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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Investor’s Alert: Pandora Media, Inc. (P), FireEye, Inc. (FEYE), CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF)

Pandora Media, Inc. (P) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.87% or $0.24 to close the day at $13.09 on lower than average trading volume of 6.48M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.95M. The Oakland California 94612 based company has been outperforming the broadcasting – radio companies by 25.4924% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 0.38% YTD, versus the broadcasting – radio industry which is up 6.54% for the same period. The RSI of 51.54 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

FireEye, Inc. (FEYE) had a active trading with around 6.47M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.51M. The stock traded between $11.42 and $11.79 before closing at the price of $11.76 with 2.62% change on the day. The Milpitas California 95035 based company is currently trading 10.94% above its 52 week low of $10.6 and -40.09% below its 52 week high of $19.63. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 42.97 and $13.77 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) traded within a range of $36.02 to $37.1 after opening the day at $36.08. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 16.61% so far this year. The stock was up close to 2.43% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $36.71 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -1.24% below its 52 week high of $37.72 and 81.29% above its 12-month low of $20.77. The shares are up by over 35.31% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 63.38 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

 

Three Movers to Watch for: CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF), Flotek Industries, Inc. (FTK), American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AEO)

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) retreated with the stock falling -1.29% or $-0.45 to close at $34.49 on light trading volume of 3.72M compared its three months average trading volume of 5.55M. The Deerfield Illinois 60015 based company operating under the Agricultural Chemicals industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 28.38% up for the period and up by 9.56% so far this year. With price target of $31.6 and a 70.33% rebound from 52-week low, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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

Flotek Industries, Inc. (FTK) gained $1.67 to close the day at a new closing price of $12.22, a 15.83% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 106.42% above its 52 week low of $6.11. A total of 3.68M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.19M. The stock, which fluctuated between $11.16 and $12.41 during the day, currently situated -27.82% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 27.96% in the past one month and up by 10.19% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $16 and RSI of 69.89, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Flotek Industries, Inc. develops and supplies oilfield products, services, and equipment to the oil, gas, and mining industries in the United States and internationally. The company’s Energy Chemistry Technologies segment designs, develops, manufactures, packages, and markets chemistries under the Complex nano-Fluid brand for use in oil and gas well drilling, cementing, completion, stimulation, and production activities, as well as for use in enhanced and improved oil recovery markets. This segment also constructs and manages automated material handling facilities; and manages loading facilities and blending operations for oilfield services companies. Its Consumer and Industrial Chemistry Technologies segment designs, develops, processes, manufactures, and sells citrus oils for food and beverage companies, fragrance companies, and companies providing household and industrial cleaning products, as well as for use in the oil and gas industry. The company’s Drilling Technologies segment inspects, manufactures, sells, markets, and rents down-hole drilling equipment that are used in energy, mining, and industrial drilling activities through direct and agent-based sales. This segment also rents stabilizers, drill collars, reamers, wipers, jars, shock subs, wireless survey, measurement while drilling tools, Stemulator tools, and mud-motors; and sells mining equipment, cementing accessories, and drilling motor components. Its Production Technologies segment assembles and markets the Petrovalve product line of rod pump components, hydraulic pumping units, electric submersible pumps, gas separators, valves, and services that support natural gas and oil production activities. The company also provides reservoir engineering and modeling services for various hydrocarbon applications. It also serves pressure pumping service, supply chain management, cosmetic, and national and state-owned oil companies. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (AEO) shares were up in last trading by 2.86% to $15.48. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.93% over the past week and grew 1.57% in the past month. It is currently trading -1.88% below its 50 day moving average and -5.82% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -19.65% decrease in value from its one year high of $19.55. The RSI indicator value of 51.04, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer offering on-trend clothing, accessories, and personal care products under the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie brands. The company provides denim, bottoms, and other apparel, as well as footwear and accessories for men and women; and intimates, including bras, undies, swim, and other products, as well as apparel and personal care products for women. In addition, it offers sports apparel under the Tailgate brand; and menswear products under the Todd Snyder New York brand name. The company operates approximately 1,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom, and ships to 81 countries through its websites. It also offers its merchandise at 151 stores operated by licensees in 22 countries, as well as through its Websites at ae.com, aerie.com, TailgateClothing.com, and ToddSnyder.com. American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Stocks Intraday Alert: Parsley Energy, Inc. (PE), CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF), GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC)

Parsley Energy, Inc. (PE) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -3.67% or $-1.27 to close the day at $33.33 on higher than average trading volume of 4.98M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.41M. The Austin Texas 78701 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by 0.4015% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -5.42% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is down -4.65% for the same period. The RSI of 28.41 indicates the stock is oversold at the current levels, buy for now.

Parsley Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, production, exploration, and sale of crude oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin located in West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico. As of December 31, 2015, its acreage position consisted of 110,967 net acres, including 84,441 net acres in the Midland Basin and 26,526 net acres in the Delaware Basin; and estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves were 123.8 MMBoe. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) had a light trading with around 4.91M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.64M. The stock traded between $34.35 and $35.56 before closing at the price of $34.89 with -1.69% change on the day. The Deerfield Illinois 60015 based company is currently trading 72.3% above its 52 week low of $20.77 and -6.13% below its 52 week high of $37.72. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 53.61 and $31.6 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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

GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC) traded within a range of $7.92 to $8.39 after opening the day at $8.37. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -27.9% so far this year. The stock was down close to -4.33% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $7.96 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -77.1% below its 52 week high of $35.9 and -3.86% below its 12-month low of $7.92. The shares are down by over -38.97% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 23.72 is bullish. They are not pointing to a rebound in the stock. We should get in as it looks to have found a bottom.

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.

 

3 Notable Runners: People’s United Financial, Inc. (PBCT), Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (PACB), CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF)

People’s United Financial, Inc. (PBCT) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.72% or $0.32 to close the day at $18.88 on lower than average trading volume of 3.25M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.09M. The Bridgeport Connecticut 06604 based company has been outperforming the savings & loans companies by 17.7654% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -1.6% YTD, versus the savings & loans industry which is down -2.59% for the same period. The RSI of 49.64 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.

Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (PACB) had a active trading with around 3.19M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.91M. The stock traded between $4.61 and $5.39 before closing at the price of $4.78 with -1.85% change on the day. The Menlo Park California 94025 based company is currently trading 27.13% above its 52 week low of $3.76 and -63.15% below its 52 week high of $10.75. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 44.39 and $7.46 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures sequencing systems to resolve genetically complex problems. The company’s single molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing technology enables single molecule real-time detection of biological processes. It offers PacBio RS II and Sequel Systems that conducts, monitors, and analyzes biochemical sequencing reactions. The company also provides consumable products, including sealed and packaged SMRT cells, as well as various reagent kits, such as template preparation, binding, and sequencing kits to run the PacBio RS II or Sequel System. Its customers include research institutions; commercial laboratories; genome centers; clinical, government, and academic institutions; genomics service providers; pharmaceutical companies; and agricultural companies. The company markets its products through a direct sales force in North America and Europe, as well as primarily through distributors in Asia. The company was formerly known as Nanofluidics, Inc. Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) traded within a range of $35.54 to $36.14 after opening the day at $35.79. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 13.34% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.14% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $35.68 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -4.01% below its 52 week high of $37.72 and 76.21% above its 12-month low of $20.77. The shares are up by over 46.11% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 59.07 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

 

Stocks Under Consideration: Square, Inc. (SQ), CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF), Legg Mason, Inc. (LM)

Square, Inc. (SQ) retreated with the stock falling -1.78% or $-0.26 to close at $14.36 on light trading volume of 4.67M compared its three months average trading volume of 5.22M. The San Francisco California 94103 based company has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 69.54% up for the period and up by 5.36% so far this year. With price target of $15 and a 78.14% rebound from 52-week low, Square, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Square, Inc. develops and provides payment processing, point-of-sale (POS), financial, and marketing services worldwide. It provides Square Register, a POS software application for iOS and Android, which enables sellers across a range of business types to itemize products or services for faster checkout; Square Analytics that shows its sellers how their businesses are performing; Instant Deposit service that sends funds from a sale immediately to a seller’s bank account; and Square Reader for magnetic stripe cards, EMV chip cards, and NFC, which connects wirelessly to mobile devices. The company also offers Square Stand that transforms an iPad into a POS terminal; Square Invoices and Square Online Store for processing payments; Square Cash, a peer-to-peer payments service; and Square Appointments, a POS services. In addition, its products include gift cards, employee management, payroll, and other software and data services. Further, the company provides Square Capital, a financial service product, which provides merchant cash advances to pre-qualified sellers; Square Customer Engagement, a marketing service product; and Caviar, a food delivery service. The company’s customers include retail, services, food, and leisure industries. It serves sellers of various sizes, ranging from a single vendor at a farmers’ market to multinational businesses. Square, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) had a light trading with around 4.59M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.04M. The stock traded between $35.26 and $36.69 before closing at the price of $36.63 with 3.8% change on the day. The Deerfield Illinois 60015 based company is currently trading 80.9% above its 52 week low of $20.77 and -1.45% below its 52 week high of $37.72. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $31.6 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

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

Legg Mason, Inc. (LM) saw its value increase by 5.68% as the stock gained $1.8 to finish the day at a closing price of $33.49. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $24.93-$35.83 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $31.92 to $33.6 during the day, are up by 17.38% in the past three months and up by 2.21% over the past six months. It is currently trading 5.19% above its 20 day moving average and 6.07% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $0 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.49.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Legg Mason, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm provides investment management and related services to company-sponsored mutual funds and other investment vehicles including pension funds, foundations, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, private banks, family offices, individuals, as well as to global, institutional, and retail clients. It launches and manages equity, fixed income, and multi-asset customized portfolios through its subsidiaries. The firm also launches and manages mutual funds and exchange traded funds for its clients through its subsidiaries. It invests in private and public equity, fixed income, and multi asset markets across the globe through its subsidiaries. Through its subsidiaries, the firm also invests in alternative markets. It also employs a combination of fundamental and quantitative research to make its investments through its subsidiaries. Legg Mason, Inc. was founded in 1899 and is based in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Stocks In Queue: Antero Resources Corporation (AR), CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF), Akorn, Inc. (AKRX)

Antero Resources Corporation (AR) fell -4.68% during last trading as the stock lost $-1.21 to finish the day at $24.63 with about 4.3M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.53M. The $7.73B market cap company, which fluctuated between $24.39 and $25.55 during the day, currently situated 14.83% above its 52 week low of $21.45 and -19.67% away from its one year high of $30.66. The RSI of 44.62 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Antero Resources Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, explores, and develops natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil properties in the United States. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 569,000 net acres of oil and gas properties located in the Appalachian Basin in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. It also owned and operated 182 miles of gas gathering pipelines in the Marcellus Shale; and 110 miles of low-pressure, high-pressure, and condensate pipelines in the Utica Shale. The company was formerly known as Antero Resources Appalachian Corporation and changed its name to Antero Resources Corporation in June 2013. Antero Resources Corporation was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Antero Resources Corporation is a subsidiary of Antero Resources Investment LLC.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) dropped $-1.12 to close the day at a new closing price of $35.39, a -3.07% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 74.77% above its 52 week low of $20.77. A total of 4.16M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 6.05M. The stock, which fluctuated between $35.12 and $36.28 during the day, currently situated -4.79% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 11.89% in the past one month and up by 45.93% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $31.6 and RSI of 61.11, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

Akorn, Inc. (AKRX) had a active trading with around 4.12M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.69M. The stock traded between $17.74 and $19.6 before closing at the price of $18.29 with -6.92% change on the day. The Lake Forest Illinois 60045 based company is currently trading 4.1% above its 52 week low of $17.57 and -48.33% below its 52 week high of $35.4. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 27.54 and $27.54 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Akorn, Inc., a specialty generic pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets generic and branded prescription pharmaceuticals, as well as private-label over-the-counter (OTC) consumer health products and animal health pharmaceuticals in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health. The Prescription Pharmaceuticals segment markets generic and branded ophthalmics, injectables, oral liquids, otics, topicals, inhalants, and nasal sprays. This segment’s generic products include Atropine Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution; Clobetasol Propionate Ointment; Dehydrated Alcohol Injection; Ephedrine Sulfate Injection; Hydralazine Hydrochloride Injection; Lidocaine Ointment; Methylene Blue Injection; Myorisan Soft Gelatin Capsules; Nembutal Sodium Solution; and Progesterone Capsules. The Consumer Health segment markets branded and private label animal health products, as well as OTC products for the treatment of dry eye under the TheraTears brand name. This segment also markets other OTC consumer health products, including Mag-Ox, a magnesium supplement, as well as the Diabetic Tussin line of cough and cold products. Akorn, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.

 

Stocks In Queue: CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF), Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI), Tesoro Corporation (TSO)

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) climbed 0.83% during last trading as the stock added $0.3 to finish the day at $36.51 with about 4.21M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.05M. The $8.51B market cap company, which fluctuated between $35.79 and $36.8 during the day, currently situated 80.3% above its 52 week low of $20.77 and -1.78% away from its one year high of $37.72. The RSI of 67.88 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) gained $0.33 to close the day at a new closing price of $21.83, a 1.53% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 191.94% above its 52 week low of $8.04. A total of 4.2M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.81M. The stock, which fluctuated between $21.01 and $22.49 during the day, currently situated -7.85% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 30.95% in the past one month and up by 52.98% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $0 and RSI of 72.04, the stock still has upside potential, making it a sell for now.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated produces and sells specialty materials and components worldwide. The company operates through two segments, High Performance Materials & Components; and Flat-Rolled Products. The High Performance Materials & Components segment provides various high performance materials, including titanium and titanium-based alloys; nickel-and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys; zirconium and related alloys, such as hafnium and niobium, advanced powder alloys, and other specialty materials, in long product forms of ingots, billets, bars, rods, wires, shapes and rectangles, and seamless tubes, plus precision forgings, castings, components, and machined parts. This segment serves aerospace and defense, oil and gas/chemical, hydrocarbon processing, electrical energy, and medical markets. The Flat-Rolled Products segment produces, converts, and distributes stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, specialty alloys, and titanium and titanium-based alloys in various forms, including plate, sheet, engineered strip, and Precision Rolled Strip products, as well as grain-oriented electrical steel. This segment serves oil and gas/chemical and hydrocarbon processing industry, electrical energy, automotive, food processing equipment and appliances, construction and mining, electronics, communication equipment and computers, and aerospace and defense markets. The company sells its products through direct sales and independent representatives. Allegheny Technologies Incorporated was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tesoro Corporation (TSO) had a active trading with around 3.99M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.39M. The stock traded between $81.22 and $83.79 before closing at the price of $82.02 with 0.1% change on the day. The San Antonio Texas 78259 based company is currently trading 24.23% above its 52 week low of $67.8 and -11.86% below its 52 week high of $93.5. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 44.43 and $105.13 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Tesoro Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as an independent petroleum refining, logistics, and marketing company in the United States. Its Refining segment refines crude oil and other feed stocks into transportation fuels, such as gasoline, gasoline blend stocks, jet fuel, and diesel fuel, as well as other products, including heavy fuel oils, liquefied petroleum gas, petroleum coke, calcined coke, and asphalt. This segment also sells refined products in the wholesale market primarily through independent unbranded distributors; and in the bulk market primarily to independent unbranded distributors, other refining and marketing companies, utilities, railroads, airlines, marine, and industrial end-users in the western United States. It owns and operates 6 refineries with a combined crude oil capacity of approximately 875 thousand barrels per day. The company’s TLLP segment owns and operates a network of approximately 3,500 miles of crude oil, refined products, and natural gas pipelines; 29 crude oil and refined products truck and marine terminals; and approximately 15 million barrels of storage capacity. This segment also owns and operates four natural gas processing complexes and one fractionation facility. The company’s Marketing segment sells gasoline and diesel fuel through retail stations, and third-party branded dealers and distributors in the western United States. As of December 31, 2015, this segment operated a network of 2,397 retail stations under the ARCO, Shell, Exxon, Mobil, USA Gasoline, and Tesoro brands. The company was formerly known as Tesoro Petroleum Corporation and changed its name to Tesoro Corporation in November 2004. Tesoro Corporation was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Trader’s Buzzers: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI), CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF), Umpqua Holdings Corporation (UMPQ)

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) traded within a range of $21.27 to $22.68 after opening the day at $21.69. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 34.97% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.74% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $21.5 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -9.24% below its 52 week high of $23.69 and 206.48% above its 12-month low of $8.04. The shares are up by over 42.2% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 70.92 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated produces and sells specialty materials and components worldwide. The company operates through two segments, High Performance Materials & Components; and Flat-Rolled Products. The High Performance Materials & Components segment provides various high performance materials, including titanium and titanium-based alloys; nickel-and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys; zirconium and related alloys, such as hafnium and niobium, advanced powder alloys, and other specialty materials, in long product forms of ingots, billets, bars, rods, wires, shapes and rectangles, and seamless tubes, plus precision forgings, castings, components, and machined parts. This segment serves aerospace and defense, oil and gas/chemical, hydrocarbon processing, electrical energy, and medical markets. The Flat-Rolled Products segment produces, converts, and distributes stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, specialty alloys, and titanium and titanium-based alloys in various forms, including plate, sheet, engineered strip, and Precision Rolled Strip products, as well as grain-oriented electrical steel. This segment serves oil and gas/chemical and hydrocarbon processing industry, electrical energy, automotive, food processing equipment and appliances, construction and mining, electronics, communication equipment and computers, and aerospace and defense markets. The company sells its products through direct sales and independent representatives. Allegheny Technologies Incorporated was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.9% or $-0.33 to close the day at $36.21 on active trading volume of 6.07M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.02M. The Deerfield Illinois 60015 based company has been outperforming the agricultural chemicals group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 26.11%, compared to the industry which has advanced 35.92% over the same period. With RSI of 66.7, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $29.07, making it a hold for now.

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

Umpqua Holdings Corporation (UMPQ) gained $0.19 to close the day at a new closing price of $18.59, a 1.03% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 42.07% above its 52 week low of $13.77. A total of 5.94M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.76M. The stock, which fluctuated between $17.09 and $18.61 during the day, currently situated -3.48% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -2.11% in the past one month and up by 20.63% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $19.75 and RSI of 52.19, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Umpqua Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the commercial and retail banking, and retail brokerage businesses. It operates through Community Banking and Home Lending segments. The Community Banking segment provides loan and deposit products to business and retail customers. The Home Lending segment originates, sells, and services residential mortgage loans. It also offers various deposit products, such as non-interest bearing checking accounts, interest bearing checking and savings accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit; financial planning, trust, and investments services to high net worth individuals; and retail brokerage and investment advisory services. The company’s loan products include loans for business and commercial customers, including accounts receivable and inventory financing, multi-family loans, equipment loans, commercial equipment leases, international trade, real estate construction loans, permanent financing, small business administration program financing, and capital markets and treasury management services; loan products for small businesses; commercial and industrial loans; residential real estate loans for the construction, purchase, and refinancing of residential owner-occupied and rental properties; and consumer loans, such as secured and unsecured personal loans, home equity and personal lines of credit, and motor vehicle loans. In addition, it provides technology-based services, including remote deposit capture, online banking, bill pay and treasury, mobile banking, voice response banking, automatic payroll deposit programs, ATMs, product kiosks, and Website. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated commercial banking centers in 382 locations. Umpqua Holdings Corporation was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

 

Trader Alert: Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD), NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG), CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF)

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD) grew with the stock adding 0.08% or $0.01 to close at $12.48 on light trading volume of 5.05M compared its three months average trading volume of 9.08M. The San Jose California 95134 based company operating under the Data Storage Devices industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 59.52% up for the period and down by -0.08% so far this year. With price target of $12.4 and a 68.15% rebound from 52-week low, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. provides storage area networking (SAN) and Internet protocol (IP) networking solutions for businesses and organizations worldwide. It operates through three segments: SAN Products, IP Networking Products, and Global Services. The SAN Products segment offers infrastructure products and solutions, such as fiber channel SAN backbones, directors, and fabric/embedded switches that assist customers in the development and deployment of storage and server consolidation, disaster recovery, and data security, as well as to meet compliance requirements regarding data management; and FC fabric extension, analytics, switching, and routing solutions. The IP Networking Products segment provides Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet switches and routers to connect users over private and public networks, including local area, metro, and within and across data centers. This segment also provides converged network products; a portfolio of related software and hardware-based data networking offerings; Layer 4-7 products that are designed for application traffic management and server load balancing; and a range of wireless products for the network edge. The Global Services segment offers break/fix maintenance, installation, consulting, network management and software maintenance, and customer support services. The company serves various enterprises and service providers, such as telecommunication firms, cable operators, and mobile carriers. The company markets and sells its products and services to end-user customers directly, as well as through various distribution partners, including original equipment manufacturers, distributors, systems integrators, and value-added resellers. Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) gained $0.07 to close the day at a new closing price of $16.44, a 0.43% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 88.15% above its 52 week low of $9.03. A total of 5.03M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 6.89M. The stock, which fluctuated between $16.31 and $16.56 during the day, currently situated -9.81% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 35.53% in the past one month and up by 48.4% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $0 and RSI of 86.3, the stock still has upside potential, making it a sell for now.

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

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) shares were down in last trading by -0.84% to $36.54. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 13.06% over the past week and grew 21.36% in the past month. It is currently trading 20.09% above its 50 day moving average and 35.49% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.59% decrease in value from its one year high of $37.72. The RSI indicator value of 69.14, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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