Traders Watch list: United Technologies Corporation (UTX), Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE), Apache Corp. (APA)

United Technologies Corporation (UTX) saw its value decrease by -1.47% as the stock dropped $-1.5 to finish the day at a closing price of $100.58. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $83.39-$109.83 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $99.81 to $101.01 during the day, are down by -2.66% in the past three months and down by -0.27% over the past six months. It is currently trading -1.37% below its 20 day moving average and -4.4% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $114 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 38.53.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE) shares were down in last trading by -3.27% to $15.95. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -5% over the past week and fell -15.88% in the past month. It is currently trading -6.98% below its 50 day moving average and 31.63% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -31.1% decrease in value from its one year high of $25.07. The RSI indicator value of 38.63, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. provides diversified energy-related services in the Unites States. It owns and operates approximately 7,500 miles of natural gas transportation pipelines and three natural gas storage facilities in Texas; and approximately 12,300 miles of interstate natural gas pipelines. The company sells natural gas to electric utilities, independent power plants, local distribution companies, industrial end-users, and other marketing companies. Its midstream operations include ownership and operation of approximately 35,000 miles of in service natural gas pipelines, 31 natural gas processing plants, 21 natural gas treating facilities, and 4 natural gas conditioning facilities in Texas, New Mexico, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana; operation of natural gas gathering, oil pipeline, and oil stabilization facilities in South Texas, as well as a natural gas gathering system in Ohio; and transportation and supply of water to natural gas producers in Pennsylvania. The company’s natural gas liquid (NGL) transportation and services operations include ownership of approximately 2,000 miles of NGL pipelines, three NGL processing plants, four NGL and propane fractionation facilities, and NGL storage facilities. It also sells gasoline and middle distillates at retail; operates convenience stores primarily on the east coast and in the Midwest region of the United States; and gathers, purchases, stores, transports, markets, and sells crude oil, NGLs, and refined products. In addition, it provides natural gas compression services; treating services, such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide removal, natural gas cooling, dehydration, and British thermal unit management services; and manages coal and natural resources properties, as well as sells standing timber, leases coal-related infrastructure facilities, collects oil and gas royalties, and generates a total of 75 megawatts electrical power. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Apache Corp. (APA) traded within a range of $62.77 to $64.6 after opening the day at $64.25. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 44.76% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.19% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $63.33 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -4.05% below its 52 week high of $66 and 98.48% above its 12-month low of $32.2. The shares are up by over 15.44% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 66.75 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

 

Traders Recap: Apache Corp. (APA), Monsanto Company (MON), Calpine Corp. (CPN)

Apache Corp. (APA) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.87% or $-0.56 to close the day at $64.09 on lower than average trading volume of 3.37M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.92M. The Houston Texas 77056 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by 16.6295% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 46.5% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is up 27.29% for the same period. The RSI of 69.99 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.

Monsanto Company (MON) had a light trading with around 3.35M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.01M. The stock traded between $103.2 and $103.77 before closing at the price of $103.5 with 0.31% change on the day. The St. Louis Missouri 63167 based company is currently trading 26.31% above its 52 week low of $83.73 and -8.44% below its 52 week high of $114.26. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 49.76 and $118.56 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. The Seeds and Genomics segment produces raw crop seeds, including corn, soybean, cotton, and canola seeds under the DEKALB, Channel, Asgrow, and Deltapine brands; and vegetable seeds, such as tomato, pepper, melon, cucumber, squash, beans, broccoli, onions, lettuce, and others under the Seminis and De Ruiter brands. It also develops biotechnology traits that assist farmers in controlling insects and weeds in corn, soybean, cotton, and canola crops under the SmartStax, YieldGard, YieldGard VT Triple, VT Triple PRO, and VT Double PRO brands; and Intacta RR2 PRO, and Bollgard and Bollgard II, as well as Roundup Ready and Roundup Ready 2 Yield, and Genuity brands. This segment also licenses a range of germplasm and trait technologies to large and small seed companies. The Agricultural Productivity segment manufactures and sells herbicides for agricultural, industrial, ornamental, turf, and residential lawn and garden applications for weed control, as well as for control of preemergent annual grass and small seeded broadleaf weeds in corn and other crops under the Roundup and Harness brands. The company markets its products through distributors, independent retailers and dealers, agricultural cooperatives, plant raisers, and agents, as well as directly to farmers. Monsanto Company has a collaborative agreement with Novozymes to discover, develop, and produce microbial solutions. The company was formerly known as Monsanto Ag Company and changed its name to Monsanto Company in March 2000. Monsanto Company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Calpine Corp. (CPN) traded within a range of $12.2 to $12.47 after opening the day at $12.23. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -14.72% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.08% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $12.34 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -25.66% below its 52 week high of $16.6 and 7.03% above its 12-month low of $11.53. The shares are down by over -14.96% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 38.43 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Calpine Corporation, a wholesale power generation company, owns and operates natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants in North America. It operates natural gas-fired combustion turbines and renewable geothermal conventional steam turbines. The company sells power, steam, capacity, renewable energy credits, and ancillary services to utilities, independent electric system operators, industrial and agricultural companies, retail power providers, municipalities and other governmental entities, and power marketers, as well as retail commercial, industrial, and residential customers. As of February 5, 2016, it owned and operated 84 power plants, including 1 under construction with an aggregate generation capacity of 27,282 megawatts and 760 megawatts under construction. Calpine Corporation was founded in 1984 and is based in Houston, Texas.

 

3 Stocks to Watch For: Apache (APA), Reynolds American (RAI), Axion Power International (AXPW)

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) saw its value decrease by -0.28% as the stock dropped $-0.13 to finish the day at a closing price of $46.8. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $44.06-$54.48 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $46.38 to $47.1 during the day, are down by -11.91% in the past three months and down by -5.44% over the past six months. It is currently trading -2.56% below its 20 day moving average and -4.54% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $55.27 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 36.63.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures, and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products in the United States. It operates through RJR Tobacco, Santa Fe, and American Snuff segments. The RJR Tobacco segment offers cigarettes under the NEWPORT, CAMEL, PALL MALL, DORAL, MISTY, and CAPRI brands; and CAMEL Snus, a smoke-free tobacco product, as well as manages various licensed brands, including DUNHILL and STATE EXPRESS 555. The Santa Fe segment manufactures and markets cigarettes and other tobacco products under the NATURAL AMERICAN SPIRIT brand. The American Snuff segment provides smokeless tobacco products, such as moist snuff under GRIZZLY and KODIAK brand names. The company also manufactures and markets digital vapor cigarettes under the VUSE brand name; and markets nicotine replacement therapy products under the ZONNIC brand. It distributes its products primarily through direct wholesale deliveries from a local distribution center and public warehouses. Reynolds American Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Axion Power International Inc. (AXPW) shares were down in last trading by -11.7% to $0.01. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -17% over the past week and fell 0% in the past month. It is currently trading -16.32% below its 50 day moving average and -16.32% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -38.52% decrease in value from its one year high of $676. The RSI indicator value of 0, lead us to believe that it may correct downwards in the near term.

Axion Power International, Inc., an energy solutions company, develops carbon/lead batteries. The company sells batteries, energy storage systems, and engineering services. Its PbC (lead carbon) batteries and battery components are used in energy system storage functions. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

Apache Corp. (APA) traded within a range of $63.03 to $65.81 after opening the day at $64.16. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 45.81% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.25% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $63.79 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -3.35% below its 52 week high of $66 and 99.92% above its 12-month low of $32.2. The shares are up by over 15.88% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 71.45 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

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

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Apache Corp. (APA), Coeur Mining, Inc. (CDE), Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (PTX)

Apache Corp. (APA) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.2% or $0.13 to close the day at $63.87 on active trading volume of 5.29M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.82M. The Houston Texas 77056 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 64.36%, compared to the industry which has advanced 19.39% over the same period. With RSI of 70.89, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $60.75, 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.

Coeur Mining, Inc. (CDE) fell 0% during last trading as the stock lost $0 to finish the day at $11.83 with about 5.23M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.42M. The $1.92B market cap company, which fluctuated between $11.79 and $12.24 during the day, currently situated 630.25% above its 52 week low of $1.62 and -27.91% away from its one year high of $16.41. The RSI of 36.19 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Coeur Mining, Inc. owns, operates, explores for, and develops silver and gold properties. The company holds interests in the Palmarejo silver-gold mine located in Mexico; Rochester silver and gold mine in northwestern Nevada; Kensington gold mine located to the north of Juneau, Alaska; and Wharf gold mine in South Dakota. It also owns the San Bartolomé silver mine in Bolivia; Endeavor zinc, lead, and silver mine located in Australia; La Preciosa silver-gold exploration project in the State of Durango, Mexico; and Joaquin silver-gold exploration project located in the Santa Cruz province of southern Argentina. In addition, the company holds royalty interests in the Cerro Bayo mine in Chile; El Gallo complex in Mexico; Zaruma mine in Ecuador; and Correnso gold mine in New Zealand, as well as other precious metal properties. Coeur Mining, Inc. markets its silver and gold concentrates to third-party refiners and smelters in the United States, China, and Japan. The company was formerly known as Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation and changed its name to Coeur Mining, Inc. in May 2013. Coeur Mining, Inc. was founded in 1928 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (PTX) saw its value increase by 5.46% as the stock gained $0.03 to finish the day at a closing price of $0.62. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $0.39-$4.24 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $0.582 to $0.665 during the day, are up by 38.86% in the past three months and down by -42.4% over the past six months. It is currently trading 7.82% above its 20 day moving average and -3.02% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $3 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 52.53. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells pharmaceutical products. The company’s products comprise Treximet, a medication indicated for the acute treatment of migraine attacks in adults; Zohydro ER with BeadTek, an opioid agonist indicated for the management of pain; Silenor, a medication indicated for the treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulty with sleep maintenance; and Khedezla, a prescription medication for major depressive disorder. Its products also include CEDAX, an oral cephalosporin used for the treatment of mild to moderate acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis, middle ear infection due to haemophilus influenza, or streptococcus pyogene; Zutripro and Rezira for the relief of cough and nasal congestion; Vituz, a hydrocodone bitartrate and chlorpheniramine maleate combination oral solution for the treatment of cough and allergies associated with the common cold; and OMECLAMOX-PAK, a gastroenterology product. The company sells its products through its sales force and third-party sales organizations, as well as through its subsidiaries. It serves drug wholesalers, retail drug stores, mass merchandisers, and grocery store pharmacies in the United States. Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey.

 

Stocks on Trader’s Radar: The Walt Disney Company (DIS), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), Apache Corp. (APA)

The Walt Disney Company (DIS) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.52% or $0.48 to close the day at $92.2 on active trading volume of 8.27M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.45M. The Burbank California 91521 based company has been underperforming the entertainment – diversified group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -5.99%, compared to the industry which has advanced 7.22% over the same period. With RSI of 40.71, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $108.93, making it a hold for now.

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company operates broadcast and cable television networks, domestic television stations, and radio networks and stations; and is involved in the television production and television distribution operations. Its cable networks include ESPN, Disney Channels, and ABC Family, as well as UTV/Bindass and Hungama. The company owns eight domestic television stations. It also owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida that includes theme parks; hotels; vacation club properties; a retail, dining, and entertainment complex; a sports complex; conference centers; campgrounds; golf courses; water parks; and other recreational facilities. In addition, the company operates Disneyland Resort in California; Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney; and Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and Shanghai Disney Resort, as well as licenses its intellectual property to a third party for the operations of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. Further, it produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings, and live stage plays; licenses trade names, characters, and visual and literary properties to retailers and publishers; publishes entertainment and educational books, magazines, and comic books; and operates English language learning centers in China. Additionally, the company is involved in the sale of merchandise through its retail stores, Internet shopping sites, and wholesale business. In addition, it creates and distributes entertainment and lifestyle content for interactive media platforms. The company was founded in 1923 and is based in Burbank, California.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) climbed 0.36% during last trading as the stock added $0.26 to finish the day at $71.76 with about 8.17M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.94M. The $62.77B market cap company, which fluctuated between $71.26 and $72.42 during the day, currently situated 15.51% above its 52 week low of $62.62 and -13.84% away from its one year high of $83.65. The RSI of 35.45 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for home maintenance, repair, remodeling, and decorating. The company provides home improvement products in various categories, such as lumber and building materials, tools and hardware, appliances, fashion fixtures, rough plumbing and electrical, lawn and garden, seasonal living, paint, flooring, millwork, kitchens, outdoor power equipment, and home fashions. It also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories; extended protection plans; and in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services. The company sells its national brand-name merchandise and private branded products to homeowners, renters, and professional customers; and retail customers comprising individual homeowners and renters. As of January 29, 2016, it operated 1,857 home improvement and hardware stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company also sells its products through online sites comprising Lowes.com, Lowes.ca, and ATGstores.com, as well as through mobile applications. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Apache Corp. (APA) saw its value increase by 6.9% as the stock gained $4.11 to finish the day at a closing price of $63.7. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $32.2-$64.06 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $59.53 to $64.06 during the day, are up by 14.66% in the past three months and up by 31.7% over the past six months. It is currently trading 12.08% above its 20 day moving average and 18.39% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $60.29 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 71.18. The technical indicator do not lead us to believe the stock will see more gains any time soon.

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: First Solar, Inc. (FSLR), Apache Corp. (APA), BB&T Corporation (BBT)

First Solar, Inc. (FSLR) grew with the stock adding 4.94% or $1.84 to close at $39.09 on active trading volume of 4.29M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.26M. The Tempe Arizona 85281 based company operating under the Semiconductor – Specialized industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -4.21% down for the period and down by -40.76% so far this year. With price target of $54.74 and a 15.86% rebound from 52-week low, First Solar, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Components and Systems. The Components segment designs, manufactures, and sells solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity. This segment manufactures cadmium telluride and crystalline silicon modules for system integrators and operators. The Systems segment provides turn-key photovoltaic solar power systems or solar solutions, such as project development; engineering, procurement, and construction; and operating and maintenance services to utilities, independent power producers, and commercial and industrial companies. The company was formerly known as First Solar Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to First Solar, Inc. in 2006. First Solar, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

Apache Corp. (APA) dropped $-0.35 to close the day at a new closing price of $59.59, a -0.58% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 86.75% above its 52 week low of $32.2. A total of 4.28M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.65M. The stock, which fluctuated between $58.11 and $59.88 during the day, currently situated -4.18% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 13.83% in the past one month and up by 10.49% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $60.29 and RSI of 60.56, the stock still has upside potential, 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.

BB&T Corporation (BBT) shares were up in last trading by 1% to $37.4. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -1.45% over the past week and fell -1.55% in the past month. It is currently trading -0.22% below its 50 day moving average and 7.22% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -3.63% decrease in value from its one year high of $39.47. The RSI indicator value of 45.93, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. It operates in six segments: Community Banking, Residential Mortgage Banking, Dealer Financial Services, Specialized Lending, Insurance Services, and Financial Services. The company’s deposit products include noninterest-bearing checking, interest-bearing checking, savings, and money market deposit accounts, as well as certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts. Its loan portfolio comprises commercial, financial and agricultural, real estate construction and land development, real estate mortgage, and consumer loans. The company also provides asset management, automobile lending, bankcard lending, consumer finance, home equity and mortgage lending, insurance, investment brokerage, mobile/online banking, payment, sales finance, small business lending, and wealth management/private banking services. In addition, it offers association, capital markets, institutional trust, insurance premium finance, international banking, leasing, merchant, mortgage warehouse lending, private equity investments, real estate lending, and supply chain management services. Further, the company provides retail brokerage, equity and debt underwriting, investment advice, corporate finance, and equity research services, as well as facilitates the origination, trading, and distribution of fixed-income securities and equity products. As of April 4, 2016, it operated approximately 2,265 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C. The company was founded in 1872 and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Apache (APA), Laredo Petroleum (LPI), The Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG)

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 2.11% or $0.24 to close the day at $11.64 on active trading volume of 4.03M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.65M. The Tulsa Oklahoma 74119 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 19.26%, compared to the industry which has advanced 11.72% over the same period. With RSI of 49.26, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $12.69, making it a hold for now.

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. operates as an independent energy company in the United States. It focuses on the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties, as well as the transportation of oil and natural gas primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2015, it had interests in the 135,408 net acres in the Permian Basin; and had total proved reserves of 125,698 thousand barrels of oil equivalent. The company was formerly known as Laredo Petroleum Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Laredo Petroleum, Inc. in December 2013. Laredo Petroleum, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (IPG) fell -1.08% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.24 to finish the day at $21.94 with about 3.98M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.19M. The $8.79B market cap company, which fluctuated between $21.89 and $22.1 during the day, currently situated 21.35% above its 52 week low of $18.54 and -11.02% away from its one year high of $24.82. The RSI of 37.54 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. It operates through two segments, Integrated Agency Networks and Constituency Management Group. The company offers consumer advertising, digital marketing, communications planning and media buying, public relations, and specialized communications disciplines. It also provides various diversified services, including public relations, meeting and event production, sports and entertainment marketing, corporate and brand identity, and strategic marketing consulting. The company’s brands comprise McCann, MullenLowe, IPG Mediabrands, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, and The Martin Agency, as well as Foote, Cone & Belding. The company was formerly known as McCann-Erickson Incorporated and changed its name to The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. in January 1961. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Apache Corp. (APA) saw its value decrease by -0.13% as the stock dropped $-0.08 to finish the day at a closing price of $59.94. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $32.2-$62.19 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $59.85 to $61.21 during the day, are up by 15.79% in the past three months and up by 24.56% over the past six months. It is currently trading 6.82% above its 20 day moving average and 11.68% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $60.29 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 62.44. 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.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: Apache Corp. (APA), Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), Imperva Inc. (IMPV)

Apache Corp. (APA) fell -1.61% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.98 to finish the day at $60.02 with about 6.19M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.65M. The $22.77B market cap company, which fluctuated between $59.16 and $61.44 during the day, currently situated 88.1% above its 52 week low of $32.2 and -3.49% away from its one year high of $62.19. The RSI of 62.95 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.

Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) gained $0.11 to close the day at a new closing price of $95.94, a 0.11% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 20% above its 52 week low of $79.95. A total of 6.17M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 10.84M. The stock, which fluctuated between $95.43 and $96.97 during the day, currently situated -28.01% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 0.8% in the past one month and up by 8.48% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $104.14 and RSI of 48.04, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Netflix, Inc., an Internet television network, engages in the Internet delivery of television (TV) shows and movies on various Internet-connected screens. The Company operates in three segments: Domestic streaming, International streaming and Domestic DVD. It offer members with the ability to receive TV shows and movies streaming content, including original series, documentaries, and feature films through a host of Internet-connected screens, such as TVs, digital video players, TV set-top boxes, and mobile devices. The company also provides DVDs-by-mail membership services. It serves approximately 75 million members in 190 countries. Netflix, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, California.

Imperva Inc. (IMPV) had a light trading with around 6.06M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 714.99K. The stock traded between $50.27 and $53.37 before closing at the price of $52.56 with 21.13% change on the day. The Redwood Shores California 94065 based company is currently trading 68.95% above its 52 week low of $31.11 and -32.61% below its 52 week high of $77.99. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 74.85 and $51.94 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

Imperva, Inc. engages in the development, market, sale, and support of cyber security solutions that protect business critical data and applications in the cloud or on premises worldwide. The company’s SecureSphere product line provides database, file, and Web application security in various data centers, including on-premise data centers, as well as private, public, and hybrid cloud computing environments. Its SecureSphere service also secures business-critical applications and data; and provides an accelerated route to address regulatory compliance and establishes a repeatable process for data risk management. The company’s Incapsula service delivers cloud-based Website security, distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, and load balancing and failover; and is designed to deploy and accessible to businesses that need to optimize the security, speed, and availability of their Websites. Its Skyfence service delivers real-time, automated visibility, and control over corporate use of cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, including employee-adopted SaaS applications, applications delivered by cloud providers, and IT-led or sanctioned applications. The company also sells ThreatRadar that provides reputation and crowdsourced security intelligence services. In addition, the company provides ongoing product support services for hardware and software; and professional and training services. Imperva, Inc. offers its products and services to banks, retailers, insurers, technology and telecommunication companies, and hospitals; and the United States and other national, state, and local government agencies through a network of distributors and resellers. The company was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN), Apache Corp. (APA), Nucor Corporation (NUE)

Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN) retreated with the stock falling -0.52% or $-0.36 to close at $69.18 on light trading volume of 3.01M compared its three months average trading volume of 5.42M. 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 49.6% up for the period and up by 28.67% so far this year. With price target of $71.57 and a 56.6% rebound from 52-week low, Texas Instruments Inc. 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 Corp. (APA) dropped $-0.36 to close the day at a new closing price of $57.49, a -0.62% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 80.17% above its 52 week low of $32.2. A total of 3M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.5M. The stock, which fluctuated between $57.33 and $58.46 during the day, currently situated -4.49% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 7.48% in the past one month and up by 1.98% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $60.1 and RSI of 58.04, the stock still has upside potential, 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.

Nucor Corporation (NUE) shares were up in last trading by 0.37% to $46.17. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.33% over the past week and fell -7.75% in the past month. It is currently trading -10.01% below its 50 day moving average and 0.99% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -19.11% decrease in value from its one year high of $57.08. The RSI indicator value of 35.37, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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.

 

Stocks on Trader’s Radar: Western Refining, Inc. (WNR), Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (PTEN), Apache Corp. (APA)

Western Refining, Inc. (WNR) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 3.43% or $0.95 to close the day at $28.64 on light trading volume of 3.27M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.61M. The El Paso Texas 79901 based company has been underperforming the oil & gas refining & marketing group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -29.55%, compared to the industry which has dropped -3.97% over the same period. With RSI of 70.18, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $24.1, making it a hold for now.

Western Refining, Inc. operates as an independent crude oil refiner and marketer of refined products. The company operates through four segments: Refining, NTI, WNRL, and Retail. The Refining segment owns and operates two refineries in the Southwest that process crude oil and other feedstocks primarily into gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and asphalt; and sells refined products in the Mid-Atlantic region and Mexico. It markets refined products to wholesale distributors and retail chains. The NTI segment owns and operates refining and transportation assets; and operates and supports retail convenience stores primarily in the Upper Great Plains region of the Unites States. This segment also owns and operates SuperMom’s Bakery that prepares and distributes baked goods and other prepared items. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 168 retail convenience stores; and supported 109 franchised retail convenience stores. The WNRL segment owns and operates terminal, storage, transportation, and wholesale assets, including a fleet of crude oil and refined product, and lubricant delivery trucks. It also distributes wholesale petroleum products. This segment serves retail fuel distributors; and the mining, construction, utility, manufacturing, transportation, aviation, and agricultural industries. The Retail segment operates retail convenience stores that sell gasoline, diesel fuel, and convenience store merchandise; and unmanned commercial fleet fueling locations located in the Southwest. As of December 31, 2015, this segment operated 258 retail stores under the Giant, Western, Western Express, Howdy’s, Mustang, and Sundial brand names in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas; and 52 cardlocks located in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. Western Refining, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in El Paso, Texas.

Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (PTEN) climbed 1.58% during last trading as the stock added $0.3 to finish the day at $19.26 with about 3.27M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.67M. The $2.86B market cap company, which fluctuated between $18.99 and $19.48 during the day, currently situated 77.37% above its 52 week low of $10.94 and -12.84% away from its one year high of $22.12. The RSI of 45.18 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

Apache Corp. (APA) saw its value decrease by -1.21% as the stock dropped $-0.71 to finish the day at a closing price of $57.85. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $32.2-$60.19 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $57.76 to $59.25 during the day, are up by 5.05% in the past three months and up by 17.04% over the past six months. It is currently trading 6.11% above its 20 day moving average and 8.48% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $60.1 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.81. 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.