Investor’s Alert: PPL Corporation (PPL), Carnival Corporation (CCL), Amgen Inc. (AMGN)

PPL Corporation (PPL) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.68% or $0.24 to close the day at $35.72 on lower than average trading volume of 2.69M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.57M. The Allentown Pennsylvania 18101 based company has been outperforming the electric utilities companies by 8.6466% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 4.9% YTD, versus the electric utilities industry which is up 2.34% for the same period. The RSI of 63.05 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, 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.

Carnival Corporation (CCL) had a light trading with around 2.67M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.32M. The stock traded between $55.7 and $56.46 before closing at the price of $56.03 with -0.8% change on the day. The Miami Florida 33178 based company is currently trading 32.35% above its 52 week low of $42.84 and -3.05% below its 52 week high of $57.79. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 60.91 and $57.36 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Carnival Corporation operates as a leisure travel and cruise company in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. It offers cruises under the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn brands in North America; and Costa, AIDA, P&O Cruises (UK), Cunard, and P&O Cruises (Australia) brands in Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company operates approximately 100 cruise ships. It also owns Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, a tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon, which owns and operates hotels, lodges, glass-domed railcars, and motor coaches. In addition, the company is involved in the leasing of cruise ships. It sells its cruises primarily through travel agents and tour operators. The company was incorporated in 1972 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida. Carnival Corporation is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & Plc.

Amgen Inc. (AMGN) traded within a range of $170.3 to $172.17 after opening the day at $171.56. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 18.53% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.19% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $172.11 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -1.35% below its 52 week high of $176.85 and 30.55% above its 12-month low of $133.64. The shares are up by over 17.84% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 76.87 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

Amgen Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers human therapeutics worldwide. It offers products for the treatment of illness in the areas of oncology/hematology, cardiovascular, inflammation, bone health, nephrology, and neuroscience. The company’s products include Evenity to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women; Prolia to treat postmenopausal women with osteoporosis; Xgeva for the prevention of skeletal-related events; Repatha to treat coronary artery diseases; Enbrel to treat plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis; Parsabiv to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT); and Erenumab for the prevention of chronic migraine. Its products also comprise Blincyto to treat patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia; Kyprolis, a proteasome inhibitor to treat patients with multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer; Nplate, a thrombopoietic compound; AMJEVITA to treat psoriatic arthritis and polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, as well as ankylosing spondylitis and moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis; ABP 215 for biosimilar candidates; and ABP 980 to treat human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive early breast cancer. The company’s other marketed products include Neulasta, a pegylated protein to treat cancer patients; Aranesp to treat anemia; Sensipar/Mimpara products for use to treat sHPT in chronic kidney disease; EPOGEN to treat a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells; NEUPOGEN, a recombinant-methionyl human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor; and IMLYGIC to treat various cancer cells. It serves pharmaceutical wholesale distributors; and physicians or their clinics, dialysis centers, hospitals, and pharmacies, as well as consumers. The company has collaborative agreements with Pfizer Inc.; UCB; and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. Amgen Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.

 

Momentum Stocks: PPL Corporation (PPL), Citigroup Inc. (C), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT)

PPL Corporation (PPL) retreated with the stock falling -0.73% or $-0.26 to close at $35.47 on light trading volume of 2.66M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.68M. The Allentown Pennsylvania 18101 based company operating under the Electric Utilities industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 2.74% up for the period and up by 4.17% so far this year. With price target of $36.83 and a 11.85% rebound from 52-week low, PPL Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

Citigroup Inc. (C) had a active trading with around 22.35M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 21.2M. The stock traded between $58.75 and $60.11 before closing at the price of $59.83 with 1.49% change on the day. The New York New York 10013 based company is currently trading 65.21% above its 52 week low of $36.61 and -2.64% below its 52 week high of $61.63. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $64.61 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

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.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT) saw its value decrease by -0.65% as the stock dropped $-0.38 to finish the day at a closing price of $58.47. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $39.07-$59.76 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $58.42 to $58.9 during the day, are up by 20.18% in the past three months and up by 18.84% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.97% above its 20 day moving average and 3.52% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $79.13 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 60.88.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., a hospitality company, owns, leases, manages, develops, and franchises hotels, resorts, and timeshare properties worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Ownership, Management and Franchise, and Timeshare. It also licenses its brands to franchisees; provides hotel management services for third parties; and markets and sells timeshare interests owned by Hilton and third parties. In addition, the company provides consumer financing, which includes interest income generated from the origination of consumer loans to finance their purchase of timeshare intervals. It operates hotels under the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations, and Hampton Inn brands. As of February 1, 2017, the company had 4,900 properties with approximately 796,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS), PPL Corporation (PPL), Abbott Laboratories (ABT)

T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS) grew with the stock adding 0.22% or $0.14 to close at $62.39 on light trading volume of 3.8M compared its three months average trading volume of 4.12M. The Bellevue Washington 98006 based company operating under the Wireless Communications industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 83.34% up for the period and up by 8.49% so far this year. With price target of $62.25 and a 85.68% rebound from 52-week low, T-Mobile US, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

T-Mobile US, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides mobile communications services for consumers and businesses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company offers voice, messaging, and data services in the postpaid, prepaid, and wholesale markets. It also provides wireless devices, including smartphones, tablets, and other mobile communication devices, as well as accessories that are manufactured by various suppliers. The company offers services, devices, and accessories under the T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands through its owned and operated retail stores, as well as through its Websites. T-Mobile US, Inc. also sells its devices and accessories to dealers and other third party distributors for resale through independent third-party retail outlets and various third-party Websites. It delivers wireless services to approximately 65.5 million customers. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. T-Mobile US, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom Holding B.V.

PPL Corporation (PPL) gained $0.08 to close the day at a new closing price of $35.5, a 0.23% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 11.95% above its 52 week low of $32.08. A total of 3.71M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.79M. The stock, which fluctuated between $35.34 and $35.62 during the day, currently situated -9.06% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 3.68% in the past one month and up by 6.95% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $36.83 and RSI of 63.51, 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.

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) shares were up in last trading by 0.47% to $42.74. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -0.09% over the past week and grew 4.04% in the past month. It is currently trading 7.51% above its 50 day moving average and 6.44% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -5.46% decrease in value from its one year high of $45.79. The RSI indicator value of 68.9, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Abbott Laboratories manufactures and sells health care products worldwide. The company’s Established Pharmaceutical Products segment offers branded generic pharmaceuticals to treat pancreatic exocrine insufficiency; irritable bowel syndrome or biliary spasm; intrahepatic cholestasis or depressive symptoms; gynecological disorders; hormone replacement therapy; dyslipidemia; hypertension; hypothyroidism; Ménière’s disease and vestibular vertigo; pain, fever, and inflammation; migraines; anti-infective clarithromycin; and influenza vaccines, as well as to regulate physiological rhythm of the colon. Its Diagnostic Products segment provides immunoassay and clinical chemistry systems; assays used to screen and/or diagnosis cancer, cardiac, drugs of abuse, fertility, infectious diseases, and therapeutic drug monitoring; hematology systems and reagents; diagnostic systems and cartridges; instruments to automate the extraction, purification, and preparation of DNA and RNA from patient samples, and detects and measures infectious agents; genomic-based tests; informatics and automation solutions; and instrument used to identify infection-causing pathogens. The company’s Nutritional Products segment provides pediatric and adult nutritional products. Its Vascular Products segment offers coronary, endovascular, vessel closure, and structural heart devices to treat vascular disease. The company also provides blood and flash glucose monitoring systems, including test strips, sensors, data management decision software, and accessories for people with diabetes; and medical devices for the eye, such as cataract and LASIK surgery, contact lens care, and dry eye products. In addition, it develops cardiovascular medical devices. It serves retailers, wholesalers, hospitals, health care facilities, laboratories, physicians’ offices, and government agencies. The company has strategic alliance with Fonterra. The company was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in Abbott Park, Illinois.

 

Stocks Roundup: SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI), Conagra Brands, Inc. (CAG), PPL Corporation (PPL)

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI) retreated with the stock falling -0.82% or $-0.47 to close at $56.93 on light trading volume of 2.63M compared its three months average trading volume of 4.04M. The Atlanta Georgia 30308 based company operating under the Money Center Banks industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 75.78% up for the period and up by 3.79% so far this year. With price target of $59.72 and a 87.61% rebound from 52-week low, SunTrust Banks, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. operates as the holding company for SunTrust Bank that provides various financial services for consumers, businesses, corporations, and institutions in the United States. It operates through three segments: Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, and Mortgage Banking. The Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management segment offers deposits, home equity lines and loans, credit lines, indirect auto loans, student loans, bank cards, and other lending products, as well as various services. This segment also provides wealth management products and professional services, including brokerage, professional investment management, and trust services; and family office solutions. The Wholesale Banking segment offers corporate and investment banking solutions, such as advisory, capital raising, and financial risk management, as well as lease financing solutions; cash management services, auto dealer financing, and corporate insurance premium financing solutions; and construction, mini-perm, and permanent real estate financing, as well as tailored financing and equity investment solutions. This segment also provides treasury and payment solutions, including operating various electronic and paper payment types, such as card, wire transfer, automated clearing house, check, and cash; and offers clients to manage their accounts online. The Mortgage Banking segment provides residential mortgage products in the secondary market. The company offers its products and services through a network of traditional and in-store branches, automated teller machines, Internet, mobile, and telephone banking channels. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 1,401 full-service banking offices located in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Conagra Brands, Inc. (CAG) had a light trading with around 2.61M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.48M. The stock traded between $39.26 and $39.61 before closing at the price of $39.52 with -0.05% change on the day. The Omaha Nebraska 68102 based company is currently trading 35.66% above its 52 week low of $30.74 and -0.62% below its 52 week high of $39.97. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $41.33 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Conagra Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food company in North America. It operates through five segments: Grocery & Snacks, Refrigerated & Frozen, International, Foodservice, and Commercial. The Grocery & Snacks segment primarily provides branded, shelf-stable food products in various retail channels in the United States. The Refrigerated & Frozen segment offers branded, temperature controlled food products in various retail channels in the United States. The International segment primarily provides branded food products, in various temperature states, in retail and foodservice channels outside of the United States. The Foodservice segment offers branded and customized food products, such as meals, entrees, prepared potatoes, sauces, and various custom-manufactured culinary products packaged for sale to restaurants and other foodservice establishments in the United States. The Commercial segment offers commercially branded and private label food and ingredients primarily to commercial, restaurant, foodservice, food manufacturing, and industrial customers. The company markets its products primarily under the Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Slim Jim, Reddi-wip, Alexia, Blake’s, Frontera, Bertolli, P.F. Chang’s, and Marie Callender’s brands. The company was formerly known as ConAgra Foods, Inc. and changed its name to Conagra Brands, Inc. in November 2016. Conagra Brands, Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

PPL Corporation (PPL) saw its value increase by 0.71% as the stock gained $0.25 to finish the day at a closing price of $35.65. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $32.08-$39.92 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $35.3 to $35.68 during the day, are up by 4.38% in the past three months and up by 0.57% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.94% above its 20 day moving average and 4.38% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $36.9 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 69.23.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: PPL Corporation (PPL), The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX), Fastenal Company (FAST)

PPL Corporation (PPL) retreated with the stock falling -0.62% or $-0.22 to close at $35.24 on active trading volume of 3.98M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.86M. The Allentown Pennsylvania 18101 based company operating under the Electric Utilities industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 1.71% up for the period and up by 3.49% so far this year. With price target of $36.9 and a 11.13% rebound from 52-week low, PPL Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX) dropped $-0.12 to close the day at a new closing price of $30.62, a -0.39% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 43.1% above its 52 week low of $22.45. A total of 3.98M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 5.46M. The stock, which fluctuated between $30.52 and $30.8 during the day, currently situated -2.27% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.2% in the past one month and up by 30.41% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $35.13 and RSI of 64.41, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations, retirees, sovereign wealth funds, and institutional and individual investors. The firm manages separate client focused portfolios for its clients. It launches fixed income mutual funds. The firm also launches and manages private equity funds, real estate funds, funds of hedge funds, and credit-focused funds for its clients. It invests in private equity, public equity, fixed income, and alternative investment markets. The Blackstone Group L.P. was founded in 1985 and is based in New York, New York with additional offices in London, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Beijing, China, Dubai, UAE, Dusseldorf, Germany, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Mexico City, Mexico, Paris, France, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Seoul, Korea, Shanghai, China, Singapore, Sydney, Australia, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Tokyo, Japan.

Fastenal Company (FAST) shares were up in last trading by 2.75% to $50.39. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.38% over the past week and grew 8.78% in the past month. It is currently trading 4.84% above its 50 day moving average and 14.95% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.64% decrease in value from its one year high of $51.56. The RSI indicator value of 61.43, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies primarily under the Fastenal name. The company’s fastener products include threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, which are used in manufactured products and building projects, as well as in the maintenance and repair of machines and structures. It also offers miscellaneous supplies and hardware, including various pins and machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire ropes, strut products, rivets, and related accessories. The company serves the manufacturing market comprising original equipment manufacturers, maintenance, repair, and operations; and non-residential construction market, which include general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. It also serves farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, schools, and retail trades; and oil exploration, production, and refinement companies, as well as federal, state, and local governmental entities. The company distributes its products through a network of approximately 2,600 company owned stores. Fastenal Company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Winona, Minnesota.

 

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 Buzz: PPL Corporation (PPL), Synchrony Financial (SYF), Eastman Chemical Company (EMN)

PPL Corporation (PPL) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.34% or $0.46 to close the day at $34.84 on active trading volume of 5.2M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.93M. The Allentown Pennsylvania 18101 based company has been outperforming the electric utilities group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 1.22%, compared to the industry which has advanced 8.85% over the same period. With RSI of 61.02, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $36.53, 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.

Synchrony Financial (SYF) retreated with the stock falling -1.78% or $-0.65 to close at $35.82 on light trading volume of 5.99M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.79M. The Stamford Connecticut 06902 based company operating under the Credit Services industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 26.99% up for the period and down by -1.24% so far this year. With price target of $42.9 and a 55.5% rebound from 52-week low, Synchrony Financial has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Synchrony Financial operates as a consumer financial services company in the United States. The company offers private label credit cards, dual cards, and small and medium-sized business credit products; and promotional financing for consumer purchases, such as private label credit cards and installment loans. It also provides promotional financing to consumers for elective healthcare procedures or services, such as dental, veterinary, cosmetic, vision, and audiology; debt cancellation products; and deposit products, including certificates of deposit, individual retirement, money market, and savings accounts, as well as accepts deposits through third-party securities brokerage firms. The company offers its credit products through programs established with a group of national and regional retailers, local merchants, manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations, and healthcare service providers; and deposit products through multiple channels, including online, print, and radio advertising. Synchrony Financial was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. Synchrony Financial operates independently of GE Consumer Finance, Inc. as of November 17, 2015.

Eastman Chemical Company (EMN) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.15% or $-0.12 to close the day at $77.5 on higher than average trading volume of 1.63M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.41M. The Kingsport Tennessee 37660 based company has been outperforming the chemicals – major diversified companies by 8.2649% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 3.04% YTD, versus the chemicals – major diversified industry which is up 2.95% for the same period. The RSI of 51.7 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Eastman Chemical Company, a specialty chemical company, manufactures and sells materials, chemicals, and fibers in the United States and internationally. The company’s Additives & Functional Products segment offers solvents, including specialty coalescents, ketones and esters, glycol ethers, and alcohol solvents; cellulose and polyester-based specialty polymers, and paint additives; insoluble sulfur products; antidegradants; hydrocarbon resins; specialty intermediates, performance products, and formic acid; and alkylamine derivatives. This segment’s products are used in the coatings, tires, consumables, animal nutrition, crop protection, and energy markets. Its Adhesives & Plasticizers segment manufactures adhesives resins and plasticizers used in the consumables, building and construction, health and wellness, industrial chemicals and processing, and durable goods markets. The company’ Advanced Materials segment provides specialty copolyesters, cellulose esters, polyvinyl butyral, and window film products for value-added end uses in transportation, consumables, building and construction, durable goods, and health and wellness products. Its Fibers segment offers Estron acetate tow and Estrobond triacetin plasticizers for manufacturing cigarette filters; Estron natural and Chromspun solution dyed acetate yarns for use in apparel, home furnishings, and industrial fabrics; and cellulose acetate flake and acetyl raw materials for other acetate fiber producers, as well as acetyl chemical products. The company’s Specialty Fluids & Intermediates segment provides specialty fluids, acetyl chemical intermediates, olefin derivatives, and alkylamines used in industrial chemicals and processing, building and construction, health and wellness, and agrochemicals markets. The company also offers aviation turbine engine oil; wet-laid nonwovens; and specialty films. Eastman Chemical Company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee.

 

Investor’s Alert: PPL Corporation (PPL), Fastenal Company (FAST), American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP)

PPL Corporation (PPL) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.41% or $-0.14 to close the day at $34.27 on lower than average trading volume of 2.56M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.96M. The Allentown Pennsylvania 18101 based company has been underperforming the electric utilities companies by 2.4577% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 0.65% YTD, versus the electric utilities industry which is down -0.15% for the same period. The RSI of 49.66 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, 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.

Fastenal Company (FAST) had a light trading with around 2.55M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.76M. The stock traded between $49.93 and $50.41 before closing at the price of $50.17 with -0.4% change on the day. The Winona Minnesota 55987 based company is currently trading 37.36% above its 52 week low of $37.7 and -2.7% below its 52 week high of $51.56. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 62.63 and $49.9 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies primarily under the Fastenal name. The company’s fastener products include threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, which are used in manufactured products and building projects, as well as in the maintenance and repair of machines and structures. It also offers miscellaneous supplies and hardware, including various pins and machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire ropes, strut products, rivets, and related accessories. The company serves the manufacturing market comprising original equipment manufacturers, maintenance, repair, and operations; and non-residential construction market, which include general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. It also serves farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, schools, and retail trades; and oil exploration, production, and refinement companies, as well as federal, state, and local governmental entities. The company distributes its products through a network of approximately 2,600 company owned stores. Fastenal Company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Winona, Minnesota.

American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP) traded within a range of $62.48 to $63.04 after opening the day at $62.78. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 0.02% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.53% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $62.97 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -10.13% below its 52 week high of $71.32 and 14.94% above its 12-month low of $57.89. The shares are up by over 0.05% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 53.12 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers. The company generates electricity using coal and lignite, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric and other energy sources. It also supplies and markets electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, rural electric cooperatives, municipalities, and other market participants. The company delivers electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in 11 states. The company owns and leases approximately 4,838 railcars, 498 barges, 12 towboats, 8 harbor boats, and a coal handling terminal. American Electric Power Company, Inc. was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Stocks To Watch: Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN), Sysco Corporation (SYY), PPL Corporation (PPL)

Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN) traded within a range of $41.09 to $41.92 after opening the day at $41.58. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 5.76% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.7% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $41.86 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -0.26% below its 52 week high of $42.18 and 39.2% above its 12-month low of $30.56. The shares are up by over 21.13% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 64.89 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Franklin Resources, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the firm provides its services to individuals, institutions, pension plans, trusts, and partnerships. It launches equity, fixed income, balanced, and multi-asset mutual funds through its subsidiaries. The firm invests in the public equity, fixed income, and alternative markets. Franklin Resources, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in San Mateo, California with an additional office in Hyderabad, India.

Sysco Corporation (SYY) managed to rebound with the stock declining -0.88% or $-0.47 to close the day at $53.05 on light trading volume of 2.62M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.68M. The Houston Texas 77077 based company has been outperforming the food wholesale group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 38.64%, compared to the industry which has advanced 33.77% over the same period. With RSI of 33.8, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $54.38, making it a hold for now.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry in the United States, Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Costa Rica, and Mexico. It operates through Broadline, SYGMA, and Other segments. The company distributes a line of frozen foods, such as meats, seafood, fully prepared entrees, fruits, vegetables, and desserts; a line of canned and dry foods; fresh meats and seafood; dairy products; beverage products; imported specialties; and fresh produce. It also supplies various non-food items, including paper products comprising disposable napkins, plates, and cups; tableware consisting of China and silverware; cookware consisting of pots, pans, and utensils; restaurant and kitchen equipment and supplies; and cleaning supplies. In addition, the company offers specialty meat products, such as custom-cut fresh steaks, other meat, and poultry products; and lodging industry products, including personal care guest amenities, equipment, housekeeping supplies, room accessories, and textiles. It serves restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, schools and colleges, hotels and motels, industrial caterers, and other foodservice venues through 200 distribution facilities. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

PPL Corporation (PPL) dropped $-0.09 to close the day at a new closing price of $34.52, a -0.26% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 8.86% above its 52 week low of $32.08. A total of 2.58M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.98M. The stock, which fluctuated between $34.39 and $34.66 during the day, currently situated -11.57% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 0.17% in the past one month and up by 4.15% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $36.27 and RSI of 57.03, 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.

 

Trader Alert: PPL Corporation (PPL), Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL), First Solar, Inc. (FSLR)

PPL Corporation (PPL) grew with the stock adding 0.73% or $0.25 to close at $34.61 on light trading volume of 2.8M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.98M. The Allentown Pennsylvania 18101 based company operating under the Electric Utilities industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 6.99% up for the period and up by 1.64% so far this year. With price target of $36.27 and a 9.14% rebound from 52-week low, PPL Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) gained $0.71 to close the day at a new closing price of $68.26, a 1.05% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 9.43% above its 52 week low of $63.88. A total of 2.79M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.49M. The stock, which fluctuated between $67.64 and $68.35 during the day, currently situated -8.42% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 3.94% in the past one month and down by -3.19% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $72.73 and RSI of 63.74, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells consumer products worldwide. It operates through two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. The company offers oral care products, including toothpastes, toothbrushes, and mouthwashes, as well as pharmaceutical products for dentists and other oral health professionals; personal care products comprising bar and liquid hand soaps, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, and deodorants and antiperspirants; and home care products, such as laundry and dishwashing detergents, fabric conditioners, household cleaners, bleaches, and other similar items. It also provides pet nutrition products for everyday nutritional needs, a range of therapeutic products to manage disease conditions, and various products with natural ingredients. The company’s principal global and regional trademarks include Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet, and Hill’s Ideal Balance. It markets and sells its pet nutrition products for dogs and cats through pet supply retailers and veterinarians. Colgate-Palmolive Company was founded in 1806 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

First Solar, Inc. (FSLR) shares were down in last trading by -3.36% to $32.53. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -7.51% over the past week and fell -2.02% in the past month. It is currently trading -0.72% below its 50 day moving average and -22.83% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -56.21% decrease in value from its one year high of $74.29. The RSI indicator value of 45, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Components and Systems. The Components segment designs, manufactures, and sells solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity. This segment manufactures cadmium telluride and crystalline silicon modules for system integrators and operators. The Systems segment provides turn-key photovoltaic solar power systems or solar solutions, such as project development; engineering, procurement, and construction; and operating and maintenance services to utilities, independent power producers, and commercial and industrial companies. It also commissions a 52.5 megawatt Shams Ma’an solar power plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The company was formerly known as First Solar Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to First Solar, Inc. in 2006. First Solar, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.