Stocks To Watch: Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY), Time Warner Inc. (TWX), The Home Depot, Inc. (HD)

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) traded within a range of $72.22 to $73.26 after opening the day at $73.21. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 11.69% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.32% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $72.47 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -5.96% below its 52 week high of $78.48 and 29.66% above its 12-month low of $58.24. The shares are up by over 3.92% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 57.82 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas, Chemical, and Midstream and Marketing. The Oil and Gas segment explores for, develops, and produces oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and natural gas. The Chemical segment manufactures and markets basic chemicals, including chlorine, caustic soda, chlorinated organics, potassium chemicals, ethylene dichloride, chlorinated isocyanurates, sodium silicates, and calcium chloride; vinyls comprising vinyl chloride monomer and polyvinyl chloride; and other chemicals, such as resorcinol. The Midstream and Marketing segment gathers, processes, transports, stores, purchases, and markets oil, condensate, NGLs, natural gas, carbon dioxide, and power. This segment also trades around its assets consisting of transportation and storage capacity, as well as oil, NGLs, gas, and other commodities. Occidental Petroleum Corporation was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Time Warner Inc. (TWX) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.3% or $0.28 to close the day at $95.08 on light trading volume of 3.45M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.77M. The New York New York 10019 based company has been outperforming the entertainment – diversified group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 52.88%, compared to the industry which has advanced 14.34% over the same period. With RSI of 68.42, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $102.34, making it a hold for now.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Turner, Home Box Office, and Warner Bros. The Turner segment owns and operates a portfolio of cable television networks and related properties that offer entertainment, sports, kids, and news programming on television and digital platforms for consumers. It operates approximately 180 channels in 200 countries. The Turner segment’s networks and related properties include TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, CNN, and HLN; and digital media properties comprise bleacherreport.com, NBA.com, NBA Mobile, NCAA.com, PGA.com, tntdrama.com, TBS.com, adultswim.com, and cartoonnetwork.com. It also licenses original programming to subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) services and other over-the-top services, and its brands and characters for consumer products other business ventures. This segment serves cable system operators, satellite service distributors, telephone companies, and other distributors. The Home Box Office segment provides premium pay and basic tier television services comprising HBO and Cinemax; sells its original programming through physical and digital formats; and licenses home entertainment and content to international television networks and SVOD services. As of December 31, 2015, this segment had 49 million domestic subscribers. The Warner Bros. segment produces, distributes, and licenses television programming and feature films; distributes digital and physical home entertainment products; and produces and distributes videogames, as well as licenses consumer products and brands. The company was formerly known as AOL Time Warner, Inc. and changed its name to Time Warner Inc. in 2003. Time Warner Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) gained $0.33 to close the day at a new closing price of $135.44, a 0.24% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 26.18% above its 52 week low of $109.62. A total of 3.45M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 5.47M. The stock, which fluctuated between $134.79 and $136.5 during the day, currently situated -1.54% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 5.61% in the past one month and up by 7.36% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $146.8 and RSI of 65.91, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

3 Stocks to Watch For: Altria Group, Inc. (MO), Schlumberger Limited (SLB), The Home Depot, Inc. (HD)

Altria Group, Inc. (MO) saw its value increase by 1.18% as the stock gained $0.78 to finish the day at a closing price of $67.04. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $56.15-$70.15 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $65.82 to $67.24 during the day, are up by 6.89% in the past three months and up by 2.73% over the past six months. It is currently trading 3.69% above its 20 day moving average and 4.89% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $68.36 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 65.22.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States. It offers cigarettes primarily under the Marlboro brand; cigars principally under the Black & Mild brand; and moist smokeless tobacco products under the Copenhagen and Skoal, Red Seal and Husky, and Marlboro Snus brand names. The company also produces and sells varietal and blended table wines, and sparkling wines under the Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, and 14 Hands names; and imports and markets Antinori, Torres, and Villa Maria Estate wines, as well as Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in the United States. In addition, it provides finance leasing services primarily in aircraft, railcar, electric power, real estate, and manufacturing industries. The company sells its tobacco products primarily to wholesalers, including distributors; large retail organizations, such as chain stores; and the armed services. Altria Group, Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Schlumberger Limited (SLB) shares were up in last trading by 0.26% to $85.5. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.85% over the past week and grew 6.13% in the past month. It is currently trading 5.44% above its 50 day moving average and 10.18% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.52% decrease in value from its one year high of $86.82. The RSI indicator value of 63.15, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Schlumberger Limited supplies technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to the oil and gas exploration and production industry worldwide. Its Reservoir Characterization Group segment provides reservoir imaging, monitoring, and development services; wireline technologies for open and cased-hole services; exploration and production pressure and flow-rate measurement services comprising surface and downhole services; software integrated solutions, such as software, consulting, information management, and IT infrastructure services; consulting services for reservoir characterization, field development planning, and production enhancement; and petrotechnical data services and training solutions, as well as integrated management services. Its Drilling Group segment designs, manufactures, and markets roller cone and fixed cutter drill bits; supplies drilling fluid systems; provides pressure drilling and underbalanced drilling solutions, and environmental services and products; mud logging services; land drilling rigs and related support services; and well planning and drilling, engineering, supervision, logistics, procurement, contracting, and drilling rig management services, as well as bottom-hole-assembly, borehole-enlargement technologies, impact tools, tubulars, and tubular services. Its Production Group segment provides well services comprising pressure pumping, well cementing, stimulation, and intervention services; well completion services and equipment that include packers, safety valves, and sand control technology, as well as completions technology and equipment; artificial lifts; coiled tubing equipment and services, and slickline services; development, management, and environmental protection services for water resources; and integrated production and production management services. The company was formerly known as Socie´te´ de Prospection E´lectrique. Schlumberger Limited was founded in 1926 and is based in Houston, Texas.

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) traded within a range of $135.05 to $136.61 after opening the day at $136.11. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 4.34% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.54% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $135.11 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -1.78% below its 52 week high of $139 and 25.88% above its 12-month low of $109.62. The shares are up by over 7.55% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 65.44 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: The Dow Chemical Company (DOW), The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), Coeur Mining, Inc. (CDE)

The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) climbed 1.2% during last trading as the stock added $0.69 to finish the day at $58.35 with about 5.84M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.9M. The $65.12B market cap company, which fluctuated between $57.42 and $58.48 during the day, currently situated 48.9% above its 52 week low of $40.26 and -0.38% away from its one year high of $58.57. The RSI of 72.54 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

The Dow Chemical Company manufactures and supplies products that are used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services worldwide. It operates through Agricultural Sciences, Consumer Solutions, Infrastructure Solutions, Performance Materials & Chemicals, and Performance Plastics segments. The Agricultural Sciences segment provides crop protection and seed/plant biotechnology products and technologies, urban pest management solutions, and healthy oils. The Consumer Solutions segment offers semiconductors and organic light-emitting diodes, and adhesives and foams used by the transportation industry; and cellulosics and other polymers for innovative pharmaceutical formulations and food solutions. It serves automotive, electronics and entertainment, food and pharmaceuticals, and personal and home care products markets. The Infrastructure Solutions segment provides architectural and industrial coatings, construction material ingredients, building insulation, adhesives, and microbial protection products for the oil and gas industry; water technologies; monomers; and silicone and silicone products. The Performance Materials & Chemicals segment offers chlorine and caustic soda; industrial solutions; and propylene oxides, propylene glycols, polyether polyols, and aromatic isocyanates. The Performance Plastics segment provides elastomers, polyolefin plastomers, and ethylene propylene diene monomer elastomers; wire and cable insulation, semiconductive, and jacketing compound solutions, as well as bio-based plasticizers; acrylics, polyethylene, polyolefin emulsions, and polyolefin plastomers; and ethylene, propylene, benzene, butadiene, cumene, octene, aromatics co-products, and crude c4. The company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Midland, Michigan.

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) dropped $-0.14 to close the day at a new closing price of $135.84, a -0.1% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 26.56% above its 52 week low of $109.62. A total of 5.84M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 5.42M. The stock, which fluctuated between $135.77 and $137.32 during the day, currently situated -1.25% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 9.78% in the past one month and up by 8.29% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $146.67 and RSI of 69.29, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Coeur Mining, Inc. (CDE) had a active trading with around 5.82M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.14M. The stock traded between $8.85 and $9.39 before closing at the price of $9 with -8.54% change on the day. The Chicago Illinois 60603 based company is currently trading 455.56% above its 52 week low of $1.62 and -45.16% below its 52 week high of $16.41. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 37.69 and $14.81 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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.

 

Stocks in Review: The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), The AES Corporation (AES), The Southern Company (SO)

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) traded within a range of $135.75 to $136.88 after opening the day at $136.05. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 5.01% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.41% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $135.98 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -1.15% below its 52 week high of $139 and 26.69% above its 12-month low of $109.62. The shares are up by over 7.67% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 70.47 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

The AES Corporation (AES) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -2.05% or $-0.25 to close the day at $11.94 on active trading volume of 6.92M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.6M. The Arlington Virginia 22203 based company has been outperforming the electric utilities group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 34.36%, compared to the industry which has advanced 14.28% over the same period. With RSI of 55.73, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $12.48, making it a hold for now.

The AES Corporation operates as a diversified power generation and utility company. It owns and/or operates power plants to generate and sell power to customers, such as utilities, industrial users, and other intermediaries. The company also owns and/or operates utilities to generate or purchase, distribute, transmit, and sell electricity to end-user customers in the residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental sectors; and generates and sells electricity on the wholesale market. It uses a range of fuels to generate electricity, including natural gas, coal, hydro, wind, energy storage, oil, diesel, petroleum coke, biomass, landfill gas, and solar. The company owns and/or operates a generation portfolio of approximately 29,352 megawatts. It has operations in the United States, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. The company was formerly known as Applied Energy Services, Inc. and changed its name to The AES Corporation in April 2000. The AES Corporation was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

The Southern Company (SO) dropped $-0.71 to close the day at a new closing price of $48.48, a -1.44% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 14.19% above its 52 week low of $45.77. A total of 6.9M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 5.71M. The stock, which fluctuated between $48.4 and $49.64 during the day, currently situated -9.28% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.98% in the past one month and down by -4.69% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $51.25 and RSI of 53.6, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and hydro resources in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. The company also constructs, acquires, owns, and manages generation assets, including renewable energy projects. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 33 hydroelectric generating stations, 31 fossil fuel generating stations, 3 nuclear generating stations, 13 combined cycle/cogeneration stations, 16 solar facilities, 1 wind facility, 1 biomass facility, and 1 landfill gas facility. The company also provides digital wireless communications services with various communication options, including push to talk, cellular service, text messaging, wireless Internet access, and wireless data; and wholesale fiber optic solutions to telecommunication providers in the Southeast. The Southern Company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Momentum Stocks: Rice Energy Inc. (RICE), The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD)

Rice Energy Inc. (RICE) retreated with the stock falling -9.07% or $-2.24 to close at $22.45 on active trading volume of 6.3M compared its three months average trading volume of 4.33M. The Canonsburg Pennsylvania 15317 based company operating under the Independent Oil & Gas industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 146.43% up for the period and up by 105.96% so far this year. With price target of $32 and a 183.46% rebound from 52-week low, Rice Energy Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Rice Energy Inc., an independent natural gas and oil company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquid (NGL) properties in the Appalachian Basin. The company operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream. As of December 31, 2015, it held approximately 92,000 net acres in the southwestern core of the Marcellus Shale, Pennsylvania; and approximately 56,000 net acres in the southeastern core of the Utica Shale located in Belmont County, Ohio. The company also has operations in the Upper Devonian Shale located on Pennsylvania acreage. It had 120 net producing wells in the Marcellus Shale; 4 net producing wells in the Upper Devonian Shale; and 19 net producing wells in the Utica Shale. The company is also involved in the gathering and compression of natural gas, oil, and NGL; and the provision of water services to support well completion activities. Rice Energy Inc. was founded in 2008 and is based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) had a active trading with around 6.27M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.4M. The stock traded between $133.13 and $134.66 before closing at the price of $134.58 with 0.89% change on the day. The Atlanta Georgia 30339 based company is currently trading 25.38% above its 52 week low of $109.62 and -2.17% below its 52 week high of $139. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $146.67 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD) saw its value decrease by -0.16% as the stock dropped $-0.02 to finish the day at a closing price of $12.36. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $7.4-$12.5 per share for the past year. The shares are up by 42.21% in the past three months and up by 40.98% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.23% above its 20 day moving average and 14.1% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $12.4 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 78.34.The technical indicator do not lead us to believe the stock will see more gains any time soon.

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, and disaster recovery and data security, as well as to meet compliance requirements regarding data management; and fabric extension, switching, and routing solutions. The IP Networking Products segment provides Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches and routers that are designed 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; and Layer 4-7 platforms, including ADX and virtual application delivery controller products that are designed for application traffic management and server load balancing activities. The Global Services segment offers break/fix maintenance, installation, consulting, network management and software maintenance, and customer support services. The company also provides virtual evolved packet software that primarily addresses mobile applications and services. Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. 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.

 

Stocks in Review: KKR & Co. L.P. (KKR), Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO), The Home Depot, Inc. (HD)

KKR & Co. L.P. (KKR) traded within a range of $16.81 to $17.57 after opening the day at $17.01. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 15.23% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.82% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $17.13 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -0.29% below its 52 week high of $17.57 and 64.96% above its 12-month low of $10.89. The shares are up by over 16.45% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 75.57 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

KKR & Co. L.P. is a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. It specializes in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, credit special situations, growth equity, mature, mezzanine, distressed, and middle market investments. The firm considers investments in all industries with a focus on technology and hardware, energy and infrastructure, real estate, services industry with a focus on business services, intelligence, industry-leading franchises and companies in natural resource, containers and packaging, agriculture, airports, ports, forestry, electric utilities, textiles, apparel and luxury goods, household durables, digital media, insurance, brokerage houses, non-durable goods distribution, supermarket retailing, grocery stores, food, beverage, and tobacco, hospitals, entertainment venues and production companies, publishing, printing services, capital goods, financial services, specialized finance, pipelines, and renewable energy. In energy and infrastructure, it focuses on the Upstream Oil and Gas and Equipment and Services verticals. In real estate, the firm seeks to invest in private and public real estate securities including property-level equity, debt and special situations transactions and businesses with significant real estate holdings, and oil and natural gas properties. The firm also invests in asset services sector that encompasses a broad array of B2B, B2C and B2G services verticals including asset-based, transport, logistics, leisure/hospitality, resource and utility support, infra-like, mission-critical, and environmental services. Within Americas, the firm prefers to invest in consumer products; chemicals, metals and mining; energy and natural resources; financial services; healthcare; industrials; media and communications; retail; and technology. Within Europe, the firm invests in consumer and retail; energy; financial services; health care; industrials and chemicals; media and digital; and telecom and technologies. Within Asia, it invests in consumer products; energy and resources; financial services; healthcare; industrials; logistics; media and telecom; retail; real estate; and technology. The firm seeks to invest in mid to high-end residential developments, but can invest in other projects throughout Mainland China through outright ownership, joint ventures, and merger. It invests globally with a focus on Australia, emerging and developed Asia, Middle East and Africa, Nordic, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Caribbean, Mexico, South America, North America, Brazil, Latin America, Korea, and United States of America. In the United States and Europe, the firm focuses on buyouts of large, publicly traded companies. It seeks to invest $30 million to $717 million in companies with enterprise values between $500 million to $2389 million. The firm prefers to invest in a range of debt and public equity investing and may co-invest. It seeks a board seat in its portfolio companies and a controlling ownership of a company or a strategic minority positions. The firm may acquire minority equity interests, particularly when making private equity investments in Asia or sponsoring investments as part of a large investor consortium. The firm typically holds its investment for a period of five to seven years and more and exits through initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and sales to strategic buyers. KKR & Co. L.P. was founded in 1976 and is based in New York, New York with additional offices across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 8.83% or $1.71 to close the day at $21.08 on active trading volume of 5.19M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.83M. The Houston Texas 77094 based company has been outperforming the oil & gas drilling & exploration group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 2.88%, compared to the industry which has advanced 61.42% over the same period. With RSI of 71.04, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $16.86, making it a hold for now.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. provides contract drilling services to the energy industry worldwide. It provides services in floater market, including ultra-deepwater, deepwater, and mid-water. The company operates a fleet of 32 offshore drilling rigs, which comprise 8 ultra-deepwater, 7 deepwater, and 8 mid-water semisubmersibles; 5 jack-ups; and 4 drillships. It serves independent oil and gas companies, and government-owned oil companies. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Loews Corporation.

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) gained $0.86 to close the day at a new closing price of $133.39, a 0.65% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 24.27% above its 52 week low of $109.62. A total of 5.17M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 5.42M. The stock, which fluctuated between $131.1 and $133.4 during the day, currently situated -3.03% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 6.41% in the past one month and up by 4.28% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $146.67 and RSI of 66.86, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Momentum Stocks in Focus: Devon Energy Corporation (DVN), The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), DiamondRock Hospitality Company (DRH)

Devon Energy Corporation (DVN) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.4% or $0.19 to close the day at $47.74 on light trading volume of 4.99M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.78M. The Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73102 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 37.98%, compared to the industry which has advanced 29.23% over the same period. With RSI of 61.33, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $49.57, making it a hold for now.

Devon Energy Corporation, an independent energy company, primarily engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and Canada. It operates approximately 19,000 wells. The company also offers midstream energy services, including gathering, transmission, processing, fractionation, and marketing to producers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, and condensate through its natural gas pipelines, plants, and treatment facilities. Devon Energy Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) grew with the stock adding 0.05% or $0.07 to close at $132.53 on light trading volume of 4.97M compared its three months average trading volume of 5.42M. The Atlanta Georgia 30339 based company operating under the Home Improvement Stores industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 2.62% up for the period and up by 2.34% so far this year. With price target of $146.73 and a 23.47% rebound from 52-week low, The Home Depot, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

DiamondRock Hospitality Company (DRH) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.35% or $-0.04 to close the day at $11.44 on higher than average trading volume of 4.93M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.92M. The Bethesda Maryland 20814 based company has been outperforming the reit – hotel/motel companies by 24.0374% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 23.6% YTD, versus the reit – hotel/motel industry which is up 22.01% for the same period. The RSI of 79.66 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

DiamondRock Hospitality Company, a lodging focused real estate company, owns premium hotels and resorts in North America. The company operates its hotels under the Hilton, Marriott, and Westin brand names in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta; and in destination resort locations, such as the United States Virgin Islands and Colorado. As of December 16, 2011, it owned 26 hotels with approximately 12000 rooms. The company qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) under the Internal Revenue Code. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes, if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM)

Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.96% or $0.06 to close the day at $1.53 on active trading volume of 6.97M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.55M. The Latham New York 12110 based company has been underperforming the diversified electronics group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -19.59%, compared to the industry which has advanced 21.78% over the same period. With RSI of 58.81, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $2.23, making it a hold for now.

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

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) climbed 2.89% during last trading as the stock added $3.72 to finish the day at $132.46 with about 6.97M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.38M. The $162.13B market cap company, which fluctuated between $128.75 and $133.06 during the day, currently situated 23.41% above its 52 week low of $109.62 and -3.71% away from its one year high of $139. The RSI of 64.64 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM) saw its value increase by 1.32% as the stock gained $0.89 to finish the day at a closing price of $68.34. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $42.24-$71.62 per share for the past year. The shares are up by 9.87% in the past three months and up by 26.34% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.52% above its 20 day moving average and 2.66% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $73.36 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 56.23. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

QUALCOMM Incorporated develops, designs, manufactures, and markets digital communications products and services in China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT); Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL); and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The QCT segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on code division multiple access (CDMA), orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), and other technologies for use in voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products. The QTL segment grants licenses or provides rights to use portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which include various patent rights useful in the manufacture and sale of certain wireless products comprising products implementing CDMA2000, WCDMA, CDMA TDD, and/or LTE standards, as well as their derivatives. The QSI segment invests in early-stage companies in various industries, including digital media, e-commerce, healthcare, and wearable devices for supporting the design and introduction of new products and services for voice and data communications. The company also develops and offers products for implementation of small cells; mobile health products and services; software products, and content and push-to-talk enablement services to wireless operators; and development, and other services and related products to the United States government agencies and their contractors. In addition, it licenses chipset technology and products for data centers. QUALCOMM Incorporated was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

 

Stocks Under Review: The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARIA), Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS)

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.72% or $-0.94 to close the day at $128.74 on light trading volume of 4.28M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.38M. The Atlanta Georgia 30339 based company has been underperforming the home improvement stores group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -1.83%, compared to the industry which has dropped -2.22% over the same period. With RSI of 53.72, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $146.73, making it a hold for now.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARIA) grew with the stock adding 3.09% or $0.41 to close at $13.69 on light trading volume of 4.27M compared its three months average trading volume of 7.58M. The Cambridge Massachusetts 02139 based company operating under the Biotechnology industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 127.41% up for the period and up by 119.04% so far this year. With price target of $13.05 and a 213.27% rebound from 52-week low, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an oncology company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of drugs for cancer patients in the United States and internationally. It offers Iclusig (ponatinib), a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) for the treatment of adult patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), and Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the United States, the European Union, Australia, Switzerland, Israel, and Canada. The company also develops Brigatinib, an investigational inhibitor of anaplastic lymphoma kinase for the treatment of various patients with a form of non-small cell lung cancer; and AP32788, for treating non-small cell lung cancer and various other solid tumors. It markets and sells Iclusig through specialty pharmacy in the United States. The company has license agreements with Medinol Ltd. to develop and commercialize stents and other medical devices to deliver ridaforolimus. ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 2.21% or $1.35 to close the day at $62.47 on higher than average trading volume of 4.27M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.95M. The Las Vegas Nevada 89109 based company has been outperforming the resorts & casinos companies by 14.76% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 48.53% YTD, versus the resorts & casinos industry which is up 14.15% for the same period. The RSI of 60.23 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. It owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip, the Plaza Casino, and the Sands Macao in Macao, the People’s Republic of China; and iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The company also owns and operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, and Five-Diamond luxury resorts on the Las Vegas Strip; Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Its integrated resorts include accommodations, gaming, entertainment and retail, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants, and other amenities. Las Vegas Sands Corp. was founded in 1988 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Trader’s Round Up: The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (APLE), Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (PTEN)

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) grew with the stock adding 0.31% or $0.4 to close at $129.87 on light trading volume of 3.73M compared its three months average trading volume of 5.4M. The Atlanta Georgia 30339 based company operating under the Home Improvement Stores industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 1.3% up for the period and up by 0.29% so far this year. With price target of $146.73 and a 20.99% rebound from 52-week low, The Home Depot, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (DIFM), and professional customers. The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters, and sheds; and professional installation in various categories sold through its in-home sales programs, such as roofing, siding, windows, cabinet refacing, furnaces, and central air systems, as well as acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its DIFM customers through third-party installers. It primarily serves home owners; and renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners, and tradesmen. The company also sells its products through online. As of December 31, 2015, it had 2,274 stores, including 1,977 in the United States, 182 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (APLE) gained $0.2 to close the day at a new closing price of $19.15, a 1.06% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 24.19% above its 52 week low of $16.35. A total of 3.71M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.1M. The stock, which fluctuated between $18.59 and $19.16 during the day, currently situated -5.02% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 8.96% in the past one month and up by 3.87% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $18.8 and RSI of 69.66, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The firm invests primarily in the lodging industry. It is focused on the acquisition and ownership of income-producing real estate. The firm was formerly known as Apple REIT Nine, Inc. Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. was founded on November 9, 2007 and is based in Richmond, Virginia.Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Apple REIT Companies.

Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (PTEN) shares were up in last trading by 1.41% to $28.09. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 16.12% over the past week and grew 31.32% in the past month. It is currently trading 22.33% above its 50 day moving average and 41.13% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.33% decrease in value from its one year high of $28.51. The RSI indicator value of 73.93, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

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.