January 5, 2017: Markets opened slightly higher again Thursday but by mid-morning sellers had taken over and the DJIA and S&P 500 traded in the red. Financials and industrials weighed on equities today with the best performing S&P sectors being real estate and consumer staples. WTI crude oil for February delivery settled at $53.76 a barrel, up about 0.9% on the day. February gold added 1.4% on the day to settle at $1,181.30. Equities were headed for a mixed close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded down 0.23% for the day, the S&P 500 traded down 0.10%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.23%.
The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was The Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRV) which traded down 1.74% at $118.15. The stock’s 52-week range is $101.23 to $123.09. Volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 1.9 million shares. The insurance giant had no specific news.
Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded down 1.48% at $88.56. The stock’s 52-week range is $71.55 to $95.55. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 10.3 million shares. Thursday’s nventory reports for both crude oil and natural gas were not supportive of energy firms.
Top Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Western Asset Municipal High Income Fund, Inc.(MHF)
- [By Max Byerly]
Vivaldi Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Western Asset Municipal (NYSE:MHF) by 64.7% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 32,185 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 12,646 shares during the quarter. Vivaldi Capital Management LLC owned about 0.15% of Western Asset Municipal worth $231,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Top Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Century Casinos, Inc.(CNTY)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
ValuEngine upgraded shares of Century Casinos (NASDAQ:CNTY) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Thursday.
Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on CNTY. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Century Casinos from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. TheStreet cut shares of Century Casinos from a b rating to a c+ rating in a research note on Friday, April 6th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Century Casinos from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $11.00.
- [By Max Byerly]
Century Casinos (NASDAQ: CNTY) is one of 31 public companies in the “Hotels & motels” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Century Casinos to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.
Top Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Dominion Resources, Inc.(D)
- [By Logan Wallace]
Becker Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 7,086 shares of the utilities provider’s stock, valued at approximately $478,000.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Dominion Energy Inc. (NYSE: D) traded down about 0.3% Friday and posted a new 52-week low of $63.89 after closing Thursday at $64.07. The stock’s 52-week high is $85.30. Volume totaled around 5 million, about a 40% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.
- [By Max Byerly]
Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) insider Thomas F. Farrell II bought 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 10th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $63.44 per share, with a total value of $253,760.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.