Stock’s Trend Analysis Report: Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (CIE), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO), MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA)

Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (CIE) fell -3.36% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.04 to finish the day at $1.15 with about 2.09M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.83M. The $488.3M market cap company, which fluctuated between $1.14 and $1.21 during the day, currently situated 49.35% above its 52 week low of $0.77 and -69.97% away from its one year high of $3.83. The RSI of 43.59 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) gained $0.25 to close the day at a new closing price of $30.04, a 0.84% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 69.88% above its 52 week low of $19.01. A total of 2.09M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.77M. The stock, which fluctuated between $29.85 and $30.34 during the day, currently situated -5.12% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -0.44% in the past one month and up by 24.17% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $27.72 and RSI of 53.01, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA) had a light trading with around 2.08M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.3M. The stock traded between $7.73 and $7.87 before closing at the price of $7.83 with 0.9% change on the day. The New York New York 10022 based company is currently trading 51.78% above its 52 week low of $5.61 and -2.73% below its 52 week high of $8.05. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 54.96 and $7.67 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

MFA Financial, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in residential mortgage assets, including agency and non-agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and residential whole loans, and credit risk transfer securities. Its MBS are secured by hybrid mortgages, adjustable-rate mortgages, and 15-year and longer term fixed-rate mortgages, as well as by mortgages that have interest rates that reset more frequently. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT for the U.S. federal income tax purposes and would not be subject to income taxes, if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. MFA Financial, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

Traders Watch list: LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO), Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX), Hess Corporation (HES)

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) saw its value increase by 1.23% as the stock gained $0.37 to finish the day at a closing price of $30.35. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $19.01-$31.66 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $29.62 to $30.52 during the day, are up by 26.43% in the past three months and up by 26.26% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.25% above its 20 day moving average and 9.83% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $27.03 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.1.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) shares were up in last trading by 1.14% to $71.56. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 4.03% over the past week and fell -5.66% in the past month. It is currently trading -0.85% below its 50 day moving average and -2.18% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -17.58% decrease in value from its one year high of $86.74. The RSI indicator value of 54.98, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Express Scripts Holding Company operates as a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company operates through two segments, PBM and Other Business Operations. The company’s PBM segment’s products and services include clinical solutions to enhance health outcomes; specialized pharmacy care; home delivery pharmacy; specialty pharmacy, including the distribution of fertility pharmaceuticals that require special handling or packaging; and retail network pharmacy administration. It also provides benefit design consultation; drug utilization review; drug formulary management; an array of Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance marketplace; administration of a group purchasing organization; and consumer health and drug information services. In addition, the company distributes specialty pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to providers, clinics, and hospitals; and offers consulting services, including design, implementation, and project management for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device manufacturers to collect scientific evidence to guide the use of medicines. It serves managed care organizations, health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers’ compensation plans, government health programs, providers, clinics, hospitals, and others. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated four automated dispensing home delivery pharmacies; one non-automated dispensing home delivery pharmacy; and one non-dispensing home delivery pharmacy maintained for business continuity purpose, as well as several non-dispensing order processing centers, patient contact centers, specialty drug pharmacies, and fertility pharmacies. The company was formerly known as Aristotle Holding, Inc. and changed its name to Express Scripts Holding Company in April 2012. Express Scripts Holding Company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Hess Corporation (HES) traded within a range of $60.57 to $61.58 after opening the day at $61.33. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -2.7% so far this year. The stock was down close to -2.08% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $60.61 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -7.18% below its 52 week high of $65.56 and 90.53% above its 12-month low of $32.41. The shares are up by over 14.66% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 51.55 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Hess Corporation, an exploration and production company, develops, produces, purchases, transports, and sells crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. The company operates in two segments, Exploration and Production, and Bakken Midstream. It is also involved in crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing of natural gas and the fractionation of natural gas liquids, transportation of crude oil by rail car, terminating and loading crude oil and natural gas liquids, and the storage and terminating of propane primarily in the Bakken shale play of North Dakota. The company operates primarily in the United States, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, the Joint Development Area of Malaysia/Thailand, Malaysia, and Norway. As of December 31, 2015, it had total proved reserves of 1,086 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

Stocks Under Review: Duke Realty Corporation (DRE), Rowan Companies plc (RDC), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO)

Duke Realty Corporation (DRE) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.3% or $-0.08 to close the day at $27.03 on light trading volume of 2.38M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.94M. The Indianapolis Indiana 46240 based company has been outperforming the reit – industrial group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 37.45%, compared to the industry which has advanced 12.17% over the same period. With RSI of 63.41, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $28.47, making it a hold for now.

Duke Realty Corporation is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It offers a single point of responsibility for all aspects of a project, including leasing, asset management, construction and development. The firm primarily invests in commercial real estate sector. It was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana with additional offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Central Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nashville, Tennessee; New Jersey; Northern and Southern California; Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Raleigh, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; Savannah, Georgia; Seattle, Washington; Washington D.C.; and South Florida.

Rowan Companies plc (RDC) grew with the stock adding 0.05% or $0.01 to close at $19.81 on light trading volume of 2.37M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.25M. The Houston Texas 77056 based company operating under the Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 34.4% up for the period and up by 4.87% so far this year. With price target of $15.97 and a 85.66% rebound from 52-week low, Rowan Companies plc has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Rowan Companies plc provides offshore oil and gas contract drilling services. It operates a fleet of 31 mobile offshore drilling units, including 27 self-elevating jack-up rigs and 4 ultra-deepwater drillships. The company operates in the United States Gulf of Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, the Middle East, and Trinidad. Rowan Companies plc was founded in 1923 and is based in Houston, Texas.

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.09% or $-0.33 to close the day at $29.98 on higher than average trading volume of 2.37M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.73M. The company has been outperforming the reit – hotel/motel companies by 23.9306% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -1.61% YTD, versus the reit – hotel/motel industry which is down -2.14% for the same period. The RSI of 56.46 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Traders Watch list: LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO), Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP), The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV)

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) saw its value decrease by -3.69% as the stock dropped $-1.16 to finish the day at a closing price of $30.31. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $19.01-$31.66 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $30 to $31.5 during the day, are up by 29.4% in the past three months and up by 32.21% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.2% above its 20 day moving average and 10.59% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $26.29 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 60.34.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) shares were up in last trading by 0.96% to $36.65. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.03% over the past week and grew 8.46% in the past month. It is currently trading 3.81% above its 50 day moving average and 4.01% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -13.1% decrease in value from its one year high of $43.5. The RSI indicator value of 62.3, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. engages in the natural gas midstream, and intrastate transportation and storage businesses in the United States. The company’s Intrastate Transportation and Storage segment transports natural gas from various natural gas producing areas, and through ET fuel system and HPL system. It owns and operates 7,500 miles of natural gas transportation pipelines and three natural gas storage facilities in Texas. Its Interstate Transportation and Storage segment provides natural gas transportation and storage services; owns and operates approximately 12,300 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline; and has interests in various natural gas pipelines. The company’s Midstream segment gathers, compresses, treats, blends, processes, and markets natural gas. It owns and operates 35,000 miles of in service natural gas, 31 natural gas processing plants, 21 natural gas treating facilities, and 4 natural gas conditioning facilities. The company’s Liquids Transportation and Services segment transports mixed NGLs and other hydrocarbons; stores mixed NGLs, NGL products, and petrochemical products; and separates mixed NGL streams into purity products. It owns and operates various NGL pipelines, and NGL storage facilities with aggregate storage capacity of approximately 51 million barrels. Its Investment in Sunoco Logistics segment gathers, purchases, markets, and sells crude oil; and owns and operates 1,800 miles of refined products pipelines. The company’s Retail Marketing segment sells motor fuel and merchandise at company-operated retail locations and branded convenience stores in 14 states, primarily on the east coast and south regions of the United States. Its Other segment provides natural gas compression equipment and compression services; manages coal and natural resources property, sells standing timber, and leases coal-related infrastructure facilities; and generates electrical power. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV) traded within a range of $117.28 to $119.5 after opening the day at $119.29. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -3.34% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.6% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $118.33 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -3.87% below its 52 week high of $123.09 and 19.59% above its 12-month low of $101.23. The shares are up by over 5.23% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 50.32 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

The Travelers Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of commercial and personal property, and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals in the United states and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Business and International Insurance; Bond & Specialty Insurance; and Personal Insurance. The Business and International Insurance segment offers property and casualty products, including commercial multi-peril, commercial property, general liability, commercial automobile, and workers’ compensation; and personal property, employers’ liability, public and product liability, professional indemnity, commercial property, surety, marine, aviation, personal accident, and kidnap and ransom insurance. This segment operates through select accounts, which serve small businesses; commercial accounts that serve mid-sized businesses; national accounts, which serve large companies; first party that provides traditional and customized property insurance programs to large and mid-sized customers; and specialized distribution, which markets and underwrites its products through brokers, wholesale agents, program managers, and specialized retail agents. The Bond & Specialty Insurance segment provides fidelity and surety, general liability, and others, such as property, workers’ compensation, commercial automobile, and commercial multi-peril insurance products. The Personal Insurance segment offers property and casualty insurance covering personal risks, primarily automobile and homeowners insurance to individuals. The company distributes its products primarily through independent agencies and brokers. The Travelers Companies, Inc. was founded in 1853 and is based in New York, New York.

 

Stocks Under Consideration: The Wendy’s Company (WEN), Navient Corporation (NAVI), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO)

The Wendy’s Company (WEN) grew with the stock adding 1.56% or $0.21 to close at $13.63 on light trading volume of 2.79M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.7M. The Dublin Ohio 43017 based company operating under the Restaurants industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 32.99% up for the period and up by 0.81% so far this year. With price target of $12.47 and a 56.93% rebound from 52-week low, The Wendy’s Company has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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

Navient Corporation (NAVI) had a light trading with around 2.79M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.53M. The stock traded at the price of $16.83 with 1.26% change on the day. The Wilmington Delaware 19801 based company is currently trading 115.12% above its 52 week low of $8.2 and -5.36% below its 52 week high of $17.95. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $18.21 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Navient Corporation provides financial products and services in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) Loans, Private Education Loans, and Business Services. It holds the portfolio of education loans insured or guaranteed under the FFELP, as well as the portfolio of private education loans. The company also provides asset recovery services for loans and receivables on behalf of guarantors of FFELP loans, and higher education institutions, as well as federal, state, court, and municipal clients; and business processing services on behalf of municipalities, public authorities, and hospitals. Navient Corporation is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) saw its value increase by 2.21% as the stock gained $0.68 to finish the day at a closing price of $31.47. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $19.01-$31.66 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $30.87 to $31.66 during the day, are up by 34.41% in the past three months and up by 37.45% over the past six months. It is currently trading 4.52% above its 20 day moving average and 15.45% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $26.29 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 76.34.The technical indicator do not lead us to believe the stock will see more gains any time soon.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Stocks In Queue: Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO), State Street Corporation (STT)

Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH) climbed 3.99% during last trading as the stock added $0.22 to finish the day at $5.73 with about 2.81M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.53M. The $647.89M market cap company, which fluctuated between $5.43 and $5.8 during the day, currently situated 38.07% above its 52 week low of $4.15 and -76.19% away from its one year high of $24.07. The RSI of 42.19 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) gained $0.88 to close the day at a new closing price of $29.93, a 3.03% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 66.79% above its 52 week low of $19.01. A total of 2.8M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.73M. The stock, which fluctuated between $29.05 and $29.93 during the day, currently situated 2.85% above its 52 week high. The stock is up by 26.29% in the past one month and up by 15.76% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $24.38 and RSI of 75.42, the stock still has upside potential, making it a sell for now.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

State Street Corporation (STT) had a active trading with around 2.79M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.26M. The stock traded between $78.74 and $79.86 before closing at the price of $79.61 with 0.57% change on the day. The Boston Massachusetts 02111 based company is currently trading 59.76% above its 52 week low of $50.6 and -1.7% below its 52 week high of $80.99. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 62.54 and $80.91 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

State Street Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services to institutional investors worldwide. The company offers investment servicing products and services, including custody; product- and participant-level accounting; daily pricing and administration; master trust and master custody; record-keeping; cash management; foreign exchange, brokerage, and other trading services; securities finance; deposit and short-term investment facilities; loans and lease financing; investment manager and alternative investment manager operations outsourcing; and performance, risk, and compliance analytics. It also provides investment management services, such as investment management, investment research, and investment advisory services to corporations, public funds, and other sophisticated investors, as well as offers active and passive asset management strategies across equity, fixed-income, and cash asset classes. The company offers its products and services to mutual funds, collective investment funds and other investment pools, corporate and public retirement plans, insurance companies, foundations, endowments, and investment managers. State Street Corporation was founded in 1792 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Stocks Under Review: Western Refining, Inc. (WNR), W&T Offshore, Inc. (WTI), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO)

Western Refining, Inc. (WNR) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 3.73% or $1.37 to close the day at $38.13 on light trading volume of 2.83M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.43M. The El Paso Texas 79901 based company has been underperforming the oil & gas refining & marketing group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -7.98%, compared to the industry which has dropped -8.68% over the same period. With RSI of 71.56, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $34.4, making it a hold for now.

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

W&T Offshore, Inc. (WTI) grew with the stock adding 11.11% or $0.21 to close at $2.1 on light trading volume of 2.83M compared its three months average trading volume of 981.24K. The Houston Texas 77406 based company operating under the Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -38.6% down for the period and down by -9.09% so far this year. With price target of $2.45 and a 70.73% rebound from 52-week low, W&T Offshore, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

W&T Offshore, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas producer, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. The company sells crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. It holds working interests in approximately 54 offshore fields in federal and state waters. As of March 8, 2016, the company had interests in offshore leases covering approximately 900,000 gross acres, including approximately 550,000 gross acres in the Gulf of Mexico Shelf; and approximately 350,000 gross acres in the deepwater. It also has a total proved reserves of 76.4 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 4.84% or $1.34 to close the day at $29.05 on higher than average trading volume of 2.82M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.72M. The Bethesda Maryland 20814 based company has been outperforming the reit – hotel/motel companies by 12.2321% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 22.32% YTD, versus the reit – hotel/motel industry which is up 16.78% for the same period. The RSI of 71.59 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: Invesco Ltd. (IVZ), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO), SunPower Corporation (SPWR)

Invesco Ltd. (IVZ) retreated with the stock falling -0.63% or $-0.2 to close at $31.42 on light trading volume of 2.35M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.78M. The  based company operating under the Asset Management industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -1.57% down for the period and down by -2.48% so far this year. With price target of $34.17 and a 39.07% rebound from 52-week low, Invesco Ltd. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Invesco Ltd. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm provides its services to retail clients, institutional clients, high-net worth clients, public entities, corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, pension funds, financial institutions, and sovereign wealth funds. It manages separate client-focused equity and fixed income portfolios. The firm also launches equity, fixed income, commodity, multi-asset, and balanced mutual funds for its clients. It launches equity, fixed income, multi-asset, and balanced exchange-traded funds. The firm also launches and manages private funds. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe. The firm also invests in alternative markets, such as commodities and currencies. For the equity portion of its portfolio, it invests in growth and value stocks of large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap companies. For the fixed income portion of its portfolio, the firm invests in convertibles, government bonds, municipal bonds, treasury securities, and cash. It also invests in short term and intermediate term bonds, investment grade and high yield bonds, taxable and tax-free bonds, senior secured loans, and structured securities such as asset-backed securities, mortgage-backed securities, and commercial mortgage-backed securities. The firm employs absolute return, global macro, and long/short strategies. It employs quantitative analysis to make its investments. The firm was formerly known as Invesco Plc, AMVESCAP plc, Amvesco plc, Invesco PLC, Invesco MIM, and H. Lotery & Co. Ltd. Invesco Ltd. was founded in December 1935 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia with an additional office in Hamilton, Bermuda.

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) dropped $-0.68 to close the day at a new closing price of $27.71, a -2.4% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 54.42% above its 52 week low of $19.01. A total of 2.35M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 1.71M. The stock, which fluctuated between $27.69 and $28.64 during the day, currently situated -3.95% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 18.83% in the past one month and up by 5.3% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $24.38 and RSI of 64.5, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

SunPower Corporation (SPWR) shares were up in last trading by 1.84% to $6.64. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -5.55% over the past week and fell -7.13% in the past month. It is currently trading -14.26% below its 50 day moving average and -54.29% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -78.65% decrease in value from its one year high of $31.1. The RSI indicator value of 41.32, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

SunPower Corporation designs, manufactures, and delivers solar systems to residential, commercial, and power plant customers worldwide. It operates through three segments: Residential, Commercial, and Power Plant. The company provides solar power components, including panels and other system components. It also offers commercial rooftop and ground-mounted solar power systems, residential mounting systems, and power plant systems, as well as utility-scale photovoltaic power plants. In addition, the company offers operations and maintenance services, including remote monitoring, and preventative and corrective maintenance services, as well as rapid-response outage restoration services. Further, it leases solar power systems to residential customers; and sells inverters manufactured by third parties. The company serves investors, financial institutions, project developers, electric utilities, independent power producers, commercial and governmental entities, production home builders, residential owners, and small commercial building owners. SunPower Corporation also sells its products to dealers, systems integrators, and distributors. The company was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. SunPower Corporation is a subsidiary of Total Energies Nouvelles Activités USA.

 

3 Trending Stocks: Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO), Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS)

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 2.91% or $2.2 to close the day at $77.85 on active trading volume of 4.13M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.88M. The Tulsa Oklahoma 74119 based company has been outperforming the oil & gas drilling & exploration group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 48.3%, compared to the industry which has advanced 49.14% over the same period. With RSI of 76.92, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $63.07, making it a hold for now.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. engages in the contract drilling of oil and gas wells. It provides drilling rigs, equipment, personnel, and camps on a contract basis to explore for and develop oil and gas from onshore areas and from fixed platforms, tension-leg platforms, and spars in offshore areas. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Land, Offshore, and International Land. The U.S. Land segment drills primarily in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, and North Dakota. The Offshore segment has drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. The International Land segment conducts drilling operations in Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. As of September 30, 2016, the company operated a fleet of 348 land rigs in the United States; 38 international land rigs; and 9 offshore platform rigs. The company also owns, develops, and operates commercial real estate properties; and researches and develops rotary steerable technology. Its real estate investments include a shopping center comprising approximately 441,000 leasable square feet; multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties covering approximately one million leasable square feet; and approximately 210 acres of undeveloped real estate located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) climbed 1.14% during last trading as the stock added $0.32 to finish the day at $28.39 with about 4.11M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.72M. The $3.21B market cap company, which fluctuated between $27.99 and $28.85 during the day, currently situated 58.21% above its 52 week low of $19.01 and -0.57% away from its one year high of $29.1. The RSI of 74.13 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS) saw its value decrease by -6.6% as the stock dropped $-5.07 to finish the day at a closing price of $71.78. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $54.5-$88.52 per share for the past year. The shares are down by -4.05% in the past three months and up by 8.1% over the past six months. It is currently trading -6.3% below its 20 day moving average and -6.33% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $86.17 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 33.17. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Skyworks Solutions, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary semiconductor products, including intellectual property worldwide. Its product portfolio includes amplifiers, attenuators, circulators/isolators, DC/DC converters, demodulators, detectors, diodes, directional couplers, diversity receive modules, filters, front-end modules, hybrids, LED drivers, low noise amplifiers, mixers, modulators, optocouplers/optoisolators, phase shifters, phase locked loops, power dividers/combiners, receivers, switches, synthesizers, technical ceramics, voltage controlled oscillators/synthesizers, and voltage regulators. The company provides its products for automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected home, industrial, medical, military, smartphone, tablet, and wearable applications. Skyworks Solutions, Inc. sells its products through direct sales force, electronic component distributors, and independent sales representatives. The company was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts.

 

Stocks Trending Alert: Gastar Exploration Inc. (GST), The Western Union Company (WU), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO)

Gastar Exploration Inc. (GST) saw its value increase by 11.4% as the stock gained $0.13 to finish the day at a closing price of $1.27. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $0.57-$2.21 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $1.25 to $1.43 during the day, are up by 36.56% in the past three months and up by 32.29% over the past six months. It is currently trading 11.85% above its 20 day moving average and 18.94% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $1.86 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 57.53.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Gastar Exploration Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil, condensate, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Its principal activities include the identification, acquisition, development, and exploration of oil and natural gas properties on unconventional reserves, such as shale resource plays. The company is also developing the primarily oil-bearing reservoirs of the Hunton Limestone horizontal oil play in Oklahoma; and liquids-rich natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia. As of December 31, 2015, its principal assets included approximately 36,900 net acres in the Appalachian Basin in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania, as well as approximately 110,700 net acres in the Mid-Continent area of the U.S. in the state of Oklahoma. The company was formerly known as Gastar Exploration Ltd. and changed its name to Gastar Exploration Inc. in January 2014. Gastar Exploration Inc. is based in Houston, Texas.

The Western Union Company (WU) shares were down in last trading by -0.61% to $21.03. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -1.13% over the past week and grew 4.78% in the past month. It is currently trading 3.51% above its 50 day moving average and 6.9% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -2.78% decrease in value from its one year high of $21.8. The RSI indicator value of 56.99, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) traded within a range of $27.16 to $28.26 after opening the day at $27.39. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 18.19% so far this year. The stock was up close to 2.26% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $28.07 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -1.69% below its 52 week high of $29.1 and 56.43% above its 12-month low of $19.01. The shares are up by over 1.95% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 72.42 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. It owns 34 hotels, totaling approximately 9,200 guest rooms in 15 markets in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The company qualifies as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.