Eye Catching Stocks: Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (CIE), Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (MSTX), Pandora Media, Inc. (P)

Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (CIE) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -4.57% or $-0.04 to close the day at $0.79 on active trading volume of 7M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.23M. The Houston Texas 77024 based company has been underperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -68.81%, compared to the industry which has advanced 44.3% over the same period. With RSI of 32.96, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $2.69, making it a hold for now.

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

Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (MSTX) fell -3.99% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.01 to finish the day at $0.13 with about 6.78M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.69M. The $28.67M market cap company, which fluctuated between $0.13 and $0.14 during the day, currently situated 85.71% above its 52 week low of $0.07 and -81.69% away from its one year high of $0.71. The RSI of 48.7 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Mast Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, develops therapies for serious or life-threatening diseases with significant unmet needs. The company’s lead product candidate is MST-188 (vepoloxamer), an injection used for the treatment of sickle cell disease, arterial disease, and heart failure. It also develops AIR001, a sodium nitrite solution for intermittent inhalation via nebulizer, as well as for the treatment of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. The company was formerly known as ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and changed its name to Mast Therapeutics, Inc. in March 2013. Mast Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Pandora Media, Inc. (P) saw its value decrease by -0.52% as the stock dropped $-0.07 to finish the day at a closing price of $13.45. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $8.05-$14.98 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $13.31 to $13.67 during the day, are up by 26.17% in the past three months and up by 2.59% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.55% above its 20 day moving average and 2.82% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $14.59 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.39. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Pandora Media, Inc. provides Internet music streaming services in North America. The company allows its listeners to create personalized stations to access free music and comedy catalogs, as well as personalized playlist generating system; and offers Pandora One, a paid subscription service to listeners. It also sells audio, display, and video advertising to advertisers for delivery on computer, mobile, and other connected device platforms. In addition, the company offers ticketing and marketing software and services for venues and event promoters to promote their events, as well as allow fans to find and purchase tickets for events. Pandora Media, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Oakland, California.

 

Trader’s Buzzers: ON Semiconductor Corporation (ON), Hecla Mining Company (HL), Huntsman Corporation (HUN)

ON Semiconductor Corporation (ON) traded within a range of $15.31 to $15.7 after opening the day at $15.35. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 22.45% so far this year. The stock was up close to 2.06% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $15.63 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -1.48% below its 52 week high of $15.86 and 115.52% above its 12-month low of $7.5. The shares are up by over 37.06% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 80.34 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

ON Semiconductor Corporation manufactures and sells semiconductor components for various electronic devices worldwide. Its Application Products Group segment provides analog, mixed-signal, and advanced logic application specific integrated circuit and application specific standard product solutions; and solutions for voltage and current options, as well as foundry and manufacturing services, including integrated passive devices technology, integrated circuit (IC) design, packaging, and silicon technology offerings. The company’s Image Sensor Group segment offers complementary metal oxide semiconductor and charge-coupled device image sensors, proximity sensors, and image signal processors. Its Standard Products Group segment provides discrete and integrated semiconductor products that perform application functions, such as power switching, signal conditioning, circuit protection, signal amplification, and voltage reference; and develops lower capacitance protection and integrated signal conditioning products to support data transmission rates, micro packages, and switching and rectification technologies. The company’s System Solutions Group segment supplies analog and mixed signal ICs, digital signal processors, analog and digital tuners, intelligent power modules, and memory and discrete semiconductors. ON Semiconductor Corporation’s devices are used in various end-products, such as automotive electronics, smartphones, media tablets, wearable electronics, computers, servers, industrial building and home automation systems, consumer white goods, imaging systems, LED lighting, power supplies, networking and telecom equipment, medical diagnostics, imaging and hearing health, and sensor networks, as well as the Internet-of-Things. The company serves original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and electronic manufacturing service providers. ON Semiconductor Corp. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Hecla Mining Company (HL) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -1.23% or $-0.08 to close the day at $6.45 on active trading volume of 6.05M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 10.64M. The company has been outperforming the silver group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 184.93%, compared to the industry which has advanced 18.62% over the same period. With RSI of 56.05, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $6.33, making it a hold for now.

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, produces, and markets precious and base metal deposits worldwide. The company offers unrefined gold and silver bullion bars to precious metals traders; and lead, zinc, and bulk concentrates to custom smelters and brokers. It owns 100% interests in the Greens Creek mine located on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska; the Lucky Friday unit located in the Coeur d’Alene mining district in northern Idaho; the Casa Berardi mine located in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, Canada; and the San Sebastian unit located in the state of Durango, Mexico. The company was founded in 1891 and is based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Huntsman Corporation (HUN) dropped $-0.52 to close the day at a new closing price of $21.21, a -2.39% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 151.08% above its 52 week low of $8.86. A total of 6.04M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.25M. The stock, which fluctuated between $20.65 and $22.37 during the day, currently situated -2.44% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 7.34% in the past one month and up by 14.51% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $22.2 and RSI of 56.93, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Huntsman Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives. The Polyurethanes segment offers polyurethane chemicals, including methyl diphenyl diisocyanate, propylene oxide, polyols, propylene glycol, thermoplastic polyurethane, aniline, and methyl tertiary-butyl ether products, which are used to produce rigid and flexible foams, as well as coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers. The Performance Products segment provides amines, carbonates, surfactants, linear alkyl benzene, maleic anhydride, other performance chemicals, ethylene glycol, olefins, and technology licenses. The Advanced Materials segment offers basic liquid and solid epoxy resins; specialty resin compounds; cross-linking, matting, and curing agents; and epoxy, acrylic, and polyurethane-based formulations. The Textile Effects segment provides textile chemicals, dyes, and inks. The Pigments and Additives segment offers titanium dioxide, functional additives, color pigments, timber treatment, and water treatment chemicals. The company’s products are used in various applications, including adhesives, aerospace, automotive, construction products, personal care and hygiene, durable and non-durable consumer products, electronics, medical, packaging, paints and coatings, power generation, refining, synthetic fiber, textile chemicals, and dye industries. Huntsman Corporation was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Investor’s Alert: TripAdvisor, Inc. (TRIP), Dynegy Inc. (DYN), The Wendy’s Company (WEN)

TripAdvisor, Inc. (TRIP) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.98% or $0.51 to close the day at $52.7 on higher than average trading volume of 6.32M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.04M. The Needham Massachusetts 02494 based company has been outperforming the internet information providers companies by 7.8649% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 13.65% YTD, versus the internet information providers industry which is up 8.95% for the same period. The RSI of 58.32 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

TripAdvisor, Inc. operates as an online travel company. The company operates through two segments, Hotel and Other. Its travel research platform aggregates reviews and opinions about destinations, accommodations, activities and attractions, and restaurants for consumers to plan their trips, as well as enables to book hotels, vacation rentals, flights, activities and attractions, and restaurants. The company operates TripAdvisor-branded Websites, including tripadvisor.com in the United States; and localized versions of the Website in 47 countries. It also manages and operates 23 other media brands that provide travel planning resources across the travel sector comprising airfarewatchdog.com, bookingbuddy.com, cruisecritic.com, everytrail.com, familyvacationcritic.com, flipkey.com, gateguru.com, holidaylettings.co.uk, holidaywatchdog.com, independenttraveler.com, jetsetter.com, thefork.com, niumba.com, onetime.com, oyster.com, seatguru.com, smartertravel.com, tingo.com, travelpod.com, tripbod.com, vacationhomerentals.com, viator.com, and virtualtourist.com. The company’s Websites feature 320 million reviews and opinions on 6.2 million places, including 995,000 hotels and accommodations; 770,000 vacation rentals; 3.8 million restaurants; and 625,000 attractions worldwide. TripAdvisor, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts.

Dynegy Inc. (DYN) had a active trading with around 6.31M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.27M. The stock traded between $8.66 and $9.39 before closing at the price of $9.25 with 7.31% change on the day. The Houston Texas 77002 based company is currently trading 31.95% above its 52 week low of $7.01 and -57.97% below its 52 week high of $22.01. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 52.32 and $13.31 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Dynegy Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services in the United States. It operates in three segments, Coal, IPH, and Gas. The company sells its services on a wholesale basis from its power generation facilities. It has a fleet of 35 power plants in 8 states totaling approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity. The company serves a range of customers, including regional transmission organizations, independent system operators, integrated utilities, municipalities, electric cooperatives, transmission and distribution utilities, and power marketers; financial participants, such as banks and hedge funds; and residential, commercial, and industrial end-users. Dynegy Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

The Wendy’s Company (WEN) traded within a range of $14.08 to $14.47 after opening the day at $14.29. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 6.07% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.35% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $14.34 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -0.9% below its 52 week high of $14.47 and 60.24% above its 12-month low of $9.15. The shares are up by over 23.18% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 66.95 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

The Wendy’s Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a quick-service restaurant company in the hamburger sandwich segment worldwide. It is involved in operating, developing, and franchising a system of quick-service restaurants. The company’s restaurants offer a range of chicken breast sandwiches, chicken nuggets, chili, French fries, baked potatoes, salads, soft drinks, Frosty desserts, and kids’ meals. As of November 9, 2016, its restaurant system included approximately 6,500 franchise and company-operated restaurants. The company was formerly known as Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. and changed its name to The Wendy’s Company in July 2011. The Wendy’s Company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.

 

Momentum Stocks in Focus: H&R Block, Inc. (HRB), Novan, Inc. (NOVN), Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK)

H&R Block, Inc. (HRB) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.81% or $-0.17 to close the day at $20.8 on active trading volume of 5.46M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.55M. The Kansas City Missouri 64105 based company has been underperforming the personal services group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -37.79%, compared to the industry which has advanced 15.02% over the same period. With RSI of 27.53, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $24.38, making it a hold for now.

H&R Block, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation and other services to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company offers assisted income tax return preparation and related services through a system of retail offices operated directly by the company or by franchisees; and develops and markets do-it-yourself (DIY) online income tax preparation software solutions. It also provides a range of online tax services, including preparation of federal and state income tax returns; review of tax returns by a tax professional; access to tax tips, advice, and tax-related news; use of calculators for tax planning; and error checking and electronic filing. In addition, the company develops and markets DIY desktop income tax preparation software solutions through third-party retail stores and direct mail, as well as online; and develops and provides applications for mobile devices, which offer tax preparation and related services. Further, it provides refund anticipation checks, H&R Block Emerald Advance lines of credit and Prepaid MasterCard, Peace of Mind Extended Service Plan, Tax Identity Shield, and Cash Back refund discount programs. H&R Block, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Novan, Inc. (NOVN) grew with the stock adding 34.45% or $1.65 to close at $6.44 on active trading volume of 5.43M compared its three months average trading volume of 295.41K. The Durham North Carolina 27703 based company has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 0% down for the period and down by -76.17% so far this year. With price target of $13.33 and a 82.95% rebound from 52-week low, Novan, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Novan, Inc., a clinical-stage drug development company, focuses on the development and commercialization of nitric oxide-based therapies in dermatology. Its lead product candidate is SB204, a cosmetically elegant topical gel that targets multiple mechanisms of action for the treatment of acne vulgaris. The company’s product candidates also include SB206, SB208, and SB414, which are targeted toward the treatment of either a specific microorganism or inflammatory components of disease pathology. Novan, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.25% or $0.17 to close the day at $13.73 on higher than average trading volume of 5.41M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.74M. The Atlanta Georgia 30328 based company has been outperforming the packaging & containers companies by 6.5763% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 10.02% YTD, versus the packaging & containers industry which is up 4.46% for the same period. The RSI of 68.63 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides paper-based packaging solutions to food, beverage, and other consumer products companies. It operates through three segments: Paperboard Mills, Americas Paperboard Packaging, and Europe Paperboard Packaging. The company offers coated unbleached kraft (CUK) and coated recycled paperboard (CRB) to various paperboard packaging converters and brokers; and paperboard folding cartons primarily to consumer packaged goods companies serving the food, beverage, and consumer product markets. It also manufactures corrugated medium; offers various laminated, coated, and printed packaging structures that are produced from its CUK and CRB, as well as other grades of paperboard that are purchased from third-party suppliers; designs and manufactures specialized packaging machines that package bottles and cans, and non-beverage consumer products; and installs its packaging machines at customer plants and provides support, service, and performance monitoring of the machines. The company markets its products primarily through sales offices and broker arrangements with third parties in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Graphic Packaging Holding Company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Traders Watch list: Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (SRC), The Western Union Company (WU), Exelixis, Inc. (EXEL)

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (SRC) saw its value decrease by -0.28% as the stock dropped $-0.03 to finish the day at a closing price of $10.68. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $10.2-$13.97 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $10.51 to $10.73 during the day, are up by 2.2% in the past three months and down by -16.3% over the past six months. It is currently trading -0.08% below its 20 day moving average and -0.08% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $12.62 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 51.18.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. The firm primarily acquires across the United States single tenant operationally essential real estate, which refers to generally free-standing, commercial real estate facilities where tenants conduct retail, service or distribution activities that are essential to the generation of their sales and profits. The firm was formerly known as Spirit Finance Corp. Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. was formed on August 14, 2003 and is domiciled in the United States.

The Western Union Company (WU) shares were down in last trading by -0.46% to $19.59. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -1.61% over the past week and fell -11% in the past month. It is currently trading -7.23% below its 50 day moving average and -2.75% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -13.7% decrease in value from its one year high of $22.7. The RSI indicator value of 36.9, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers money transfer services. This segment provides various options for sending funds, including walk-in and online money transfer, as well as account based money transfer services through a network of third-party agents using multi-currency and real-time money transfer processing systems. The Consumer-to-Business segment offers options to make one-time or recurring payments from consumers to businesses and other organizations, including utilities, auto finance companies, mortgage servicers, financial service providers, government agencies, and other businesses. It also provides various products, which provide consumers choices as to the payment channel and method of payment, including Speedpay, Pago Fácil, and Western Union Payments. This segment offers its services primarily through the phone and Online, as well as through its agent networks and selected company-owned locations. The Business Solutions segment facilitates payment and foreign exchange solutions, primarily cross-border and cross-currency transactions for small and medium size enterprises and other organizations, as well as for individuals. This segment provides its services through the phone, partner channels, and the Internet. As of December 31, 2015, the company had a network of approximately 500,000 agent locations in approximately 200 countries and territories. The Western Union Company was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

Exelixis, Inc. (EXEL) traded within a range of $21.58 to $22.13 after opening the day at $22. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 48.22% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.36% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $22.1 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -4% below its 52 week high of $23.02 and 522.54% above its 12-month low of $3.55. The shares are up by over 31.86% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 68.39 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Exelixis, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of new medicines with the potential to enhance care and outcomes for people with cancer. It focuses on advancing cabozantinib, an inhibitor of multiple tyrosine kinases, including MET, AXL, and VEGF receptors, which has shown clinical anti-tumor activity in approximately 20 forms of cancer and is the subject of a broad clinical development program. The company has received regulatory approval for two separate formulations of cabozantinib for the treatment of certain forms of kidney and thyroid cancer and marketed as CABOMETYX tablets in the United States and COMETRIQ capsules in the United States and European Union respectively. It also offers COTELLIC (cobimetinib), a selective inhibitor of MEK, in the United States and European Union; and is being evaluated for further potential indications by Roche and Genentech under collaboration with Exelixis. Exelixis, Inc. has collaboration and license agreements with Ipsen Pharma SAS, Genentech, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Sanofi, Merck, and Daiichi Sankyo Company Limited for the development and commercialization of various compounds and programs. The company was formerly known as Exelixis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and changed its name to Exelixis, Inc. in February 2000. Exelixis, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

 

Stocks Alert: Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAV), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM), GigPeak, Inc. (GIG)

Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAV) grew with the stock adding 1.32% or $0.14 to close at $10.76 on active trading volume of 4.82M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.53M. The Milpitas California 95035 based company operating under the Communication Equipment industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 76.1% up for the period and up by 31.54% so far this year. With price target of $9.46 and a 82.37% rebound from 52-week low, Viavi Solutions Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Viavi Solutions Inc. provides network test, monitoring, and assurance solutions to communications service providers, and enterprises and their ecosystems worldwide. The company operates through Network Enablement, Service Enablement, and Optical Security and Performance Products segments. The Network Enablement segment offers testing solutions that access the network to perform build-out and maintenance tasks. This segment provides solutions that include instruments, software and services to design, build, activate, certify, troubleshoot, and optimize networks. It also offers support and professional services, such as repair, calibration, software support, and technical assistance for the products; and system integration projects comprising project management, installation, and implementation, as well as product and technology training, and consulting services. The Service Enablement segment provides embedded systems and enterprise performance management solutions for communication service providers and enterprises with visibility into network, service, and application. This segment’s solutions include instruments, microprobes, and software, which monitor, collect, and analyze network data to reveal the actual customer experience and to identify opportunities for new revenue streams and network optimization. The Optical Security and Performance Products segment provides optical security solutions with a strategic focus on serving the anti-counterfeiting market through advanced security pigments, thread substrates, and printed features for the currency, pharmaceutical, and consumer electronic sectors. This segment also offers thin-film coating solutions for 3D sensing applications. The company was formerly known as JDS Uniphase Corporation and changed its name to Viavi Solutions Inc. in August 2015. Viavi Solutions Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM) gained $0.34 to close the day at a new closing price of $30.72, a 1.12% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 12.06% above its 52 week low of $27.67. A total of 4.75M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 4.84M. The stock, which fluctuated between $30.36 and $30.89 during the day, currently situated -12.47% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -0.84% in the past one month and down by -3.65% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $29.6 and RSI of 54.22, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates natural and organic foods supermarkets. Its stores offers produce, packaged goods, bulk, frozen, dairy, meat, bakery, prepared foods, coffee, tea, beer, wine, cheese, nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care, pet foods, and household goods. As of November 2, 2016, the company operated 464 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

GigPeak, Inc. (GIG) shares were up in last trading by 0.33% to $3.06. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 22.4% over the past week and grew 14.61% in the past month. It is currently trading 17.76% above its 50 day moving average and 28.89% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a 0% decrease in value from its one year high of $3.06. The RSI indicator value of 78.14, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

GigPeak, Inc. provides semiconductor ICs and software solutions for high-speed connectivity and video compression over the network and the cloud. The company designs, develops, and supplies analog, digital, and mixed signal components to enable high speed information streaming over the telecom networks, datacom infrastructure, and consumer electronics links. It offers a portfolio of modulator drivers and transimpedance amplifiers, and driver solutions to interface with the Lithium Niobate and Indium Phosphide optical modulators; optical, analog, and mixed signal solutions for high-speed data transmission products; wireless RF and MMIC products, including integrated broadband transceivers, transmitters, receivers, amplifiers, power detectors, and delay elements for microwave, millimeter- wave, and GNSS applications; and structured ASIC products to low geometry high end standard cells. The company’s industrial product line provides various digital and mixed-signal application specific integrated circuit solutions for industrial applications used in the military, avionics, medical, and communications markets. It markets and sells its products in Asia, North America, Europe, and internationally through direct sales force, distributors, and sales representatives. The company was formerly known as GigOptix, Inc. and changed its name to GigPeak, Inc. in April 2016. GigPeak, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

 

Stocks in Focus: Avis Budget Group, Inc. (CAR), Commercial Metals Company (CMC), GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC)

Avis Budget Group, Inc. (CAR) had a active trading with around 4.42M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.44M. The stock traded between $38.35 and $41 before closing at the price of $40.66 with 5.83% change on the day. The Parsippany New Jersey 07054 based company is currently trading 87.11% above its 52 week low of $21.73 and -2.09% below its 52 week high of $41.53. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 65.92 and $43.75 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Avis Budget Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, car sharing, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. The company operates through Americas and International segments. It operates the Avis car rental system with approximately 5,550 locations that supply rental cars to the premium commercial and leisure segments of the travel industry; the Budget vehicle rental system with approximately 3,900 car rental locations, which serve the value-conscious segments of the industry; and Zipcar, a membership-based car sharing network that provides vehicles to approximately 1 million members. The company also operates the Payless brand, which comprises approximately 200 vehicle rental locations; Apex brand primarily in the deep-value segment of the car rental industry with approximately 20 rental locations; and the Maggiore brand that provides vehicle rental services in the commercial, leisure, and insurance replacement/leasing segments with approximately 100 rental locations in Italy. In addition, it is involved in the local and one-way truck rental businesses with a fleet of approximately 21,000 vehicles, which are rented through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers and 450 company-operated locations that serve the consumer and light commercial sectors in the continental United States. Further, the company provides a range of optional insurance products and coverages, such as supplemental liability insurance, personal accident insurance, personal effects protection, automobile towing protection, and cargo insurance. Avis Budget Group, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Commercial Metals Company (CMC) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 4.23% or $0.94 to close the day at $23.14 on active trading volume of 4.38M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.93M. The Irving Texas 75039 based company has been outperforming the steel & iron group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 63.98%, compared to the industry which has advanced 102.84% over the same period. With RSI of 64.61, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $20.6, making it a hold for now.

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

GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC) shares were up in last trading by 1.46% to $8.32. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 3.1% over the past week and fell -26.24% in the past month. It is currently trading -23.63% below its 50 day moving average and -54.98% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -76.07% decrease in value from its one year high of $35.9. The RSI indicator value of 33.03, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

GNC Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of health, wellness, and performance products. The company operates through three segments: Retail, Franchise, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. Its products include vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products; and sports nutrition products, diet products, and other wellness products. The company sells its products under the GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men, Ultra Mega, Total Lean, Pro Performance, Pro Performance AMP, Beyond Raw, GNC Puredge, GNC GenetixHD, and Herbal Plus, as well as under third-party brands. It operates a network of approximately 9,000 locations under the GNC brand worldwide. The company sells its products through company-owned retail stores; Websites, including GNC.com and LuckyVitamin.com, as well as Drugstore.com; domestic and international franchise activities; third-party contract manufacturing; and e-commerce and corporate partnerships. GNC Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Stocks Intraday Alert: Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH), DDR Corp. (DDR), ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. (ZLTQ)

Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 7.4% or $0.49 to close the day at $7.11 on higher than average trading volume of 4.63M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.19M. The Franklin Tennessee 37067 based company has been outperforming the hospitals companies by 33.363% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 27.19% YTD, versus the hospitals industry which is up 4.04% for the same period. The RSI of 63.16 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Community Health Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns, leases, and operates general acute care hospitals in the United States. It offers general acute care, emergency room, general and specialty surgery, critical care, internal medicine, obstetrics, diagnostic, psychiatric, and rehabilitation services, as well as skilled nursing and home care services. The company also provides outpatient services at urgent care centers, occupational medicine clinics, imaging centers, cancer centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and home health and hospice agencies. In addition, it offers management and consulting services to non-affiliated general acute care hospitals. As of February 15, 2016, the company owned, leased, or operated 195 affiliated hospitals in 29 states with approximately 30,000 licensed beds. Community Health Systems, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.

DDR Corp. (DDR) had a active trading with around 4.54M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.85M. The stock traded between $14.43 and $14.73 before closing at the price of $14.53 with -2.09% change on the day. The Beachwood Ohio 44122 based company is currently trading -0.95% below its 52 week low of $14.43 and -27.06% below its 52 week high of $19.92. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 37.05 and $16.29 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

DDR Corp. is an equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Puerto Rico. The firm is in the business of acquiring, owning, developing, redeveloping, expanding, leasing and managing shopping centers. It formerly known as Developers Diversified Realty Corp. DDR Corp is based in Beachwood, Ohio.

ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. (ZLTQ) traded within a range of $55.52 to $55.77 after opening the day at $55.59. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 27.69% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.07% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $55.57 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -1.09% below its 52 week high of $56.18 and 201.85% above its 12-month low of $20. The shares are up by over 40.22% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 86.2 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc., a medical technology company, engages in developing and commercializing non-invasive products for the selective reduction of fat. It offers CoolSculpting system, which utilizes proprietary controlled cooling technology to selectively reduce stubborn fat bulges. ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. sells its products through a direct sales organization, as well as through a network of distributors to dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and aesthetic specialists primarily in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The company was formerly known as Juniper Medical, Inc. and changed its name to ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. in July 2007. ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

 

Stocks To Watch: Callon Petroleum Company (CPE), Amyris, Inc. (AMRS), Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (SINO)

Callon Petroleum Company (CPE) traded within a range of $14.68 to $15.02 after opening the day at $14.73. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -2.93% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.47% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $14.92 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -19.48% below its 52 week high of $18.53 and 161.75% above its 12-month low of $5.7. The shares are up by over 6.5% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 49.33 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

Amyris, Inc. (AMRS) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -6.79% or $-0.04 to close the day at $0.52 on active trading volume of 4.46M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.18M. The Emeryville California 94608 based company has been underperforming the specialty chemicals group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -64.97%, compared to the industry which has advanced 33.12% over the same period. With RSI of 39.38, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $2.77, making it a hold for now.

Amyris, Inc. provides various alternatives to a range of petroleum-sourced products worldwide. The company uses its industrial bioscience technology to design microbes primarily yeast, as well as to convert plant-sourced sugars into renewable hydrocarbons. It produces and sells Biofene that converts to squalane, which is used as an emollient in cosmetics and other personal care products; and natural oils and aroma chemicals for the flavors and fragrances market. The company also provides renewable solvents, polymers, and renewable lubricants for industrial applications; and renewable fuels for transportation fuels market. It has a collaboration partnership with Total S.A. to produce and commercialize Biofene-based diesel and jet fuels. The company was formerly known as Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc. and changed its name to Amyris, Inc. in June 2010. Amyris, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Emeryville, California.

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (SINO) dropped $-1.08 to close the day at a new closing price of $3.33, a -24.49% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 732.5% above its 52 week low of $0.4. A total of 4.46M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.52M. The stock, which fluctuated between $3.21 and $3.75 during the day, currently situated -76.55% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 7.77% in the past one month and up by 86.03% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $0 and RSI of 51.25, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. provides shipping agency and inland transportation management services in the United States, the People’s Republic of China, Australia, and Canada. Its shipping agency services include loading/discharging and protective services. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Roslyn, New York.