Traders Recap on Worth Watching Stocks: Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL), Dow Chemical Co (NYSE:DOW), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF)

On Monday, Shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL), added 1.95% and closed at $8.91 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $8.63 and $8.99. Whiting Petroleum Corporation, a Delaware corporation, is an independent oil and gas company that explores for, develops, acquires and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids mainly in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. The Company’s leading projects are in the Bakken and Three Forks plays in North Dakota and Niobrara play in northeast Colorado. The Company trades publicly under the symbol WLL on the New York Stock Exchange.

Dow Chemical Co (NYSE:DOW), jumped 1.14% and closed at $52.42 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $52.14 and $52.90. The company’s Market capitalization is $59.18 Billion with the total Outstanding Shares of 1.13 Billion. Monsanto Company (MON) and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly-owned partner of The Dow Chemical Company (DOW), declared recently that the companies have reached a non-exclusive global option and licensing agreement on Dow AgroSciences’ EXZACT™ Precision Technology® Platform for research and commercial development of new crop solutions across Monsanto Company’s research portfolio.

EXZACT technology, which Dow AgroSciences has developed under an exclusive license and partnershipagreement in plants with Sangamo BioSciences, Inc., facilitates the creation of crop varieties and lines having improved traits.

“Monsanto is happy to pursue applications of this genome-editing technology for the development of new plant discoveries and solutions for farmers,” said Tom Adams, Ph.D., biotechnology lead for Monsanto. “Zinc finger nucleases are a well-established technology for gene editing and this license, together with our existing and other licensed technology, will allow us to pursue product development while further enabling our growing body of research in this emerging field.”

“EXZACT technology is assisting to deliver next generation crop improvements into the hands of farmers,” said Daniel R. Kittle, Ph.D., vice president, research and development, Dow AgroSciences. “Broad adoption of EXZACT by industry partners, such as Monsanto, expands access to solutions that will improve grower productivity and profitability.”

Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), LOST -1.50% and closed at $27.58 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $27.51 and $28.13. During the 52-week trading session the minimum price at which share price traded, registered at $23.25 and reached to max level of $34.60. Empowered with research, reviews and real-time discount information, shoppers making purchases of $500 or more are more decisive and deal-oriented than ever before, according to Synchrony Financial’s Fifth Annual Major Purchase Consumer Study.

More major purchase shoppers report starting and ending their shopping journey online this year and spending less time (63 days on average vs. 68 days in 2015) on the path to purchase than in the past. As part of this year’s study, Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), a premier consumer financial services company with 80 years of heritage, explored shopping and spending preferences and the path to making a major purchase across 13 categories: appliances; automotive service and products; electronics; eyewear; fine jewelry; flooring; home improvement; furnishings; bedding and mattresses; lawn and garden; musical instruments; sewing; and sports and fitness equipment.

“Major purchase shoppers are seeking maximum value in minimal time, taking a multi-faceted approach to navigate information and narrow options,” said Bart Schaller, EVP and chief marketing officer, Synchrony Financial. “Although shoppers are more decisive, they remain cautious about spending and carefully consider where to buy based on deal, product and financing availability.”

Key findings of the Fifth Annual Major Purchase Consumer Study include:


  • The major purchase journey is declining to 63 days spent on average, down five days from 2015 and 17 days from 2014.
  • More shoppers (85%) report starting their research online contrast to 80% last year.
  • The research process spans multiple digital assets and nearly 68% of shoppers surveyed visited the retailer’s website; more than 60% used search engines; over half also viewed the manufacturer’s site; and about 40% used aggregators to compare products and reviews.
  • In-store visits were the second step in the journey of 70% of major purchase shoppers, and 28% returned and used their mobile device while in the store.
  • Nearly one-third researched financing options and 60% decided on payment method before entering the store to buy.
  • Online purchasing among major purchase shoppers surveyed rose to 18% from 13% last year, driven by product availability, better deals and value, and ease and convenience. Music (65%), fitness equipment (46%), and electronics (37%) are the top online major purchase categories.
  • Most shoppers (82%) purchased in-store, reflecting the preference of buyers who want to interact with a store associate, see the product and take it home the same day.

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