Stocks Under Consideration: Emerson Electric Co. (EMR), U.S. Bancorp (USB), Devon Energy Corporation (DVN)

Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) retreated with the stock falling -1.3% or $-0.83 to close at $62.9 on active trading volume of 6.23M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.68M. The St. Louis Missouri 63136 based company operating under the Industrial Electrical Equipment industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 34.73% up for the period and up by 13.68% so far this year. With price target of $57.76 and a 42.14% rebound from 52-week low, Emerson Electric Co. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

Emerson Electric Co. designs and manufactures products, and delivers services to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s Process Management segment offers systems and software; measurement and analytical instrumentation; valves, actuators, and regulators; industry services and solutions; and digital plant architecture solutions. It also provides consulting services for precision measurement, control, monitoring, asset optimization, and safety and reliability of oil and gas reservoirs and plants. This segment serves oil and gas, refining, chemicals, power generation, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, pulp and paper, metal and mining, and municipal water supplies markets. Its Industrial Automation segment provides fluid power and control products; electrical distribution equipment; and materials joining and precision cleaning products, as well as hermetic motors. The company’s Climate Technologies segment supplies compressors, temperature sensors and controls, thermostats, flow controls, and remote monitoring technology and services to residential heating and cooling, commercial air conditioning, commercial and industrial refrigeration, and marine control areas. Its Commercial & Residential Solutions segment provides tools for professionals and homeowners; home storage systems; and appliance solutions. The company was formerly known as The Emerson Electric Manufacturing Company and changed its name to Emerson Electric Co. in 2000. Emerson Electric Co. was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

U.S. Bancorp (USB) had a light trading with around 6.2M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.92M. The stock traded between $54.55 and $55.08 before closing at the price of $55.01 with -0.24% change on the day. The Minneapolis Minnesota 55402 based company is currently trading 50.46% above its 52 week low of $37.48 and -0.65% below its 52 week high of $55.37. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $54 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Devon Energy Corporation (DVN) saw its value decrease by -0.27% as the stock dropped $-0.12 to finish the day at a closing price of $44.11. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $18.07-$50.69 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $44.03 to $45.23 during the day, are down by -1.86% in the past three months and up by 2.12% over the past six months. It is currently trading -3.32% below its 20 day moving average and -5.17% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $53.11 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 40.57.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Devon Energy Corporation, an independent energy company, primarily engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and Canada. It operates approximately 19,000 wells. The company also offers midstream energy services, including gathering, transmission, processing, fractionation, and marketing to producers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, and condensate through its natural gas pipelines, plants, and treatment facilities. Devon Energy Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

Stocks Under Consideration: QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM), Biogen Inc. (BIIB), U.S. Bancorp (USB)

QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM) grew with the stock adding 1% or $0.55 to close at $55.48 on active trading volume of 13.06M compared its three months average trading volume of 11.87M. The San Diego California 92121 based company operating under the Communication Equipment industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 22.97% up for the period and down by -14.91% so far this year. With price target of $65.53 and a 26.57% rebound from 52-week low, QUALCOMM Incorporated has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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

Biogen Inc. (BIIB) had a active trading with around 2.4M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 1.8M. The stock traded between $279.01 and $286.06 before closing at the price of $285.14 with 2.23% change on the day. The Cambridge Massachusetts 02142 based company is currently trading 27.85% above its 52 week low of $223.02 and -14.54% below its 52 week high of $333.65. Both the RSI indicator and target price of  and $319.98 respectively, lead us to believe that it could rise over the coming weeks.

Biogen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers therapies for the treatment of neurological and autoimmune diseases worldwide. The company offers TECFIDERA, AVONEX, PLEGRIDY, TYSABRI, ZINBRYTA, and FAMPYRA to treat multiple sclerosis (MS); FUMADERM for the treatment of plaque psoriasis; and SPINRAZA to treat spinal muscular atrophy. It also provides BENEPALI, an etanercept biosimilar referencing ENBREL; FLIXABI, an infliximab biosimilar referencing REMICADE; RITUXAN for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and other conditions; GAZYVA to treat CLL and follicular lymphoma; and other potential anti-CD20 therapies. The company’s Phase III clinical trial products comprise GAZYVA for the treatment of front-line indolent non-hodgkin’s lymphoma; and Aducanumab and E2609 for Alzheimer’s disease. Its Phase II clinical trial products include BIIB074 for trigeminal neuralgia, lumbosacral radiculopathy, and erythromelalgia; BAN2401 for Alzheimer’s disease; Opicinumab (anti-LINGO-1) for MS; TYSABRI for acute ischemic stroke; rAAV-XLRS for X-linked juvenile retinoschisis; BG00011 (STX-100) for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; and Dapirolizumab pegol and BIIB059 (Anti-BDCA02) for lupus. The company’s Phase I clinical trial products comprise BIIB061 for MS; BIIB054 for Parkinson’s disease; BIIB067 (IONIS-SOD1Rx) for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; and BIIB068 (BTK Inhibitor) for autoimmune disease. It has collaboration agreements with AbbVie, Inc.; Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.; Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation; Eisai Co., Ltd.; Genentech, Inc.; Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Samsung Bioepis; and University of Pennsylvania. Biogen Inc. offers products through its sales force and marketing groups. The company was formerly known as Biogen Idec Inc. and changed its name to Biogen Inc. in March 2015. Biogen Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

U.S. Bancorp (USB) saw its value increase by 0.78% as the stock gained $0.42 to finish the day at a closing price of $54.55. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $37.48-$54.6 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $53.84 to $54.6 during the day, are up by 14.5% in the past three months and up by 28.44% over the past six months. It is currently trading 3.9% above its 20 day moving average and 5.27% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $54 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 70.03.The technical indicator do not lead us to believe the stock will see more gains any time soon.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

3 Trending Stocks: U.S. Bancorp (USB), International Paper Company (IP), FirstEnergy Corp. (FE)

U.S. Bancorp (USB) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.13% or $0.07 to close the day at $53.61 on light trading volume of 3.89M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.41M. The Minneapolis Minnesota 55402 based company has been outperforming the regional – midwest banks group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 46.75%, compared to the industry which has advanced 58.05% over the same period. With RSI of 63.64, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $54, making it a hold for now.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

International Paper Company (IP) climbed 1.4% during last trading as the stock added $0.73 to finish the day at $52.89 with about 3.82M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.97M. The $21.45B market cap company, which fluctuated between $51.91 and $53.03 during the day, currently situated 65.91% above its 52 week low of $33.43 and -10.14% away from its one year high of $58.86. The RSI of 44.19 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The company operates through three segments: Industrial Packaging, Printing Papers, and Consumer Packaging. The Industrial Packaging segment manufactures containerboards, including linerboard, medium, whitetop, recycled linerboard, recycled medium, and saturating kraft. The Printing Papers segment produces printing and writing papers, such as uncoated papers for end use applications, including brochures, pamphlets, greeting cards, books, annual reports, and direct mail, as well as envelopes, tablets, business forms, and file folders. This segment sells uncoated papers under the Hammermill, Springhill, Williamsburg, Postmark, Accent, Great White, Chamex, Ballet, Rey, Pol, and Svetocopy brand names. It also produces pulp for manufacturing printing, writing, and specialty papers, as well as towels and tissues, filtration products, diapers, and sanitary napkins. The Consumer Packaging segment offers coated paperboards for various packaging and foodservice end uses, such as food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco products under the Everest, Fortress, and Starcote brand names. This segment also produces cups, lids, food containers, and plates. The company sells its packaging products, paper products, and other products directly to end users and converters, as well as through agents, resellers, and paper distributors. International Paper Company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) saw its value increase by 1.91% as the stock gained $0.57 to finish the day at a closing price of $30.45. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $29.33-$36.6 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $29.81 to $30.52 during the day, are down by -7.97% in the past three months and down by -5.24% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.09% above its 20 day moving average and 0.36% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $34.72 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 57.04. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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.

 

Stocks To Watch: Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (COG), U.S. Bancorp (USB)

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) traded within a range of $44.34 to $45.19 after opening the day at $44.5. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 16.55% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.58% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $45.07 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -0.02% below its 52 week high of $45.19 and 72.35% above its 12-month low of $26.15. The shares are up by over 9.79% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 68.62 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (COG) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.13% or $0.03 to close the day at $23.6 on light trading volume of 6.46M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.87M. The Houston Texas 77024 based company has been outperforming the independent oil & gas group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 20.89%, compared to the industry which has advanced 50.32% over the same period. With RSI of 57.55, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $27.9, making it a hold for now.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, develops, exploits, explores for, produces, and markets natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company primarily focuses on the Marcellus Shale in northeast Pennsylvania with approximately 200,000 net acres in the dry gas window of the play; and the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas with approximately 85,500 net acres in the oil window of the play. It also transports, stores, gathers, and purchases natural gas for resale. The company sells its natural gas to industrial customers, local distribution companies, and gas marketers through gathering systems and pipelines, as well as to intrastate pipelines, natural gas processors, and marketing companies. As of December 31, 2015, it had proved reserves of approximately 8,190 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

U.S. Bancorp (USB) dropped $-0.31 to close the day at a new closing price of $52.89, a -0.58% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 46.26% above its 52 week low of $37.07. A total of 6.39M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 7.54M. The stock, which fluctuated between $52.53 and $53.02 during the day, currently situated -2.13% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 3.56% in the past one month and up by 18.38% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $54 and RSI of 56.98, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Trader’s Round Up: Altria Group, Inc. (MO), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), U.S. Bancorp (USB)

Altria Group, Inc. (MO) retreated with the stock falling -0.28% or $-0.2 to close at $71.29 on light trading volume of 5.14M compared its three months average trading volume of 6.96M. The Richmond Virginia 23230 based company operating under the Cigarettes industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 23.6% up for the period and up by 5.43% so far this year. With price target of $71.55 and a 25.61% rebound from 52-week low, Altria Group, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) dropped $-0.68 to close the day at a new closing price of $72.61, a -0.93% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 18.03% above its 52 week low of $62.68. A total of 5.13M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 6.12M. The stock, which fluctuated between $72.4 and $73.2 during the day, currently situated -11.97% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.67% in the past one month and up by 9.57% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $81.2 and RSI of 52.1, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

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.

U.S. Bancorp (USB) shares were down in last trading by -0.48% to $53.4. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.04% over the past week and grew 4.77% in the past month. It is currently trading 4.13% above its 50 day moving average and 19.77% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -1.18% decrease in value from its one year high of $54.04. The RSI indicator value of 65.07, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Momentum Stocks in Focus: Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL), U.S. Bancorp (USB)

Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.78% or $-0.57 to close the day at $72.25 on light trading volume of 8.75M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 9.8M. The Foster City California 94404 based company has been underperforming the biotechnology group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock losing -14.43%, compared to the industry which has advanced 7.3% over the same period. With RSI of 49.39, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $93.71, making it a hold for now.

Gilead Sciences Inc., a research-based biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines in areas of unmet medical needs in North America, South America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. The company’s products include Genvoya, Stribild, Complera/Eviplera, Atripla, Truvada, Viread, Emtriva, Tybost, and Vitekta for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults; and Harvoni, Sovaldi, Viread, and Hepsera products for the treatment of liver diseases. It also offers Zydelig, a PI3K delta inhibitor, in combination with rituximab, for the treatment of certain blood cancers; Letairis, an endothelin receptor antagonist for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension; Ranexa, a tablet used for the treatment of chronic angina; Lexiscan/Rapiscan injection for use as a pharmacologic stress agent in radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging; Cayston, an inhaled antibiotic for the treatment of respiratory systems in cystic fibrosis patients; and Tamiflu, an oral antiviral capsule for the treatment and prevention of influenza A and B. In addition, the company provides other products, such as AmBisome, an antifungal agent to treat serious invasive fungal infections; and Macugen, an anti-angiogenic oligonucleotide to treat neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Further, it has product candidates in various stages of development for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and liver diseases, such as hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus; inflammation/oncology; serious cardiovascular; and respiratory conditions, as well as diabetic nephropathy and ebola. The company markets its products through its commercial teams and/or in conjunction with third-party distributors and corporate partners. Gilead Sciences Inc. has collaboration agreements with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Janssen R&D Ireland, Japan Tobacco Inc., and Galapagos NV. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL) grew with the stock adding 0.69% or $0.27 to close at $39.58 on active trading volume of 8.74M compared its three months average trading volume of 7.19M. The San Jose California 95131 based company operating under the Credit Services industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 6.94% up for the period and up by 0.28% so far this year. With price target of $46.65 and a 25.09% rebound from 52-week low, PayPal Holdings, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

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.

U.S. Bancorp (USB) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.19% or $0.1 to close the day at $53.13 on higher than average trading volume of 8.7M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.53M. The Minneapolis Minnesota 55402 based company has been outperforming the regional – midwest banks companies by 19.9326% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 3.43% YTD, versus the regional – midwest banks industry which is down -0.73% for the same period. The RSI of 65.63 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Stocks Intraday Alert: The Kroger Co. (KR), U.S. Bancorp (USB), QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM)

The Kroger Co. (KR) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.07% or $0.36 to close the day at $33.96 on lower than average trading volume of 5.83M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 8M. The Cincinnati Ohio 45202 based company has been outperforming the grocery stores companies by 8.9885% for last three months and its recent gains have offset losses to -1.59% YTD, versus the grocery stores industry which is down -1.37% for the same period. The RSI of 53.59 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. It also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. The company operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Its combination food and drug stores offer natural food and organic sections, pharmacies, general merchandise, pet centers, fresh seafood, and organic produce; multi-department stores provide general merchandise items, such as apparel, home fashion and furnishings, outdoor living, electronics, automotive products, toys, and fine jewelry; and price impact warehouse stores offer grocery, and health and beauty care items, as well as meat, dairy, baked goods, and fresh produce items. The company’s marketplace stores comprise full-service grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty departments, and perishable goods, as well as general merchandise, including apparel, home goods, and toys. It operates under the banner brands, such as Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, etc., as well as Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic brands. As of January 30, 2016, the company operated 2,778 retail food stores, including 1,387 fuel centers; 784 convenience stores; and 323 fine jewelry stores and an online retail store, as well as franchised 78 convenience stores. The Kroger Co. was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

U.S. Bancorp (USB) had a light trading with around 6.73M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.55M. The stock traded between $52.36 and $52.94 before closing at the price of $52.65 with -0.38% change on the day. The Minneapolis Minnesota 55402 based company is currently trading 45.6% above its 52 week low of $37.07 and -0.92% below its 52 week high of $53.14. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 61.93 and $54 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM) traded within a range of $52.83 to $53.64 after opening the day at $53.61. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -18.05% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.34% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $53.43 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -24.81% below its 52 week high of $71.62 and 31.02% above its 12-month low of $42.24. The shares are down by over -21.27% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 23.69 is bullish. They are not pointing to a rebound in the stock. We should get in as it looks to have found a bottom.

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

 

Stocks on the Move: U.S. Bancorp (USB), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL)

U.S. Bancorp (USB) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.08% or $0.04 to close the day at $52.99 on light trading volume of 6.85M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 7.66M. The Minneapolis Minnesota 55402 based company has been outperforming the regional – midwest banks group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 38.5%, compared to the industry which has advanced 49.35% over the same period. With RSI of 66.61, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $54, making it a hold for now.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) fell -0.31% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.07 to finish the day at $22.55 with about 6.81M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 10.8M. The $37.54B market cap company, which fluctuated between $22.48 and $22.8 during the day, currently situated 89.88% above its 52 week low of $12.02 and -8.79% away from its one year high of $24.79. The RSI of 42.09 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company provides technology solutions to business and public sector enterprises. It operates through Enterprise Group, Software, Enterprise Services, and Financial Services segments. The Enterprise Group segment offers industry standard servers and mission-critical servers to address the array of its customers’ computing needs; converged storage solutions, including 3PAR StoreServ, StoreOnce, all-flash arrays, and software defined and StoreVirtual products; wireless local area network equipment, mobility and security software, switches, routers, and network management products; and support and technology consulting services. The Software segment offers software to capture, store, explore, analyze, protect, and share information and insights within and outside organizations; HP Vertica, an analytics database technology for machine, structured, and semi-structured data; and HP IDOL, an analytics tool for human information, as well as solutions for archiving, data protection, eDiscovery, information governance, and enterprise content management. This segment also provides application delivery management, enterprise security, and IT operations management software products. The Enterprise Services segment offers technology consulting, outsourcing, and support services in infrastructure, applications, and business process domains within traditional and strategic enterprise service (SES) offerings, which include analytics and data management, security, and cloud services. The Financial Services segment provides leasing, financing, IT consumption and utility programs, and asset management services. The company markets and sells its products through resellers, distribution partners, original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, systems integrators, and advisory firms. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) saw its value decrease by -2.36% as the stock dropped $-1.2 to finish the day at a closing price of $49.7. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $32.6-$52.76 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $49.57 to $51.12 during the day, are up by 20.6% in the past three months and up by 27.55% over the past six months. It is currently trading -0.79% below its 20 day moving average and 0.09% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $61.13 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 48.77. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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.

 

Momentum Stocks in Focus: Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX), U.S. Bancorp (USB), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL)

Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX) managed to rebound with the stock climbing 0.17% or $0.04 to close the day at $23.58 on active trading volume of 9.12M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 8.89M. The Marlborough Massachusetts 01752 based company has been outperforming the medical appliances & equipment group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 35.67%, compared to the industry which has advanced 12.55% over the same period. With RSI of 68.04, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $27.55, making it a hold for now.

Boston Scientific Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices for use in various interventional medical specialties worldwide. It operates through three segments: Cardiovascular, Rhythm Management, and MedSurg. The company offers interventional cardiology products, including drug-eluting coronary stent systems used in the treatment of coronary artery disease; coronary technology products to treat atherosclerosis; intraluminal catheter-directed ultrasound imaging catheters and systems for use in coronary arteries and heart chambers, as well as peripheral vessels; and structural heart therapy systems. It also provides stents, balloon catheters, wires, peripheral embolization devices, and vena cava filters used to treat peripheral disease; and biliary stents, drainage catheters, and micro-puncture sets to treat, diagnose, and ease benign and malignant tumors. In addition, the company offers cardiac rhythm management devices, such as implantable cardioverter defibrillator systems to detect and treat abnormally fast heart rhythms; implantable cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker systems used to treat heart failure; and medical technologies to diagnose and treat rate and rhythm disorders of the heart comprising steerable radio frequency ablation catheters, intracardiac ultrasound catheters, diagnostic catheters, delivery sheaths, and other accessories. Further, it provides products to diagnose and treat diseases of the pulmonary and gastrointestinal conditions; devices to diagnose, treat, and ease pulmonary disease systems within the airway and lungs; products to treat urinary stone disease and benign prostatic hyperplasia; mid-urethral sling products, sling and graft materials, pelvic floor reconstruction kits, and suturing devices; and spinal cord stimulator systems. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

U.S. Bancorp (USB) grew with the stock adding 1.31% or $0.68 to close at $52.45 on active trading volume of 8.71M compared its three months average trading volume of 7.6M. The Minneapolis Minnesota 55402 based company operating under the Regional – Midwest Banks industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 37.8% up for the period and up by 2.1% so far this year. With price target of $54 and a 45.04% rebound from 52-week low, U.S. Bancorp has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.6% or $-0.25 to close the day at $41.71 on higher than average trading volume of 8.61M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.93M. The San Jose California 95131 based company has been outperforming the credit services companies by -4.9872% for last three months and its recent losses have trimmed gains to 5.68% YTD, versus the credit services industry which is up 4.35% for the same period. The RSI of 61.49 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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.

 

3 Stocks in Focus: American International Group, Inc. (AIG), U.S. Bancorp (USB), Altria Group, Inc. (MO)

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) climbed 0.02% during last trading as the stock added $0.01 to finish the day at $65.5 with about 6.52M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.23M. The $67.02B market cap company, which fluctuated between $65.34 and $65.93 during the day, currently situated 36.72% above its 52 week low of $48.41 and -2.92% away from its one year high of $67.47. The RSI of 46.62 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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.

U.S. Bancorp (USB) gained $0.8 to close the day at a new closing price of $51.77, a 1.57% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 43.16% above its 52 week low of $37.07. A total of 6.5M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 7.58M. The stock, which fluctuated between $51.01 and $52 during the day, currently situated -1.2% below its 52 week high. The stock is down by -0.23% in the past one month and up by 18.7% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $54 and RSI of 57.53, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. It offers depository services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, leasing financing, import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. The company also provides ancillary services, including capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, it offers investment and insurance products to the company’s customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, the company provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as offers cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. It serves individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities, and other financial institutions. The company offers its services through a network of 3,133 banking offices primarily in the Midwest and West regions of the United States; and a network of 4,936 ATMs, as well as through on-line services and over mobile devices. U.S. Bancorp was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Altria Group, Inc. (MO) had a light trading with around 6.5M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 6.78M. The stock traded between $70.4 and $70.79 before closing at the price of $70.76 with 0.3% change on the day. The Richmond Virginia 23230 based company is currently trading 26.44% above its 52 week low of $58.02 and 0.18% above its 52 week high of $70.79. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 79.68 and $69.45 respectively, lead us to believe that it could drop over the coming weeks.

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.