Stocks Trend Analysis: Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN), Deere & Company (DE), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.77% or $0.58 to close the day at $76.25 on light trading volume of 4.88M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.43M. The Dallas Texas 75243 based company has been outperforming the semiconductor – broad line group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 47.39%, compared to the industry which has advanced 48.23% over the same period. With RSI of 56.44, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $81.46, making it a hold for now.

Texas Instruments Incorporated designs, manufactures, and sells semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. It operates through two segments, Analog and Embedded Processing. The Analog segment offers high volume analog and logic products for automotive safety devices, touch screen controllers, low voltage motor drivers, and integrated motor controllers; and power management products that include catalog and application-specific standard products to enhance the efficiency of powered devices using battery management solutions, portable power conversion devices, power supply controls, and point-of-load products. This segment also provides high performance analog products, such as high-speed data converters, amplifiers, sensors, high reliability products, interface products, and precision products; and silicon valley analog products, including power management, data converter, interface, and operational amplifier catalog analog products that are used in manufacturing various electronic systems. The Embedded Processing segment offers microcontroller products, which are systems with a processor core, memory, and peripherals to control a set of specific tasks for electronic equipment; processor products comprising digital signal and applications processors; and connectivity products consisting of electronic devices to connect and transfer data. The company also provides DLP products primarily used in projectors to create high-definition images; application-specific integrated circuits; calculators; and baseband products, as well as OMAP applications processors and connectivity products. It markets and sells its products through a direct sales force and distributors. Texas Instruments Incorporated was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Deere & Company (DE) grew with the stock adding 0.05% or $0.05 to close at $109.17 on active trading volume of 4.76M compared its three months average trading volume of 3M. The Moline Illinois 61265 based company operating under the Farm & Construction Machinery industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 39.76% up for the period and up by 5.95% so far this year. With price target of $102.63 and a 48.76% rebound from 52-week low, Deere & Company has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Deere & Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes agriculture and turf, and construction and forestry equipment worldwide. The company’s Agriculture and Turf segment provides agriculture and turf equipment, and related service parts, including large, medium, and utility tractors; loaders; combines, cotton pickers and strippers, and sugarcane harvesters; related front-end harvesting equipment; sugarcane loaders and pull-behind scrapers; and tillage, seeding, and application equipment, including sprayers, nutrient management, and soil preparation machinery. This segment also provides hay and forage equipment comprising self-propelled forage harvesters and attachments, balers, and mowers; turf and utility equipment, including riding lawn equipment and walk-behind mowers, golf course equipment, utility vehicles, and commercial mowing equipment, as well as associated implements; integrated agricultural management systems technology and solutions; and other outdoor power products. Its Construction and Forestry segment provides backhoe loaders; crawler dozers and loaders; four-wheel-drive loaders; excavators; motor graders; articulated dump trucks; landscape loaders; skid-steer loaders; and log skidders, feller bunchers, log loaders, log forwarders, log harvesters, and related attachments that are used in construction, earthmoving, material handling, and timber harvesting applications. The company’s Financial Services segment finances sales and leases of new and used agriculture and turf equipment, and construction and forestry equipment. This segment also provides wholesale financing to dealers of the foregoing equipment; finances retail revolving charge accounts; and offers extended equipment warranties. The company markets its products primarily through independent retail dealer networks and retail outlets. Deere & Company was founded in 1837 and is headquartered in Moline, Illinois.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.77% or $-0.59 to close the day at $76.32 on lower than average trading volume of 4.68M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.84M. The Mooresville North Carolina 28117 based company has been outperforming the home improvement stores companies by 10.9367% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 7.84% YTD, versus the home improvement stores industry which is up 6.12% for the same period. The RSI of 66.86 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

 

3 Notable Runners: The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX), McDonald’s Corporation (MCD), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.24% or $0.94 to close the day at $77.05 on higher than average trading volume of 3.67M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.55M. The Framingham Massachusetts 01701 based company has been underperforming the department stores companies by 4.5882% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 2.91% YTD, versus the department stores industry which is down -2.44% for the same period. The RSI of 62.04 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX International. The company sells family apparel, including footwear and accessories; home fashions, such as home basics, accent furniture, lamps, rugs, wall décor, decorative accessories, and giftware; seasonal items; jewelry; and other merchandise. It operates stores under the T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Winners, HomeSense, T.K. Maxx, and Sierra Trading Post names, as well as operates e-commerce sites tjmaxx.com, tkmaxx.com, and sierratradingpost.com. As of July 30, 2016, the company operated a total of 3,675 stores in nine countries, which included the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, as well as through three e-commerce sites. The TJX Companies, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) had a light trading with around 3.66M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.8M. The stock traded between $124.52 and $126.11 before closing at the price of $125.82 with 1.08% change on the day. The Oak Brook Illinois 60523 based company is currently trading 14.93% above its 52 week low of $110.33 and -2.45% below its 52 week high of $131.96. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 71.34 and $131.17 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

McDonald’s Corporation operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company’s restaurants offer various food products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 36,525 restaurants, including 30,081 franchised restaurants comprising 21,147 franchised to conventional franchisees, 5,529 licensed to developmental licensees, and 3,405 licensed to foreign affiliates; and 6,444 company-operated restaurants. The company has strategic partnerships with CITIC Limited, CITIC Capital, and The Carlyle Group to expand its business in Mainland China and Hong Kong. McDonald’s Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) traded within a range of $73.11 to $74.04 after opening the day at $73.42. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 4.52% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.6% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $73.97 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -10.32% below its 52 week high of $83.65 and 20.12% above its 12-month low of $64.85. The shares are up by over 9.57% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 58.21 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

 

3 Notable Runners: Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.43% or $-0.4 to close the day at $92.91 on lower than average trading volume of 4.08M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.87M. The Peoria Illinois 61630 based company has been outperforming the farm & construction machinery companies by 11.681% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 1.01% YTD, versus the farm & construction machinery industry which is up 3.61% for the same period. The RSI of 42.89 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. The company’s Construction Industries segment offers backhoe, small wheel, skid steer, multi-terrain, compact track, medium and compact wheel, and track-type loaders; mini, wheel, and track excavators; track-type tractors; and select work tools, motor graders, telehandlers, soil compactors, and pipelayers, as well as its related parts for the heavy and general construction, rental, mining and quarry, and aggregates markets. Its Resource Industries segment provides electric rope and hydraulic shovels; draglines; drills; highwall and longwall miners; hard rock vehicles; articulated, large mining, and off-highway trucks; large wheel loaders; wheel tractor scrapers; wheel dozers; machinery components; hard rock continuous mining systems; electronics and control systems; and select work tools for use in mining and quarry applications. The company’s Energy & Transportation segment offers reciprocating engines, generator sets, marine propulsion systems, gas turbines and turbine-related services, diesel-electric locomotives, and other rail-related products and services. Its Financial Products segment provides retail and wholesale financing for Caterpillar equipment, machinery, and engines; offers property, casualty, life, accident, and health insurance; insurance brokerage services; and purchases short-term trade receivables. The company’s All Other segments remanufactures Cat engines and components, and provides remanufacturing services for other companies; offers business strategy, and development, management, manufacturing, marketing, and support primarily for paving, forestry, industrial, waste, and Cat products. The company was formerly known as Caterpillar Tractor Co. and changed its name to Caterpillar Inc. in 1986. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Peoria, Illinois.

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) had a light trading with around 4.08M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.85M. The stock traded between $52.36 and $53.49 before closing at the price of $52.92 with -0.23% change on the day. The Dallas Texas 75235 based company is currently trading 57.24% above its 52 week low of $34.78 and -2.33% below its 52 week high of $54.18. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 59.81 and $62.07 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States and near-international markets. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 704 Boeing 737 aircraft. The company served 97 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as 7 near-international countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Belize. It also sells frequent flyer points and related services to business partners participating in the Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program, including car rental agencies, hotels, restaurants, and retailers. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) traded within a range of $72.21 to $72.77 after opening the day at $72.61. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 2.37% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.29% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $72.45 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -12.16% below its 52 week high of $83.65 and 17.77% above its 12-month low of $62.68. The shares are up by over 8.29% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 48.54 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

 

Trader’s Round Up: Altria Group, Inc. (MO), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), U.S. Bancorp (USB)

Altria Group, Inc. (MO) retreated with the stock falling -0.28% or $-0.2 to close at $71.29 on light trading volume of 5.14M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.96M. The Richmond Virginia 23230 based company operating under the Cigarettes industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 23.6% up for the period and up by 5.43% so far this year. With price target of $71.55 and a 25.61% rebound from 52-week low, Altria Group, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) dropped $-0.68 to close the day at a new closing price of $72.61, a -0.93% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 18.03% above its 52 week low of $62.68. A total of 5.13M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 6.12M. The stock, which fluctuated between $72.4 and $73.2 during the day, currently situated -11.97% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.67% in the past one month and up by 9.57% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $81.2 and RSI of 52.1, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

U.S. Bancorp (USB) shares were down in last trading by -0.48% to $53.4. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.04% over the past week and grew 4.77% in the past month. It is currently trading 4.13% above its 50 day moving average and 19.77% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.18% decrease in value from its one year high of $54.04. The RSI indicator value of 65.07, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PEG), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP)

Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PEG) grew with the stock adding 0.35% or $0.15 to close at $43.52 on active trading volume of 3.58M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.48M. The Newark New Jersey 07102 based company operating under the Diversified Utilities industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 7.23% up for the period and down by -0.82% so far this year. With price target of $45.91 and a 11.9% rebound from 52-week low, Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the Northeastern and Mid- Atlantic United States. The company operates nuclear, coal, gas, oil-fired, and renewable generation facilities with a generation capacity of approximately 11,678 megawatts. It sells electricity, natural gas, emissions credits, and a series of energy-related products. The company also transmits electricity; and distributes electricity and gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as invests in solar generation projects, and implements energy efficiency and demand response programs. In addition, it offers appliance services and repairs to customers. As of December 31, 2015, the company’s electric transmission and distribution system included 24,022 circuit miles, of which 8,226 circuit miles were underground; and 848,496 poles, of which 549,636 poles were jointly-owned, as well as 4 electric distribution headquarters and 5 sub-headquarters. It also owned and operated 18,112 miles of gas mains; owned 12 gas distribution headquarters and 2 sub-headquarters; owned 1 meter shop; operated 60 natural gas metering and regulating stations; and owned 43 switching stations with an aggregate installed capacity of 29,090 megavolt-amperes (MVA) and 246 substations with an aggregate installed capacity of 8,179 MVA. Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) dropped $-0.4 to close the day at a new closing price of $71.95, a -0.55% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 16.95% above its 52 week low of $62.62. A total of 3.53M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 6.13M. The stock, which fluctuated between $71.9 and $72.79 during the day, currently situated -12.77% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 1.91% in the past one month and up by 10.17% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $81.2 and RSI of 48.45, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP) shares were up in last trading by 4.26% to $117.9. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.63% over the past week and grew 5.41% in the past month. It is currently trading 3.62% above its 50 day moving average and 17.2% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.19% decrease in value from its one year high of $123.29. The RSI indicator value of 60.82, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services to individual and institutional clients in the United States and internationally. The company’s Advice & Wealth Management segment provides financial planning and advice, as well as full-service brokerage services primarily to retail clients through its advisors. Its Asset Management segment offers investment management and advice, and investment products to retail, high net worth, and institutional clients through unaffiliated third party financial institutions and institutional sales force. This segment’s products include U.S. mutual funds and their non-U.S. equivalents, exchange-traded funds, variable product funds underlying insurance, and annuity separate accounts; and institutional asset management products, such as traditional asset classes, separately managed accounts, individually managed accounts, collateralized loan obligations, hedge funds, collective funds, and property funds. The company’s Annuities segment provides variable and fixed annuity products to individual clients through affiliated and unaffiliated advisors, and financial institutions. Its Protection segment offers various products to address the protection and risk management needs of retail clients, including life, disability income, and property casualty insurance through advisors and affinity relationships. The company was formerly known as American Express Financial Corporation and changed its name to Ameriprise Financial, Inc. in September 2005. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Stocks Intraday Alert: Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (MJN), E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DD), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (MJN) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.47% or $0.33 to close the day at $70.46 on higher than average trading volume of 1.96M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.87M. The Glenview Illinois 60026 based company has been outperforming the processed & packaged goods companies by -7.0265% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -0.42% YTD, versus the processed & packaged goods industry which is up 1.27% for the same period. The RSI of 40.74 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company manufactures, distributes, and sells infant formulas, children’s nutrition, and other nutritional products. It offers routine infant formula products as a breast milk substitute for healthy infants for use as the infant’s source of nutrition, as well as a supplement to breastfeeding under the Enfamil Premium, Enfapro Premium, Enfalac A+, and Enfamil A+ names; and solutions products to address common feeding tolerance problems, including spit-up, fussiness, gas, and lactose intolerance under the Enfamil Gentlease, Enfamil A.R., Enfamil ProSobee, and Enfamil LactoFree names. The company also provides specialty formula products, including formulas for addressing special medical needs, such as Nutramigen for cow’s milk protein allergies, as well as Puramino, an amino acid formula for cow’s milk protein allergies or multiple other food allergies; Enfamil Premature to meet the needs of premature and low birth weight infants; EnfaCare, a hypercaloric formula for premature babies at home; and produces medical foods for nutritional management of individuals with rare, inborn errors of metabolism comprising maple syrup urine disease and phenylketonuria. In addition, it offers children’s nutrition products comprising products for meeting children’s nutritional needs at toddlers and older children stage, as well as offer milk modifiers under the Enfagrow, Sustagen, Lactum, ChocoMilk, and Cal-C-Tose names; a range of other products, including pre-natal and post-natal nutritional supplements for expectant and nursing mothers under the Expecta and EnfaMama names; and pediatric vitamin products under the Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol name, as well as multivitamins and iron supplements for infants. The company sells its products to mothers, health care professionals, and retailers in approximately 50 countries in Asia, North America, Latin America, and Europe. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Glenview, Illinois.

  1. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DD) had a light trading with around 1.97M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.91M. The stock traded between $75.04 and $75.87 before closing at the price of $75.5 with -0.66% change on the day. The Wilmington Delaware 19805 based company is currently trading 49.64% above its 52 week low of $55.94 and -3.65% below its 52 week high of $78.36. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 54.53 and $79.31 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.
  2. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company. The company’s Agriculture segment offers corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, rice, seed products, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, as well as offers crop protection products, such as weed control, disease control, and insect control products. Its Electronics & Communications segment provides various materials and systems, including photopolymers and electronic materials for photovoltaic, consumer electronics, displays, and advanced printing. The company’s Industrial Biosciences segment develops and manufactures a portfolio of enzymes and bio-based materials. Its Nutrition & Health segment offers cultures, probiotics, texturants, emulsifiers, natural sweeteners, and soy-based food ingredients for the food industry market. The company’s Performance Materials segment offers elastomers and thermoplastic, and thermoset engineering polymers; resins and films for packaging and industrial polymer applications, sealants and adhesives, and sporting goods; and elastomers, parts, and systems and solutions for automotive and transportation, packaging for food and beverages, electrical/electronic components, material handling, healthcare, construction, semiconductor, and aerospace markets. Its Safety & Protection segment provides nonwovens, aramids, and solid surfaces for the construction, transportation, communications, industrial chemicals, oil and gas, electric utilities, automotive, manufacturing, defense, homeland security, and safety consulting industries. The company markets its products through the company’s sales force and distributors in the United States and internationally. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company was founded in 1802 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) traded within a range of $72.75 to $73.54 after opening the day at $72.84. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 3.26% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.67% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $73.08 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -11.4% below its 52 week high of $83.65 and 18.79% above its 12-month low of $62.62. The shares are up by over 9.56% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 58.06 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

 

3 Notable Runners: Pepsico, Inc. (PEP), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), HCP, Inc. (HCP)

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.63% or $-0.66 to close the day at $103.48 on lower than average trading volume of 4.25M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.39M. The Purchase New York 10577 based company has been underperforming the beverages – soft drinks companies by -2.6075% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -1.1% YTD, versus the beverages – soft drinks industry which is down -0.43% for the same period. The RSI of 50.12 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay’s and Ruffles potato chips; Doritos, Tostitos and Santitas tortilla chips; and Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, branded dips, and Fritos corn chips. The company’s Quaker Foods North America segment provides Quaker oatmeal, grits, rice cakes, natural granola, and oat squares; and Aunt Jemima mixes and syrups, Quaker Chewy granola bars, Cap’n Crunch cereal, Life cereal, and Rice-A-Roni side dishes. Its North America Beverages segment offers beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under the Pepsi, Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Aquafina, Diet Mountain Dew, Tropicana Pure Premium, Sierra Mist, and Mug brands; and ready-to-drink tea and coffee, and juices. The company’s Latin America segment provides snack foods under the Doritos, Cheetos, Marias Gamesa, Ruffles, Emperador, Saladitas, Sabritas, Lay’s, Rosquinhas Mabel, and Tostitos brands; cereals and snacks under the Quaker brand; and beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under the Pepsi, 7UP, Gatorade, Mirinda, Diet 7UP, Manzanita Sol, and Diet Pepsi brands. Its Europe Sub-Saharan Africa segment offers snack foods under the Lay’s, Walkers, Doritos, Cheetos, and Ruffles brands; cereals and snacks under the Quaker brand; beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under the Pepsi, 7UP, Pepsi Max, Mirinda, Diet Pepsi, and Tropicana brands; ready-to-drink tea products; and dairy products under the Chudo, Agusha, and Domik v Derevne brands. The company’s Asia, Middle East and North Africa segment provides snack foods under the Lay’s, Kurkure, Chipsy, Doritos, Cheetos, and Crunchy brands; cereals and snacks under the Quaker brand; beverage concentrates, fountain syrups, and finished goods under the Pepsi, Mirinda, 7UP, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, and Tropicana brands; and tea products. The company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) had a light trading with around 4.18M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.29M. The stock traded between $72.72 and $73.43 before closing at the price of $73.25 with 0.03% change on the day. The Mooresville North Carolina 28117 based company is currently trading 19.07% above its 52 week low of $62.62 and -11.19% below its 52 week high of $83.65. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 59.77 and $81.2 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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

HCP, Inc. (HCP) traded within a range of $29.39 to $29.72 after opening the day at $29.67. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -0.54% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.14% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $29.56 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -18.73% below its 52 week high of $36.82 and 35.01% above its 12-month low of $22.87. The shares are down by over -6.31% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 44.69 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. It primarily invests in properties serving the healthcare industry including sectors of healthcare such as senior housing, life science, medical office, hospital and skilled nursing. The fund also invests in mezzanine loans and other debt instruments. It engages in acquisition, development, leasing, selling and managing of healthcare real estate and provides mortgage and other financing to healthcare providers. The fund benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the S&P 500 Index, Berkshire Hathaway Index, and MSCI REIT Index. HCP, Inc. was formed in 1985 and is based in Irvine, California with additional office in Nashville and San Francisco.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: Newell Brands Inc. (NWL), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), Noble Energy, Inc. (NBL)

Newell Brands Inc. (NWL) fell -0.55% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.26 to finish the day at $46.92 with about 5.38M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.28M. The $22.58B market cap company, which fluctuated between $46.75 and $47.54 during the day, currently situated 43.42% above its 52 week low of $33.26 and -14.75% away from its one year high of $55.45. The RSI of 51.88 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Newell Brands Inc. designs, sources, and distributes consumer and commercial products worldwide. The company offers markers and highlighters, pens, and pencils; art products; activity-based adhesive and cutting products; fine writing instruments; and labeling solutions under the Sharpie, Paper Mate, Expo, Prismacolor, Mr.Sketch, Elmer’s, X-Acto, Parker, Waterman, and Dymo Office brands. It also provides indoor/outdoor organization, food storage, and home storage products; durable beverage containers; gourmet cookware, bakeware, and cutlery; and hair care accessories under the Rubbermaid, Contigo, Bubba, Calphalon, and Goody brands; and home fragrance products under the WoodWick Candle brand. In addition, the company offers hand and power tool accessories, industrial band saw blades, tools for HVAC systems, and industrial label makers and printers under Irwin, Lenox, Hilmor, and Dymo Industrial brands; cleaning and refuse products, hygiene systems, and material handling solutions under the Rubbermaid Commercial Products brand names; and infant and juvenile products, such as car seats, strollers, highchairs, and playards directly under the Graco, Baby Jogger, Aprica, and Teutonia brands. Further, it provides branded consumer products, consumables, and household staples under the Yankee Candle, Waddington, Ball, Diamond, First Alert, NUK, and Pine Mountain brands; kitchen appliances and home environment products under the Crock-Pot, FoodSaver, Holmes, Mr. Coffee, Oster, Rainbow, and Sunbeam brands; products for outdoor and outdoor-related activities under the Coleman, Jostens, Berkley, Shakespeare, Rawlings, Völkl, K2, and Marmot brands; and plastic products, including closures, contact lens packaging, medical disposables, plastic cutlery, and rigid packaging under the Jarden name. The company was formerly known as Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and changed its name to Newell Brands Inc. in April 2016. The company was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) dropped $-0.94 to close the day at a new closing price of $73.06, a -1.27% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 18.76% above its 52 week low of $62.62. A total of 5.35M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 6.41M. The stock, which fluctuated between $73.04 and $74.75 during the day, currently situated -11.42% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 0.56% in the past one month and up by 3.43% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $81.2 and RSI of 58.04, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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

Noble Energy, Inc. (NBL) had a active trading with around 5.35M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.18M. The stock traded between $39.53 and $40.29 before closing at the price of $39.79 with -0.6% change on the day. The Houston Texas 77070 based company is currently trading 50.24% above its 52 week low of $26.71 and -5.33% below its 52 week high of $42.03. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 58.77 and $46.73 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Noble Energy, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids worldwide. Its principal projects are located in DJ Basin, Marcellus Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, and Permian Basin, the United States; deepwater Gulf of Mexico; offshore Eastern Mediterranean; and offshore West Africa. As of December 31, 2015, the company had approximately 1,421 million barrels oil equivalent of total proved reserves. Noble Energy, Inc. was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

 

Stocks To Track: Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK), Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) climbed 1.94% during last trading as the stock added $0.24 to finish the day at $12.63 with about 5.78M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.07M. The $4.11B market cap company, which fluctuated between $12.43 and $12.69 during the day, currently situated 19.96% above its 52 week low of $10.71 and -13.27% away from its one year high of $14.7. The RSI of 48.1 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides paper-based packaging solutions to food, beverage, and other consumer products companies. The company operates in three segments: Paperboard Mills, Americas Paperboard Packaging, and Europe Paperboard Packaging. The company offers coated unbleached kraft (CUK) and coated recycled board (CRB) to various paperboard packaging converters and brokers; and paperboard packaging folding cartons primarily to consumer packaged goods companies serving the food, beverage, and consumer product markets. It also manufactures corrugated medium and kraft paper; offers various laminated, coated, and printed packaging structures that are produced from its CUK and CRB, as well as other grades of paperboard that are purchased from third-party suppliers; designs and manufactures specialized packaging machines that package bottles and cans, and non-beverage consumer products; and installs its packaging machines at customer plants and provides support, service, and performance monitoring of the machines. The company markets its product primarily through sales offices and broker arrangements with third parties in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Graphic Packaging Holding Company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) gained $1.78 to close the day at a new closing price of $96.24, a 1.88% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 73.69% above its 52 week low of $57.46. A total of 5.76M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 4.87M. The stock, which fluctuated between $94.8 and $96.73 during the day, currently situated -0.37% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 3.43% in the past one month and up by 12.4% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $90.07 and RSI of 63.78, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. The company’s Construction Industries segment offers backhoe, small wheel, skid steer, multi-terrain, compact track, medium and compact wheel, and track-type loaders; mini, wheel, and track excavators; track-type tractors; and select work tools, motor graders, telehandlers, soil compactors, and pipelayers, as well as its related parts for the heavy and general construction, rental, mining and quarry, and aggregates markets. Its Resource Industries segment provides electric rope and hydraulic shovels; draglines; drills; highwall and longwall miners; hard rock vehicles; articulated, large mining, and off-highway trucks; large wheel loaders; wheel tractor scrapers; wheel dozers; machinery components; hard rock continuous mining systems; electronics and control systems; and select work tools for use in mining and quarry applications. The company’s Energy & Transportation segment offers reciprocating engines, generator sets, marine propulsion systems, gas turbines and turbine-related services, diesel-electric locomotives, and other rail-related products and services. Its Financial Products segment provides retail and wholesale financing for Caterpillar equipment, machinery, and engines; offers property, casualty, life, accident, and health insurance; insurance brokerage services; and purchases short-term trade receivables. The company’s All Other segments remanufactures Cat engines and components, and provides remanufacturing services for other companies; offers business strategy, and development, management, manufacturing, marketing, and support primarily for paving, forestry, industrial, waste, and Cat products. The company was formerly known as Caterpillar Tractor Co. and changed its name to Caterpillar Inc. in 1986. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Peoria, Illinois.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) had a light trading with around 5.7M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.39M. The stock traded between $72.5 and $74.03 before closing at the price of $74 with 1.96% change on the day. The Mooresville North Carolina 28117 based company is currently trading 20.29% above its 52 week low of $62.62 and -10.28% below its 52 week high of $83.65. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 65.47 and $81.2 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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

 

Equities Trend Analysis: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO), Uranium Resources, Inc. (URRE)

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) grew with the stock adding 0.31% or $0.22 to close at $71.6 on light trading volume of 6.27M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.33M. The Mooresville North Carolina 28117 based company operating under the Home Improvement Stores industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 6.55% up for the period and up by 0.67% so far this year. With price target of $79.79 and a 15.82% rebound from 52-week low, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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

Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO) had a active trading with around 6.27M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 15.52M. The stock traded between $17.21 and $17.5 before closing at the price of $17.27 with -0.35% change on the day. The Houston Texas 77056 based company is currently trading 169.67% above its 52 week low of $6.52 and -10.43% below its 52 week high of $19.28. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $20.18 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company. It operates through three segments: North America E&P, International E&P, and Oil Sands Mining. The North America E&P segment develops, explores for, produces, and markets crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in North America. The International Exploration and Production segment explores for, produces, and markets crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Libya, and the United Kingdom; and produces and markets products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquefied natural gas and methanol in Equatorial Guinea. The Oil Sands Mining segment mines, extracts, and transports bitumen from oil sands deposits in Alberta and Canada; and upgrades the bitumen to produce and market synthetic crude oil and vacuum gas oil. As of December 31, 2015, it had rights to participate in developed and undeveloped leases totaling approximately 32,000 net acres. The company was formerly known as USX Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Oil Corporation in July 2001. Marathon Oil Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Uranium Resources, Inc. (URRE) saw its value increase by 27.62% as the stock gained $0.58 to finish the day at a closing price of $2.68. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $0.97-$4.92 per share for the past year. The shares are up by 107.75% in the past three months and up by 74.03% over the past six months. It is currently trading 50.99% above its 20 day moving average and 78.03% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $3.25 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 62.77.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Uranium Resources, Inc. explores for, develops, and produces uranium. The company has in-situ recovery (ISR) projects and two licensed processing facilities. It owns and operates the Temrezli ISR project in Central Turkey; and controls exploration properties under nine exploration and operating licenses covering approximately 32,000 acres with various exploration targets, including the Sefaatli project. The company also holds interest in approximately 190,000 acres of mineral holdings in the prolific Grants Mineral Belt of the State of New Mexico; and 14,000 acres in the South Texas uranium province. In addition, it holds an agreement to acquire certain placer mining claims in the Sal Rica lithium brine project that covers an area of approximately 9,800 acres located in the Pilot Valley region of northwestern Utah. Uranium Resources, Inc. was founded in 1977 and is based in Centennial, Colorado.