I'm placing a Hold on shares E.I. du Pont De Nemours (DD), also known as DuPont, first recommended on April 22, 2009 at a price of $27.48. If you bought DD in April, you're up about 20 percent.

Look for DD's coatings and color technologies business to begin to recover in 2010, on the U.S./global recoveries. However, DD's pharmaceuticals unit will face a tougher 2010, due to patent expirations. The First Call FY2009/FY2010 EPS estimates for DD are $2.01 to $2.22.
Why the Hold rating? Valuation. Until the pharmaceuticals division shows signs of increased earnings and emerging market food demand accelerates - something that would increase DD's sales of seeds - DD's shares look slightly rich at $33. In a few months, I've re-evaluate DuPont's performance and stock valuation.

Technically, DuPont's stock chart has formed a short-term double top, which could turn into a head-and-shoulders top – each of which is a bearish signal.

Finally, the Sell/Stop Loss has been raised to $28, or to just above cost, to protect against any retrenchment in the shares.

Stock Analysis: Don't Buy DuPont's shares at this time. If you bought shares in April, Hold the shares. Revised Sell/Stop Loss: $28.

Disclosure: Lazzaro has no positions in stocks, but does own shares in two Pimco Bond Funds: PHDAX and PYMAX.


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