Stocks in the Spotlight: Aflac Incorporated (AFL), Welltower Inc. (HCN), The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (EL)

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) had a light trading with around 1.2M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.2M. The stock traded between $70 and $70.55 before closing at the price of $70.27 with -0.41% change on the day. The Columbus Georgia 31999 based company is currently trading 29.46% above its 52 week low of $55.24 and -5.12% below its 52 week high of $74.5. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 51.92 and $72.07 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. The Aflac Japan segment offers various voluntary supplemental insurance products, including cancer plans, general medical indemnity plans, medical/sickness riders, care plans, living benefit life plans, ordinary life insurance plans, and annuities in Japan. The Aflac U.S. segment provides products designed to protect individuals from depletion of assets, which comprise accident, cancer, critical illness/critical care, hospital intensive care, hospital indemnity, fixed-benefit dental, and vision care plans; and loss-of-income products, such as life and short-term disability plans in the United States (U.S.). The company sells its products through sales associates and brokers, independent corporate agencies, individual agencies, and affiliated corporate agencies. Aflac Incorporated was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Columbus, Georgia.

Welltower Inc. (HCN) continued its downward trend with the stock declining -0.3% or $-0.2 to close the day at $65.94 on light trading volume of 1.19M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.36M. The Toledo Ohio 43615 based company has been outperforming the reit – healthcare facilities group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 13.17%, compared to the industry which has advanced 14.85% over the same period. With RSI of 47.91, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $69.39, making it a hold for now.

Welltower Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm primarily invests in senior living and health care properties. It invests across the full spectrum of health care real estate, including senior living communities, medical office buildings, inpatient and outpatient medical centers and life science facilities. The firm conducts in-house research to make its investments. It was formerly known as Health Care REIT, Inc. Welltower Inc. was founded in 1970 and is based in Toledo, Ohio with additional offices in Brentwood, Tennessee and Dallas, Texas.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (EL) shares were down in last trading by -1.22% to $80.96. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 1.67% over the past week and grew 3.49% in the past month. It is currently trading 3.53% above its 50 day moving average and -7.01% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -16.04% decrease in value from its one year high of $97.48. The RSI indicator value of 59.03, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. manufactures and markets skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. The company offers a range of skin care products, such as moisturizers, serums, cleansers, toners, body care, exfoliators, acne and oil correctors, facial masks, cleansing devices, and sun care products; and makeup products for face, eyes, lips, and nails, as well as related items, including compacts, brushes, and other makeup tools. It also provides fragrance products in various forms comprising eau de parfum sprays and colognes, lotions, powders, creams, candles, and soaps; and hair care products, which include shampoos, conditioners, styling products, treatment, finishing sprays, and hair color products, as well as sells ancillary products and services. The company offers its products under the brands of Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Lab Series, Origins, M·A·C, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Darphin, Smashbox, RODIN olio lusso, Le Labo, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, GLAMGLOW, By Kilian, Prescriptives, GoodSkin Labs, Ojon, and Osiao. In addition, it operates as a licensee for fragrances and/or cosmetics sold under the Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tory Burch, Dr. Andrew Weil, and AERIN brand names. The company sells its products through department stores, specialty multi-brand retailers, upscale perfumeries, pharmacies, and salons and spas; freestanding stores; e-commerce Websites; stores in airports and on cruise ships; in-flight and duty-free shops; and self-select outlets. The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in New York, New York.

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