Stocks Buzz: Eli Lilly and Company (LLY), Synchrony Financial (SYF), Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD)

Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.26% or $-0.21 to close the day at $80.04 on light trading volume of 3.63M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.13M. The Indianapolis Indiana 46285 based company has been outperforming the drug manufacturers – major group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 11.84%, compared to the industry which has advanced 13.14% over the same period. With RSI of 72.6, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $86.35, making it a hold for now.

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

Synchrony Financial (SYF) retreated with the stock falling -1.15% or $-0.43 to close at $36.85 on light trading volume of 3.62M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.13M. 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 40.22% up for the period and up by 1.97% so far this year. With price target of $42.91 and a 60.55% 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.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.24% or $-0.07 to close the day at $28.87 on lower than average trading volume of 3.6M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.2M. The Houston Texas 77002 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas companies by 12.7969% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 6.77% YTD, versus the independent oil & gas industry which is down -3.29% for the same period. The RSI of 62.23 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, 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.

 

Stocks Under Review: Synchrony Financial (SYF), Target Corporation (TGT), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL)

Synchrony Financial (SYF) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.74% or $-0.27 to close the day at $36.22 on light trading volume of 5.53M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.6M. The Stamford Connecticut 06902 based company has been outperforming the credit services group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 49.75%, compared to the industry which has advanced 35.56% over the same period. With RSI of 51.14, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $42.91, making it a hold for now.

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.

Target Corporation (TGT) retreated with the stock falling -1.02% or $-0.68 to close at $65.73 on light trading volume of 5.52M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.08M. The Minneapolis Minnesota 55403 based company operating under the Discount, Variety Stores industry has been trending down for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now -0.24% down for the period and down by -9% so far this year. With price target of $73.97 and a 4.43% rebound from 52-week low, Target Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Target Corporation operates as a general merchandise retailer. It offers household essentials, including pharmacy, beauty, personal care, baby care, cleaning, and paper products; music, movies, books, computer software, sporting goods, and toys, as well as electronics, such as video game hardware and software; and apparel for women, men, boys, girls, toddlers, infants, and newborns, as well as intimate apparel, jewelry, accessories, and shoes. The company also provides food and pet supplies comprising dry grocery, dairy, frozen food, beverages, candy, snacks, deli, bakery, meat, produce, and pet supplies; and home furnishings and décor, including furniture, lighting, kitchenware, small appliances, home décor, bed and bath, home improvement, and automotive products, as well as seasonal merchandise, such as patio furniture and holiday décor. In addition, it offers in-store amenities, including Target Café, Target Photo, Target Optical, Portrait Studio, Starbucks, and other food service offerings. Target Corporation sells products through its stores; and digital channels, including Target.com. As of January 30, 2016, the company operated 1,792 stores in the United States. Target Corporation was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.14% or $-0.07 to close the day at $49.26 on lower than average trading volume of 5.3M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 8.05M. The Atlanta Georgia 30354 based company has been outperforming the major airlines companies by 8.7436% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 0.14% YTD, versus the major airlines industry which is up 2.97% for the same period. The RSI of 51.1 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Airline and Refinery. Its route network is centered around a system of hubs, international gateways, and airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Tokyo-Narita. The company sells its tickets through various distribution channels, including delta.com and mobile, telephone reservations, traditional brick and mortar, and online travel agencies. It also provides aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services; staffing, and professional security and training services, as well as aviation solutions to third parties; vacation packages to third-party consumers; and aircraft charters, and aircraft management and programs. As of February 3, 2016, the company operated a fleet of approximately 800 aircrafts. Delta Air Lines, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

3 Trending Stocks: Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), FirstEnergy Corp. (FE), Synchrony Financial (SYF)

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -2.53% or $-1.13 to close the day at $43.46 on active trading volume of 4.31M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.41M. The Chicago Illinois 60601 based company has been outperforming the farm products group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 33.51%, compared to the industry which has advanced 31.11% over the same period. With RSI of 39.01, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $45, making it a hold for now.

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company procures, transports, stores, processes, and merchandises agricultural commodities and products. Its Agricultural Services segment offers agricultural commodities, such as oilseeds, corn, wheat, milo, oats, rice, and barley; and resells those commodities as food and feed ingredients, and raw materials for the agricultural processing industry. The segment is also involved in structured trade finance and the processing of wheat into wheat flour. Its Corn Processing segment offers ingredients used in the food and beverage industry, including sweeteners, starch, syrup, glucose, and dextrose; bio products; alcohol, amino acids, and other food and animal feed ingredients; and ethyl alcohol for industrial use as ethanol or as beverage grade. This segment also offers corn gluten feed and meal, and distillers’ grains; vegetable oil and protein meal; formula feeds, and animal health and nutrition products; and citric acids and glycols for food and industrial products, as well as operates a sugarcane ethanol plant. The company’s Oilseeds Processing segment processes soybeans and soft seeds into vegetable oils and protein meals. It offers ingredients for the food, feed, energy, and industrial products industries; crude vegetable and salad oils; partially refined oils; oilseed protein meals; peanuts, tree nuts, and peanut-derived ingredients; cottonseed flour for the pharmaceutical industry; cotton cellulose pulp for the chemical, paper, and filter markets; and agricultural commodity raw materials. Its Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients segment offers natural flavor ingredients, flavor systems, natural colors, proteins, emulsifiers, soluble fiber, polyols, hydrocolloids, natural health and nutrition products, edible beans, and other specialty food and feed ingredients. The company is also involved in futures commission and insurance activities. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) climbed 0.17% during last trading as the stock added $0.05 to finish the day at $30.04 with about 4.24M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.45M. The $12.83B market cap company, which fluctuated between $29.83 and $30.07 during the day, currently situated 3.67% above its 52 week low of $29.33 and -15.1% away from its one year high of $36.6. The RSI of 52.07 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

FirstEnergy Corp., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. It owns and operates coal-fired, nuclear, hydroelectric, oil and natural gas, wind, and solar power generating facilities. The company also provides energy-related products and services to retail and wholesale customers. It operates 24,211 pole miles of overhead and underground transmission lines; and electric distribution systems, including 268,682 miles of overhead pole line and underground conduit carrying primary, secondary, and street lighting circuits; as well as owns substations with a total installed transformer capacity of approximately 154,612,802 kilovolt-amperes. The company serves approximately six million customers within 65,000 square miles in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. FirstEnergy Corp. was founded in 1996 and is based in Akron, Ohio.

Synchrony Financial (SYF) saw its value decrease by -0.78% as the stock dropped $-0.28 to finish the day at a closing price of $35.77. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $23.25-$38.06 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $35.38 to $35.88 during the day, are up by 23.32% in the past three months and up by 29.96% over the past six months. It is currently trading -0.73% below its 20 day moving average and -0.74% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $42.82 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 46.42. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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.

 

Equities Trend Analysis: Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Amgen Inc. (AMGN), Synchrony Financial (SYF)

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) grew with the stock adding 2.04% or $1.43 to close at $71.38 on active trading volume of 4.42M compared its three months average trading volume of 1.83M. The Tysons Virginia 22102 based company operating under the Information Technology Services industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 129.44% up for the period and up by 20.13% so far this year. With price target of $66.92 and a 197.7% rebound from 52-week low, Computer Sciences Corporation has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Computer Sciences Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides information technology services and solutions primarily in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It operates through two segments, Global Business Services (GBS) and Global Infrastructure Services (GIS). The GBS segment offers technology solutions comprising consulting, applications services, and software. This segment also provides applications services, which optimize and modernize clients’ business and technical environments that enable clients to capitalize on emerging services, such as cloud, mobility, and big data within new commercial models, including the ‘as a Service’ and digital economies; consulting services, which help organizations innovate, transform, and create sustainable competitive advantage; and vertically aligned software solutions and process-based intellectual property power mission-critical transaction engines in insurance, banking, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, and other diversified industries. The GIS segment offers managed and virtual desktop, unified communications and collaboration, data center management, cyber security, and compute and managed storage solutions to commercial clients. This segment also provides next-generation cloud offerings consisting of Infrastructure as a Service, private cloud solutions, CloudMail, and Storage as a Service. The company has a strategic partnership with HCL Technologies to create an applications modernization delivery network. Computer Sciences Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Tysons, Virginia.

Amgen Inc. (AMGN) had a active trading with around 4.37M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.91M. The stock traded between $165.13 and $166.89 before closing at the price of $166.58 with -0.57% change on the day. The Thousand Oaks California 91320 based company is currently trading 25.49% above its 52 week low of $133.64 and -5.17% below its 52 week high of $176.85. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $182.53 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

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 Neulasta, a pegylated protein for the treatment of cancer patients; NEUPOGEN, a recombinant-methionyl human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor for reducing the incidence of infection for patients with non-myeloid malignancies; and Enbrel to treat rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis. Its products also comprise EPOGEN to treat a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells caused by chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients on dialysis; Aranesp for treating anemia; XGEVA for the prevention of skeletal-related events; Prolia to treat postmenopausal women with osteoporosis; Repatha for the treatment of cholesterol; and Sensipar/Mimpara products for use in the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in CKD patients on dialysis. The company’s other marketed products include Kyprolis, a proteasome inhibitor to treat patients with multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer; Nplate, a thrombopoietic compound; Vectibix, a human monoclonal antibody; and BLINCYTO for the treatment of patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It also develops various products that are in various clinical trials. The company serves pharmaceutical wholesale distributors; and physicians or their clinics, dialysis centers, hospitals, and pharmacies, as well as consumers. It has collaborative agreements with Xencor, Inc; UCB; Novartis AG; Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc; Advaxis, Inc.; Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.; Biocartis Group NV; and Nuevolution AB. The company also has a strategic collaboration with Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH. Amgen Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.

Synchrony Financial (SYF) saw its value decrease by -0.16% as the stock dropped $-0.06 to finish the day at a closing price of $36.45. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $23.25-$38.06 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $36.16 to $36.55 during the day, are up by 30.05% in the past three months and up by 30.84% over the past six months. It is currently trading 0.98% above its 20 day moving average and 1.37% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $42.82 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 53.53.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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.

 

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.

 

Stocks in Focus: Synchrony Financial (SYF), Altria Group, Inc. (MO), The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK)

Synchrony Financial (SYF) had a light trading with around 5.96M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.8M. The stock traded between $36.35 and $36.79 before closing at the price of $36.63 with -0.16% change on the day. The Stamford Connecticut 06902 based company is currently trading 59.01% above its 52 week low of $23.25 and -3.74% below its 52 week high of $38.06. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 55.3 and $42.9 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

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.

Altria Group, Inc. (MO) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.25% or $0.18 to close the day at $71.03 on light trading volume of 5.92M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.76M. The Richmond Virginia 23230 based company has been outperforming the cigarettes group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 23.5%, compared to the industry which has advanced 8.1% over the same period. With RSI of 78.5, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $69.45, making it a hold for now.

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

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK) shares were down in last trading by -0.42% to $44.78. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.49% over the past week and fell -6.18% in the past month. It is currently trading -5.42% below its 50 day moving average and 6.57% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -9.61% decrease in value from its one year high of $49.54. The RSI indicator value of 36.51, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, an investment company, provides financial products and services to institutions, corporations, and high net worth individuals in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Investment Management and Investment Services. The company offers investment management; trust and custody; foreign exchange; fund administration; global collateral services; securities lending; depositary receipts; corporate trust; global payment/cash management; banking services; and clearing services. It also provides mutual funds, separate accounts, wealth management and private banking services; and broker-dealer services, registered investment advisory services, prime brokerage services, and working capital solutions. In addition, the company is involved in credit-related activities, business exits, leasing operations, and corporate treasury activities; and the provision of global markets and institutional banking services. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation was founded in 1784 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

 

Stocks Trending Alert: Synchrony Financial (SYF), Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY), Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA)

Synchrony Financial (SYF) saw its value decrease by -0.47% as the stock dropped $-0.17 to finish the day at a closing price of $35.91. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $23.25-$38.06 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $35.75 to $36.49 during the day, are up by 25.3% in the past three months and up by 28.94% over the past six months. It is currently trading -1.53% below its 20 day moving average and 0.91% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $41.69 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 47.61.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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.

Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY) shares were up in last trading by 3.41% to $32.19. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 5.54% over the past week and grew 5.13% in the past month. It is currently trading 4.16% above its 50 day moving average and 5.19% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -3.28% decrease in value from its one year high of $33.28. The RSI indicator value of 65.46, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Weyerhaeuser Co. is a real estate investment trust. It primarily invests in United States. The firm operates under four business segments, timberlands, wood products, cellulose fibers and real estate. It owns timberlands primarily in the U.S and has long-term licenses in Canada. The firm manufactures wood and specialty cellulose fibers products, and develops real estate, primarily as a builder of single-family homes. Weyerhaeuser Co was founded in 1900 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA) traded within a range of $27.41 to $28.98 after opening the day at $28.62. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 0.62% so far this year. The stock was down close to -3.19% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $27.58 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -7.29% below its 52 week high of $29.75 and 16.57% above its 12-month low of $23.66. The shares are up by over 3.61% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 48.71 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a media company worldwide. It operates through U.S. Networks; International Networks; and Education and Other segments. The company owns and operates various television networks under the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, Velocity, Discovery Family, American Heroes, Destination America, Discovery Life, Oprah Winfrey Network, Eurosport, DMAX, and Discovery Kids brands. Its content spans genres, including survival, exploration, sports, lifestyle, general entertainment, heroes, adventure, crime and investigation, health, and kids. The company also develops and sells curriculum-based education products and services comprising online suite of curriculum-based VOD tools, professional development services, and digital textbooks, as well as student assessments; and publishes hard copy curriculum-based content for K-12 schools. In addition, it operates production studios that develop content for television service providers, as well as Websites. The company provides content through various distribution platforms, including pay-TV, free-to-air and broadcast television, digital distribution arrangements, and content licensing agreements, as well as various platforms, such as brand-aligned Websites, Web-native networks, on-line streaming, mobile devices, video on demand (VOD), and broadband channels. As of December 31, 2015, it operated approximately 380 distribution feeds in 40 languages internationally. The company is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.

 

Stock’s Trend Analysis Report: Synchrony Financial (SYF), Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW), Under Armour, Inc. (UAA)

Synchrony Financial (SYF) climbed 0.87% during last trading as the stock added $0.31 to finish the day at $36.08 with about 4.12M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.83M. The $29.26B market cap company, which fluctuated between $35.88 and $36.37 during the day, currently situated 56.63% above its 52 week low of $23.25 and -5.19% away from its one year high of $38.06. The RSI of 50.09 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) gained $0.18 to close the day at a new closing price of $13.01, a 1.4% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 42.46% above its 52 week low of $9.78. A total of 4.09M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 4.3M. The stock, which fluctuated between $12.81 and $13.05 during the day, currently situated -15.33% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 7.79% in the past one month and down by -10.15% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $13.5 and RSI of 68.07, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It acquires, develops, and invests in healthcare facilities; and leases healthcare facilities to healthcare operating companies and healthcare providers. The company also provides mortgage loans to healthcare operators, as well as working capital and other term loans to its tenants/borrowers. As of February 24, 2011, its portfolio consisted of 58 properties, including 22 general acute care hospitals, 17 long-term acute care hospitals, 9 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 2 medical office buildings, and 6 wellness centers, as well as 2 non-owned general acute care facilities. The company has elected to be taxed as a REIT under the Tax Code. As a REIT, it would not be subject to federal income tax purposes, provided that it distributes at least 90% of its REIT taxable income to its shareholders. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Under Armour, Inc. (UAA) had a light trading with around 4.09M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.04M. The stock traded between $28.39 and $28.69 before closing at the price of $28.54 with 0.32% change on the day. The Baltimore Maryland 21230 based company is currently trading 0.88% above its 52 week low of $28.29 and -40.48% below its 52 week high of $47.95. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 33.25 and $38.01 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Under Armour, Inc. together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and distributes branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. The company offers its apparel in compression, fitted, and loose types to be worn in hot, cold, and in between the extremes. It provides various footwear products, including football, baseball, lacrosse, softball and soccer cleats, slides, performance training, running, basketball, and outdoor footwear. The company also offers accessories, which include headwear, bags, and gloves; and digital fitness platform licenses and subscriptions, as well as digital advertising, as well as licenses its brands. It primarily provides its products under the UA Logo, UNDER ARMOUR, UA, ARMOUR, HEATGEAR, COLDGEAR, ALLSEASONGEAR, PROTECT THIS HOUSE, and I WILL, as well as ARMOURBITE, ARMOURSTORM, ARMOUR FLEECE, and ARMOUR BRA trademarks. The company sells its products through wholesale channels, including national and regional sporting goods chains, independent and specialty retailers, department store chains, institutional athletic departments, and leagues and teams, as well as independent distributors; and directly to consumers through a network of brand and factory house stores, and Website. Under Armour, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Traders Recap: TechnipFMC Limited (FTI), Fitbit, Inc. (FIT), Synchrony Financial (SYF)

TechnipFMC Limited (FTI) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -1.96% or $-0.67 to close the day at $33.47 on higher than average trading volume of 6.87M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 5.16M. The London London & South East EC4M 8AP based company has been outperforming the oil & gas equipment & services companies by 1.7838% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -5.8% YTD, versus the oil & gas equipment & services industry which is up 0.62% for the same period. The RSI of 33.68 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

TechnipFMC plc provides technologies, systems, and services for oil and gas projects worldwide. It operates in three segments: Subsea, Onshore/Offshore, and Surface Projects. The Subsea segment offers products, such as trees, manifolds, controls, templates, flowline systems, umbilicals, and flexibles, as well as subsea processing products. This segment also provides subsea services, including drilling, installation, completion, and field services, as well as asset management, well intervention and IMR, ROVs, and manipulator system services; and services for subsea projects comprising front end to decommissioning, field architecture, integrated design, engineering, procurement, construction, and installation services. The Onshore/Offshore segment offers technical, technological, and project management services across fixed, floating, and onshore facilities, as well as offshore services. The Surface Projects segment provides drilling, completion, and production wellhead equipment, as well as chokes, compact valves, manifolds, and controls; treating iron, manifolds, and reciprocating pumps for stimulation and cementing; separation and flow-treatment systems; flow metering products and systems; marine, truck, and railcar loading systems; installation maintenance services; frac-stack, manifold rental, and operation services; and flowback and well testing services. The company was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

Fitbit, Inc. (FIT) had a active trading with around 6.87M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 11.82M. The stock traded between $7.02 and $7.2 before closing at the price of $7.1 with -0.42% change on the day. The company is currently trading 1.87% above its 52 week low of $6.97 and -63.3% below its 52 week high of $18.85. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 36.03 and $10.53 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Fitbit, Inc. provides wearable health and fitness tracking devices. It offers various products, including Fitbit Zip, an entry-level wireless tracker that allows users to track daily activity statistics, such as steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes; Fitbit One, a clippable wireless tracker, which tracks floors climbed and sleep, as well as daily steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes; Fitbit Flex, a wristband-style tracker that tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, and sleep; and Fitbit Charge, an activity and sleep wristband, which tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed, and sleep. The company also provides Fitbit Alta, a customizable wristband that offers call, text, and calendar notifications when paired with the user’s phone and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition; and Fitbit Charge HR, a wireless heart rate and activity wristband. In addition, it offers Fitbit Blaze, a smart fitness watch that provides multi-sport functionality, tracks outdoor cycling activity, and provides run cues; Fitbit Surge, a fitness watch that features a GPS watch, heart rate tracker, activity tracker, and smartwatch; Aria, a Wi-Fi connected scale that tracks weight, body fat percentage, and body mass index; and Fitbit accessories that include bands and frames for Fitbit Blaze, bands for Fitbit Alta, colored bands for Fitbit Flex, colored clips for Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip, device charging cables, wireless sync dongles, band clasps, sleep bands, and Fitbit apparel. The company offers its products through consumer electronics and specialty retailers, e-Commerce retailers, sporting goods and outdoors retailers, and wireless carriers; and corporate wellness channels, as well as directly worldwide. The company was formerly known as Healthy Metrics Research, Inc. and changed its name to Fitbit, Inc. in October 2007. Fitbit, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Synchrony Financial (SYF) traded within a range of $35.61 to $36.49 after opening the day at $36.03. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -1.38% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.3% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $35.77 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -6% below its 52 week high of $38.06 and 55.28% above its 12-month low of $23.25. The shares are up by over 32.45% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 47.59 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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.

 

Trader Alert: Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD), Synchrony Financial (SYF), Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY)

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) retreated with the stock falling -0.04% or $-0.01 to close at $27.68 on light trading volume of 3.96M compared its three months average trading volume of 5.31M. The Houston Texas 77002 based company operating under the Independent Oil & Gas industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 30.38% up for the period and up by 2.37% so far this year. With price target of $32.04 and a 45.68% rebound from 52-week low, Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

Synchrony Financial (SYF) gained $0.39 to close the day at a new closing price of $35.9, a 1.1% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 55.84% above its 52 week low of $23.25. A total of 3.94M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 6.99M. The stock, which fluctuated between $35.17 and $35.92 during the day, currently situated -5.66% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -2.79% in the past one month and up by 36.51% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $41.5 and RSI of 48.66, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY) shares were down in last trading by -0.25% to $44.77. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.07% over the past week and fell -7.04% in the past month. It is currently trading 1.25% above its 50 day moving average and 23.29% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -9.37% decrease in value from its one year high of $49.4. The RSI indicator value of 54.66, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a retailer of technology products, services, and solutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company operates through two reportable segments, Domestic and International. Its stores provide consumer electronics, such as home theater, home automation, digital imaging, health and fitness, and portable audio products; computing and mobile phones, including computing and peripherals, networking, tablets, smart watches, and e-readers, as well as mobile phones comprising related mobile network carrier commissions; and entertainment products, such as gaming hardware and software, movie, music, technology toy, and other software products. The company’s stores also offer appliances, which include refrigeration and laundry appliances, dishwashers, ovens, coffee makers, blenders, etc.; and other products comprising snacks, beverages, and other sundry items. In addition, it provides services, such as consultation, design, delivery, installation, set-up, protection plan, repair, technical support, and educational services. The company offers its products through stores and Websites under the Best Buy, bestbuy.com, Best Buy Mobile, Best Buy Direct, Best Buy Express, Geek Squad, Magnolia Home Theater, Pacific Kitchen and Home, bestbuy.com.ca, bestbuy.com.mx, and Geek Squad brand names, as well as through call centers. As of January 30, 2016, it had approximately 1,200 large-format and 400 small-format stores. The company was formerly known as Sound of Music, Inc. Best Buy Co., Inc. was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota.