The Dow Jones (NYSE:DIA) rebounding back above Dow 12,000 to 12,105, the S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) is up at 1,290 and the Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQ) is higher to 2,682 on the 113th trading day of 2011, as these stocks hit our radar:
1) J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP): Shares are higher 18.73% to $35.75 per share. Over 33 million shares have traded hands relative to the daily average of 4.93 million shares. Shareholders are drooling over the announcement of former Apple executive Ron Johnson as the new CEO. Retail is a trendy environment and investors are hoping the hot hands of an executive from Apple Inc. will help lead the upside momentum efforts for the retailer. J.C. Penney Company, Inc., through a subsidiary, operates department stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Company provides merchandise and services to consumers through department stores, catalog departments, and the Internet. JCPenney markets primarily family apparel, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and home furnishings. Competitors to Watch: Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD), Saks Incorporated (NYSE:SKS), Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS), The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT), Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS), Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN), Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Nordtstrom (NYSE:JWN), The TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT).
2) Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Shares are higher 2.97% to $13.53 per share. Over 42 million shares have traded hands today. Ford announced it will make a $1.2 billion investment into an eastern Spain plant. Spain has an unemployment rate of 21%, so the move will help generate jobs in Spain. Maybe the move will help alleviate European economic concerns in Spain for a few minutes. Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, and services cars and trucks. The Company also provides vehicle-related financing, leasing, and insurance through its subsidiary. Competitors to Watch: General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM), Honda Motor CO., Ltd. (NYSE:HMC), AutoZone (NYSE:AZO), CarMax (NYSE:KMX), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM) and Navistar Intl. Corp. (NYSE:NAV).
3) Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Shares are higher over 2% to $21.81 per share. Over 32 million shares have traded hands. Shareholders are respecting the value of the stock and buying shares today. Intel sits on almost $12 billion in cash. Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells computer components and related products. The Company’s major products include microprocessors, chipsets, embedded processors and microcontrollers, flash memory products, graphics products, network and communications products, systems management software, conferencing products, and digital imaging products. Competitors to Watch: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Oracle Corp (NASDAQ:ORCL), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Micron Tech (NASDAQ:MU), ARM Holdings (NASDAQ:ARMH) and Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN).
4) Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP): Shares are down over 2% to $71.21 per share. Over 5 million shares have traded hands relative to the 732,000 daily average. The company priced 6.7 million secondary shares at 71.44 per share today. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., is a pipeline transportation and energy storage company. The Company operates pipelines and terminals. The pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, carbon dioxide and other products; and its terminals store petroleum products and chemicals, and handle bulk materials like coal and petroleum coke. Competitors to Watch: Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE:EPD), Copano Energy (NASDAQ:CPNO), Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), MarkWest Energy (NYSE:MWE), El Paso Pipeline (NYSE:EPB), El Paso (NYSE:EP), Enterprise GP Holdings (NYSE:ETP), Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP), Duncan Energy (NYSE:DEP) and Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP).
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