Worth Watching Stocks: Zillow Group, Inc. (Z), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO), AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AMAG)

Zillow Group, Inc. (Z) saw its value decrease by -0.8% as the stock dropped $-0.29 to finish the day at a closing price of $36.01. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $18.84-$39.88 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $35.92 to $36.48 during the day, are up by 1.95% in the past three months and up by 6.29% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.12% above its 20 day moving average and -1.47% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $36.2 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 49.17.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Zillow Group, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company offers a portfolio of brands and products to enable people find information about homes and connect with local professionals. Its brands focus on various stages of the home lifecycle, including renting, buying, selling, and financing. The company’s portfolio of consumer brands comprises real estate and rental marketplaces, such as Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads, and Naked Apartments. It also owns and operates various brands comprising Mortech, dotloop, Bridge Interactive, and Retsly, as well as provides advertising services to real estate agents, and rental and mortgage professionals. The company was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) shares were up in last trading by 1.1% to $31.11. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 4.75% over the past week and grew 3.94% in the past month. It is currently trading 3.08% above its 50 day moving average and 20.55% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -2.38% decrease in value from its one year high of $31.87. The RSI indicator value of 59.68, lead us to believe that it is 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.

AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AMAG) traded within a range of $22 to $23.7 after opening the day at $22.55. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -32.9% so far this year. The stock was up close to 3.09% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $23.35 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -36.6% below its 52 week high of $36.83 and 30.3% above its 12-month low of $17.92. The shares are down by over -25.87% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 41.52 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, provides products and services with a focus on maternal health, anemia management, and cancer supportive care in the United States. It markets Makena, a hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women pregnant with a single baby who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth; Feraheme (ferumoxytol) injection for use as an intravenous (IV) iron replacement therapy for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adult patients with chronic kidney disease; and MuGard Mucoadhesive Oral Wound Rinse for the management of oral mucocitis/stomatiits and various types of oral wounds. The company also offers Cord Blood Registry services that are related to the collection, processing, and storage of umbilical cord blood and cord tissue units. In addition, it has a license agreement with Velo to acquire the rights to digoxin immune fab, a polyclonal antibody in clinical development for the treatment of severe preeclampsia in pregnant women. The company sells Feraheme to authorized wholesalers and specialty distributors. AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

 

Momentum Stocks: ResMed Inc. (RMD), Molina Healthcare, Inc. (MOH), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO)

ResMed Inc. (RMD) grew with the stock adding 0.9% or $0.63 to close at $70.86 on light trading volume of 1.07M compared its three months average trading volume of 899.30K. The San Diego California 92123 based company operating under the Medical Appliances & Equipment industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 24.95% up for the period and up by 14.75% so far this year. With price target of $63.65 and a 31.18% rebound from 52-week low, ResMed Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

ResMed Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices and cloud-based software applications that diagnose, treat, and manage respiratory disorders. Its portfolio of products include devices, such as air flow generators, ventilators, and oxygen concentrators; diagnostic products; mask systems; headgear and other accessories; dental devices; portable oxygen concentrators; and cloud-based software informatics solutions. The company also produces continuous positive airway pressure, variable positive airway pressure, and AutoSet systems for the titration and treatment of sleep disordered breathing (SDB). In addition, it offers data communications and control products, such as EasyCare, ResLink, ResControl, ResControl II, TxControl, ResScan, and ResTraxx modules that facilitate the transfer of data and other information to and from the flow generators. The company markets its products to sleep clinics, home healthcare dealers, patients, hospitals, physicians, and third-party payers through a network of distributors and direct sales force in approximately 100 countries. ResMed Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Molina Healthcare, Inc. (MOH) had a light trading with around 1.07M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 891.41K. The stock traded between $58.68 and $59.64 before closing at the price of $59.24 with -1.04% change on the day. The Long Beach California 90802 based company is currently trading 33.12% above its 52 week low of $44.5 and -12.72% below its 52 week high of $67.87. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $59.39 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Molina Healthcare, Inc. provides Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of low-income families and individuals; and to assist state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. The company operates through three segments: Health Plans, Molina Medicaid Solutions, and Other. The Health Plans segment operates health plans in 11 states. As of December 31, 2015, this segment served approximately 3.5 million members who were eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, and other government-sponsored health care programs. The Molina Medicaid Solutions segment provides design, development, implementation; business process outsourcing; hosting services; and information technology development and administrative services to Medicaid agencies in Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, and West Virginia, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands; and drug rebate administration services in Florida. The Other segment provides behavioral health and social services. The company offers health care services for its members through contracts with independent physicians and groups; hospitals; and ancillary providers, as well as through its clinics. Molina Healthcare, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Long Beach, California.

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) saw its value increase by 1.22% as the stock gained $0.37 to finish the day at a closing price of $30.78. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $21.56-$31.87 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $30.45 to $30.84 during the day, are up by 22.3% in the past three months and up by 14.18% over the past six months. It is currently trading 1.65% above its 20 day moving average and 2.39% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $27.88 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 55.66.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.

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM), Rex Energy Corporation (REXX), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO)

Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.54% or $0.15 to close the day at $9.9 on light trading volume of 1.52M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 923.95K. The McLean Virginia 22102 based company has been outperforming the diversified communication services group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 41.23%, compared to the industry which has dropped -4.05% over the same period. With RSI of 45.61, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $12.5, making it a hold for now.

Iridium Communications Inc. provides mobile voice and data communications services through satellite to businesses, the U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and consumers worldwide. It offers postpaid mobile voice and data satellite communications services; prepaid mobile voice satellite communications services; broadband data services; push-to-talk services; and machine-to-machine services for sending and receiving data from fixed and mobile assets in remote locations to a central monitoring station. The company also provides other services, such as inbound connections from the public switched telephone network, short message services, subscriber identity module, activation, customer reactivation, and other peripheral services. In addition, it offers voice and data solutions, including personnel tracking devices; asset tracking devices for equipment, vehicles, and aircraft; aircraft and submarine communications applications; specialized communications solutions for high-value individuals; mobile communications and data devices for the military and intelligence community, such as secure satellite handsets, as well as offers voice, netted voice, data, messaging, and paging services; and maintenance services for the department of defense’s dedicated gateway. Further, the company provides satellite handsets, personal connectivity devices, voice and data modems, broadband data devices, and machine-to-machine data devices; various accessories for its devices that include batteries, holsters, earbud headphones, portable auxiliary antennas, antenna adaptors, USB data cables, and charging units; and engineering and support services. The company sells its products and services to commercial end users through wholesale distribution network, service providers, and value-added resellers and manufacturers. As of December 31, 2015, it had approximately 782,000 billable subscribers. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

Rex Energy Corporation (REXX) fell -2.16% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.01 to finish the day at $0.66 with about 1.51M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.85M. The $65.45M market cap company, which fluctuated between $0.639 and $0.6898 during the day, currently situated 185% above its 52 week low of $0.23 and -73.02% away from its one year high of $2.43. The RSI of 50.2 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Rex Energy Corporation operates as an independent oil, natural gas liquid, and natural gas company in the Appalachian and Illinois basins in the United States. The company focuses on the Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, and Burkett Shale drilling and exploration activities in the Appalachian Basin, as well as on developmental oil drilling on its properties in the Illinois Basins. As of December 31, 2015, it had estimated proved reserves of 680.4 billion cubic feet equivalent; and owned interests in approximately 1,819 oil and natural gas wells. Rex Energy Corporation was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in State College, Pennsylvania.

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) saw its value increase by 1.98% as the stock gained $0.59 to finish the day at a closing price of $30.42. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $21.55-$31.87 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $29.93 to $30.5 during the day, are up by 32.37% in the past three months and up by 15.33% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.45% above its 20 day moving average and 2.57% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $27.88 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 52.95. 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.

 

Trader’s Round Up: LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO), The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT), Cree, Inc. (CREE)

LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) retreated with the stock falling -2.74% or $-0.86 to close at $30.51 on light trading volume of 1.81M compared its three months average trading volume of 1.81M. The Bethesda Maryland 20814 based company operating under the REIT – Hotel/Motel industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 48.01% up for the period and up by 0.13% so far this year. With price target of $27.84 and a 60.55% rebound from 52-week low, LaSalle Hotel Properties has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT) gained $0.03 to close the day at a new closing price of $31.34, a 0.1% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 29.65% above its 52 week low of $24.31. A total of 1.81M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.14M. The stock, which fluctuated between $30.75 and $31.35 during the day, currently situated -6.06% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 0.45% in the past one month and up by 1.16% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $35.83 and RSI of 51.7, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes tires, and related products and services. The company offers various lines of rubber tires for automobiles, trucks, buses, aircrafts, motorcycles, earthmoving and mining equipment, farm implements, industrial equipment, and various other applications under the Goodyear, Dunlop, Kelly, Debica, Sava, Fulda, and various other Goodyear owned house brands, as well as private-label brands. It also retreads truck, aviation, and off-the-road tires; manufactures and sells tread rubber and other tire retreading materials; manufactures and sells rubber-related chemicals; and provides automotive repair services, and miscellaneous other products and services. In addition, the company sells natural rubber products. It operates approximately 1,100 tire and auto service center outlets, which offer products for retail sale, and provides automotive repair and other services. The company sells its products worldwide through a network of dealers, regional distributors, retail outlets, and retailers. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Akron, Ohio.

Cree, Inc. (CREE) shares were down in last trading by -2.08% to $27.73. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.87% over the past week and grew 2.82% in the past month. It is currently trading 3.65% above its 50 day moving average and 10.05% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -15.77% decrease in value from its one year high of $32.92. The RSI indicator value of 53.25, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Cree, Inc. provides lighting-class light emitting diode (LED), lighting, and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications in the United States, China, Europe, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and internationally. Its Lighting Products segment offers LED lighting systems and bulbs for use in settings, such as office and retail space, restaurants and hospitality, schools and universities, manufacturing, healthcare, airports, municipal, residential, street lighting and parking structures, and other applications. This segment sells its products to distributors, retailers, and customers. The company’s LED Products segment provides blue and green LED chip products for use in various applications, including video screens, gaming displays, function indicator lights and automotive backlights, headlamps, and directional indicators. It also offers XLamp LED components and LED modules for lighting applications; and surface mount and through-hole packaged LED products for video, signage, general illumination, transportation, gaming, and specialty lighting applications. In addition, this segment provides silicon carbide (SiC) materials for RF, power switching, gemstones, and other applications. Its Power and RF Products segment offers SiC-based power products consisting of Schottky diodes, SiC metal semiconductor field-effect transistors, and SiC power modules for use in power supplies used in computer servers, solar inverters, uninterruptible power supplies, industrial power supplies, and other applications. This segment also provides gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) for military, telecom, and other commercial applications; and custom die manufacturing services for GaN HEMTs and MMICs. Cree, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina.

 

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.