Worth Watching Stocks: Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM), HCP, Inc. (HCP)

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) saw its value increase by 0.35% as the stock gained $0.19 to finish the day at a closing price of $54.71. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $35.42-$54.87 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $54.37 to $54.87 during the day, are up by 29.4% in the past three months and up by 47.62% over the past six months. It is currently trading 5.59% above its 20 day moving average and 8.31% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $62.07 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 68.46.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation services in the United States and near-international markets. As of December 31, 2016, the company operated a total of 723 Boeing 737 aircraft; and served 101 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as 8 near-international countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Belize, and Cuba. It also sells frequent flyer points and related services to business partners participating in the Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program, such as car rental agencies, hotels, restaurants, and retailers. In addition, the company operates Southwest.com, an Internet Website that enables customers to purchase and manage travel online; and Swabiz.com, a business travel reservation Web page. Southwest Airlines Co. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) shares were up in last trading by 0.91% to $68. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.67% over the past week and grew 5.44% in the past month. It is currently trading 5.72% above its 50 day moving average and 9.68% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a 0.01% increase in value from its one year high of $68.27. The RSI indicator value of 74.38, lead us to believe that it may reverse gains in the near term.

YUM! Brands, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates quick service restaurants. It operates in four segments: YUM China, the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Taco Bell Division. The company develops, operates, franchises, and licenses a system of restaurants, which prepare, package, and sell various food items. As of April 21, 2016, it operated approximately 43,000 restaurants in approximately 130 countries and territories primarily under the KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, and Mexican-style food categories. The company was formerly known as TRICON Global Restaurants, Inc. and changed its name to YUM! Brands, Inc. in May 2002. YUM! Brands, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

HCP, Inc. (HCP) traded within a range of $30.55 to $30.81 after opening the day at $30.61. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 3.3% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.07% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $30.7 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -15.59% below its 52 week high of $36.82 and 40.21% above its 12-month low of $23.73. The shares are up by over 6.49% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 53.63 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

3 Stocks in Focus: J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (JBHT), Hess Corporation (HES), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (JBHT) fell -0.14% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.14 to finish the day at $99.52 with about 3.33M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 978.10K. The $10.89B market cap company, which fluctuated between $99.05 and $100.5 during the day, currently situated 40.23% above its 52 week low of $71.54 and -2.79% away from its one year high of $102.38. The RSI of 57.26 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides surface transportation and delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates through four segments: Intermodal (JBI), Dedicated Contract Services (DCS), Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS), and Truck (JBT). The JBI segment offers intermodal freight solutions, such as origin and destination pickup, and delivery services. It operates 78,957 pieces of company-owned trailing equipment; owns and maintains its chassis fleet comprising 68,076 units; and manages a fleet of 4,276 company-owned tractors and 805 independent contractor trucks. The DCS segment designs, develops, and executes supply-chain solutions that support various transportation networks. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 6,762 company-owned trucks, 436 customer-owned trucks, and 10 independent contractor trucks, as well as 15,020 owned pieces of trailing equipment, and 6,652 customer-owned trailers. The ICS segment provides traditional freight brokerage and transportation logistics solutions; and flatbed, refrigerated, expedited, and less-than-truckload solutions, as well as various dry-van and intermodal solutions. It also offers single-source logistics management for customers that desire to outsource their transportation functions. This segment operates 34 remote sales offices or branches. The JBT segment provides full-load and dry-van freight services by utilizing tractors operating over roads and highways. As of December 31, 2015, this segment operated 1,462 company-owned tractors. The company also transports or arranges for the transportation of freight, including general merchandise, specialty consumer items, appliances, forest and paper products, food and beverages, building materials, soaps and cosmetics, automotive parts, agricultural products, electronics, and chemicals. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Lowell, Arkansas.

Hess Corporation (HES) dropped $-1.15 to close the day at a new closing price of $53.16, a -2.12% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 46.58% above its 52 week low of $36.95. A total of 3.31M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 4.35M. The stock, which fluctuated between $52.65 and $54.48 during the day, currently situated -18.59% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -14.4% in the past one month and up by 13.34% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $65.83 and RSI of 28.39, the stock still has upside potential, making it a buy for now.

Hess Corporation, an exploration and production company, develops, produces, purchases, transports, and sells crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. The company operates in two segments, Exploration and Production, and Bakken Midstream. It is also involved in crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing of natural gas and the fractionation of natural gas liquids, transportation of crude oil by rail car, terminating and loading crude oil and natural gas liquids, and the storage and terminating of propane primarily in the Bakken shale play of North Dakota. The company operates primarily in the United States, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, the Joint Development Area of Malaysia/Thailand, Malaysia, and Norway. As of December 31, 2015, it had total proved reserves of 1,086 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) had a light trading with around 3.31M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.94M. The stock traded between $52.9 and $53.38 before closing at the price of $53.07 with 0.36% change on the day. The Dallas Texas 75235 based company is currently trading 57.69% above its 52 week low of $34.3 and -2.05% below its 52 week high of $54.18. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 62.2 and $62.07 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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

 

3 Trending Stocks: Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), American International Group, Inc. (AIG)

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.77% or $0.3 to close the day at $39.29 on active trading volume of 4.63M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.94M. The Dallas Texas 75225 based company has been outperforming the oil & gas pipelines group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 58.79%, compared to the industry which has advanced 56.98% over the same period. With RSI of 68.22, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $43.95, making it a hold for now.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. engages in the natural gas midstream, and intrastate transportation and storage businesses in the United States. The company’s Intrastate Transportation and Storage segment transports natural gas from various natural gas producing areas, and through ET fuel system and HPL system. It owns and operates 7,500 miles of natural gas transportation pipelines and three natural gas storage facilities in Texas. Its Interstate Transportation and Storage segment provides natural gas transportation and storage services; owns and operates approximately 12,300 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline; and has interests in various natural gas pipelines. The company’s Midstream segment gathers, compresses, treats, blends, processes, and markets natural gas. It owns and operates 35,000 miles of in service natural gas, 31 natural gas processing plants, 21 natural gas treating facilities, and 4 natural gas conditioning facilities. The company’s Liquids Transportation and Services segment transports mixed NGLs and other hydrocarbons; stores mixed NGLs, NGL products, and petrochemical products; and separates mixed NGL streams into purity products. It owns and operates various NGL pipelines, and NGL storage facilities with aggregate storage capacity of approximately 51 million barrels. Its Investment in Sunoco Logistics segment gathers, purchases, markets, and sells crude oil; and owns and operates 1,800 miles of refined products pipelines. The company’s Retail Marketing segment sells motor fuel and merchandise at company-operated retail locations and branded convenience stores in 14 states, primarily on the east coast and south regions of the United States. Its Other segment provides natural gas compression equipment and compression services; manages coal and natural resources property, sells standing timber, and leases coal-related infrastructure facilities; and generates electrical power. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) climbed 0.25% during last trading as the stock added $0.13 to finish the day at $52.86 with about 4.56M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.97M. The $32.54B market cap company, which fluctuated between $52.18 and $53.31 during the day, currently situated 57.07% above its 52 week low of $33.96 and -2.44% away from its one year high of $54.18. The RSI of 60.8 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) saw its value decrease by -0.23% as the stock dropped $-0.15 to finish the day at a closing price of $64.12. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $48.41-$67.47 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $63.75 to $64.61 during the day, are up by 6.2% in the past three months and up by 11.52% over the past six months. It is currently trading -2.7% below its 20 day moving average and -1.93% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $72.13 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 38.09. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

American International Group, Inc. provides insurance products and services for commercial, institutional, and individual customers in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates through two segments, Commercial Insurance and Consumer Insurance. The company’s Commercial Insurance segment offers general liability, commercial automobile liability, workers’ compensation, excess casualty, and crisis management causality insurance products, as well as various risk-sharing and other customized structured programs; commercial, industrial, and energy-related property insurance products; aerospace, environmental, political risk, trade credit, surety, and marine insurance products; various insurance products for small and medium sized enterprises; and professional liability insurance products. It also provides mortgage guaranty insurance; stable value wrap products, and structured settlement and terminal funding annuities; and corporate- and bank-owned life insurance and guaranteed investment contracts. This segment sells its products through independent retail and wholesale brokers, agency network, specialized marketing and consulting firms, and structured settlement brokers. Its Consumer Insurance segment offers retirement products, such as fixed annuities, and immediate and deferred income annuities; variable and fixed index annuities; and mutual funds, and plan administrative and compliance services. This segment’s products also include term and whole life, cancer, and critical illness insurance products; personal accident and supplemental health products; travel insurance products and services; automobile and homeowners, and extended warranty insurance; and identity theft and credit card protection products. It sells its products through agents, direct marketing, independent marketing organizations, financial advisors, banks, wirehouses, and broker-dealers. The company was founded in 1919 and is based in New York, New York.

 

Stocks Roundup: Carnival Corporation (CCL), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), Harley-Davidson, Inc. (HOG)

Carnival Corporation (CCL) retreated with the stock falling -0.47% or $-0.26 to close at $55.38 on light trading volume of 2.97M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.54M. The Miami Florida 33178 based company operating under the Resorts & Casinos industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 16.28% up for the period and up by 6.38% so far this year. With price target of $57.36 and a 40.53% rebound from 52-week low, Carnival Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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 99 cruise ships. It also owns Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, a tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon, which owns and operates 11 hotels or lodges, approximately 300 motor coaches, and 20 glass-domed railcars. In addition, the company is involved in the leasing of cruise ships. It sells its cruises primarily through travel agents and tour operators. Carnival Corporation was incorporated in 1972 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida. Carnival Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & Plc.

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) had a active trading with around 6.6M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.08M. The stock traded between $51.51 and $52.4 before closing at the price of $52.31 with -0.08% change on the day. The Dallas Texas 75235 based company is currently trading 55.43% above its 52 week low of $33.96 and -3.45% below its 52 week high of $54.18. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $60.13 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

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

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (HOG) saw its value decrease by -1.52% as the stock dropped $-0.88 to finish the day at a closing price of $57.04. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $36.97-$62.35 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $54.75 to $57.19 during the day, are up by 2.32% in the past three months and up by 11.8% over the past six months. It is currently trading -3.14% below its 20 day moving average and -3.67% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $57 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 36.91.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Harley-Davidson, Inc. primarily manufactures cruiser and touring motorcycles. The company operates through two segments, Motorcycles & Related Products, and Financial Services. The Motorcycles & Related Products segment designs, manufactures, and sells wholesale on-road Harley-Davidson motorcycles, as well as a line of motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, and related services. It offers motorcycle parts and accessories, such as replacement parts, and mechanical and cosmetic accessories; and general merchandise, including MotorClothes apparel and riding gears; and various services to its independent dealers comprising motorcycle services, business management training programs, and customized dealer software packages. This segment also licenses the Harley-Davidson name and other trademarks. It sells its products to retail customers through a network of independent dealers, as well as ecommerce channels primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. The Financial Services provides wholesale and retail financing services; and insurance and insurance-related programs primarily to Harley-Davidson dealers and retail customers in the United States and Canada. This segment offers wholesale financial services, such as floorplan and open account financing of motorcycles, and motorcycle parts and accessories; and retail financing services, including installment lending for the purchase of new and used Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It also operates as an agent providing point-of-sale protection products, including motorcycle insurance, extended service contracts, credit protection, and motorcycle maintenance protection. The company has a collaboration agreement with Marvel to manufacture various bike models. Harley-Davidson, Inc. was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

Stocks Alert: D.R. Horton, Inc. (DHI), The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)

D.R. Horton, Inc. (DHI) grew with the stock adding 2.38% or $0.73 to close at $31.37 on active trading volume of 7.79M compared its three months average trading volume of 4.82M. The Fort Worth Texas 76102 based company operating under the Residential Construction industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 16.09% up for the period and up by 14.78% so far this year. With price target of $33.7 and a 37.76% rebound from 52-week low, D.R. Horton, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company. It engages in the acquisition and development of land; and construction and sale of homes in 26 states and 78 markets in the United States under the names of D.R. Horton, America’s Builder, Express Homes, Emerald Homes, Regent Homes, Crown Communities, and Pacific Ridge Homes. The company constructs and sells single-family detached homes; and attached homes, such as town homes, duplexes, triplexes, and condominiums. It is also involved in the origination and sale of mortgages; and provision of title insurance policies, and examination and closing services. The company primarily serves title insurance agents, homebuyers, and homebuilding customers. D.R. Horton, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW) gained $0.49 to close the day at a new closing price of $42.29, a 1.17% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 97.99% above its 52 week low of $21.51. A total of 7.75M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 9.24M. The stock, which fluctuated between $41.93 and $42.45 during the day, currently situated 0.43% above its 52 week high. The stock is up by 6.34% in the past one month and up by 31.66% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $45.06 and RSI of 65.72, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management, custody, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. The Investor Services segment provides retail brokerage and banking services, retirement plan services, and other corporate brokerage services; and stock plan services, compliance solutions, and mutual fund clearing services, as well as engages in the off-platform sales business. The Advisor Services segment provides custodial, trading, and support services; and retirement and corporate brokerage retirement services. The company provides brokerage accounts with cash management capabilities; third-party mutual funds through the Mutual Fund Marketplace, including no-transaction fee mutual funds through the Mutual Fund OneSource service, which includes proprietary mutual funds, plus mutual fund trading, and clearing services to broker-dealers; exchange-traded funds (ETFs), including proprietary and third-party ETFs; and advice solutions, such as managed portfolios of proprietary and third-party mutual funds and ETFs, separately managed accounts, customized personal advice for tailored portfolios, and specialized planning and portfolio management. It also offers banking products and services, including checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, first lien residential real estate mortgage loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and Pledged Asset Lines; and trust services comprising trust custody services, personal trust reporting services, and administrative trustee services. The company serves individuals and institutional clients in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, London, and Hong Kong. The Charles Schwab Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) shares were down in last trading by -0.38% to $49.46. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -1.83% over the past week and fell -1.57% in the past month. It is currently trading 1.06% above its 50 day moving average and 16.9% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -5.25% decrease in value from its one year high of $52.2. The RSI indicator value of 46.18, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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

 

3 Notable Runners: JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL)

JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 1.81% or $0.38 to close the day at $21.42 on lower than average trading volume of 6.19M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.1M. The Long Island City New York 11101 based company has been outperforming the regional airlines companies by 15.2018% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -4.46% YTD, versus the regional airlines industry which is up 1.53% for the same period. The RSI of 45.88 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

JetBlue Airways Corporation, a passenger carrier company, provides air transportation services. As of December 31, 2014, the company operated a fleet of 25 Airbus A321 aircrafts, 130 Airbus A320 aircrafts, and 60 Embraer E190 aircrafts. It also served 93 destinations in 28 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 19 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. JetBlue Airways Corporation was founded in 1998 and is based in Long Island City, New York.

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) had a light trading with around 6.15M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.84M. The stock traded between $49.58 and $50.24 before closing at the price of $49.65 with -0.58% change on the day. The Dallas Texas 75235 based company is currently trading 47.53% above its 52 week low of $33.96 and -4.89% below its 52 week high of $52.2. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 47.47 and $59.1 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL) traded within a range of $41.53 to $42.04 after opening the day at $41.95. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 6.31% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.82% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $41.96 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -5.75% below its 52 week high of $44.52 and 33.84% above its 12-month low of $31.38. The shares are down by over -4.96% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 65.66 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

PayPal Holdings, Inc. operates as a technology platform company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants worldwide. It enables businesses of various sizes to accept payments from merchant Websites, mobile devices, and applications, as well as at offline retail locations through a range of payment solutions, including PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, and Xoom products. The company’s platform allows customers to pay and get paid, transfer and withdraw funds to their bank accounts, and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in various currencies. PayPal Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

 

Stocks Buzz: Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD), American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.04% or $-0.01 to close the day at $27.84 on light trading volume of 4.32M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.3M. The Houston Texas 77002 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 29.01%, compared to the industry which has advanced 50.38% over the same period. With RSI of 66.38, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $32.04, making it a hold for now.

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.

American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) retreated with the stock falling -2.21% or $-1.06 to close at $46.94 on light trading volume of 4.25M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.4M. The Fort Worth Texas 76155 based company operating under the Major Airlines industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 18.19% up for the period and up by 0.54% so far this year. With price target of $53.73 and a 89.94% rebound from 52-week low, American Airlines Group Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

American Airlines Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the airline industry. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated a mainline fleet of 946 aircraft. It serves 350 destinations in approximately 50 countries. The company was formerly known as AMR Corporation and changed its name to American Airlines Group Inc. in December 2013. American Airlines Group Inc. was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -2.25% or $-1.15 to close the day at $49.94 on lower than average trading volume of 4.18M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.84M. The Dallas Texas 75235 based company has been outperforming the regional airlines companies by 18.1885% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 0.2% YTD, versus the regional airlines industry which is up 1.78% for the same period. The RSI of 48.95 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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

 

3 Stocks to Watch For: Rent-A-Center, Inc. (RCII), The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (RCII) saw its value increase by 1.08% as the stock gained $0.09 to finish the day at a closing price of $8.4. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $7.86-$16.37 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $7.86 to $8.43 during the day, are down by -9.32% in the past three months and down by -32.96% over the past six months. It is currently trading -23.62% below its 20 day moving average and -25.77% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $9.67 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 22.94.The technical indicator lead us to believe the stock will reverse recent losses any time soon.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, leases household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. The company operates through four segments: Core U.S., Acceptance Now, Mexico, and Franchising. It offers durable products, such as consumer electronics; appliances; computers, including tablets; smartphones; and furniture, including accessories under rental purchase agreements. The company also provides merchandise on an installment sales basis; and offers the rent-to-own transaction to consumers who do not qualify for financing from the traditional retailer through kiosks within retailer’s locations. It operates retail installment sales stores under the Get It Now and Home Choice names; and rent-to-own and franchised rent-to-own stores under the Rent-A-Centre, ColorTyme, and RimTyme names. As of December 31, 2015, the company owned and operated approximately 2,672 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, including 45 retail installment sales stores; 1,444 Acceptance Now kiosk locations in 40 states and Puerto Rico; 532 Acceptance Now direct locations; and 143 stores in Mexico, as well as franchised 227 rent-to-own stores in 31 states under the Rent-A-Center, ColorTyme, and RimTyme names. Rent-A-Center, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) shares were up in last trading by 0.34% to $232.2. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -4.77% over the past week and fell -2.87% in the past month. It is currently trading 2.13% above its 50 day moving average and 31.07% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -6.28% decrease in value from its one year high of $247.77. The RSI indicator value of 44.08, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. operates as an investment banking, securities, and investment management company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management. The Investment Banking segment provides financial advisory services, such as strategic advisory assignments related to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate defense activities, restructurings, spin-offs, and risk management; and underwriting services, including public offerings and private placements of various securities and other financial instruments, as well as derivative transactions entered into with public and private sector clients. The Institutional Client Services segment is involved in client execution activities related to making markets in interest rate products, credit products, mortgages, currencies, commodities, and equities; and provides securities services, such as financing, securities lending, and other prime brokerage services, as well as markets in and clears client transactions on primary stock, options, and futures exchanges. The Investing & Lending segment invests in and originates longer-term loans to provide financing to clients; and makes investments in debt securities and loans, public and private equity securities, and real estate entities. The Investment Management segment offers investment management products and services; and wealth advisory services, including portfolio management and financial counseling, and brokerage and other transaction services. The company serves corporations, financial institutions, governments, and individuals. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. was founded in 1869 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) traded within a range of $50.14 to $51.17 after opening the day at $50.14. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 2.51% so far this year. The stock was up close to 2.04% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $51.09 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -2.13% below its 52 week high of $52.2 and 51.81% above its 12-month low of $33.96. The shares are up by over 21.18% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 57.38 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

 

Eye Catching Stocks: Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), Amedica Corporation (AMDA), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT)

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.62% or $-0.31 to close the day at $50.07 on light trading volume of 4.24M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.9M. The Dallas Texas 75235 based company has been outperforming the regional airlines group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 28.56%, compared to the industry which has advanced 26.75% over the same period. With RSI of 50.6, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $59.1, making it a hold for now.

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

Amedica Corporation (AMDA) fell -30.88% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.19 to finish the day at $0.44 with about 4.23M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 707.05K. The $11.41M market cap company, currently situated -27.08% below its 52 week low of $0.42 and -87.91% away from its one year high of $3.62. The RSI of 23.28 indicates the stock is oversold at the current levels, buy for now.

Amedica Corporation, a commercial-stage biomaterial company, develops, manufactures, and sells a range of medical devices based on its silicon nitride ceramic technology platform in the United States, Europe, and South America. The company offers Valeo silicon nitride spinal fusion devices for use in the cervical and thoracolumbar areas of the spine; and a line of non-silicon nitride spinal surgery products for the treatment of deformity and degenerative spinal procedures. It also develops femoral heads for use in total hip replacements; and femoral condyle components for use in total knee replacements. The company markets and sells its products to surgeons and hospitals directly, as well as through a network of independent sales distributors. Amedica Corporation was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT) saw its value increase by 0.97% as the stock gained $0.55 to finish the day at a closing price of $57.5. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $34.04-$59.76 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $57.28 to $57.91 during the day, are up by 22.05% in the past three months and up by 17.45% over the past six months. It is currently trading 1.83% above its 20 day moving average and 7.51% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $84.07 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 62.8. 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 December 29, 2016, the company had approximately 4,800 managed, franchised, owned, and leased hotels, resorts, and timeshare properties comprising 789,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.