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

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

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., a hospitality company, owns, leases, manages, develops, and franchises hotels, resorts, and timeshare properties worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Ownership, Management and Franchise, and Timeshare. It also licenses its brands to franchisees; provides hotel management services for third parties; and markets and sells timeshare interests owned by Hilton and third parties. In addition, the company provides consumer financing, which includes interest income generated from the origination of consumer loans to finance their purchase of timeshare intervals. It operates hotels under the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations, and Hampton Inn brands. As of February 1, 2017, the company had 4,900 properties with approximately 796,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

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

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

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

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

 

3 Notable Runners: The Boeing Company (BA), Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), HCP, Inc. (HCP)

The Boeing Company (BA) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.89% or $1.51 to close the day at $170.81 on lower than average trading volume of 3.07M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.32M. The Chicago Illinois 60606 based company has been outperforming the aerospace/defense products & services companies by 16.2432% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 10.66% YTD, versus the aerospace/defense products & services industry which is up 6.8% for the same period. The RSI of 72.81 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. It operates in five segments: Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Military Aircraft, Network & Space Systems, Global Services & Support, and Boeing Capital. The Commercial Airplanes segment develops, produces, and markets commercial jet aircraft for various passenger and cargo requirements; and provides related support services to the commercial airline industry. This segment also offers aviation services support, aircraft modifications, spare parts, training, maintenance documents, and technical advice to commercial and government customers. The Boeing Military Aircraft segment researches, develops, produces, and modifies manned and unmanned military aircraft, and weapons systems for global strike, vertical lift, and autonomous systems, as well as mobility, surveillance, and engagement. The Network & Space Systems segment researches, develops, produces, and modifies strategic defense and intelligence systems, satellite systems, and space exploration products. The Global Services & Support segment provides integrated logistics services comprising supply chain management and engineering support; maintenance, modification, and upgrades for aircraft; and training systems and government services that include pilot and maintenance training. The Boeing Capital segment offers financing services and manages financing exposure for a portfolio of equipment under operating and finance leases, notes and other receivables, assets held for sale or re-lease, and investments. The company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) had a light trading with around 3.06M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.43M. The stock traded between $97.8 and $99.07 before closing at the price of $98.26 with -0.77% change on the day. The Peoria Illinois 61630 based company is currently trading 61.56% above its 52 week low of $63.07 and -1.21% below its 52 week high of $99.46. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 61.81 and $93.36 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. The company’s Construction Industries segment offers backhoe, small wheel, skid steer, multi-terrain, compact track, medium and compact wheel, and track-type loaders; mini, wheel, and track excavators; track-type tractors; and select work tools, motor graders, telehandlers, soil compactors, and pipelayers, as well as its related parts for the heavy and general construction, rental, mining and quarry, and aggregates markets. Its Resource Industries segment provides electric rope and hydraulic shovels; draglines; drills; highwall and longwall miners; hard rock vehicles; articulated, large mining, and off-highway trucks; large wheel loaders; wheel tractor scrapers; wheel dozers; machinery components; hard rock continuous mining systems; electronics and control systems; and select work tools for use in mining and quarry applications. The company’s Energy & Transportation segment offers reciprocating engines, generator sets, marine propulsion systems, gas turbines and turbine-related services, diesel-electric locomotives, and other rail-related products and services. Its Financial Products segment provides retail and wholesale financing for Caterpillar equipment, machinery, and engines; offers property, casualty, life, accident, and health insurance; insurance brokerage services; and purchases short-term trade receivables. The company’s All Other segments remanufactures Cat engines and components, and provides remanufacturing services for other companies; offers business strategy, and development, management, manufacturing, marketing, and support primarily for paving, forestry, industrial, waste, and Cat products. The company was formerly known as Caterpillar Tractor Co. and changed its name to Caterpillar Inc. in 1986. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Peoria, Illinois.

HCP, Inc. (HCP) traded within a range of $30.5 to $31.29 after opening the day at $30.5. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 5.51% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.84% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $30.98 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -13.78% below its 52 week high of $36.82 and 38.05% above its 12-month low of $25.22. The shares are up by over 6.62% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 62.05 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. It primarily invests in properties serving the healthcare industry including sectors of healthcare such as senior housing, life science, medical office, hospital and skilled nursing. The fund also invests in mezzanine loans and other debt instruments. It engages in acquisition, development, leasing, selling and managing of healthcare real estate and provides mortgage and other financing to healthcare providers. The fund benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the S&P 500 Index, Berkshire Hathaway Index, and MSCI REIT Index. HCP, Inc. was formed in 1985 and is based in Irvine, California with additional office in Nashville and San Francisco.

 

Stocks in Review: Dominion Resources, Inc. (D), Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA), Masco Corporation (MAS)

Dominion Resources, Inc. (D) traded within a range of $72.4 to $73.38 after opening the day at $72.53. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -4.32% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.24% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $73.28 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -5.46% below its 52 week high of $78.97 and 11.55% above its 12-month low of $67.58. The shares are up by over 3.82% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 46.02 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Dominion Resources, Inc. produces and transports energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. The DVP segment engages in regulated electric transmission and distribution operations that serve residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in Virginia and North Carolina. The Dominion Generation segment is involved in electricity generation through coal, nuclear, gas, oil, hydro, and renewable sources; and related energy supply operations. It also comprises generation operations of the company’s merchant fleet and energy marketing, and price risk management activities for its assets. The Dominion Energy segment engages in regulated natural gas distribution operations, gas transmission pipeline and storage operations, natural gas gathering and processing activities, and liquefied natural gas operations. As of December 31, 2015, the company’s portfolio of assets included approximately 24,300 megawatts of generating capacity; 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines; 57,300 miles of electric distribution lines; 12,200 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering, and storage pipelines; and 22,000 miles of gas distribution pipelines. It served approximately 5 million utility and retail energy customers in 14 states; and operated underground natural gas storage systems with approximately 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. In addition, the company sells electricity at wholesale prices to rural electric cooperatives, municipalities, and into wholesale electricity markets. Dominion Resources, Inc. was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.28% or $0.08 to close the day at $28.57 on active trading volume of 3.03M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.72M. The Silver Spring Maryland 20910 based company has been outperforming the catv systems group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 11.51%, compared to the industry which has advanced 25.08% over the same period. With RSI of 55.16, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $27.8, making it a hold for now.

Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a media company worldwide. The company operates through U.S. Networks, International Networks, and Education and Other segments. It owns and operates various television networks under the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Velocity, Discovery Family, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Discovery Life, Oprah Winfrey Network, Eurosport, DMAX, and Discovery Kids brands, as well as other regional television networks. The company’s content spans genres, including survival, exploration, sports, lifestyle, general entertainment, heroes, adventure, crime and investigation, health, and kids. It also develops and sells curriculum-based education products and services, such as an online suite of curriculum-based video on demand (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, the company operates production studios that develop content for television service providers, as well as Websites. It provides content through various distribution platforms comprising pay-television, free-to-air and broadcast television, Websites, digital distribution arrangements, and content licensing agreements, as well as various platforms that include brand-aligned Websites, Web-native networks, on-line streaming, mobile devices, VOD, and broadband channels. As of December 31, 2016, the company operated approximately 400 distribution feeds in 40 languages internationally. Discovery Communications, Inc. is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Masco Corporation (MAS) gained $0.23 to close the day at a new closing price of $33.67, a 0.69% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 33.09% above its 52 week low of $26.83. A total of 3.01M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.33M. The stock, which fluctuated between $33.31 and $33.75 during the day, currently situated -9.37% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 4.89% in the past one month and up by 5.78% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $37.8 and RSI of 58.02, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

 

Stocks Trend Analysis: Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG), Great Basin Scientific, Inc. (GBSN), Groupon, Inc. (GRPN)

Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 28.66% or $1.78 to close the day at $7.99 on light trading volume of 151.45M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 979.51K. The New York New York 10105 based company has been outperforming the asset management group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 109.57%, compared to the industry which has advanced 32.86% over the same period. With RSI of 89.74, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $6.38, making it a hold for now.

Fortress Investment Group LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm provides its services to pooled investment vehicles, pension and profit sharing plans, corporations, institutional managed accounts and structured products, banking or thrift institutions, investment companies, charitable organizations, and state or municipal government entities. It launches and manages hedge funds, balanced mutual funds, real estate funds, and private equity funds. It also invests in private equity specializing in control-oriented investments in cash flow generating, asset based businesses and also acquire assets or make debt investments. For private equity, it prefers to invest in financial services (particularly loan servicing and consumer finance, transportation & energy/infrastructure, gaming, real estate, leisure, media and telecommunications and senior living. It considers investments in North America and Western Europe for private equity. In distressed situations, the firm will seek to secure corporate ownership or control by working with a company’s board of directors or creditor’s committee. The firm invests in the public equity, the private equity, and alternative investment markets across the globe. It invests in distressed and undervalued assets and tangible and intangible assets such as real estate, capital assets, natural resources, and intellectual property. The firm’s alternative investments include investment in currency, commodity, real estate markets, and distressed real estate loan acquisitions. It employs value strategy to make its investments. The firm employs a fundamental analysis with bottom-up approach to create its investment portfolio. Fortress Investment Group LLC was founded in 1998 and is based in New York, New York with additional offices in United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Great Basin Scientific, Inc. (GBSN) retreated with the stock falling 0% or $0 to close at $0 on active trading volume of 117.98M compared its three months average trading volume of 108M. The Salt Lake City Utah 84111 based company operating under the Medical Laboratories & Research industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 0% down for the period and down by -20% so far this year. With price target of $1575840 and a 0% rebound from 52-week low, Great Basin Scientific, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Great Basin Scientific, Inc., a molecular diagnostic testing company, develops and commercializes molecular diagnostic systems that are designed to test hospital-acquired infections. The company’s platform provides C. diff test, a rapid medical diagnostic test for the detection of C. diff, a gram-positive bacteria that causes severe diarrhea and other intestinal disorders. It also provides Group B streptococcus test, which is used to detect Group B streptococcus from an anal/vaginal swab of a pregnant woman. The company’s assays in clinical trials include Staphylococcus identification and resistance blood infection panel that is designed to identify species of staphylococcus infections, detect the mecA gene that confers drug resistance directly from positive blood cultures, and provide information on the antibiotic resistance profile of the bacteria; and Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) test that identifies shiga toxin produced by E. coli. Its assays under development include Staphyloccocus aureus (SA) pre-surgical nasal screen, a rapid test for the presence of SA in the nasal passages of a pre-surgical patient; Stool bacterial pathogenic panel, which is designed to detect the causes of food poisoning; Candida blood infections panel that is designed to identify the five species of Candida directly from positive blood cultures; Pertussis test for contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis; and CT/NG test for chlamydia tracomatis/neisseria gonorrhoeae. The company sells its diagnostic tests through a direct sales force in the United States, as well as through distributors in the European Union and New Zealand. The company was formerly known as Diagnostic Micro Arrays, Inc. and changed its name to Great Basin Scientific, Inc. in April 2006. Great Basin Scientific, Inc. is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Groupon, Inc. (GRPN) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 22.75% or $0.86 to close the day at $4.64 on higher than average trading volume of 82.9M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 11.95M. The Chicago Illinois 60654 based company has been outperforming the internet information providers companies by 15.8749% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 39.76% YTD, versus the internet information providers industry which is up 8.95% for the same period. The RSI of 84.86 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Groupon, Inc. operates online local commerce marketplaces that connect merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally. It also provides deals on products for which it acts as the merchant of record. The company offers deals in various categories, including food and drink, events and activities, beauty and spa, health and fitness, home and garden, and automotive; and deals on various product lines, such as electronics, sporting goods, jewelry, toys, household items, and apparel, as well as provides discounted and market rates for hotel, airfare, and package deals. It offers its deal offerings to customers through Websites; search engines; and mobile applications and mobile browsers, which enable consumers to browse, purchase, manage, and redeem deals on their mobile devices, as well as sends emails to its subscribers with deal offerings that are targeted by location and personal preferences. The company was formerly known as ThePoint.com, Inc. and changed its name to Groupon, Inc. in October 2008. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Groupon, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Point, LLC.

 

Stocks in Review: Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW), Alcoa Corporation (AA)

Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) traded within a range of $1.07 to $1.13 after opening the day at $1.1. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -10% so far this year. The stock was down close to -2.7% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $1.08 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -52.63% below its 52 week high of $2.28 and 30.12% above its 12-month low of $0.83. The shares are down by over -28.48% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 48.22 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Plug Power Inc., an alternative energy technology provider, engages in the design, development, manufacture, and commercialization of fuel cell systems for the material handling and stationary power market in the United States. The company focuses on proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell and fuel processing technologies, and fuel cell/battery hybrid technologies. Its product line includes GenKey, a turn-key solution for transitioning material handling vehicles to fuel cell power; GenDrive, a hydrogen fueled PEM fuel cell system that provides power to material handling vehicles; GenFuel, a hydrogen fueling delivery system; GenCare, which is an ongoing maintenance program for GenDrive fuel cells and GenFuel products; ReliOn, a stationary fuel cell solution that provides scalable and modular PEM fuel cell power to support the backup and grid-support power requirements of the telecommunications, transportation, and utility sectors; and GenFund, which offers financing solutions to customers. The company sells its products to businesses and government agencies through direct product sales force, original equipment manufacturers, and dealer networks. Plug Power Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Latham, New York.

Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 4.55% or $0.17 to close the day at $3.91 on light trading volume of 12.65M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.53M. The Richmond Virginia 23230 based company has been outperforming the life insurance group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 102.59%, compared to the industry which has advanced 43.4% over the same period. With RSI of 61.04, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $4.84, making it a hold for now.

Genworth Financial, Inc. provides insurance and homeownership solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through five segments: U.S. Mortgage Insurance, Canada Mortgage Insurance, Australia Mortgage Insurance, U.S. Life Insurance, and Runoff. The U.S. Mortgage Insurance segment offers mortgage insurance products primarily insure prime-based and individually underwritten residential mortgage loans. The Canada Mortgage Insurance segment provides flow mortgage insurance; and bulk mortgage insurance products and services that aid in the sale of mortgages to the capital markets, as well as helps lenders manage capital and risk in Canada. The Australia Mortgage Insurance segment offers flow mortgage insurance, as well as bulk mortgage insurance that aids in the sale of mortgages to the capital markets in Australia. The U.S. Life Insurance segment offers long-term care insurance products, as well as service traditional life insurance and fixed annuity products in the United States. The Runoff segment covers non-strategic products, which primarily include variable annuity, variable life insurance, institutional, corporate-owned life insurance, and accident and health insurance products. This segment’s institutional products include funding agreements, funding agreements backing notes, and guaranteed investment contracts. It distributes its products and services primarily through appointed independent producers, financial intermediaries, employer groups, and sales specialists. Genworth Financial, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Alcoa Corporation (AA) dropped $-0.69 to close the day at a new closing price of $37.87, a -1.79% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 90.09% above its 52 week low of $20. A total of 11.49M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 4.17M. The stock, which fluctuated between $37.73 and $38.3 during the day, currently situated -4.8% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 16.02% in the past one month and up by 27.85% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $38.75 and RSI of 63.66, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Alcoa Corporation engages in mining and production of bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products. It owns seven bauxite mines located near principal Atlantic and Pacific markets; and provides smelter grade alumina to aluminum manufacturers in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, as well as non-metallurgical grade alumina for industrial chemical operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The company is also involved in mining, refining, smelting, casting, and rolling aluminum products; production of aluminum billets, foundry ingots, rolling slabs, rods, powders, and proprietary alloys; and generation and sale of renewable energy. In addition, it produces and sells rolled aluminum sheets used in packaging, including aluminum bottles and food cans. The company was formerly known as Alcoa Upstream Corporation and changed its name to Alcoa Corporation in October 2016. Alcoa Corporation is based in New York, New York.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: Zosano Pharma Corporation (ZSAN), Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), Novavax, Inc. (NVAX)

Zosano Pharma Corporation (ZSAN) climbed 41.09% during last trading as the stock added $0.83 to finish the day at $2.85 with about 35.15M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.2M. The $49.16M market cap company, which fluctuated between $2.02 and $3.49 during the day, currently situated 530.53% above its 52 week low of $0.45 and 0.71% away from its one year high of $3.49. The RSI of 90.61 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Zosano Pharma Corporation, a clinical stage specialty pharmaceutical company, develops a proprietary transdermal microneedle patch system to deliver drug formulations through the skin for the treatment of various indications. The company’s product candidate is ZP-Triptan, a proprietary formulation of zolmitriptan used for the treatment of migraine, which has completed a Phase I clinical trial. Its product candidates also include ZP-PTH, a proprietary formulation of teriparatide that is used for the treatment of severe osteoporosis; and ZP-Glucagon, a proprietary formulation of glucagon that is intended for the emergency rescue of patients suffering from life-threatening, severe hypoglycemia. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) dropped $-0.03 to close the day at a new closing price of $2.67, a -1.11% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 46.7% above its 52 week low of $1.84. A total of 31.62M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 10.01M. The stock, which fluctuated between $2.55 and $2.69 during the day, currently situated -13.31% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 1.52% in the past one month and down by -6.32% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $3.27 and RSI of 54.79, 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.

Novavax, Inc. (NVAX) had a light trading with around 31.31M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.39M. The stock traded between $1.41 and $1.73 before closing at the price of $1.62 with 14.08% change on the day. The Gaithersburg Maryland 20878 based company is currently trading 39.66% above its 52 week low of $1.16 and -80.92% below its 52 week high of $8.49. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 74.34 and $3.29 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

Novavax, Inc., a clinical-stage vaccine company, focuses on discovering, developing, and commercializing recombinant nanoparticle vaccines and adjuvants. The company produces its vaccines using its proprietary recombinant nanoparticle vaccine technology. Its product pipeline includes respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine candidates for elderly and maternal immunization that are in Phase III clinical trials, as well as pediatric RSV candidate, which is in Phase I clinical trial; seasonal quadrivalent influenza and pandemic H7N9 vaccines, which are in Phase II clinical trials; vaccine candidate against Ebola Virus that is Phase I clinical trial, as well as combination respiratory vaccine candidate and seasonal influenza vaccine candidate that is in pre-clinical trial; and rabies G protein vaccine candidate, which is in Phase I/II clinical trial. The company also has pre-clinical stage programs for various infectious diseases, including the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus; and develops technology for the production of immune stimulating saponin-based adjuvants. Novavax, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

 

Stocks in the Spotlight: Southwestern Energy Company (SWN), Xerox Corporation (XRX), CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF)

Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) had a light trading with around 11.12M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 14.05M. The stock traded between $8.86 and $9.14 before closing at the price of $9.03 with 1.46% change on the day. The Spring Texas 77389 based company is currently trading 70.38% above its 52 week low of $5.3 and -42.08% below its 52 week high of $15.59. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 42.1 and $13.39 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Southwestern Energy Company, an independent natural gas and oil company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas and oil primarily in the United States. It operates through two segments, Exploration and Production and Midstream Services. The company focuses on the Marcellus Shale, an unconventional natural gas reservoir covering approximately 270,335 net acres in northeast Pennsylvania; and the Fayetteville Shale, an unconventional natural gas reservoir covering approximately 957,641 net acres in Arkansas. It also engages in the exploration and production activities in Colorado and Louisiana. In addition, the company is involved in gathering, marketing, and transporting natural gas, and oil and natural gas liquids. As of December 31, 2015, it had a pipeline of 2,044 miles in Arkansas and 16 miles in Louisiana in its gathering systems. The company’s estimated proved natural gas and oil reserves comprised 6,215 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (Bcfe); and had 443 Bcfe of proved undeveloped reserves. Southwestern Energy Company was founded in 1929 and is based in Spring, Texas.

Xerox Corporation (XRX) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.13% or $-0.01 to close the day at $7.47 on light trading volume of 10.84M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 13.67M. The Norwalk Connecticut 06856 based company has been outperforming the information technology services group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 27.46%, compared to the industry which has advanced 35.14% over the same period. With RSI of 70.52, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $8.44, making it a hold for now.

Xerox Corporation provides business process and document management solutions worldwide. Its Services segment offers business process outsourcing services, such as customer care, transaction processing, finance and accounting, human resources, communication and marketing, and consulting and analytics services, as well as services in the areas of healthcare, transportation, financial services, retail, and telecommunications areas. This segment also provides document outsourcing services comprising managed print services, including workflow automation and centralized print services. The company’s Document Technology segment offers desktop monochrome and color printers, multifunction printers, copiers, digital printing presses, and light production devices; and production printing and publishing systems for the graphic communications marketplace and large enterprises. Its Other segment sells paper, wide-format systems, global imaging systems network integration solutions, and electronic presentation systems. The company sells its products and services directly to its customers; and through its sales force, as well as through a network of independent agents, dealers, value-added resellers, systems integrators, and the Web. Xerox Corporation was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) shares were down in last trading by -5.04% to $34.49. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -1.29% over the past week and grew 4.86% in the past month. It is currently trading 5.47% above its 50 day moving average and 26.38% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -7.21% decrease in value from its one year high of $37.72. The RSI indicator value of 50.2, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. The company operates through Ammonia, Granular Urea, UAN, AN, Other, and Phosphate segments. Its primary nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate, and ammonium nitrate. The company also provides diesel exhaust fluid, urea liquor, nitric acid, and aqua ammonia as well as compound fertilizer product, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium fertilizer. It offers products primarily to cooperatives, independent fertilizer distributors, farmers, and industrial users. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in Deerfield, Illinois.

 

Momentum Stocks: Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL), Oclaro, Inc. (OCLR), Delcath Systems, Inc. (DCTH)

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) retreated with the stock falling -1.4% or $-0.16 to close at $11.28 on active trading volume of 9.18M compared its three months average trading volume of 16.95M. The Denver Colorado 80290 based company operating under the Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 110.06% up for the period and down by -6.16% so far this year. With price target of $14.21 and a 236.72% rebound from 52-week low, Whiting Petroleum Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in the Rocky Mountains and Permian Basin regions of the United States. It sells oil and gas to end users, marketers, and other purchasers. As of December 31, 2015, the company had total estimated proved reserves of 820.6 million barrels of oil equivalent; and interests in 3,177 net productive wells on approximately 593,900 net developed acres. Whiting Petroleum Corporation was founded in 1980 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Oclaro, Inc. (OCLR) had a active trading with around 9.02M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.41M. The stock traded between $10.47 and $10.91 before closing at the price of $10.8 with -0.64% change on the day. The San Jose California 95131 based company is currently trading 179.79% above its 52 week low of $3.86 and -1.46% below its 52 week high of $10.96. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $14.28 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Oclaro, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets lasers and optical components, modules, and subsystems for the optical communications, industrial, and consumer laser markets worldwide. The company’s products generate, detect, combine, and separate light signals in optical communications networks. It offers client side transceivers, including pluggable transceivers; line side transceivers; tunable laser transmitters, such as discrete lasers and co-packaged laser modulators; lithium niobate modulators to manipulate the phase or the amplitude of an optical signal; transponder modules for transmitter and receiver functions; and discrete lasers and receivers for metro and long-haul applications. The company markets its products through direct sales force, as well as through sales representatives and resellers. It serves network equipment manufacturers of telecommunications and datacom systems, and hyperscale data center operators. The company was formerly known as Bookham, Inc. and changed its name to Oclaro, Inc. in April 2009. Oclaro, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Delcath Systems, Inc. (DCTH) saw its value decrease by -21.2% as the stock dropped $-0.04 to finish the day at a closing price of $0.17. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $0.13-$6.848 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $0.131 to $0.205 during the day, are down by -91.71% in the past three months and down by -95.83% over the past six months. It is currently trading -47.96% below its 20 day moving average and -80.07% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $16 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 19.27.The technical indicator lead us to believe the stock will reverse recent losses any time soon.

Delcath Systems, Inc. operates as a specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company focusing on cancers of the liver. The company is developing its proprietary product-Melphalan Hydrochloride for injection for use with the Delcath Hepatic Delivery System; and markets melphalan hydrochloride as a device under the trade name Delcath Hepatic CHEMOSAT Delivery System for Melphalan in Europe. Its primary focus is on the execution of its clinical development program in ocular melanoma liver metastases, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, and certain other cancers that are metastatic to the liver. Delcath Systems, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

Stocks Buzz: Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR), Cinedigm Corp. (CIDM), NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG)

Denbury Resources Inc. (DNR) managed to rebound with the stock declining -3.72% or $-0.13 to close the day at $3.36 on light trading volume of 8.59M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 8.9M. The Plano Texas 75024 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 205.45%, compared to the industry which has advanced 44.3% over the same period. With RSI of 40.04, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $3.33, making it a hold for now.

Denbury Resources Inc. operates as an independent oil and natural gas company in the United States. The company primarily focuses on enhanced oil recovery utilizing carbon dioxide. It holds properties located in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama in the Gulf Coast region; and in Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming in the Rocky Mountain region. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 288.6 million barrels of oil equivalent of estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves. Denbury Resources Inc. was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.

Cinedigm Corp. (CIDM) grew with the stock adding 26.12% or $0.35 to close at $1.69 on active trading volume of 8.47M compared its three months average trading volume of 104.21K. The New York New York 10010 based company operating under the Entertainment – Diversified industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -29.58% down for the period and up by 17.36% so far this year. With price target of $12.5 and a 87.78% rebound from 52-week low, Cinedigm Corp. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Cinedigm Corp., together with its subsidiaries, distributes and aggregates independent movie, television, and other short form content in the United States. It operates through four segments: Phase I Deployment, Phase II Deployment, Services, and Content & Entertainment. The company is involved in the collection of virtual print fees from motion picture studios and distributors, and alternative content fees from alternative content providers and theatrical exhibitors. It also provides monitoring, billing, collection, verification, and other management services to the company’s Phase I Deployment and Phase II Deployment, as well as to exhibitors, who purchase their own equipment. In addition, the company distributes content in the home entertainment markets through various distribution channels, including digital and video-on-demand, as well as physical goods, including DVD and Blu-ray discs; and theatrical distribution of third party feature movies and alternative content. It manages a library of distribution rights to various titles and episodes released across digital, physical, theatrical, home, and mobile entertainment platforms, as well as services digital cinema assets in approximately 12,000 movie screens in North America and various international countries. The company was formerly known as Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. and changed its name to Cinedigm Corp. in September 2013. Cinedigm Corp. was founded in 2000 and is based in New York, New York.

NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 4.17% or $0.7 to close the day at $17.49 on higher than average trading volume of 8.39M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.52M. The Princeton New Jersey 08540 based company has been outperforming the diversified utilities companies by 49.9087% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 42.92% YTD, versus the diversified utilities industry which is up 2.39% for the same period. The RSI of 75.12 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

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

 

Worth Watching Stocks: Under Armour, Inc. (UA), Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY), JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU)

Under Armour, Inc. (UA) saw its value increase by 2.32% as the stock gained $0.45 to finish the day at a closing price of $19.86. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $17.77-$46.2 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $19.16 to $19.91 during the day, are down by -36.28% in the past three months and down by -53.08% over the past six months. It is currently trading -8.19% below its 20 day moving average and -19.69% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $23 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 37.68.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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.

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY) shares were up in last trading by 2.34% to $12.9. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.94% over the past week and grew 12.82% in the past month. It is currently trading 10.74% above its 50 day moving average and 18.41% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -0.58% decrease in value from its one year high of $12.98. The RSI indicator value of 65.12, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells mixed-signal programmable solutions worldwide. The company’s Programmable Solutions division designs and develops programmable solutions, including Traveo automotive microcontrollers; programmable system-on-chip products; ARM Cortex-M4, -M3, and -M0+ microcontrollers; R4 CPUs; analog power management integrated circuits; CapSense capacitive-sensing controllers; TrueTouch touchscreen and fingerprint reader products; and Bluetooth low energy solutions for the Internet of things. Its Memory Products division designs and manufactures NOR and NAND flash memories, static random access memory (SRAM) products, HyperRAm, synchronous and asynchronous SRAMs, nvSRAMs, F-RAM ferroelectric memory devices, dual port memories, first-in first-out memories, RoboClock buffers, and programmable clocks. The company’s Data Communications division provides universal serial bus (USB) controllers; Bluetooth low energy and wirelessUSB solutions; module solutions, such as trackpads and Bluetooth low energy modules; and controllers for the new USB type-C standards. Its Emerging Technology division provides wafer level chip scale packaging solutions and foundry services, as well as other development stage activities. The company serves various markets, including automotive, industrial, communications, consumer, computation, data communications, mobile handsets, and military markets. It sells its semiconductor products through distributors and manufacturing representative firms, as well as through sales force to direct original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers. The company has a strategic foundry partnership with HuaHong Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and United Microelectronics Corporation. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) traded within a range of $19.85 to $20.32 after opening the day at $19.9. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -11.2% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.27% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $19.91 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -15.89% below its 52 week high of $23.67 and 34.89% above its 12-month low of $14.76. The shares are up by over 0.91% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 43.71 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

JetBlue Airways Corporation, a passenger carrier company, provides air transportation services. As of December 31, 2014, the company operated a fleet of 25 Airbus A321 aircrafts, 130 Airbus A320 aircrafts, and 60 Embraer E190 aircrafts. It also served 93 destinations in 28 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 19 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. JetBlue Airways Corporation was founded in 1998 and is based in Long Island City, New York.