Stocks Buzz: FireEye, Inc. (FEYE), Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN), Apache Corporation (APA)

FireEye, Inc. (FEYE) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 3.36% or $0.4 to close the day at $12.3 on active trading volume of 4.84M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.21M. The Milpitas California 95035 based company has been underperforming the application software group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -43.76%, compared to the industry which has advanced 5.86% over the same period. With RSI of 47.29, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $16.72, making it a hold for now.

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

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN) grew with the stock adding 0.84% or $0.61 to close at $73.58 on light trading volume of 4.83M compared its three months average trading volume of 5.15M. The Dallas Texas 75243 based company operating under the Semiconductor – Broad Line industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 39.05% up for the period and up by 0.84% so far this year. With price target of $74.89 and a 61.69% rebound from 52-week low, Texas Instruments Incorporated has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Texas Instruments Incorporated designs, manufactures, and sells semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. It operates through two segments, Analog and Embedded Processing. The Analog segment offers high volume analog and logic products for automotive safety devices, touch screen controllers, low voltage motor drivers, and integrated motor controllers; and power management products that include catalog and application-specific standard products to enhance the efficiency of powered devices using battery management solutions, portable power conversion devices, power supply controls, and point-of-load products. This segment also provides high performance analog products, such as high-speed data converters, amplifiers, sensors, high reliability products, interface products, and precision products; and silicon valley analog products, including power management, data converter, interface, and operational amplifier catalog analog products that are used in manufacturing various electronic systems. The Embedded Processing segment offers microcontroller products, which are systems with a processor core, memory, and peripherals to control a set of specific tasks for electronic equipment; processor products comprising digital signal and applications processors; and connectivity products consisting of electronic devices to connect and transfer data. The company also provides DLP products primarily used in projectors to create high-definition images; application-specific integrated circuits; calculators; and baseband products, as well as OMAP applications processors and connectivity products. It markets and sells its products through a direct sales force and distributors. Texas Instruments Incorporated was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Apache Corporation (APA) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.49% or $0.31 to close the day at $63.78 on higher than average trading volume of 4.82M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.38M. The Houston Texas 77056 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by 0.0807% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 0.49% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is up 1.02% for the same period. The RSI of 44.98 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

 

Trader Alert: Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (FOLD), GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC), Apache Corporation (APA)

Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (FOLD) grew with the stock adding 1.64% or $0.08 to close at $4.97 on light trading volume of 2.26M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.94M. The Cranbury New Jersey 08512 based company operating under the Biotechnology industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -48.76% down for the period and down by -48.76% so far this year. With price target of $10.94 and a 12.7% rebound from 52-week low, Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of medicines for various rare and orphan diseases. Its principal product is the migalastat HCl, a small molecule, which has completed Phase III studies that can be used as a monotherapy and in combination with enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for Fabry disease. The company is also developing SD-101, which is in Phase III clinical study for the treatment of the genetic connective tissue disorder epidermolysis bullosa; ATB200 that is in Phase II studies to treat pompe disease; AT2221, which is in Phase II studies for the treatment of pompe disease; and AT3375 to treat Parkinson’s disease. The company has strategic alliance with GlaxoSmithKline plc to develop and commercialize migalastat as a monotherapy and in combination with ERT for Fabry disease. Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Cranbury, New Jersey.

GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC) dropped $-0.07 to close the day at a new closing price of $11.04, a -0.63% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 7.29% above its 52 week low of $10.29. A total of 2.26M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.58M. The stock, which fluctuated between $10.91 and $11.26 during the day, currently situated -68.24% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -22.44% in the past one month and down by -45.11% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $13.94 and RSI of 31, the stock still has upside potential, making it 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.

Apache Corporation (APA) shares were down in last trading by -0.63% to $63.47. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -4.9% over the past week and fell -3.76% in the past month. It is currently trading 0.85% above its 50 day moving average and 12.19% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -8.01% decrease in value from its one year high of $69. The RSI indicator value of 42.78, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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

 

Stocks in the Spotlight: Valley National Bancorp (VLY), Apache Corporation (APA), VeriFone Systems, Inc. (PAY)

Valley National Bancorp (VLY) had a light trading with around 1.74M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.22M. The stock traded between $11.55 and $11.77 before closing at the price of $11.61 with -0.26% change on the day. The Wayne New Jersey 07470 based company is currently trading 46.08% above its 52 week low of $8.31 and -3.44% below its 52 week high of $12.14. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 57.85 and $10.89 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Valley National Bancorp operates as the holding company for the Valley National Bank that provides commercial, retail, trust, and investment services. The company operates through Commercial Lending, Consumer Lending, and Investment Management segments. Its deposit products include non-interest bearing, savings, NOW, and money market deposits, as well as certificates of deposit. The company’s loan products comprise construction, residential mortgage, home equity, automobile, and floating rate and adjustable rate commercial and industrial loans, as well as fixed rate owner occupied and commercial real estate loans, credit card loans, personal lines of credit, personal loans, and loans secured by cash surrender value of life insurance. It also invests in securities, such as fixed rate investments, federal funds, and interest-bearing deposits with banks; and offers international banking services, such as standby letters of credit, documentary letters of credit and related products, and other ancillary services. In addition, the company provides asset management advisory, trust, and asset-based lending support services; property and casualty, life, health, and title insurance; and health care equipment and other commercial equipment leases, as well as general aviation aircraft loans and commercial equipment leases, and real estate related investments. Further, it offers other banking services comprising automated teller machine, telephone and Internet banking, remote deposit capturing, overdraft, drive-in and night deposit, and safe deposit services. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 227 branches in northern and central New Jersey; the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island; and southeast and central Florida. The company was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey.

Apache Corporation (APA) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.11% or $-0.72 to close the day at $63.87 on light trading volume of 1.73M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.53M. The Houston Texas 77056 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 45.47%, compared to the industry which has advanced 34.3% over the same period. With RSI of 44.4, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $63.84, making it a hold for now.

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

VeriFone Systems, Inc. (PAY) shares were down in last trading by -0.56% to $17.61. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -3.88% over the past week and grew 2.68% in the past month. It is currently trading 5.09% above its 50 day moving average and -14.16% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -40.77% decrease in value from its one year high of $29.73. The RSI indicator value of 53.82, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

VeriFone Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, and supplies electronic payment solutions at the point of sale (POS) worldwide. The company offers countertop solutions that accept a range of payment options, including contactless, NFC, mobile wallets, and EMV; PIN pads that support credit and debit card, EBT, EMV, and other PIN-based transactions; and multimedia consumer facing POS devices. It also provides portable payment devices comprising small, portable, and handheld devices that enable merchants to accept electronic payments wherever wireless connectivity is available; and mobile solutions that attach to and interface with iOS, Android, or Windows-based smartphones and tablets. In addition, the company offers integrated electronic payment systems that combine electronic payment processing, fuel dispensing, and ECR functions, as well as secure payment systems for integration with petroleum pump controllers; and unattended and self-service payment solutions designed to enable payment transactions in self-service, high-transaction volume, and public transportation environments, as well as network access solutions. Further, it provides payment-as-a-service and other managed, terminal management, payment-enabled media, in-taxi payment, and security solutions; and server-based payment processing software and middleware. Additionally, the company offers installation, deployment, training, and application development and delivery solutions; project management, client education program, and consulting services; and helpdesk support, equipment repair and maintenance, and software post-contract support services, as well as application libraries and development tools. VeriFone Systems, Inc. markets its products directly; and through third party partners. The company was formerly known as VeriFone Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to VeriFone Systems, Inc. in May 2010. VeriFone Systems, Inc. is headquartered in San Jose, California.

 

3 Trending Stocks: Hasbro, Inc. (HAS), Apache Corporation (APA), Nucor Corporation (NUE)

Hasbro, Inc. (HAS) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.61% or $-1.29 to close the day at $78.72 on active trading volume of 1.94M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.4M. The Pawtucket Rhode Island 02861 based company has been outperforming the toys & games group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 19.97%, compared to the industry which has advanced 13.04% over the same period. With RSI of 31.98, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $87.5, making it a hold for now.

Hasbro, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides children’s and family leisure time products and services worldwide. It operates through U.S. and Canada, International, Entertainment and Licensing, and Global Operations segments. The company’s product offerings include various toys comprising boys’ action figures, arts and crafts, creative play products, girls’ toys, electronic toys and related electronic interactive products, fashion and other dolls, infant products, play sets, preschool toys, plush products, sports action blasters and accessories, and vehicles and toy-related specialty products. It also offers games comprising face to face, board, off-the-board, digital, card, electronic, trading card, role-playing games, puzzles, and others. The company’s franchise brands include LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH, and TRANSFORMERS; challenger brands comprise BABY ALIVE, FURBY, FURREAL FRIENDS, KRE-O, PLAYSKOOL, and PLAYSKOOL HEROES; and gaming mega brands primarily consists of CONNECT 4, ELEFUN & FRIENDS, JENGA, THE GAME OF LIFE, OPERATION, SCRABBLE, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, and TWISTER. In addition, it produces television programming primarily based on its brands, as well as distributes such programming. Further, the company distributes television programming to broadcasters and cable networks, as well as on various digital platforms, such as Netflix and iTunes. Additionally, it develops games for tablets and mobile devices comprising DRAGONVALE; and is involved in the consumer products licensing, digital gaming, and movie entertainment operations. Hasbro, Inc. sells its products to wholesalers, distributors, chain stores, discount stores, drug stores, mail order houses, catalog stores, department stores, and other traditional retailers, as well as Internet-based e-tailers. The company was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Apache Corporation (APA) climbed 0.15% during last trading as the stock added $0.1 to finish the day at $66.74 with about 1.93M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.84M. The $25.46B market cap company, which fluctuated between $66.25 and $67.2 during the day, currently situated 110.% above its 52 week low of $32.19 and -3.28% away from its one year high of $69. The RSI of 59.41 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

Nucor Corporation (NUE) saw its value decrease by -0.82% as the stock dropped $-0.51 to finish the day at a closing price of $61.63. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $33.9-$68 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $61.46 to $62.31 during the day, are up by 27.24% in the past three months and up by 30.8% over the past six months. It is currently trading -2.5% below its 20 day moving average and 9.22% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $60.81 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 54.37. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Nucor Corporation manufactures and sells steel and steel products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The Steel Mills segment produces and distributes hot-rolled, cold-rolled, and galvanized sheet steel products; plate steel products; structural steel products comprising wide-flange beams, beam blanks, H-pilings, and sheet pilings; and bar steel products, such as blooms, billets, concrete reinforcing bars, merchant bars, and special bar quality products. This segment sells its products to steel service centers, fabricators, and manufacturers in automotive, energy, agricultural, heavy equipment, and transportation sectors. The Steel Products segment offers steel joists and joist girders, steel decks, fabricated concrete reinforcing and cold finished steel products, steel fasteners, metal building systems, steel gratings, and wire and wire mesh products to general contractors, fabricators, distributors, and manufacturers. Its products are used by contractors in constructing highways, bridges, reservoirs, utilities, hospitals, schools, airports, stadiums, and high-rise buildings. The Raw Materials segment produces direct reduced iron (DRI); brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, and DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal, as well as holds working interest in natural gas drilling programs. This segment sells its ferrous scrap to electric arc furnace steel mills and foundries for use in manufacturing process; and nonferrous scrap metal to aluminum can producers, secondary aluminum smelters, steel mills, and other processors and consumers of various nonferrous metals. The company offers its products through its in-house sales forces, as well as internal distribution and trading companies. Nucor Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Worth Watching Stocks: Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK), Apache Corporation (APA), Achaogen, Inc. (AKAO)

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) saw its value increase by 0.55% as the stock gained $0.07 to finish the day at a closing price of $12.69. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $10.71-$14.7 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $12.6 to $12.79 during the day, are down by -7.44% in the past three months and down by -1.39% over the past six months. It is currently trading -0.64% below its 20 day moving average and -1.42% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $15.1 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 45.41.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides paper-based packaging solutions to food, beverage, and other consumer products companies. The company operates in three segments: Paperboard Mills, Americas Paperboard Packaging, and Europe Paperboard Packaging. The company offers coated unbleached kraft (CUK) and coated recycled board (CRB) to various paperboard packaging converters and brokers; and paperboard packaging folding cartons primarily to consumer packaged goods companies serving the food, beverage, and consumer product markets. It also manufactures corrugated medium and kraft paper; 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 product 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.

Apache Corporation (APA) shares were up in last trading by 0.47% to $66.7. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -0.13% over the past week and grew 8.63% in the past month. It is currently trading 6.95% above its 50 day moving average and 19.47% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -3.33% decrease in value from its one year high of $69. The RSI indicator value of 58.13, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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

Achaogen, Inc. (AKAO) opening the day at $13.2. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 131.88% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.06% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $13.31 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -17.84% below its 52 week high of $16.2 and 413.9% above its 12-month low of $2.59. The shares are up by over 216.15% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 77.02 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

Achaogen, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes antibacterials to treat multi-drug resistant (MDR) gram-negative infections in the United States. The company is principally developing plazomicin, which is in Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of serious bacterial infections due to MDR Enterobacteriaceae, including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. It is also involved in the research and development of antipseudomonal LpxC inhibitor compounds that target infections caused by acinetobacter baumannii and pseudomonas aeruginosa; and therapeutic antibody discovery program. The company has development services agreement with ARK Diagnostics, Inc. to co-develop an in vitro assay to measure levels of plazomicin in the blood to enable patients to receive safe and efficacious doses of plazomicin; and license agreement with Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for certain patents relating to aminoglycoside antibacterial compounds and related know-how to develop and commercialize certain novel aminoglycoside antibacterial compounds. Achaogen, Inc. also has a collaboration and license agreement with Crystal Bioscience, Inc. to discover unique monoclonal antibodies against various targets. The company was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

Stocks Trend Analysis: Kate Spade & Company (KATE), Sabre Corporation (SABR), Apache Corporation (APA)

Kate Spade & Company (KATE) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -2.55% or $-0.39 to close the day at $14.9 on active trading volume of 2.77M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.76M. The New York New York 10016 based company has been underperforming the textile – apparel clothing group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -19.55%, compared to the industry which has dropped -8.26% over the same period. With RSI of 40.17, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $19.4, making it a hold for now.

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

Sabre Corporation (SABR) retreated with the stock falling -2.6% or $-0.68 to close at $25.43 on light trading volume of 2.76M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.04M. The Southlake Texas 76092 based company operating under the Information Technology Services industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -12.4% down for the period and down by -7.76% so far this year. With price target of $31.09 and a 17.11% rebound from 52-week low, Sabre Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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

Apache Corporation (APA) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.52% or $1 to close the day at $66.74 on lower than average trading volume of 2.76M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.03M. The Houston Texas 77056 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by 14.2912% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 53.17% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is up 33.81% for the same period. The RSI of 59.59 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

 

3 Stocks to Watch For: Nielsen Holdings plc (NLSN), TripAdvisor, Inc. (TRIP), Apache Corporation (APA)

Nielsen Holdings plc (NLSN) saw its value increase by 2.57% as the stock gained $1.08 to finish the day at a closing price of $43.12. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $41-$55.94 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $42.38 to $43.78 during the day, are down by -17.31% in the past three months and down by -18.94% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.64% above its 20 day moving average and -6.93% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $52.35 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 43.79.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Nielsen Holdings plc operates as an information and measurement company. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics, and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch and listen. Its Buy segment provides retail transactional measurement data, consumer behavior information, and analytics primarily to businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry. This segment provides data on retail measurement services, such as market share and competitive sales volumes; insights into distribution, pricing, merchandising, and promotion; consumer panel measurement, which offers insight into shopper behavior and customer segmentation; and consumer intelligence and analytical services for decision making in development and marketing cycles. The company’s Watch segment provides viewership and listening data, and analytics primarily to the media and advertising industries for television, radio, digital and mobile viewing, and listening platforms. It offers television audience measurement services, including more than one screen, unduplicated reach, cause and effect analysis, and program viewing behavior testing; audio audience measurement services; digital audience measurement services, such as digital media and market research, audience analytics, and social media measurement; mobile measurement services comprising measurement and consumer research for telecom and media companies; and advertiser solutions. The company was formerly known as Nielsen N.V. and changed its name to Nielsen Holdings plc in August 2015. The company was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Oxford, the United Kingdom.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (TRIP) shares were down in last trading by -2.88% to $47.62. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.04% over the past week and fell -2.42% in the past month. It is currently trading -16.06% below its 50 day moving average and -23.91% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -45.58% decrease in value from its one year high of $87.26. The RSI indicator value of 36.14, lead us to believe that it is a 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.

Apache Corporation (APA) traded within a range of $65.63 to $67.76 after opening the day at $66.98. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 50.87% so far this year. The stock was down close to -2.39% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $65.74 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -4.72% below its 52 week high of $69 and 106.85% above its 12-month low of $32.19. The shares are up by over 12.44% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 57.02 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

 

Stocks on Trader’s Radar: Hologic, Inc. (HOLX), McDermott International, Inc. (MDR), Apache Corporation (APA)

Hologic, Inc. (HOLX) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.94% or $0.77 to close the day at $40.52 on active trading volume of 4.04M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.56M. The Marlborough Massachusetts 01752 based company has been outperforming the medical appliances & equipment group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 8.08%, compared to the industry which has advanced 6.75% over the same period. With RSI of 66.07, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $43.29, making it a hold for now.

Hologic, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostics products, medical imaging systems, and surgical products for women in the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Diagnostics, Breast Health, GYN Surgical, and Skeletal Health. The Diagnostics segment provides Aptima family of assays, target capture/nucleic acid extraction technology, transcription-mediated amplification technology, hybridization protection and dual kinetic assays, Procleix family of assays for blood screening, instrumentation, Invader chemistry platform, ThinPrep system, and rapid fetal fibronectin test. The Breast Health segment offers breast imaging and related products and accessories, including digital and film-based mammography systems; computer-aided detection (CAD) for mammography; invasive breast biopsy devices; breast biopsy site markers; and breast biopsy guidance systems. This segment also provides Dimensions platform, a mammography gantry for 2D and tomosynthesis image acquisition and display; C-View that provides a 2D image; Selenia digital mammography platform; and SecurView Workstation. The GYN Surgical segment offers NovaSure system to treat women suffering from abnormal uterine bleeding; and MyoSure system for the hysteroscopic removal of fibroids. The Skeletal Health segment provides discovery and horizon X-ray bone densitometers that assess the bone density of fracture sites; and mini C-arm imaging systems to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures on a patient’s extremities, such as the hand, wrist, knee, foot, and ankle. The company sells its products through direct sales and service forces, and a network of independent distributors and sales representatives. Hologic, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

McDermott International, Inc. (MDR) fell -0.63% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.05 to finish the day at $7.87 with about 4.03M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.07M. The $1.9B market cap company, which fluctuated between $7.72 and $8.02 during the day, currently situated 257.73% above its 52 week low of $2.2 and -4.14% away from its one year high of $8.21. The RSI of 84.82 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

McDermott International, Inc. provides engineering, procurement, construction and installation, and module fabrication services for upstream field developments worldwide. It operates through three segments: the Americas, Europe and Africa; the Middle East; and Asia. The company delivers fixed and floating production facilities, pipeline installations, and subsea systems from concept to commissioning for offshore and subsea oil and gas projects. Its operations include fabrication and offshore installation of fixed and floating structures; and the installation of pipelines and subsea systems, as well as provision of shallow water and deep water construction services. The company’s customers include national, integrated, and other oil and gas companies. McDermott International, Inc. was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Apache Corporation (APA) saw its value increase by 0.84% as the stock gained $0.56 to finish the day at a closing price of $67.35. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $32.19-$69 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $65.95 to $67.72 during the day, are up by 19.15% in the past three months and up by 24.57% over the past six months. It is currently trading 5.42% above its 20 day moving average and 8.36% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $63.13 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 65.54. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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

 

Investor’s Alert: People’s United Financial, Inc. (PBCT), Apache Corporation (APA), Pepsico, Inc. (PEP)

People’s United Financial, Inc. (PBCT) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -2.61% or $-0.52 to close the day at $19.41 on higher than average trading volume of 4.87M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.59M. The Bridgeport Connecticut 06604 based company has been outperforming the savings & loans companies by 22.3673% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 25.61% YTD, versus the savings & loans industry which is up 26.38% for the same period. The RSI of 67.36 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

People’s United Financial, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for People’s United Bank, National Association that provides commercial banking, retail banking, and wealth management services to individual, corporate, and municipal customers. The company operates in two segments, Commercial Banking and Retail Banking. The Commercial Banking segment offers commercial real estate lending, commercial and industrial lending, and commercial deposit gathering services. This segment also provides equipment financing; cash management, correspondent banking, and municipal banking services; and institutional trust, corporate trust, private banking, and insurance services. The Retail Banking segment offers consumer lending, including residential mortgage and home equity lending; and consumer deposit gathering services. This segment also provides brokerage, financial advisory, investment management, life insurance, and non-institutional trust services. In addition, the company offers online banking, investment trading, and telephone banking services. It operates through a network of 396 branches and 594 ATMs in Connecticut, southeastern New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. People’s United Financial, Inc. was founded in 1842 and is headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Apache Corporation (APA) had a active trading with around 4.86M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.12M. The stock traded between $66.64 and $69 before closing at the price of $66.79 with 0.35% change on the day. The Houston Texas 77056 based company is currently trading 110.15% above its 52 week low of $32.19 and -1.43% below its 52 week high of $69. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 63.87 and $63.13 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) traded within a range of $103.67 to $104.87 after opening the day at $103.82. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 7.89% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.11% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $104.72 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -4.24% below its 52 week high of $110.94 and 15.61% above its 12-month low of $93.25. The shares are up by over 0.86% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 59.51 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay’s and Ruffles potato chips; Doritos, Tostitos and Santitas tortilla chips; and Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, branded dips, and Fritos corn chips. The company’s Quaker Foods North America segment provides Quaker oatmeal, grits, rice cakes, natural granola, and oat squares; and Aunt Jemima mixes and syrups, Quaker Chewy granola bars, Cap’n Crunch cereal, Life cereal, and Rice-A-Roni side dishes. Its North America Beverages segment offers beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under the Pepsi, Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Aquafina, Diet Mountain Dew, Tropicana Pure Premium, Sierra Mist, and Mug brands; and ready-to-drink tea and coffee, and juices. The company’s Latin America segment provides snack foods under the Doritos, Cheetos, Marias Gamesa, Ruffles, Emperador, Saladitas, Sabritas, Lay’s, Rosquinhas Mabel, and Tostitos brands; cereals and snacks under the Quaker brand; and beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under the Pepsi, 7UP, Gatorade, Mirinda, Diet 7UP, Manzanita Sol, and Diet Pepsi brands. Its Europe Sub-Saharan Africa segment offers snack foods under the Lay’s, Walkers, Doritos, Cheetos, and Ruffles brands; cereals and snacks under the Quaker brand; beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under the Pepsi, 7UP, Pepsi Max, Mirinda, Diet Pepsi, and Tropicana brands; ready-to-drink tea products; and dairy products under the Chudo, Agusha, and Domik v Derevne brands. The company’s Asia, Middle East and North Africa segment provides snack foods under the Lay’s, Kurkure, Chipsy, Doritos, Cheetos, and Crunchy brands; cereals and snacks under the Quaker brand; beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under the Pepsi, Mirinda, 7UP, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, and Tropicana brands; and tea products. The company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

 

3 Notable Runners: Apache Corporation (APA), Pioneer Energy Services Corp. (PES), Commercial Metals Company (CMC)

Apache Corporation (APA) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.09% or $0.06 to close the day at $66.56 on lower than average trading volume of 2.41M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.23M. The Houston Texas 77056 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by 11.4772% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 52.75% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is up 35.32% for the same period. The RSI of 62.97 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

Pioneer Energy Services Corp. (PES) had a light trading with around 2.41M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 960.90K. The stock traded between $5.7 and $6.05 before closing at the price of $5.8 with -1.69% change on the day. The San Antonio Texas 78209 based company is currently trading 510.53% above its 52 week low of $0.95 and -15.33% below its 52 week high of $6.85. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 61.94 and $4.68 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Pioneer Energy Services Corp. provides land-based drilling and production services to oil and gas exploration and production companies in the United States and Colombia. The company’s Drilling Services segment offers contract land drilling services in Texas, North Dakota, Appalachia, and Colombia. As of December 31, 2015, this segment operated a fleet of 31 drilling rigs. Its Production Services segment provides well servicing, wireline services, and coiled tubing services to exploration and production companies in the onshore oil and gas producing regions in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain states; and in the onshore and offshore Gulf Coast. As of December 31, 2015, this segment operated a fleet of 114 rigs with 550 horsepower and 11 rigs with 600 horsepower; 125 wireline units; and 12 onshore and five offshore coiled tubing units. The company was formerly known as Pioneer Drilling Company and changed its name to Pioneer Energy Services Corp. in 2012. Pioneer Energy Services Corp. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

Commercial Metals Company (CMC) traded within a range of $23.66 to $24.37 after opening the day at $24.25. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 78.71% so far this year. The stock was down close to -2.18% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $23.73 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -3.69% below its 52 week high of $24.64 and 94.88% above its 12-month low of $12.44. The shares are up by over 55.61% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 75.42 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

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.