Trader’s Round Up: Pepsico, Inc. (PEP), Johnson Controls International plc (JCI), The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX)

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) grew with the stock adding 1.3% or $1.39 to close at $108.12 on active trading volume of 5.56M compared its three months average trading volume of 4.18M. The Purchase New York 10577 based company operating under the Beverages – Soft Drinks industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 11.73% up for the period and up by 3.34% so far this year. With price target of $115.25 and a 13.82% rebound from 52-week low, Pepsico, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

Johnson Controls International plc (JCI) gained $0.06 to close the day at a new closing price of $41.68, a 0.14% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 28.97% above its 52 week low of $34.56. A total of 5.55M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 5.78M. The stock, which fluctuated between $41.38 and $41.81 during the day, currently situated -14.4% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -3.27% in the past one month and down by -5.8% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $49.95 and RSI of 42.92, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Johnson Controls International plc operates as a diversified technology and multi industrial company worldwide. The company operates through Buildings and Power Solutions segments. It designs, produces, markets, and installs heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, building management systems, controls, and security and mechanical equipment. The company also provides residential air conditioning and heating systems, and industrial refrigeration products, as well as technical and energy management consulting services. In addition, it designs, sells, installs, services, and monitors electronic security systems, and fire detection and suppression systems; and manufactures and sells intrusion security products, anti-theft devices, breathing apparatus, and access control and video management systems for commercial, industrial, retail, residential, small business, institutional, and governmental customers. Further, the company produces and supplies lead-acid automotive batteries for passenger cars, light trucks, and utility vehicles, as well as advanced battery technologies to power start-stop, hybrid, and electric vehicles. It offers its lead-acid automotive batteries to automotive original equipment manufacturers and the general vehicle battery aftermarket. The company was formerly known as Johnson Controls, Inc. and changed its name to Johnson Controls International plc in September 2016. Johnson Controls International plc was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in Cork, Ireland.

The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX) shares were down in last trading by -1.79% to $76.83. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.95% over the past week and grew 0.54% in the past month. It is currently trading 1.06% above its 50 day moving average and 1.06% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -7.5% decrease in value from its one year high of $83.64. The RSI indicator value of 55.73, lead us to believe that it is a 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.

 

Momentum Stocks: Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR), General Mills, Inc. (GIS), Pepsico, Inc. (PEP)

Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR) grew with the stock adding 2.7% or $2.1 to close at $79.8 on light trading volume of 2.74M compared its three months average trading volume of 2.92M. The Chesapeake Virginia 23320 based company operating under the Discount, Variety Stores industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 1.59% up for the period and up by 3.39% so far this year. With price target of $91.8 and a 9.99% rebound from 52-week low, Dollar Tree, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount retail stores in the United States and Canada. The company operates in two segments, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar. The Dollar Tree segment offers merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. It provides consumable merchandise, including candy and food, and health and beauty care products, as well as everyday consumables, such as household paper and chemicals, and frozen and refrigerated food; various merchandise, including toys, durable housewares, gifts, stationery products, party goods, greeting cards, softlines, and other items; and seasonal goods consisting of Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas merchandise. This segment operates under the Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada, Deals, and Dollar Tree Deals brands, as well as 10 distribution centers in the United States and 2 in Canada, and a store support center in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Family Dollar segment offers consumable merchandise, including food, tobacco, health and beauty aids, household chemicals, paper products, hardware and automotive supplies, diapers, batteries, and pet food and supplies; home products, such as housewares, home décor, and giftware, as well as blankets, sheets, and towels; apparel and accessories merchandise, including clothing, fashion accessories, and shoes; and seasonal and electronics merchandise, such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas merchandise, as well as personal electronics consisting of pre-paid cellular phones and services, stationery and school supplies, and toys. This segment operates under the Family Dollar brand, 11 distribution centers, and a store support center in Matthews, North Carolina. As of January 30, 2016, the company operated 13,851 stores in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and 5 Canadian provinces. Dollar Tree, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Chesapeake, Virginia.

General Mills, Inc. (GIS) had a active trading with around 3.64M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.63M. The stock traded between $62.54 and $63.73 before closing at the price of $63.09 with 0.32% change on the day. The Minneapolis Minnesota 55426 based company is currently trading 15.3% above its 52 week low of $57.57 and -11.96% below its 52 week high of $72.95. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $63.6 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods in the United States. It operates in three segments: U.S. Retail, International, and Convenience Stores and Foodservice. The company offers ready-to-eat cereals, refrigerated yogurt, soup, meal kits, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, grain and fruit and savory snacks, stable and frozen vegetables, and ice cream and frozen desserts, as well as various organic products, including meal kits, granola bars, and cereal. The company markets its products under the Annie’s, Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Bugles, Cascadian Farm, Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Fiber One, Food Should Taste Good, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups, Gardetto’s, Go-Gurt, Gold Medal, Golden Grahams, Häagen-Dazs, Helpers, Jeno’s, Jus-Rol, Kitano, Kix, La Salteña, Lärabar, Latina, Liberté, Lucky Charms, Muir Glen, Nature Valley, Oatmeal Crisp, Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Progresso, Raisin Nut Bran, Total, Totino’s, Trix, Wanchai Ferry, Wheaties, Yoki, and Yoplait names. General Mills, Inc. also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. It sells its products directly, as well as through broker and distribution arrangements to grocery stores, mass merchandisers, membership stores, natural food chains, e-commerce grocery providers, commercial and noncommercial foodservice distributors and operators, restaurants, and convenience stores, as well as drug, dollar, and discount chains. The company operates 530 ice cream parlors; and franchises 344 branded ice cream parlors. General Mills, Inc. also exports its products primarily to Caribbean and Latin American markets. The company was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) saw its value increase by 0.38% as the stock gained $0.4 to finish the day at a closing price of $106.92. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $96.15-$110.94 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $105.67 to $107 during the day, are up by 4.38% in the past three months and down by -0.23% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.53% above its 20 day moving average and 2.88% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $115.25 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 67.76.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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.

 

Investor’s Alert: GGP Inc. (GGP), Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B), Pepsico, Inc. (PEP)

GGP Inc. (GGP) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.39% or $0.1 to close the day at $25.48 on lower than average trading volume of 2.49M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.45M. The Chicago Illinois 60606 based company has been outperforming the reit – retail companies by 2.5758% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 2% YTD, versus the reit – retail industry which is up 1.58% for the same period. The RSI of 54.09 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties, Inc is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B) had a light trading with around 2.49M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.68M. The stock traded between $163.6 and $164.68 before closing at the price of $164.01 with -0.02% change on the day. The company is currently trading 32.22% above its 52 week low of $128.07 and -1.94% below its 52 week high of $167.25. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 53.12 and $192.5 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. operates as a holding company. It provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, as well as life, accident, and health reinsurance; and operates railroad systems in North America. The company also generates, transmits, and distributes electricity from solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, and hydro sources; operates natural gas distribution and storage facilities, interstate pipelines, and compressor and meter stations; and holds interest in coal mining assets. In addition, it offers real estate brokerage services; invests in fixed-income and equity instruments; and engages in manufactured housing and finance business, leasing of transportation equipment, and furniture leasing activities. Further, the company manufactures boxed chocolates and other confectionery products; specialty chemicals, metal cutting tools, and other products; flooring, insulation, roofing and engineered, building and engineered components, paint and coating, and bricks and masonry products; recreational vehicles, apparel products, jewelry, and custom picture framing products; and alkaline batteries. Additionally, it manufactures structural investment castings and forged components, machined airframe components and engineered critical fasteners; airfoil castings; titanium and nickel superalloy melted and mill products; and seamless pipes, fittings, and forgings. The company distributes newspapers, televisions, and information; franchises and services quick service restaurants; distributes electronic components; and offers steel and logistics services, professional aviation training programs, and fractional aircraft ownership programs. In addition, it retails automobiles; furniture, bedding, and accessories; household appliances, electronics, and computers; jewelry, watches, crystal, china, stemware, flatware, gifts, and collectibles; kitchen tools; and motorcycle apparel and equipment. The company was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) traded within a range of $105.59 to $106.35 after opening the day at $105.83. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 1.4% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.12% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $106.1 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -2.97% below its 52 week high of $110.94 and 13.67% above its 12-month low of $97.54. The shares are down by over -0.34% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 62.91 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: Pepsico, Inc. (PEP), Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS)

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) climbed 0.08% during last trading as the stock added $0.08 to finish the day at $105.69 with about 3.41M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.38M. The $151.98B market cap company, which fluctuated between $105.25 and $106.23 during the day, currently situated 13.23% above its 52 week low of $96.09 and -3.35% away from its one year high of $110.94. The RSI of 62.65 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.

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) gained $1.17 to close the day at a new closing price of $77.48, a 1.53% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 65.36% above its 52 week low of $48.17. A total of 3.4M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.61M. The stock, which fluctuated between $76.78 and $77.75 during the day, currently situated 0.7% above its 52 week high. The stock is up by 7.7% in the past one month and up by 21.07% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $79.58 and RSI of 65.47, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Analog Devices, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a portfolio of solutions that leverage analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing technology, including integrated circuits (ICs), algorithms, software, and subsystems. It offers data converter products, which translate real-world analog signals into digital data, as well as translates digital data into analog signals; high-performance amplifiers to condition analog signals; and radio frequency ICs to support cellular infrastructure. The company also provides MEMS technology solutions, including accelerometers used to sense acceleration, gyroscopes to sense rotation, and inertial measurement units to sense multiple degrees of freedom. In addition, it offers isolators for various applications, such as universal serial bus isolation in patient monitors; and smart metering and satellite applications. Further, the company provides power management and reference products; and digital signal processing products for high-speed numeric calculations. Its products are used in electronic equipment, including industrial process control systems, medical imaging equipment, factory automation systems, patient monitoring devices, instrumentation and measurement systems, wireless infrastructure equipment, energy management systems, networking equipment, aerospace and defense electronics, optical systems, automobiles, and portable electronic devices. The company serves clients in industrial, automotive, consumer, and communications markets through a direct sales force, third-party distributors, and independent sales representatives in the United States, rest of North/South America, Europe, Japan, China, and rest of Asia, as well as through its Website. It has a collaboration with TriLumina Corp. to provide illuminator modules for automotive flash LiDAR systems. Analog Devices, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts.

United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) had a active trading with around 3.4M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.95M. The stock traded between $105.51 and $106.4 before closing at the price of $106.16 with 0.44% change on the day. The Atlanta Georgia 30328 based company is currently trading 16.06% above its 52 week low of $94.22 and -11.86% below its 52 week high of $120.44. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 30.31 and $114.96 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

United Parcel Service, Inc., a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight. The U.S. Domestic Package segment offers time-definite delivery of letters, documents, small packages, and palletized freight through air and ground services in the United States. The International Package segment provides guaranteed day and time-definite international shipping services in Europe, the Asia Pacific, Canada and Latin America, the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East, and Africa. It offers guaranteed time-definite express options, including Express Plus, Express, and Express Saver. The Supply Chain & Freight segment offers international air and ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage, truckload freight brokerage, distribution and post-sales services, and mail and consulting services in approximately 220 countries and territories; and less-than-truckload and truckload services to customers in North America. The company also offers shipping, visibility, and billing technologies; and insurance, financing, and payment services. It operates a fleet of approximately 110,000 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles; and owns 33,000 containers used to transport cargo in its aircraft. United Parcel Service, Inc. was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: Valero Energy Corporation (VLO), Pepsico, Inc. (PEP), Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD)

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) fell -0.61% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.4 to finish the day at $65.11 with about 4.28M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.06M. The $29.43B market cap company, which fluctuated between $64.91 and $66.12 during the day, currently situated 41.76% above its 52 week low of $46.88 and -8.81% away from its one year high of $71.4. The RSI of 42.23 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. It operates through two segments, Refining and Ethanol. The Refining segment is involved in refining, wholesale marketing, and bulk sales and trading activities. This segment produces conventional and premium gasolines, gasoline meeting the specifications of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygenate blending, diesel fuels, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuels, CARB diesel fuel, distillates, jet fuels, asphalts, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined products. As of February 19, 2016, it owned 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.0 million barrels per day. This segment also markets its refined products through bulk and rack marketing network; and through approximately 7,500 outlets under the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, Ultramar, Beacon, and Texaco brand names. The Ethanol segment produces and sells ethanol and distillers grains primarily to refiners and gasoline blenders, as well as to animal feed customers. This segment operates 11 ethanol plants with a combined ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.4 billion gallons per year. The company also operates a 50-megawatt wind farm; convenience stores; filling stations, as well as truckstop, cardlock, and home heating oil facilities; and credit card business. The company was formerly known as Valero Refining and Marketing Company and changed its name to Valero Energy Corporation in August 1997. Valero Energy Corporation was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) dropped $-0.54 to close the day at a new closing price of $104.57, a -0.51% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 12.03% above its 52 week low of $96.09. A total of 4.27M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 4.39M. The stock, which fluctuated between $104.53 and $105.24 during the day, currently situated -4.37% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -0.13% in the past one month and down by -1.21% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $115.25 and RSI of 57.13, the stock still has upside potential, making it a 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.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) had a light trading with around 4.27M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.17M. The stock traded between $28.4 and $28.82 before closing at the price of $28.76 with 0.24% change on the day. The Houston Texas 77002 based company is currently trading 46.44% above its 52 week low of $19.64 and -4.93% below its 52 week high of $30.25. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 62.01 and $32.65 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P., a master limited partnership, provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals, and refined products. The company operates through NGL Pipelines & Services, Crude Oil Pipelines & Services, Natural Gas Pipelines & Services, and Petrochemical & Refined Products Services segments. The NGL Pipelines & Services segment provides natural gas processing and related NGL marketing services, as well as NGL export docks and related services. It operates approximately 19,500 miles of NGL pipelines; NGL and related product storage facilities; 15 NGL fractionators; and a liquefied petroleum gas export terminal and NGL import facility. The Crude Oil Pipelines & Services segment operates approximately 5,400 miles of crude oil pipelines and related operations; and crude oil storage and marine terminals located in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as a fleet of 478 tractor-trailer tank trucks used to transport crude oil. It also engages in crude oil marketing activities. The Natural Gas Pipelines & Services segment operates approximately 19,100 miles of natural gas pipeline systems to gather and transport natural gas in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. It leases underground salt dome natural gas storage facilities in Texas and Louisiana; owns an underground salt dome storage cavern in Texas; and markets natural gas. The Petrochemical & Refined Products Services segment operates propylene fractionation and related operations, including 674 miles of pipelines; butane isomerization complex, associated deisobutanizer units, and related pipeline assets; and octane enhancement and high purity isobutylene production facilities. It also operates refined products pipelines of approximately 4,200 miles; and terminals, as well as provides refined products marketing and marine transportation services. The company was founded in 1968 and is based in Houston, Texas.

 

Stocks To Track: McDonald’s Corporation (MCD), PPL Corporation (PPL), Pepsico, Inc. (PEP)

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) climbed 0.65% during last trading as the stock added $0.8 to finish the day at $123.22 with about 3.24M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.89M. The $102.33B market cap company, which fluctuated between $122.26 and $123.98 during the day, currently situated 12.69% above its 52 week low of $110.33 and -4.47% away from its one year high of $131.96. The RSI of 61.96 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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.

PPL Corporation (PPL) gained $0.33 to close the day at a new closing price of $35.28, a 0.94% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 11.25% above its 52 week low of $32.08. A total of 3.23M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.91M. The stock, which fluctuated between $34.89 and $35.36 during the day, currently situated -9.62% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 3.67% in the past one month and up by 4.97% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $36.53 and RSI of 67.41, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

PPL Corporation, a utility company, delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. It serves 322,000 natural gas and 403,000 electric customers in Louisville and adjacent areas in Kentucky; 543,000 customers in central, southeastern, and western Kentucky; and approximately 28,000 customers in 5 counties in southwestern Virginia, and fewer than 10 customers in Tennessee. The company also provides electric delivery services to approximately 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania; and operates 4 electricity distribution networks in the United Kingdom, as well as delivers natural gas to customers in Kentucky; generates electricity from power plants in Kentucky; and sells wholesale electricity to 11 municipalities in Kentucky. In addition, it provides finance for the operations of PPL and subsidiaries. PPL Corporation was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) had a light trading with around 3.21M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.38M. The stock traded between $103.29 and $104.39 before closing at the price of $104.03 with 0.99% change on the day. The company is currently trading 11.45% above its 52 week low of $96.09 and -4.87% below its 52 week high of $110.94. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 55.69 and $115.25 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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.

 

Stocks To Track: Pepsico, Inc. (PEP), Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR), W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW)

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) climbed 0.09% during last trading as the stock added $0.09 to finish the day at $103.78 with about 3.84M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.41M. The $148.84B market cap company, which fluctuated between $103.21 and $104.17 during the day, currently situated 11.18% above its 52 week low of $96.09 and -5.1% away from its one year high of $110.94. The RSI of 54.52 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.

Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR) gained $1.94 to close the day at a new closing price of $77.19, a 2.58% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 6.44% above its 52 week low of $72.52. A total of 3.62M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 2.79M. The stock, which fluctuated between $74.37 and $77.22 during the day, currently situated -22.76% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -0.19% in the past one month and up by 2.63% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $93.1 and RSI of 45.55, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount retail stores in the United States and Canada. The company operates in two segments, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar. The Dollar Tree segment offers merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. It provides consumable merchandise, including candy and food, and health and beauty care products, as well as everyday consumables, such as household paper and chemicals, and frozen and refrigerated food; various merchandise, including toys, durable housewares, gifts, stationery products, party goods, greeting cards, softlines, and other items; and seasonal goods consisting of Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas merchandise. This segment operates under the Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada, Deals, and Dollar Tree Deals brands, as well as 10 distribution centers in the United States and 2 in Canada, and a store support center in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Family Dollar segment offers consumable merchandise, including food, tobacco, health and beauty aids, household chemicals, paper products, hardware and automotive supplies, diapers, batteries, and pet food and supplies; home products, such as housewares, home décor, and giftware, as well as blankets, sheets, and towels; apparel and accessories merchandise, including clothing, fashion accessories, and shoes; and seasonal and electronics merchandise, such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas merchandise, as well as personal electronics consisting of pre-paid cellular phones and services, stationery and school supplies, and toys. This segment operates under the Family Dollar brand, 11 distribution centers, and a store support center in Matthews, North Carolina. As of January 30, 2016, the company operated 13,851 stores in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and 5 Canadian provinces. Dollar Tree, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Chesapeake, Virginia.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) had a light trading with around 1.01M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 700.76K. The stock traded between $250.49 and $255.61 before closing at the price of $252.57 with -0.82% change on the day. The Lake Forest Illinois 60045 based company is currently trading 36.29% above its 52 week low of $189.57 and -3.86% below its 52 week high of $262.71. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 68.58 and $242.65 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. distributes maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies; and other related products and services that are used by businesses and institutions. The company offers material handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies, building and home inspection supplies, vehicle and fleet components, and various other products. It also offers inventory management solutions; and distributes tools, fasteners, safety supplies, welding and shop equipment, and other products. The company offers its products through various branches, sales and service representatives, distribution centers, and catalogs, as well as through Websites. It serves small and medium-sized businesses, large corporations, government entities, and other institutions. The company also operates in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. W.W. Grainger, Inc. was founded in 1927 and is based in Lake Forest, Illinois.

 

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.

 

Investor’s Watch List: Pepsico, Inc. (PEP), Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A), Dollar General Corporation (DG)

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) had a light trading with around 3.09M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.41M. The stock traded between $104.54 and $105.19 before closing at the price of $104.61 with -0.1% change on the day. The Purchase New York 10577 based company is currently trading 12.73% above its 52 week low of $96.08 and -4.34% below its 52 week high of $110.94. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 59.18 and $115.25 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 2.24% or $1.06 to close the day at $48.41 on active trading volume of 3.07M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.14M. The Santa Clara California 95051 based company has been outperforming the medical laboratories & research group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 30.47%, compared to the industry which has advanced 14.78% over the same period. With RSI of 60.93, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $51.9, making it a hold for now.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. Its Life Sciences and Applied Markets segment offers liquid chromatography systems and components; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry systems; gas chromatography systems and components; gas chromatography mass spectrometry systems; inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments; atomic absorption instruments; microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry instruments; inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry instruments; laboratory software and informatics systems; laboratory automation and robotic systems; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps; and measurement technologies. The company’s Diagnostics and Genomics segment provides reagents, instruments, software, and consumables; arrays for DNA mutation detection, genotyping, gene copy number determination, identification of gene rearrangements, DNA methylation profiling, and gene expression profiling, as well as sequencing target enrichment services; and equipment focused on production of synthesized oligonucleotides for use as active pharmaceutical ingredients. Its Agilent CrossLab segment offers GC and LC columns, sample preparation products, custom chemistries, and various laboratory instrument supplies; and startup, operational, training, and compliance support, as well as asset management and consultation services. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales, electronic commerce, resellers, manufacturers’ representatives, and distributors. It has a collaboration agreement with University of Leuven to focus on detecting genetic abnormalities in cell-free DNA and embryo biopsies. Agilent Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

Dollar General Corporation (DG) shares were up in last trading by 0.29% to $71.96. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -0.66% over the past week and fell -3.23% in the past month. It is currently trading -4.39% below its 50 day moving average and -10.27% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -25.22% decrease in value from its one year high of $96.88. The RSI indicator value of 40.57, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides various merchandise products in the southern, southwestern, midwestern, and eastern United States. The company offers consumable products, including paper and cleaning products comprising paper towels, bath tissues, paper dinnerware, trash and storage bags, and laundry and other home cleaning supplies; packaged food products, such as cereals, canned soups and vegetables, condiments, spices, sugar, and flour; perishables consisting of milk, eggs, bread, frozen meals, beer, and wine; snacks that comprise candies, cookies, crackers, salty snacks, and carbonated beverages; health and beauty products, such as over-the-counter medicines, as well as soap, body wash, shampoo, dental hygiene, and foot care products; pet products, which include pet supplies and pet food; and tobacco products. It also provides seasonal products, including decorations, toys, batteries, small electronics, greeting cards, stationery products, prepaid phones and accessories, gardening supplies, hardware products, and automotive and home office supplies; and home products consisting of kitchen supplies, cookware, small appliances, light bulbs, storage containers, frames, candles, craft supplies and kitchen products, beds, and bath soft goods. In addition, the company offers apparel for infants, toddlers, girls, boys, women, and men, as well as socks, underwear, disposable diapers, shoes, and accessories. As of August 13, 2016, it operated 13,000 stores located in 43 states. The company was formerly known as J.L. Turner & Son, Inc. and changed its name to Dollar General Corporation in 1968. Dollar General Corporation was founded in 1939 and is based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

 

3 Notable Runners: AGNC Investment Corp. (AGNC), Chevron Corporation (CVX), Pepsico, Inc. (PEP)

AGNC Investment Corp. (AGNC) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.52% or $0.1 to close the day at $19.2 on higher than average trading volume of 5M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.91M. The Bethesda Maryland 20814 based company has been outperforming the reit – residential companies by 1.3597% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 5.9% YTD, versus the reit – residential industry which is down -0.31% for the same period. The RSI of 65.78 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

AGNC Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in residential mortgage pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by government-sponsored enterprise or by the United States government agency. It funds its investments primarily through short-term borrowings structured as repurchase agreements. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes, if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was formerly known as American Capital Agency Corp. and changed its name to AGNC Investment Corp. in September 2016. AGNC Investment Corp. was founded in 2008 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Chevron Corporation (CVX) had a light trading with around 5M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.03M. The stock traded between $115.61 and $117.11 before closing at the price of $116.37 with 0.85% change on the day. The San Ramon California 94583 based company is currently trading 52.22% above its 52 week low of $79.85 and -2.21% below its 52 week high of $119. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 54.62 and $124.46 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in integrated energy, chemicals, and petroleum operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The Upstream segment is involved in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation, and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transportation of crude oil through pipelines; and transportation, storage, and marketing of natural gas, as well as operates a gas-to-liquids plant. The Downstream segment engages in refining crude oil into petroleum products; marketing crude oil and refined products; transporting crude oil and refined products through pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment, and rail car; and manufacturing and marketing commodity petrochemicals, and fuel and lubricant additives, as well as plastics for industrial uses. It is also involved in the cash management and debt financing activities; corporate administrative operations; insurance operations; real estate activities; and technology businesses. Further, the company holds interests in power plants, as well as operates geothermal plants; and engages in the transportation of refined products primarily in the coastal waters of the United States. The company was formerly known as ChevronTexaco Corporation and changed its name to Chevron Corporation in 2005. Chevron Corporation was founded in 1879 and is headquartered in San Ramon, California.

Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) traded within a range of $103.78 to $104.93 after opening the day at $104. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 0.08% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.67% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $104.71 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -4.24% below its 52 week high of $110.94 and 12.84% above its 12-month low of $95.56. The shares are down by over -0.13% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 58.47 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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.