Stock Analysis Recap: Here’s Why These Stocks Trended This Week

Institutional investors and traders are heading back to Wall Street after their traditional summer vacations. Here’s your Cheat Sheet to the hottest stocks of the week.

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Monday

1)    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Shares of Apple Inc. are trading lower over 1% today. It is obvious investors are cautious following the news of Steve Jobs. However, his innovative legacy will continue to live-on with the prospering talent he creating within his enterprise. Additionally, the iPhone 4s pre-orders at the Sprint (NYSE:S) website are causing the site to crash today, a very positive sign for new product sales for Apple. Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. The Company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers.

2)    Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO): Shares of Yahoo! Inc. are trading lower over 1% today. Still no deal is in the works as Yahoo! searches for a suitor, according to rumors on Wall Street. Yahoo! Inc. is a global Internet media company that offers an online guide to Web navigation, aggregated information content, communication services, and commerce. The Company’s site includes a hierarchical, subject-based directory of Web sites, which enables users to locate and access information and services through hypertext links included in the directory. Competitors to Watch: Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL), IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI), Rediff.com India Ltd. (NASDAQ:REDF), Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU), Baidu.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU), InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSP), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), and Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD).

3)    Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S): Shares of Sprint are heading lower over 6% due to today’s announcement it needs more time to complete its 4G development and buildout. Investors were impatient with the news and sold shares quickly. Sprint Nextel Corporation offers a range of wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, and government customers. Competitors to Watch: AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR), MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE:PCS), Leap Wireless Intl., Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:NTLS), United States Cellular Corp. (NYSE:USM), Telephone & Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS), and CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL).

4)    General Electric (NYSE:GE): Shares of GE are flat today following recent sentiment release from CEO Jeff Immelt. He shared an upbeat picture of the economy, saying that conditions are “a lot different” than during 2008. “There is liquidity, there are pockets of growth and I think people have confidence that they might be able to find the right pockets of growth.” General Electric Company is a diversified technology, media and financial services company. The Company offers products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, and water processing technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, media content and industrial products. General Electric conducts operations globally. Competitors to Watch: Siemens AG (NYSE:SI), 3M Company (NYSE:MMM), Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT), United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (NYSE:PHG), Honeywell Intl. Inc. (NYSE:HON), Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS), and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:BIO).

5)    Citigroup (NYSE:C): Shares are down 5% today as Morgan Stanley continues to face the heat among critics and analysts for what they are carrying under their financial hood. The banking sector in general is feeling the drag. Citigroup Inc. is a financial services holding company which provides corporations, governments, and consumers with a broad range of financial products and services. Competitors to Watch: Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), HSBC (NYSE:HBC), Metlife (NYSE:MET), PNC (NYSE:PNC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), Financials (NYSE:XLF) and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC).

Tuesday

1)    Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS): Shares of Kohl’s Corporation are trading higher today on the heels of positive retail sales. Same-Store Retail Sales Rose 5.1% in September.Kohl’s Corporation operates a chain of family-oriented department stores. The Company’s stores feature apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men and children; soft home products such as sheets and pillows; and housewares targeted to middle income customers. Kohl’s also offers online shopping as well as offers store credit cards.

2)    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Shares of Apple are trading flat today following the sobering and sad news of Steve Jobs’ passing. His legacy left the highest value technology on Earth to-date. Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. The Company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers.

3)    Limited Brands Inc. (NYSE:LTD): Shares of Limited Brands Inc. are trading highertoday after a boost of optimism from the retail sector same store sales report. Limited Brands, Inc. owns and operates specialty stores throughout the United States. The Company, through its retail stores, offer a wide range of products, including women’s apparel, women’s lingerie, beauty products and accessories, personal care, and home fragrance products. The Company’s stores also offer products via the Internet.

4)    Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW): Shares of Corning are higher today after increasing its quarterly dividend to 7.5 cents per share from 5 cents per share. Corning Incorporated is a global, technology-based company. The Company produces optical fiber, cable, and photonic components for the telecommunications industry, as well as manufactures glass panels, funnels, liquid crystal display glass and projection video lens assemblies for the information display industry.

5)    Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS): Shares of Morgan Stanley are rebounding nicely as fears calm about the bank being compared to a Lehman doom-and-gloom. Morgan Stanley, a bank holding company, provides diversified financial services on a worldwide basis. The Company operates a global securities business which serves individual and institutional investors and investment banking clients. Morgan Stanley also operates a global asset management business.

Wednesday

1)    Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON): Shares of Monsanto Company are trading higher today after the company released its latest quarterly earnings report. Monsanto Company provides agricultural products for farmers. The Company’s business segments are seeds and genomics. Monsanto produces a wide range of seeds and develops biotechnology traits that assist farmers in controlling insects and weeds as well as provides other seed companies with genetic material and biotechnology traits for their seed brands.

2)    Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK): Shares of Eastman Kodak Company are trading higher over 10% today. Shares remain volatile as bankruptcy rumors were squashed this week, but questions surrounding the company’s financials are still relevant. Eastman Kodak Company develops, manufactures, and markets imaging products. The company provides professional and consumer digital cameras, laser images for radiologists, and photographic films for professionals and amateurs. Kodak also provides digital services for cinematographers, document scanners, aerial images, digital printers for commercial customers, and flat panel displays.

3)    Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Shares of Ford are trading higher over 3% today after Deutsche Bank upgraded the company’s stock to a Buy rating and issued a $15.50 price target. Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, and services cars and trucks. The Company also provides vehicle-related financing, leasing, and insurance through its subsidiary.

4)    Marriott International (NYSE:MAR): Shares of Marriott are trading higher over 2.5% today as the company prepares to release its latest quarterly statement. Marriott International, Inc. operates and franchises hotels and related lodging facilities throughout the world.

Thursday

1)    Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO): Shares of Yahoo! Inc. are trading higher today as Alibaba’s CEO expressed interest in Yahoo and might join up with private equity group Silver Lake and Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies to make a bid. Yahoo! Inc. is a global Internet media company that offers an online guide to Web navigation, aggregated information content, communication services, and commerce. The Company’s site includes a hierarchical, subject-based directory of Web sites, which enables users to locate and access information and services through hypertext links included in the directory.

2)    Bank of America (NYSE:BAC): Shares of Bank of America are trading lower today. The giant bank hit fresh 52-week lows today at $5.13 per share as customers voice negative feedback toward the debit card fee increase. Banking stocks are consequently dragging downward too. The resurfacing of TARP talk is back in action once again. Bank of America Corporation accepts deposits and offers banking, investing, asset management, and other financial and risk-management products and services. The Company has a mortgage lending subsidiary, and an investment banking and securities brokerage subsidiary.

3)    TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE): Shares of TECO Energy, Inc. are trading lower today. TECO Energy, Inc. is a diversified, energy-related utility holding company. The Company, through various subsidiaries, provides retail electric service to customers in west central Florida, as well as purchases, distributes, and markets natural gas for residential, commercial, industrial, and electric power generation customers. Teco also has coal operations.

4)    Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN): Shares of Wynn Resorts, Limited are tradinghigher today. Nomura upgrade the stock today sending shares upward over 5%. Wynn Resorts Limited owns and operates luxury hotels and destination casino resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada and in Macau, China. The resorts features guest rooms and suits, restaurants, golf courses, and on-site luxury automotive dealerships.

5)    Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACUR): Shares of Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. are trading higher today. Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a pharmaceutical technology development company. The Company researches, develops, and manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used as raw materials in the production of pharmaceutical products. Acura has developed technologies for use in narcotic-based pain management products.

6)    Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN): Shares of Focus Media Holding Limited are trading higher today. The stock is up over 16% today. The positive news of the company’s share buyback continues to be the catalyst in play.  Focus Media Holding Limited operates an out-of-home advertising network in China. The Company uses audiovisual television displays which are placed primarily in high-traffic areas of commercial office buildings such as in lobbies and near elevators, as well as in large retail chain stores and other venues.

7)    Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX): Shares of Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. are trading lower today. Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. designs, invests in, builds, owns, and operates utility plants for industrial customers.

8)    DemandTec, Inc. (NASDAQ:DMAN): Shares of DemandTec, Inc. are trading highertoday. DemandTec, Inc. provides consumer demand management (CDM) software. The Company’s software captures and analyzes recent retailer and market-level data to provide a scientific understanding of consumer behavior.

9)    Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN): Shares of Global Payments Inc. are trading flattoday. Along with Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM), the company is set to release earnings after the bell today. Global Payments Inc. provides electronic transaction processing, information systems, and services. The Company serves the financial, corporate, government, and merchant communities on a worldwide basis. Global Payments provides funds transfer, merchant services, merchant accounting, Internet services, and other services.

10) Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK): Shares of Eastman Kodak Company are trading higher today. Eastman Kodak Company develops, manufactures, and markets imaging products. The company provides professional and consumer digital cameras, laser images for radiologists, and photographic films for professionals and amateurs. Kodak also provides digital services for cinematographers, document scanners, aerial images, digital printers for commercial customers, and flat panel displays.

Friday

1)    Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK): Shares of Eastman Kodak Company are trading higher today after calming investor fears there is a threat of bankruptcy on the horizon. The stock shot up over 50% today. Eastman Kodak Company develops, manufactures, and markets imaging products. The company provides professional and consumer digital cameras, laser images for radiologists, and photographic films for professionals and amateurs. Kodak also provides digital services for cinematographers, document scanners, aerial images, digital printers for commercial customers, and flat panel displays.

2)    Ingersoll-Rand PLC (NYSE:IR): Shares of Ingersoll-Rand PLC are trading lower today after a Stern Agee analyst reduced his confidence on the company’s ability to meet its long-term outlook. Ingersoll-Rand PLC is a diversified, global company that provides a diverse range of products and services for a wide range of industries. The Company’s operations include consist of air conditioning systems and services, climate control technologies, industrial technologies and security technologies.

3)    TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE): Shares of TECO Energy, Inc. are trading lower today. The energy stock pays a 5% dividend to shareholders. TECO Energy, Inc. is a diversified, energy-related utility holding company. The Company, through various subsidiaries, provides retail electric service to customers in west central Florida, as well as purchases, distributes, and markets natural gas for residential, commercial, industrial, and electric power generation customers. Teco also has coal operations.

4)    Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN): Shares of Wynn Resorts, Limited are tradinglower today due to its exposure to a weakening Chinese economy. Wynn Resorts Limited owns and operates luxury hotels and destination casino resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada and in Macau, China. The resorts features guest rooms and suits, restaurants, golf courses, and on-site luxury automotive dealerships.

5)    Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACUR): Shares of Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. are trading higher today following its successful patent win on Friday. Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a pharmaceutical technology development company. The Company researches, develops, and manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used as raw materials in the production of pharmaceutical products. Acura has developed technologies for use in narcotic-based pain management products.

6)    Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN): Shares of Focus Media Holding Limited are trading higher today as the company announced it will increase its stock buyback program by $200 million to $650 million. Focus Media Holding Limited operates an out-of-home advertising network in China. The Company uses audiovisual television displays which are placed primarily in high-traffic areas of commercial office buildings such as in lobbies and near elevators, as well as in large retail chain stores and other venues.

7)    Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX): Shares of Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. are trading higher today. Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. designs, invests in, builds, owns, and operates utility plants for industrial customers.

8)    DemandTec, Inc. (NASDAQ:DMAN): Shares of DemandTec, Inc. are trading lower today. Even though shares were upgraded this morning by JMP Securities, investors are looking at the 9% quarter-over-quarter decline in DemandTec’s deferred revenue balance. DemandTec, Inc. provides consumer demand management (CDM) software. The Company’s software captures and analyzes recent retailer and market-level data to provide a scientific understanding of consumer behavior.

9)    Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE:WWW): Shares of Wolverine World Wide Inc. are trading higher today after the company beat on both earnings and revenues this morning in its latest quarterly earnings report. Wolverine World Wide, Inc. manufactures and markets branded footwear and performance leathers. The Company’s products include shoes, slippers, occupational and safety footwear, and performance outdoor footwear, among others.

10) Griffin Land & Nurseries Inc. (NASDAQ:GRIF): Shares of Griffin Land & Nurseries Inc. are trading lower today. Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc. operates a landscape nursery and real estate business. The Company grows containerized landscape nursery products and owns and operates wholesale sales and service centers. Griffin also owns, builds, and manages commercial and industrial properties, and develops residential subdivisions. In addition, the Company holds partial interests in other companies.

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