Stocks Under Consideration: DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (XRAY), Eli Lilly and Company (LLY), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (XRAY) grew with the stock adding 1.53% or $0.9 to close at $59.74 on active trading volume of 2.23M compared its three months average trading volume of 1.57M. The York Pennsylvania 17405 based company operating under the Medical Instruments & Supplies industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 7.81% up for the period and up by 3.48% so far this year. With price target of $66.5 and a 11.1% rebound from 52-week low, DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

DENTSPLY International Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets various consumable dental products for the professional dental market in the United States and internationally. The company provides dental consumable products, including dental anesthetics, prophylaxis paste, dental sealants, impression materials, restorative materials, tooth whiteners, and topical fluoride; and small equipment products comprising dental handpieces, intraoral curing light systems, dental diagnostic systems, and ultrasonic scalers and polishers. It also offers dental laboratory products, such as dental prosthetics that include artificial teeth, precious metal dental alloys, dental ceramics, and crown and bridge materials, as well as computer aided design and machining ceramic systems, and porcelain furnaces. In addition, the company provides dental specialty products, which include endodontic instruments and materials, implants and related products, 3D digital scanning and treatment planning software, and dental and orthodontic appliances and accessories. Further, it offers consumable medical device products, such as urology catheters, various surgical products, medical drills, and other products. The company markets and sells its dental products through distributors, dealers, and importers to dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratories, and dental schools; and medical products directly, as well as through distributors to urologists, urology nurses, and general practitioners. DENTSPLY International Inc. was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.

Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) had a light trading with around 3.31M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.11M. The stock traded between $77.25 and $78.83 before closing at the price of $78.81 with 1.34% change on the day. The Indianapolis Indiana 46285 based company is currently trading 23.62% above its 52 week low of $64.18 and -4.08% below its 52 week high of $83.79. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $86.35 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Eli Lilly and Company discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Human Pharmaceutical Products and Animal Health Products. The company offers endocrinology products to treat diabetes; osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and men; human growth hormone deficiency and pediatric growth conditions; and testosterone deficiency. It also provides neuroscience products for the treatment of depressive disorders, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, anxiety disorders, fibromyalgia, and chronic musculoskeletal pain; schizophrenia; attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders; depressive, obsessive-compulsive, bulimia nervosa, and panic disorders; and positron emission tomography imaging of beta-amyloid neurotic plaques in adult brains. In addition, the company offers products for the treatment of non-small cell lung, colorectal, head and neck, pancreatic, metastatic breast, ovarian, bladder, and metastatic gastric cancers, as well as malignant pleural mesothelioma; and cardiovascular products. Further, it provides animal health products, such as cattle feed additives; protein supplements for cows; leanness and performance enhancers for swine and cattle; antibiotics to treat respiratory and other diseases in cattle, swine, and poultry; anticoccidial agents for poultry; and chewable tablets that kill fleas and prevent flea infestations, heartworm diseases, roundworm diseases, hookworm diseases, and whipworm diseases. Additionally, the company offers products to treat chronic manifestations of atopic dermatitis and congestive heart failure in dogs; and chronic allergic dermatitis and kidney diseases in cats. It has a clinical collaboration agreement with Athenex, Inc.; and a research agreement with AstraZeneca for the development of clinical candidate MEDI1814 as a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Eli Lilly and Company was founded in 1876 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) saw its value decrease by -0.23% as the stock dropped $-0.15 to finish the day at a closing price of $64.57. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $48.04-$65.91 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $64.02 to $64.72 during the day, are up by 10.14% in the past three months and up by 12.55% over the past six months. It is currently trading 1.39% above its 20 day moving average and 2.75% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $68.97 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 59.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

 

3 Notable Runners: Pfizer Inc. (PFE), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Microchip Technology Incorporated (MCHP)

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.09% or $-0.03 to close the day at $32.35 on lower than average trading volume of 19.3M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 25.91M. The New York New York 10017 based company has been underperforming the drug manufacturers – major companies by 1.7508% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 0.61% YTD, versus the drug manufacturers – major industry which is up 2.05% for the same period. The RSI of 59.62 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Pfizer Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide. It operates through Global Innovative Pharmaceutical (GIP); Global Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer Healthcare (VOC); and Global Established Pharmaceutical (GEP) segments. The GIP segment develops and commercializes medicines for various therapeutic areas, including inflammation/immunology, cardiovascular/metabolic, neuroscience/pain, and rare diseases. The VOC segment develops and commercializes vaccines, as well as products for oncology and consumer healthcare. It provides over-the-counter products comprising dietary supplements under the Centrum, Caltrate, and Emergen-C brands; pain management products under the Advil and ThermaCare brands; gastrointestinal products under the Nexium 24HR/Nexium Control and Preparation H brands; and respiratory and personal care products under the brand names of Robitussin, Advil Cold & Sinus, Advil Sinus Congestion Relief & Pain, Dimetapp, and ChapStick. The GEP segment offers products that have lost marketing exclusivity in various markets; and branded generics, generic sterile injectable products, biosimilars, infusion systems, and other products. The company serves wholesalers, retailers, hospitals, clinics, government agencies, pharmacies, and individual provider offices, as well as centers for disease control and prevention. It has licensing agreements with Cellectis SA and AstraZeneca PLC; collaborative agreements with Eli Lilly & Company, OPKO Health, Inc., BioRap Technologies LTD., Merck KGaA, Transgene S.A., Edelris SAS, IGNITE Immunotherapy Inc., and AbCellera Biologics Inc.; and a research and development agreement with the National Cancer Institute. The company has a partnership with The University of Pittsburgh. Pfizer Inc. was founded in 1849 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) had a light trading with around 18.17M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 25.97M. The stock traded between $63.97 and $64.3 before closing at the price of $64 with -0.09% change on the day. The Redmond Washington 98052 based company is currently trading 35.55% above its 52 week low of $48.04 and -2.9% below its 52 week high of $65.91. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 55.68 and $68.97 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

Microchip Technology Incorporated (MCHP) traded within a range of $69.76 to $71.02 after opening the day at $70.54. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 10.52% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.04% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $70.9 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -7.32% below its 52 week high of $76.5 and 86.79% above its 12-month low of $40.81. The shares are up by over 10.86% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 60.91 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Microchip Technology Incorporated develops, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. The company offers microcontrollers, such as 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontrollers under the PIC brand name; and microcontrollers for automotive networking, computing, lighting, power supplies, motor control, wired connectivity, and wireless connectivity. It also provides development tools that enable system designers to program PIC microcontrollers for specific applications; analog, interface, mixed signal, and timing products comprising power management, linear, mixed-signal, high-voltage, thermal management, RF, drivers, safety and security, USB, Ethernet, wireless, and other interface products; and memory products consisting of serial electrically erasable programmable read-only memory, serial flash memories, parallel flash memories, and serial SRAM memories for the production of very small footprint devices. In addition, the company licenses its SuperFlash embedded flash and Smartbits one time programmable NVM technologies to foundries, integrated device manufacturers, and design partners for use in the manufacture of microcontroller products, gate array, RF, and analog products that require embedded non-volatile memory, as well as provides engineering services. It serves automotive, communications, computing, consumer, office automation, telecommunication, aerospace, defense, safety, security, medical, and industrial control markets. The company sells its products through a network of direct sales personnel and distributors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Microchip Technology Incorporated was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona.

 

3 Notable Runners: Citigroup Inc. (C), Wells Fargo & Company (WFC), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Citigroup Inc. (C) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.52% or $-0.87 to close the day at $56.32 on lower than average trading volume of 18.61M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 22.76M. The New York New York 10013 based company has been outperforming the money center banks companies by 13.2426% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -4.96% YTD, versus the money center banks industry which is up 4.56% for the same period. The RSI of 41.39 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services for consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. It operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. The Citicorp segment offers traditional banking services to retail customers through retail banking, commercial banking, Citi-branded cards, and Citi retail services. This segment also provides various banking, credit card lending, and investment services through a network of local branches, offices, and electronic delivery systems. In addition, it offers wholesale banking products and services to corporate, institutional, public sector, and high-net-worth clients. Further, this segment provides fixed income and equity sales and trading, foreign exchange, prime brokerage, derivative services, equity and fixed income research, corporate lending, investment banking and advisory services, private banking, cash management, trade finance, and securities services. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 2,994 branches in 24 countries. The Citi Holdings segment provides consumer loans; portfolio of securities, loans, and other assets; and retail alternative investment and other services. Citigroup Inc. was founded in 1812 and is based in New York, New York.

Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) had a light trading with around 18.49M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 25.74M. The stock traded between $55.17 and $56.21 before closing at the price of $55.63 with -1.26% change on the day. The San Francisco California 94104 based company is currently trading 29.68% above its 52 week low of $43.55 and -3.47% below its 52 week high of $58.02. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 49.45 and $58.02 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. Its Community Banking segment offers checking, savings, market rate, individual retirement, and health savings accounts, as well as time deposits and remittances; and lines of credit, auto floor plan lines, equity lines and loans, equipment and transportation loans, education and residential mortgage loans, and debit and credit cards. This segment also provides equipment leases, real estate and other commercial financing, small business administration financing, venture capital financing, cash management, payroll services, retirement plans, and merchant payment processing and private label financing solutions, as well as purchases retail installment contracts. Its Wholesale Banking segment offers commercial loans and lines of credit, letters of credit, asset-based lending, equipment leasing, international trade facilities, trade financing, collection, foreign exchange, treasury management, investment management, institutional fixed-income sales, interest rate, commodity and equity risk management, insurance, corporate trust fiduciary and agency, and investment banking services, as well as online/electronic products. This segment also provides construction, and land acquisition and development loans; secured and unsecured lines of credit; interim financing arrangements; rehabilitation loans; affordable housing loans and letters of credit; loans for securitization; commercial real estate loan servicing; and real estate and mortgage brokerage services. The company’s Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement segment offers financial advisory, wealth management, brokerage, retirement, trust, and reinsurance services. As of February 25, 2015, it operated through approximately 8,700 locations and 12,500 ATMs & offices in 36 countries. Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1852 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) traded within a range of $63.22 to $63.81 after opening the day at $63.57. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 1.93% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.14% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $63.34 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -3.9% below its 52 week high of $65.91 and 35.04% above its 12-month low of $48.03. The shares are up by over 5.54% 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.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

 

3 Stocks to Watch For: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Micron Technology, Inc. (MU), Facebook, Inc. (FB)

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) saw its value decrease by -0.06% as the stock dropped $-0.04 to finish the day at a closing price of $63.64. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $48.04-$65.91 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $63.14 to $63.65 during the day, are up by 8.21% in the past three months and up by 11.23% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.45% above its 20 day moving average and 1.9% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $68.53 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 54.95.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

Micron Technology, Inc. (MU) shares were down in last trading by -1.06% to $24.34. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.66% over the past week and grew 10.09% in the past month. It is currently trading 12.54% above its 50 day moving average and 49.08% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -3.83% decrease in value from its one year high of $25.31. The RSI indicator value of 66.98, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Micron Technology, Inc. provides semiconductor systems worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Compute and Networking Business Unit, Storage Business Unit, Mobile Business Unit, and Embedded Business Unit. It offers DDR3 and DDR4 DRAM products for computers, servers, networking devices, communications equipment, consumer electronics, automotive, and industrial applications; mobile low-power DRAM products for smartphones, tablets, automotive, laptop computers, and other mobile consumer device applications; DDR2 and DDR DRAM, GDDR5 and GDDR5X DRAM, SDRAM, and RLDRAM products for networking devices, servers, consumer electronics, communications equipment, computer peripherals, automotive and industrial applications, and computer memory upgrades; and hybrid memory cube semiconductor memory devices for use in networking and computing applications. The company also provides NAND Flash products, which are electrically re-writeable, non-volatile semiconductor memory devices; client solid-state drives (SSDs) for notebooks, desktops, workstations, and other consumer applications; enterprise SSDs for server and storage applications; managed multi-chip package products; digital media products, including flash memory cards and JumpDrive products under the Lexar brand name. In addition, it manufactures products that are sold under other brand names; and resells flash memory products that are purchased from other NAND Flash suppliers. Further, the company provides 3D XPoint memory products; and NOR Flash, which are electrically re-writeable and semiconductor memory devices for automotive, industrial, connected home, and consumer applications. It markets its products to original equipment manufacturers and retailers through its internal sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors; and through a Web-based customer direct sales channel, and channel and distribution partners. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

Facebook, Inc. (FB) traded within a range of $130.3 to $132.06 after opening the day at $130.98. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 14.78% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.82% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $132.06 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -2.53% below its 52 week high of $135.49 and 36.4% above its 12-month low of $96.82. The shares are up by over 10.05% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 65.6 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Facebook, Inc. provides various products to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces worldwide. Its solutions include Facebook Website and mobile application that enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate each other on mobile devices and personal computers; Instagram, a mobile application that enables people to take photos or videos, customize them with filter effects, and share them with friends and followers in a photo feed or send them directly to friends; Messenger, a messaging application to communicate with people and businesses across platforms and devices; and WhatsApp Messenger, a mobile messaging application. The company also offers Oculus virtual reality technology and content platform, which allow people to enter an immersive and interactive environment to play games, consume content, and connect with others. As of December 31, 2016, it had approximately 1.23 billion daily active users. Facebook, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Micron Technology, Inc. (MU), Sprint Corporation (S)

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) fell -0.64% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.41 to finish the day at $63.17 with about 45.67M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 26.07M. The $491.17B market cap company, which fluctuated between $62.75 and $63.41 during the day, currently situated 34.68% above its 52 week low of $48.03 and -4.16% away from its one year high of $65.91. The RSI of 51.83 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

Micron Technology, Inc. (MU) gained $0.04 to close the day at a new closing price of $24.79, a 0.16% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 165.13% above its 52 week low of $9.35. A total of 45.45M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 26.09M. The stock, which fluctuated between $24.46 and $25.31 during the day, currently situated -0.24% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 9.93% in the past one month and up by 46% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $26.58 and RSI of 73.38, the stock still has upside potential, making it a sell for now.

Micron Technology, Inc. provides semiconductor systems worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Compute and Networking Business Unit, Storage Business Unit, Mobile Business Unit, and Embedded Business Unit. It offers DDR3 and DDR4 DRAM products for computers, servers, networking devices, communications equipment, consumer electronics, automotive, and industrial applications; mobile low-power DRAM products for smartphones, tablets, automotive, laptop computers, and other mobile consumer device applications; DDR2 and DDR DRAM, GDDR5 and GDDR5X DRAM, SDRAM, and RLDRAM products for networking devices, servers, consumer electronics, communications equipment, computer peripherals, automotive and industrial applications, and computer memory upgrades; and hybrid memory cube semiconductor memory devices for use in networking and computing applications. The company also provides NAND Flash products, which are electrically re-writeable, non-volatile semiconductor memory devices; client solid-state drives (SSDs) for notebooks, desktops, workstations, and other consumer applications; enterprise SSDs for server and storage applications; managed multi-chip package products; digital media products, including flash memory cards and JumpDrive products under the Lexar brand name. In addition, it manufactures products that are sold under other brand names; and resells flash memory products that are purchased from other NAND Flash suppliers. Further, the company provides 3D XPoint memory products; and NOR Flash, which are electrically re-writeable and semiconductor memory devices for automotive, industrial, connected home, and consumer applications. It markets its products to original equipment manufacturers and retailers through its internal sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors; and through a Web-based customer direct sales channel, and channel and distribution partners. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

Sprint Corporation (S) had a active trading with around 33.96M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 19.68M. The stock traded between $8.43 and $8.98 before closing at the price of $8.53 with -5.33% change on the day. The Overland Park Kansas 66251 based company is currently trading 248.16% above its 52 week low of $2.45 and -11.61% below its 52 week high of $9.65. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 43.54 and $7.28 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Sprint Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various wireless and wireline communications products and services to consumers, businesses, government subscribers, and resellers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company operates in two segments, Wireless and Wireline. The Wireless segment offers wireless data communication services, including mobile productivity applications, such as Internet access, messaging, and email services; wireless photo and video offerings; location-based capabilities comprising asset and fleet management, dispatch services, and navigation tools; and mobile entertainment applications. It also provides wireless voice communications services that include local and long-distance wireless voice services, as well as voicemail, call waiting, three-way calling, caller identification, directory assistance, and call forwarding services. In addition, this segment offers voice and data services internationally through roaming arrangements; and customized wireless services to large companies and government agencies, as well as sells wireless devices, broadband devices, connected devices, and accessories to agents and other third-party distributors. The Wireline segment provides wireline voice and data communications, including domestic and international data communications using various protocols, such as multiprotocol label switching technologies, Internet protocol (IP), managed network services, Voice over IP, session initiated protocol, and traditional voice services to other communications companies, and targeted business and consumer subscribers, as well as for cable multiple system operators. Sprint Corporation offers its services under the Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Assurance Wireless brands. The company was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. Sprint Corporation is a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp.

 

Equities Trend Analysis: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Linear Technology Corporation (LLTC), VMware, Inc. (VMW)

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) retreated with the stock falling -0.74% or $-0.48 to close at $64.65 on light trading volume of 25.25M compared its three months average trading volume of 25.86M. The Redmond Washington 98052 based company operating under the Business Software & Services industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 21.41% up for the period and up by 4.04% so far this year. With price target of $66.14 and a 37.84% rebound from 52-week low, Microsoft Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

Linear Technology Corporation (LLTC) had a light trading with around 1.81M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.97M. The stock traded between $62.95 and $63.37 before closing at the price of $63.13 with -0.47% change on the day. The Milpitas California 95035 based company is currently trading 61.97% above its 52 week low of $39.68 and -0.95% below its 52 week high of $64.42. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $63 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Linear Technology Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets a line of analog integrated circuits worldwide. It offers amplifiers, high speed amplifiers, voltage regulators and references, interface circuits, data converters, battery stack monitors, silicon oscillators and Timer Blox, and phase locked loop synthesizers and clock distribution products. The company also provides SmartMesh embedded wireless sensor network products; isolated µModule transceivers; radio and microwave frequency circuits; power over Ethernet controllers; µModule power products; signal chain µModule products; and other linear circuits comprising buffers, power monitors, motor controllers, coulomb counters, diodes/bridges, hot swap circuits, comparators, sample-and-hold devices, timers, drivers, and filters. Its linear circuits are used in various applications, including factory automation, process control, industrial and laboratory instrumentation, security monitoring and complex medical devices, telecommunications, and networking products; automotive electronics, tablet, notebook, and desktop computers; computer peripherals, video/multimedia, military, space, and other harsh environment systems; and consumer products. The company markets its products primarily through direct sales staff and electronics distributors. Linear Technology Corporation was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

VMware, Inc. (VMW) saw its value increase by 0.59% as the stock gained $0.51 to finish the day at a closing price of $87.54. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $43.25-$89.5 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $86.07 to $87.55 during the day, are up by 12.74% in the past three months and up by 20.76% over the past six months. It is currently trading 6.4% above its 20 day moving average and 7.95% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $81.43 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 71.23.The technical indicator do not lead us to believe the stock will see more gains any time soon.

VMware, Inc. provides virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. Its virtualization infrastructure solutions include a suite of products and services designed to deliver a software-defined data center (SDDC), run on industry-standard desktop computers, servers, and mobile devices; and support a range of operating system and application environments, as well as networking and storage infrastructures. The company offers VMware vSphere, a SDDC platform, which enables users to deploy hypervisor, a layer of software that resides between the operating system and system hardware to enable compute virtualization; storage and availability products that provide data storage and protection options; network and security products; and management and automation products to manage and automate overarching IT processes involved in provisioning IT services and resources to users from initial infrastructure deployment to retirement. It also provides SDDC suites, such as VMware vCloud Suite, vSphere with Operations Management, and VMware vRealize suite for building and managing cloud infrastructure for use with the VMware vSphere platform. In addition, the company offers hybrid cloud computing solutions, including VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers and VMware vCloud Air; and end-user computing solutions, which enables IT organizations to deliver secure access to applications, data, and devices to end users. VMware, Inc. sells its products through distributors, resellers, system vendors, and systems integrators. It has a strategic alliance with Amazon Web Services, Inc. to build and deliver an integrated hybrid solution. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. VMware, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Dell EMC.

 

Stocks Trend Analysis: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Intel Corporation (INTC), Ford Motor Company (F)

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 2.35% or $1.51 to close the day at $65.78 on active trading volume of 44.37M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 25.65M. The Redmond Washington 98052 based company has been outperforming the business software & services group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 29.82%, compared to the industry which has advanced 26.6% over the same period. With RSI of 75.61, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $66.14, making it a hold for now.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

Intel Corporation (INTC) grew with the stock adding 1.12% or $0.42 to close at $37.98 on active trading volume of 44.21M compared its three months average trading volume of 19.81M. The Santa Clara California 95054 based company operating under the Semiconductor – Broad Line industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 30.91% up for the period and up by 4.71% so far this year. With price target of $40.09 and a 40.5% rebound from 52-week low, Intel Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through Client Computing Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Software and Services, and All Other segments. The company’s platforms are used in various computing applications comprising notebooks, 2 in 1 systems, desktops, servers, tablets, smartphones, wireless and wired connectivity products, wearables, retail devices, and manufacturing devices, as well as for retail, transportation, industrial, buildings, home use, and other market segments. It offers microprocessors that processes system data and controls other devices in the system; chipsets, which send data between the microprocessor and input, display, and storage devices, such as keyboard, mouse, monitor, hard drive or solid-state drive, and optical disc drives; and system-on-chip products that integrate its central processing units with other system components onto a single chip. The company also provides communication and connectivity offerings, such as baseband processors, radio frequency transceivers, and power management integrated circuits; and tablet, phone, and Internet of Things solutions, which include multimode 4G LTE modems, Bluetooth technology and GPS receivers, software solutions, and interoperability tests, as well as home gateway and set-top box components. In addition, it offers security solutions for computers, mobile devices, and networks, as well as software and services for technology integration; NAND flash memory products, which are used in solid-state drives; and custom foundry services, including custom silicon, packaging, and manufacturing test services. The company sells its products primarily to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and industrial and communications equipment manufacturers in the computing and communications industries. Intel Corporation was founded in 1968 and is based in Santa Clara, California.

Ford Motor Company (F) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.97% or $0.12 to close the day at $12.49 on lower than average trading volume of 34.55M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 37.44M. The Dearborn Michigan 48126 based company has been outperforming the auto manufacturers – major companies by 6.7672% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 4.63% YTD, versus the auto manufacturers – major industry which is up 6.65% for the same period. The RSI of 53.19 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Ford Motor Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, markets, finances, and services automobiles. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector develops, manufactures, distributes, and services passenger cars, trucks, SUVs, light commercial vehicles, trucks, vans, and electrified vehicles, as well as offers parts and accessories. It offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. This sector markets and sells its products through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to fleet customers, including commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments. The Financial Services sector offers various automotive financing products to and through automotive dealers. It provides financing products, including retail installment sale contracts for new and used vehicles; and direct financing leases for new vehicles to retail and commercial customers, government entities, daily rental car companies, leasing companies, and fleet customers. This sector also offers wholesale loans to dealers to finance the purchase of vehicle inventory; and loans to dealers to finance working capital and improvement of dealership facilities, purchase dealership real estate, and other dealer vehicle programs. It serves clients in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Ford Motor Company was founded in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Michigan.

 

3 Trending Stocks: Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.7% or $-0.35 to close the day at $49.77 on active trading volume of 30.38M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 14.75M. The New York New York 10036 based company has been outperforming the telecom services – domestic group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 7.63%, compared to the industry which has advanced 14.9% over the same period. With RSI of 31.76, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $53.27, making it a hold for now.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Its Wireless segment offers wireless voice and data services; messaging services; wireless Internet access services on notebook computers and tablets; multimedia access services; business-focused services; location-based services; global data services; home phone connect services; high-speed Internet service; and network access and value added services to support wireless connections for the Internet of Things (IoT). This segment also provides IoT services that support devices used in health monitoring, education, manufacturing, utilities, distribution, and consumer products markets, as well as offers wireless devices, including smartphones and basic phones, tablets, and other Internet access devices. As of December 31, 2015, it had 112.1 million retail connections. The company’s Wireline segment provides high-speed Internet, Fios Internet, and Fios video services; voice services, such as local exchange, regional and long distance calling, and voice messaging services, as well as VoIP services; network products and solutions comprising private Internet protocol (IP), public Internet, Ethernet, and optical networking services; IT infrastructure services, including collocation and managed hosting; cloud services, such as computing, storage, backup, recovery, and application platforms; and business communications services. This segment also offers IoT services; data security services; voice and data services; and data, voice, local dial tone, and broadband services primarily to local, long distance, and other carriers. The company was formerly known as Bell Atlantic Corporation and changed its name to Verizon Communications Inc. in June 2000. Verizon Communications Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in New York, New York.

QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM) climbed 3.45% during last trading as the stock added $1.9 to finish the day at $56.9 with about 27.44M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 11.17M. The $86.12B market cap company, which fluctuated between $55.5 and $56.98 during the day, currently situated 39.52% above its 52 week low of $42.24 and -19.93% away from its one year high of $71.62. The RSI of 28.31 indicates the stock is oversold at the current levels, buy for now.

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

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) saw its value increase by 0.25% as the stock gained $0.16 to finish the day at a closing price of $63.68. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $48.03-$64.1 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $63.45 to $64.1 during the day, are up by 5.1% in the past three months and up by 13.65% over the past six months. It is currently trading 1.49% above its 20 day moving average and 3.25% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $65.91 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 63.34. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

 

3 Notable Runners: Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 3.54% or $1.5 to close the day at $43.9 on lower than average trading volume of 24.93M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.11M. The Sunnyvale California 94089 based company has been outperforming the internet information providers companies by 4.0835% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 13.52% YTD, versus the internet information providers industry which is up 8.4% for the same period. The RSI of 72.81 indicates the stock is overbought at the current levels, sell for now.

Yahoo! Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides search and display advertising services on Yahoo properties and affiliate sites worldwide. The company offers Yahoo Search that serves as a guide for users to discover information on the Internet; Yahoo Mail, which connects users to the people and content; and Yahoo Messenger, an instant messaging service, which enables users to connect, communicate, and share experiences in real-time. It also provides digital content products, including Yahoo News, which gives users to discover, consume, and engage around the news, content, and video; Yahoo Sports, which serves audiences of sports enthusiasts; Yahoo Finance that offers a range of financial data, information, and tools; Yahoo Lifestyle to engage users passionate about style and fashion; and Tumblr, which provides a Web platform and mobile applications on iOS and android to create, share, and curate content, as well as Tumblr messaging that enables users to engage with other users that share their same interests and passions. In addition, the company provides advertiser products, such as Yahoo Gemini, a marketplace for search and native advertising; and BrightRoll, which offers a suite of media-agnostic tools to enable advertisers, publishers, and partners connect with users across ad formats and devices. Further, it offers advertising formats; and digital advertising products, such as Yahoo native, Yahoo video, Yahoo premium, and Yahoo audience ads. Additionally, the company offers Yahoo Mobile Developer suite consisting of Flurry Analytics, Yahoo App Publishing, Yahoo App Marketing, and Tumblr In-App Sharing tools to measure, monetize, advertise, and improve their apps. Yahoo! Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) had a active trading with around 24.82M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 22.37M. The stock traded between $30.29 and $30.75 before closing at the price of $30.6 with 1.09% change on the day. The San Jose California 95134 based company is currently trading 41.09% above its 52 week low of $22.46 and -3.22% below its 52 week high of $31.95. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 62.3 and $33.11 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. It provides switching products, including fixed-configuration and modular switches, and storage products that provide connectivity to end users, workstations, IP phones, wireless access points, and servers; and next-generation network routing products that interconnect public and private wireline and mobile networks for mobile, data, voice, and video applications. The company also offers service provider video infrastructure, including set-top boxes, cable/telecommunications access products, and cable modems; and video software and solutions. In addition, it provides collaboration products comprising unified communications products, conferencing products, collaboration endpoints, and business messaging products; data center products, such as blade and rack servers, modular servers, fabric interconnects, software, and server access virtualization solutions; security products, including network and data center security, advanced threat protection, Web and email security, access and policy, unified threat management, and advisory, integration, and managed services; and other products, such as emerging technologies and other networking products. Further, the company offers wireless products consisting of wireless access points; network managed services; and standalone, switch-converged, and cloud managed solutions. Additionally, it provides technical support services and advanced services. The company serves businesses of various sizes, public institutions, governments, and communications service providers. Cisco Systems, Inc. sells its products directly, as well as through channel partners, such as systems integrators, service providers, other resellers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) traded within a range of $62.94 to $63.74 after opening the day at $63.2. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 2.22% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.89% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $63.52 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -0.9% below its 52 week high of $64.1 and 35.43% above its 12-month low of $48.03. The shares are up by over 7.19% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 60.62 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

 

3 Notable Runners: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS), Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.35% or $0.22 to close the day at $62.96 on lower than average trading volume of 22.92M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 27.03M. The Redmond Washington 98052 based company has been outperforming the business software & services companies by 10.6183% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 1.32% YTD, versus the business software & services industry which is up 1.35% for the same period. The RSI of 55.63 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. The company’s Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office 365 commercial products and services for businesses, including Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CALs); Office 365 consumer services, such as Skype, Outlook.com, and OneDrive; Dynamics business solutions, such as financial management, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and analytics applications for small and mid-size businesses, large organizations, and divisions of enterprises; and LinkedIn online professional network. Its Intelligent Cloud segment licenses server products and cloud services, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and related CALs, as well as Azure, a cloud platform with computing, networking, storage, database, and management services; and enterprise services, such as Premier Support and Microsoft Consulting that assist in developing, deploying, and managing Microsoft server and desktop solutions, as well as provide training and certification to developers and IT professionals on Microsoft products. The company’s More Personal Computing segment comprises Windows OEM, volume, and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system, as well as patent licensing, Windows Embedded, MSN display advertising, and Windows Phone licensing system; devices, including Microsoft Surface, phones, and PC accessories; and search advertising, including Bing and Bing Ads. This segment also provides gaming platforms, including Xbox hardware, Xbox Live, video games, and third-party video games. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), distributors, and resellers, as well as through online and Microsoft retail stores. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) had a light trading with around 22.2M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 22.92M. The stock traded between $9.07 and $9.67 before closing at the price of $9.29 with -2.42% change on the day. The West Chester Ohio 45069 based company is currently trading 413.26% above its 52 week low of $1.85 and -18.44% below its 52 week high of $11.39. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 42.83 and $10.32 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

AK Steel Holding Corporation, through its subsidiary, AK Steel Corporation, produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel, and tubular products in the United States and internationally. It produces flat-rolled value-added carbon steels, including coated, cold-rolled, and hot-rolled carbon steel products; and specialty stainless and electrical steels in sheet and strip forms. The company also produces carbon and stainless steel that is finished into welded steel tubing, which is used in the automotive, large truck, industrial, and construction markets; buys and sells steel and steel products, and other materials; and produces metallurgical coal from reserves in Pennsylvania. It sells its flat-rolled carbon steel products primarily to automotive manufacturers and to customers in the infrastructure and manufacturing markets, including electrical transmission, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, and appliances; and coated, cold-rolled, and hot-rolled carbon steel products to distributors, service centers, and converters. The company sells its stainless steel products to manufacturers and their suppliers in the automotive industry; manufacturers of food handling, chemical processing, pollution control, and medical and health equipment; and distributors and service centers. It also sells electrical steel products to manufacturers of power transmission and distribution transformers, as well as for use in the manufacture of electrical motors and generators. AK Steel Holding Corporation was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in West Chester, Ohio.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) traded within a range of $119.77 to $120.81 after opening the day at $120. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 3.68% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.07% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $120.08 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -0.35% below its 52 week high of $120.81 and 35.63% above its 12-month low of $89.47. The shares are up by over 3.11% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 70.54 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players to consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, and education, enterprise, and government customers worldwide. The company also sells related software, services, accessories, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. It offers iPhone, a line of smartphones; iPad, a line of multi-purpose tablets; and Mac, a line of desktop and portable personal computers. The company also provides iLife, a consumer-oriented digital lifestyle software application suite; iWork, an integrated productivity suite that helps users create, present, and publish documents, presentations, and spreadsheets; and other application software, such as Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro X, and FileMaker Pro. In addition, it offers Apple TV that connects to consumers’ TV and enables them to access digital content directly for streaming high definition video, playing music and games, and viewing photos; Apple Watch, a personal electronic device; and iPod, a line of portable digital music and media players. Further, the company sells Apple-branded and third-party Mac-compatible, and iOS-compatible accessories, such as headphones, displays, storage devices, Beats products, and other connectivity and computing products and supplies. Additionally, it offers iCloud, a cloud service; AppleCare that offers support options for its customers; and Apple Pay, a mobile payment service. The company sells and delivers digital content and applications through the iTunes Store, App Store, Mac App Store, TV App Store, iBooks Store, and Apple Music. It also sells its products through its retail and online stores, and direct sales force, as well as through third-party cellular network carriers, wholesalers, retailers, and value-added resellers. Apple Inc. was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.