.54% or $-1.89 to close at $72.44 on light trading volume of 2.46M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.03M. The Goodlettsville Tennessee 37072 based company operating under the Discount, Variety Stores industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 4.28% up for the period and down by -2.2% so far this year. With price target of $80.28 and a 9.29% rebound from 52-week low, Dollar General Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides various merchandise products in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern United States. The company offers consumable products, including paper and cleaning products comprising paper towels, bath tissues, paper dinnerware, trash and storage bags, and laundry and other home cleaning supplies; packaged food products, such as cereals, canned soups and vegetables, condiments, spices, sugar, and flour; perishables consisting of milk, eggs, bread, frozen meals, beer, and wine; snacks that comprise candies, cookies, crackers, salty snacks, and carbonated beverages; health and beauty products, such as over-the-counter medicines, as well as soap, body wash, shampoo, dental hygiene, and foot care products; pet products, which include pet supplies and pet food; and tobacco products. It also provides seasonal products, including decorations, toys, batteries, small electronics, greeting cards, stationery products, prepaid phones and accessories, gardening supplies, hardware products, and automotive and home office supplies; and home products consisting of kitchen supplies, cookware, small appliances, light bulbs, storage containers, frames, candles, craft supplies and kitchen products, beds, and bath soft goods. In addition, the company offers apparel for infants, toddlers, girls, boys, women, and men, as well as socks, underwear, disposable diapers, shoes, and accessories. As of August 13, 2016, it operated 13,000 stores located in 43 states. The company was formerly known as J.L. Turner & Son, Inc. and changed its name to Dollar General Corporation in 1968. Dollar General Corporation was founded in 1939 and is based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

PACCAR Inc (PCAR) had a active trading with around 2.45M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.06M. The stock traded at the price of $66.31 with -0.91% change on the day. The Bellevue Washington 98004 based company is currently trading 56.62% above its 52 week low of $44.95 and -2.32% below its 52 week high of $68.5. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $63.1 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

PACCAR Inc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes light, medium, and heavy-duty commercial trucks worldwide. It operates in three segments: Truck, Parts, and Financial Services. The Truck segment offers trucks that are used for the over-the-road and off-highway hauling of freight, petroleum, wood products, and construction-related and other materials, as well as manufactures engines. The company sells its trucks through a network of independent dealers under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF nameplates. The Parts segment distributes aftermarket parts for trucks and related commercial vehicles. The Financial Services segment conducts full service leasing operations under the PacLease trade name. This segment provides equipment financing and administrative support services for its franchisees; retail loans and leasing services for small, medium, and large commercial trucking companies, as well as independent owner/operators and other businesses; and truck inventory financing services to independent dealers. In addition, it offers loans and leases directly to customers for acquisition of trucks and related equipment. The company also manufactures and sells industrial winches under the Braden, Carco, and Gearmatic nameplates. PACCAR Inc was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT) saw its value decrease by -0.88% as the stock dropped $-0.27 to finish the day at a closing price of $30.54. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $24.31-$33.36 per share for the past year. The shares are down by -1.45% in the past three months and up by 15.77% over the past six months. It is currently trading -3.13% below its 20 day moving average and -1.1% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $35.06 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 42.03.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes tires, and related products and services. The company offers various lines of rubber tires for automobiles, trucks, buses, aircrafts, motorcycles, earthmoving and mining equipment, farm implements, industrial equipment, and various other applications under the Goodyear, Dunlop, Kelly, Debica, Sava, Fulda, and various other Goodyear owned house brands, as well as private-label brands. It also retreads truck, aviation, and off-the-road tires; manufactures and sells tread rubber and other tire retreading materials; manufactures and sells rubber-related chemicals; and provides automotive repair services, and miscellaneous other products and services. In addition, the company sells natural rubber products. It operates approximately 1,100 tire and auto service center outlets, which offer products for retail sale, and provides automotive repair and other services. The company sells its products worldwide through a network of dealers, regional distributors, retail outlets, and retailers. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Akron, Ohio.