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Here’s Why Traders Are Closely Watching Honeywell, United Technologies, Petrobras and Two Other Stocks

WTI futures are 3% in the green after Russian president Vladimir Putin made some constructive comments concerning the commodity. Not surprisingly, many energy stocks and the broader indexes are higher in part due to the rally in crude.

In this article, we examine why traders are closely watching the price action of three energy companies as well as two diversified industrials: Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON), United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (NYSE:PBR), SM Energy Co (NYSE:SM), and Seadrill Ltd (NYSE:SDRL). We will also use data from the last round of 13F filings,

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Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) is in the spotlight after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to ‘Buy’ from ‘Conviction Buy’ and lowered its price target to $122 from $131 per share. Analyst Joe Ritchie thinks Honeywell is now a ‘show me’ story (investors aren’t as confident on guidance) now that the company has missed EBIT estimates for three straight quarters. Goldman still likes Honeywell in the long term as the company trades at a cheap valuation and its fundamentals are solid but management needs to execute better. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson‘s Adage Capital Management upped its stake in Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) by 30% to over 2.8 million during the second quarter.

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United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) shares are 0.7% in the red in an up market after Jason Gursky, analyst at Citi, downgraded the stock to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Buy’ and trimmed his price target to $109 from $115. Gursky thinks the Street’s 2017 average estimates are too high and that United management could reduce their 2020 targets during the company’s March annual investor day. In addition, manufacturing issues concerning the company’s GTF engine could also hurt performance. A total of 56 funds from our database owned shares of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) at the end of the second quarter, up by five funds from the previous quarter.

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On the next page, we examine why Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR), SM Energy Co, and Seadrill Ltd are in the green.