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March 20, 2017: Here are four stocks trading with relatively heavy volume among 72 equities making new 52-week lows in Monday’s session. On the NYSE, decliners led advancers by about 4 to 3 and on the Nasdaq decliners led advancers by nearly the same margin.

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) posted a new 52-week low of $1.23 on Monday, down about 26% compared with Friday’s closing price of $167. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 25 million shares. The shipping firm completed a $200 million secondary offering last Friday, further diluting existing shareholders. The company also said last week that it will pay a fourth-quarter 2016 dividend of $0.017412

J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP) dropped about 3.7% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $5.77 after closing at $5.99 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $11.73. Volume was about a third below the daily average of around 21 million shares. The company had no specific news to add to its announcement Friday that it would close 138 stores.

best way to invest: CDI Corporation(CDI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $8.20 as the company agreed to be acquired by AE Industrial Partners for $8.25 per share in cash.

best way to invest: Actuant Corporation(ATU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $267.64 million.

    Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.60 per share on revenue of $4.50 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.18 per share on revenue of $267.64 million. Actuant shares dropped 3.73 percent to close at $22.98 yesterday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

best way to invest: Terra Nitrogen Company L.P.(TNH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier] While the MLP space is dominated by the oil and gas sector, in last week’s article we began to explore some of the more exotic master limited partnership offerings. This week we continue our exploration of nontraditional MLPs by looking at the partnerships supplying fertilizer.

    Rentech (Nasdaq: RTK) has been around for more than a decade, and it has shifted strategies several times. Full disclosure: Rentech’s Chief Technology Officer Harold Wright is a former manager of mine when we were both at ConocoPhillips, and I have visited Rentech’s facility in Commerce City, Colorado.

    For most of Rentech’s existence, the company has sought to commercialize alternative fuels. At one time it had ambitions to build a large coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, but federal legislation ultimately nudged it instead into the biomass-to-liquids (BTL) space. The company did build a BTL demonstration plant, but ultimately shut it down and has now refocused its efforts on becoming “one of the largest wood processing companies in the world.”

    During its interesting journey as a company, Rentech acquired two ammonia nitrogen fertilizer facilities, which turned out to be a profit center that funded the alternative energy research. In November 2011, Rentech spun off this fertilizer business into an MLP called Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP (NYSE: RNF).

    In the months leading to the spin-off, RTK’s market capitalization was about $200 million. Rentech maintained 60 percent ownership of RNF, and three months after the spin-off RTK’s market cap had risen to $400 million, while investors had bid RNF up to $1 billion. Interestingly, RTK’s share of RNF was worth more than RTK’s entire market cap, a situation that persists. The market currently values Rentech at $482 million, while the valuation of Rentech Nitrogen Partners makes RTK’s 60 percent stake in RNF worth slightly more than $600 million — another illu

best way to invest: Newell Rubbermaid Inc.(NWL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) which traded downover 3% at $47.10. The stocks 52-week range is $43.43 to $55.08. Volume was nearly 17 million versus the daily average of 3.3 million shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) dropped about 1.2% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $40.89 after closing Friday at $41.39. The 52-week high is $55.08. Volume of around 3.6 million shares traded was about equal to the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    Despite reaching a high of $62, a level it hasn't reached since the 2008 financial crisis, Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) was a net sell during May. Consumer goods company Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL) was also net sold despite nearing a 52-week high during the month after spiking on a solid earnings report, a level it has maintained into June.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) dropped about 1.5% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $42.54 after closing Friday at $43.20. The 52-week high is $55.08. Volume of around 3.5 million shares traded was about 10% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL) announced on Wednesday that it has finalized the sale of its Hardware business.

    The sale, which was first reported on August 9, was completed on Wednesday. Nova Capital has acquired NWL’s Hardware business which includes the Amerock, Ashland, Bulldog and Shur-Line brands.

    NWL will receive approximately $175 million in after-tax proceeds from the sale.

    Newell Rubbermaid shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock has increased 18% YTD.

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