Stock’s Trend Analysis Report: The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM), Cerner Corporation (CERN), Aflac Incorporated (AFL)

The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM) fell -0.5% during last trading as the stock lost $-0.69 to finish the day at $137.84 with about 2.46M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 922.38K. The $16.01B market cap company, which fluctuated between $137.01 and $138.76 during the day, currently situated 15.59% above its 52 week low of $121.79 and -10.96% away from its one year high of $157.31. The RSI of 61.98 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

The J. M. Smucker Company manufactures and markets branded food and beverage products worldwide. It operates through U.S. Retail Coffee, U.S. Retail Consumer Foods, U.S. Retail Pet Foods, and International and Foodservice segments. The company primarily offers coffee, pet food, pet snacks, peanut butter, fruit spreads, shortening and oils, baking mixes and ready-to-spread frostings, frozen sandwiches, flour and baking ingredients, juices and beverages, and portion control products. It also provides dog snacks, natural beverages, ice cream toppings, pickles, and canned milk. The company offers its products under the Folgers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Café Bustelo, Jif, Smucker’s, Crisco, Pillsbury, Uncrustables, Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Natural Balance, Kibbles ‘n Bits, 9Lives, Pup-Peroni, Nature’s Recipe, Gravy Train, and Douwe Egberts brand names. It sells its products through direct sales and brokers to food retailers, food wholesalers, drug stores, club stores, mass merchandisers, discount and dollar stores, military commissaries, natural foods stores and distributors, and pet specialty stores; and through retail channels, and foodservice distributors and operators, such as restaurants, lodging, schools and universities, and health care operators. The company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Orrville, Ohio.

Cerner Corporation (CERN) gained $0.54 to close the day at a new closing price of $55.61, a 0.98% increase in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 18.29% above its 52 week low of $47.01. A total of 2.42M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 3.19M. The stock, which fluctuated between $54.78 and $55.64 during the day, currently situated -17.61% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 6.35% in the past one month and up by 13.03% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $59.7 and RSI of 65, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Cerner Corporation designs, develops, markets, installs, hosts, and supports health care information technology, health care devices, hardware, and content solutions for health care organizations and consumers in the United States and internationally. The company offers Cerner Millennium architecture, which includes clinical, financial, and management information systems that allow providers to access an individual’s electronic health record at the point of care, and organizes and delivers information for physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, front- and back-office professionals, and consumers. It also provides HealtheIntent platform, a cloud-based platform that enables organizations to aggregate, transform, and reconcile data across the continuum of care, as well as assists to enhance outcomes and lower costs. In addition, the company offers a portfolio of clinical and financial health care information technology solutions, as well as departmental, connectivity, population health, and care coordination solutions; and various complementary services, including support, hosting, managed, implementation, and strategic consulting services. Further, it provides various services, such as implementation and training, remote hosting, operational management, revenue cycle, support and maintenance, health care data analysis, clinical process optimization, transaction processing, employer health centers, employee wellness programs, and third party administrator services for employer-based health plans; and complementary hardware and devices for third parties. It serves integrated delivery networks, physician groups and networks, managed care organizations, hospitals, medical centers, reference laboratories, home health agencies, blood banks, imaging centers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, employers, governments, and public health organizations. Cerner Corporation was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in North Kansas City, Missouri.

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) had a active trading with around 2.4M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.33M. The stock traded between $70.64 and $71.34 before closing at the price of $71.19 with 0.27% change on the day. The Columbus Georgia 31999 based company is currently trading 27.11% above its 52 week low of $58.46 and -3.28% below its 52 week high of $74.5. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 64.32 and $71.62 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.

 

Worth Watching Stocks: Aflac Incorporated (AFL), Ford Motor Company (F), United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL)

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) saw its value increase by 0.08% as the stock gained $0.06 to finish the day at a closing price of $71.04. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $58.46-$74.5 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $70.7 to $71.22 during the day, are down by -0.97% in the past three months and down by -0.51% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.66% above its 20 day moving average and 2.62% above its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $71.62 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 63.18.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

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.

Ford Motor Company (F) shares were up in last trading by 0.72% to $12.65. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 2.51% over the past week and grew 1.77% in the past month. It is currently trading 1.75% above its 50 day moving average and 3.19% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -7.48% decrease in value from its one year high of $14.22. The RSI indicator value of 57.06, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Ford Motor Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, markets, and services automobiles in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company’s Automotive segment develops, manufactures, distributes, and services cars, trucks, SUVs, and electrified vehicles under the Ford name; and luxury vehicles under the Lincoln name, as well as service parts and accessories. This segment markets its products through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to fleet customers, including commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments. Its Financial Services segment offers various automotive financing products to and through automotive dealers. Its financing products comprise retail installment sale contracts for new and used vehicles; and direct financing leases for new vehicles to retail and commercial customers, such as leasing companies, government entities, daily rental car companies, and fleet customers. This segment also offers wholesale loans to dealers to finance the purchase of vehicle inventory; and loans to dealers to finance working capital and improvement of dealership facilities, purchase dealership real estate, and other dealer vehicle programs. The company was founded in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Michigan.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) traded within a range of $72 to $73.88 after opening the day at $73.44. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 1.18% so far this year. The stock was down close to -0.14% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $73.74 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -3.98% below its 52 week high of $76.8 and 97.11% above its 12-month low of $37.41. The shares are up by over 22.39% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 53.22 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The company transports people and cargo through its mainline and regional operations. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 1,236 aircraft. United Continental Holdings, Inc. also sells fuel; and offers catering, ground handling, and maintenance services for third parties. The company was formerly known as UAL Corporation and changed its name to United Continental Holdings, Inc. in October 2010. United Continental Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Traders Watch list: EQT Corporation (EQT), Time Warner Inc. (TWX), Aflac Incorporated (AFL)

EQT Corporation (EQT) saw its value increase by 0.94% as the stock gained $0.6 to finish the day at a closing price of $64.35. The stock was lighter in trading and has fluctuated between $54.22-$80.61 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $63.35 to $65.36 during the day, are down by -2.07% in the past three months and down by -5.75% over the past six months. It is currently trading 2.22% above its 20 day moving average and -2.45% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $83 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 51.05.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company in the United States. The company operates through three segments: EQT Production, EQT Gathering, and EQT Transmission. The EQT Production segment engages in the exploration for, development, and production of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and crude oil primarily in the Appalachian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, this segment had 13.5 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas, NGL, and crude oil reserves across approximately 3.6 million gross acres comprising approximately 790,000 gross acres in the Marcellus play. The EQT Gathering is involved in natural gas gathering activities. As of December 31, 2016, this segment operates approximately 300 miles of high pressure gathering lines with approximately 1.8 billion cubic feet of total firm gathering capacity and various interconnect points; and approximately 1,500 miles of FERC-regulated low pressure gathering lines. The EQT Transmission segment engages in natural gas transmission and storage activities. As of December 31, 2016, this segment operates approximately 950-mile FERC-regulated interstate pipeline that connects to six interstate pipelines and multiple distribution companies. EQT Corporation was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Time Warner Inc. (TWX) shares were up in last trading by 0.22% to $96.58. It experienced lighter than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.74% over the past week and grew 3.1% in the past month. It is currently trading 1.32% above its 50 day moving average and 17.14% above its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -0.79% decrease in value from its one year high of $97.35. The RSI indicator value of 57.47, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

Time Warner Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Turner, Home Box Office, and Warner Bros. The Turner segment owns and operates a portfolio of cable television networks and related properties that offer entertainment, sports, kids, and news programming on television and digital platforms for consumers. It operates approximately 180 channels in 200 countries. The Turner segment’s networks and related properties include TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, CNN, and HLN; and digital media properties comprise bleacherreport.com, NBA.com, NBA Mobile, NCAA.com, PGA.com, tntdrama.com, TBS.com, adultswim.com, and cartoonnetwork.com. It also licenses original programming to subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) services and other over-the-top services, and its brands and characters for consumer products other business ventures. This segment serves cable system operators, satellite service distributors, telephone companies, and other distributors. The Home Box Office segment provides premium pay and basic tier television services comprising HBO and Cinemax; sells its original programming through physical and digital formats; and licenses home entertainment and content to international television networks and SVOD services. As of December 31, 2015, this segment had 49 million domestic subscribers. The Warner Bros. segment produces, distributes, and licenses television programming and feature films; distributes digital and physical home entertainment products; and produces and distributes videogames, as well as licenses consumer products and brands. The company was formerly known as AOL Time Warner, Inc. and changed its name to Time Warner Inc. in 2003. Time Warner Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) traded within a range of $69.91 to $70.1 after opening the day at $70. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 0.55% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.11% on light volume in last trading session and closed at $69.98 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -5.51% below its 52 week high of $74.5 and 28.93% above its 12-month low of $57.35. The shares are down by over -1.68% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 54.56 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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.

 

Stocks on Trader’s Radar: CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP), Aflac Incorporated (AFL), Ball Corporation (BLL)

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.96% or $0.25 to close the day at $26.42 on light trading volume of 2.13M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.38M. The Houston Texas 77002 based company has been outperforming the gas utilities group over the past 52 weeks, with the stock gaining 49.52%, compared to the industry which has advanced 12.35% over the same period. With RSI of 66.12, the stock should still continue to rise and get closer to its one year target estimate of $25.2, making it a hold for now.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. The company’s Electric Transmission & Distribution segment offers electric transmission and distribution services to retail electric providers, municipalities, electric cooperatives, and other distribution companies. As of December 31, 2015, this segment owned 28,474 pole miles of overhead distribution lines and 3,723 circuit miles of overhead transmission lines; 23,120 circuit miles of underground distribution lines and 26 circuit miles of underground transmission lines; and 232 substations with a capacity of 58,674 megavolt amperes. Its Natural Gas Distribution segment sells regulated intrastate natural gas; provides natural gas transportation and storage services for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation customers; and offers unregulated services comprising residential appliance repair and maintenance services, as well as sells heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment. This segment owned approximately 74,000 linear miles of natural gas distribution mains. The company’s Energy Services segment provides physical natural gas supplies primarily to commercial and industrial customers, and electric and gas utilities; natural gas management services; and physical delivery services, as well as procures and optimizes transportation and storage assets. It owns and operates approximately 200 miles of intrastate pipelines; and leases transportation capacity on various interstate and intrastate pipelines, and storage. Its Midstream Investments segment provides gathering, processing, compression, treating, dehydration, and natural gas liquids fractionation for producer customers. This segment had approximately 12,400 miles of gathering pipelines, 7,900 miles of interstate pipelines, and approximately 2,300 miles of intrastate pipelines. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) climbed 0.97% during last trading as the stock added $0.67 to finish the day at $69.64 with about 2.11M shares changing hands, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.28M. The $28.1B market cap company, which fluctuated between $68.8 and $69.76 during the day, currently situated 28.3% above its 52 week low of $55.24 and -5.97% away from its one year high of $74.5. The RSI of 51.48 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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.

Ball Corporation (BLL) saw its value increase by 2.53% as the stock gained $1.84 to finish the day at a closing price of $74.46. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $63.5-$82.24 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $72.31 to $74.5 during the day, are down by -5.13% in the past three months and down by -6.7% over the past six months. It is currently trading -1.6% below its 20 day moving average and -1.84% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $85.3 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 45.44. The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

Ball Corporation supplies metal packaging products to the beverage, food, personal care, and household industries worldwide. It operates in four segments: Metal Beverage Packaging, Americas and Asia; Metal Beverage Packaging, Europe; Metal Food and Household Products Packaging; and Aerospace and Technologies. The Metal Beverage Packaging, Americas and Asia segment manufactures and sells metal beverage containers to fillers of carbonated soft drinks, beer, energy drinks, and other beverages. The Metal Beverage Packaging, Europe segment manufactures and sells metal beverage containers and ends for producers of carbonated soft drinks, beer, energy drinks, and other beverages. The Metal Food and Household Products Packaging segment offers steel food, aerosol, paint, and general line and decorative specialty containers, as well as extruded aluminum beverage and aerosol containers, and aluminum slugs. The Aerospace and Technologies segment designs, develops, and manufactures aerospace systems, including spacecraft, instruments and sensors, radio frequency systems and components, data exploitation solutions, and aerospace technologies and products for civil, commercial, and national security aerospace markets. It is also involved in the design, manufacture, and testing of satellites, remote sensors, and ground station control hardware and software, as well as provides related services, such as launch vehicle integration and satellite operations. In addition, this segment provides target identification, warning, and attitude control systems and components; cryogenic systems for reactant storage, and associated sensor cooling devices; star trackers; and fast-steering mirrors, as well as technical services and products to government agencies, prime contractors, and commercial organizations for various information warfare, electronic warfare, avionics, intelligence, training, and space system needs. The company was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado.

 

Traders Recap: L Brands, Inc. (LB), Aflac Incorporated (AFL), Ball Corporation (BLL)

L Brands, Inc. (LB) failed to extend gains with the stock declining -0.72% or $-0.43 to close the day at $59.15 on lower than average trading volume of 1.85M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.43M. The Columbus Ohio 43230 based company has been underperforming the apparel stores companies by -8.3184% for last three months and its recent losses have pulled the stock down -10.16% YTD, versus the apparel stores industry which is down -4.1% for the same period. The RSI of 34.37 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women’s intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. The company operates in three segments: Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works International. Its products include loungewear, bras, panties, swimwear, athletic attire, fragrances, shower gels and lotions, aromatherapy, soaps and sanitizers, home fragrances, handbags, jewelry, and personal care accessories. The company offers its products under the Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza, Henri Bendel, C.O. Bigelow, White Barn Candle Company, and other brand names. L Brands, Inc. sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which are primarily mall-based; through its Websites; and through franchises, licenses, and wholesale partners. As of January 31, 2016, the company operated 2,721 retail stores in the United States; 270 retail stores in Canada; and 14 retail stores in the United Kingdom. It also operated 221 La Senza stores in 29 countries; 125 Bath & Body Works stores in 30 countries; 19 Victoria’s Secret stores in 7 Middle Eastern countries; and 373 Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Accessories stores, and various small-format locations in approximately 75 countries. The company was formerly known as Limited Brands, Inc. and changed its name to L Brands, Inc. in March 2013. L Brands, Inc. was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) had a light trading with around 1.81M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.29M. The stock traded between $68.17 and $69.05 before closing at the price of $68.93 with 0.47% change on the day. The Columbus Georgia 31999 based company is currently trading 26.99% above its 52 week low of $55.24 and -6.93% below its 52 week high of $74.5. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 47.08 and $71.62 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.

Ball Corporation (BLL) traded within a range of $72.65 to $73.54 after opening the day at $73.23. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -2.84% so far this year. The stock was down close to -1.22% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $72.94 per share. After the recent fall, the stock is currently holding -11.16% below its 52 week high of $82.24 and 17.91% above its 12-month low of $63.29. The shares are down by over -6.62% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 37.06 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Ball Corporation supplies metal packaging products to the beverage, food, personal care, and household industries worldwide. It operates in four segments: Metal Beverage Packaging, Americas and Asia; Metal Beverage Packaging, Europe; Metal Food and Household Products Packaging; and Aerospace and Technologies. The Metal Beverage Packaging, Americas and Asia segment manufactures and sells metal beverage containers to fillers of carbonated soft drinks, beer, energy drinks, and other beverages. The Metal Beverage Packaging, Europe segment manufactures and sells metal beverage containers and ends for producers of carbonated soft drinks, beer, energy drinks, and other beverages. The Metal Food and Household Products Packaging segment offers steel food, aerosol, paint, and general line and decorative specialty containers, as well as extruded aluminum beverage and aerosol containers, and aluminum slugs. The Aerospace and Technologies segment designs, develops, and manufactures aerospace systems, including spacecraft, instruments and sensors, radio frequency systems and components, data exploitation solutions, and aerospace technologies and products for civil, commercial, and national security aerospace markets. It is also involved in the design, manufacture, and testing of satellites, remote sensors, and ground station control hardware and software, as well as provides related services, such as launch vehicle integration and satellite operations. In addition, this segment provides target identification, warning, and attitude control systems and components; cryogenic systems for reactant storage, and associated sensor cooling devices; star trackers; and fast-steering mirrors, as well as technical services and products to government agencies, prime contractors, and commercial organizations for various information warfare, electronic warfare, avionics, intelligence, training, and space system needs. The company was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado.

 

Traders Watch list: McKesson Corporation (MCK), Aflac Incorporated (AFL), Paychex, Inc. (PAYX)

McKesson Corporation (MCK) saw its value decrease by -0.74% as the stock dropped $-1.03 to finish the day at a closing price of $139. The stock was higher in trading and has fluctuated between $114.53-$199.43 per share for the past year. The shares, which traded within a range of $137.84 to $139.81 during the day, are up by 7.74% in the past three months and down by -28.52% over the past six months. It is currently trading -4.36% below its 20 day moving average and -3.34% below its 50 day moving average. Analysts believe the company can continue to increase in value to reach at $155.64 a share over the next twelve months. The current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 41.52.The technical indicator lead us to believe there will be no major movement any time soon, hold.

McKesson Corporation operates as a pharmaceutical distribution services and information technology company in the United States and internationally. It offers pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and services for healthcare operations. The company operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. The McKesson Distribution Solutions segment distributes branded and generic pharmaceutical drugs and other healthcare-related products; and provides practice management, technology, clinical support, and business solutions to community-based oncology and other specialty practices. This segment also provides specialty pharmaceutical solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturers; and medical-surgical supply distribution, equipment, logistics, and other services to healthcare providers. In addition, this segment operates retail pharmacies in Europe and supports independent pharmacy networks in North America; sells financial, operational, and clinical solutions to pharmacies; and provides consulting, outsourcing, and other services. The McKesson Technology Solutions segment delivers enterprise-wide clinical, patient care, financial, supply chain, and strategic management technology solutions; and connectivity, outsourcing, and other services, including remote hosting and managed services to healthcare organizations. This segment’s product portfolio addresses various healthcare clinical and business performance needs ranging from medication safety and information access to revenue cycle management, resource utilization, and physician adoption of electronic health records. This segment serves integrated delivery networks, hospitals, physician practices, home healthcare providers, retail pharmacies, and payers. McKesson Corporation was founded in 1833 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) shares were up in last trading by 1.03% to $67.83. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock decreased in value by almost -3.87% over the past week and fell -2.78% in the past month. It is currently trading -3.09% below its 50 day moving average and -3.43% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent increase in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -8.41% decrease in value from its one year high of $74.5. The RSI indicator value of 38.58, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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.

Paychex, Inc. (PAYX) traded within a range of $58.12 to $58.81 after opening the day at $58.41. The company has seen its stock decrease in value by -3.1% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.05% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $58.55 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -5.12% below its 52 week high of $62.18 and 31.86% above its 12-month low of $45.83. The shares are up by over 8.7% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 34.94 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

Paychex, Inc. provides payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. The company offers payroll processing services that include payroll tax administration services; employee payment services; and regulatory compliance services, such as new-hire reporting and garnishment processing. It also provides human resource outsourcing services, such as Paychex HR solutions comprising payroll, employer compliance, human resource and employee benefits administration, risk management outsourcing, and the on-site availability of a professionally trained human resource representative; and retirement services administration, including plan implementation, ongoing compliance with government regulations, employee and employer reporting, participant and employer online access, electronic funds transfer, and other administrative services. In addition, the company offers insurance services for property and casualty coverage, such as workers’ compensation, business-owner policies, commercial auto, and health and benefits coverage, including health, dental, vision, and life; cloud-based human resource administration software products for employee benefits management and administration, and time and attendance solutions; and other human resource services and products, such as employee handbooks, management manuals, and personnel and required regulatory forms. Further, it provides various accounting and financial services to small- to medium-sized businesses, which include purchasing of accounts receivable as a means of providing funding to clients in the temporary staffing industry; a cloud-based accounting service; payment processing services; payment distribution services; and a small-business loan resource center. Paychex, Inc. markets its products and services through direct sales force. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Rochester, New York.

 

Three Movers to Watch for: United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL), Ford Motor Company (F), Aflac Incorporated (AFL)

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) retreated with the stock falling -1.74% or $-1.25 to close at $70.47 on active trading volume of 5.46M compared its three months average trading volume of 3.84M. The Chicago Illinois 60606 based company operating under the Major Airlines industry has been trending up for the last 52 weeks, with the shares price now 44.23% up for the period and down by -3.31% so far this year. With price target of $85.28 and a 88.37% rebound from 52-week low, United Continental Holdings, Inc. has plenty of upside potential, making it a hold with a view buy.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The company transports people and cargo through its mainline and regional operations. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 1,236 aircraft. United Continental Holdings, Inc. also sells fuel; and offers catering, ground handling, and maintenance services for third parties. The company was formerly known as UAL Corporation and changed its name to United Continental Holdings, Inc. in October 2010. United Continental Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Ford Motor Company (F) dropped $-0.01 to close the day at a new closing price of $12.36, a -0.08% decrease in value from its previous closing price that moved the stock 17.94% above its 52 week low of $11.02. A total of 46.95M shares exchanged hands during the day compared with its three month average trading volume of 37.26M. The stock, which fluctuated between $12.19 and $12.39 during the day, currently situated -9.6% below its 52 week high. The stock is up by 2.69% in the past one month and up by 7.16% over the past three months. With a one year target estimate of $12.83 and RSI of 50.22, the stock still has upside potential, making it a hold for now.

Ford Motor Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, markets, finances, and services automobiles. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector develops, manufactures, distributes, and services passenger cars, trucks, SUVs, light commercial vehicles, trucks, vans, and electrified vehicles, as well as offers parts and accessories. It offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. This sector markets and sells its products through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to fleet customers, including commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments. The Financial Services sector offers various automotive financing products to and through automotive dealers. It provides financing products, including retail installment sale contracts for new and used vehicles; and direct financing leases for new vehicles to retail and commercial customers, government entities, daily rental car companies, leasing companies, and fleet customers. This sector also offers wholesale loans to dealers to finance the purchase of vehicle inventory; and loans to dealers to finance working capital and improvement of dealership facilities, purchase dealership real estate, and other dealer vehicle programs. It serves clients in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Ford Motor Company was founded in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Michigan.

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) shares were down in last trading by -0.51% to $69.99. It experienced higher than average volume on day. The stock increased in value by almost 0.24% over the past week and grew 0.23% in the past month. It is currently trading -0.21% below its 50 day moving average and -0.32% below its 200 day moving average. Following the recent decrease in price, the stock’s new closing price represents a -5.49% decrease in value from its one year high of $74.5. The RSI indicator value of 48.22, lead us to believe that it is a hold for now.

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.

 

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.

 

3 Notable Runners: Aflac Incorporated (AFL), First Data Corporation (FDC), Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW)

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 0.92% or $0.64 to close the day at $70.46 on higher than average trading volume of 3.58M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.14M. The Columbus Georgia 31999 based company has been outperforming the accident & health insurance companies by 1.1294% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 1.24% YTD, versus the accident & health insurance industry which is up 2.33% for the same period. The RSI of 53.6 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

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.

First Data Corporation (FDC) had a light trading with around 3.56M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 4.56M. The stock traded between $15.57 and $16.11 before closing at the price of $15.92 with 0.57% change on the day. The Atlanta Georgia 30342 based company is currently trading 90.2% above its 52 week low of $8.37 and -0.13% below its 52 week high of $16.11. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 60.54 and $17.29 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

First Data Corporation provides electronic commerce solutions for merchants, financial institutions, and card issuers worldwide. It operates through three segments: Global Business Solutions, Global Financial Solutions, and Network & Security Solutions. The Global Business Solutions segment offers retail point-of-sale merchant acquiring and e-commerce services; and next-generation offerings, such as mobile payment services and webstore-in-a-box solutions, as well as its cloud-based Clover point-of-sale operating system, which includes a marketplace for proprietary and third-party business applications. The Global Financial Solutions segment provides credit solutions for bank and non-bank issuers, including credit and retail private-label card processing solutions; and licensed financial software systems, such as VisionPLUS bank processing application and lending solutions. This segment also offers a suite of related services, including card personalization and embossing, statement printing, client service, and remittance processing services to financial institutions. The Network & Security Solutions segment provides various value-added solutions, which include electronic funds transfer network solutions, such as debit card processing solutions; stored value network solutions; and security and fraud management solutions. This segment also supports its online and mobile banking digital strategies, and its business supporting mobile wallets. First Data Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) traded within a range of $124.84 to $130.16 after opening the day at $129.11. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 4.99% so far this year. The stock was up close to 1.19% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $128.57 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding 0.84% above its 52 week high of $130.16 and 62.31% above its 12-month low of $86.61. The shares are up by over 14.28% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 71.47 is bearish. The technical indicator is offering a warning sign that the stock can’t keep current pace going.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. manufactures and sells industrial products and equipment worldwide. It operates through seven segments: Automotive OEM; Test & Measurement and Electronics; Food Equipment; Polymers & Fluids; Welding; Construction Products; and Specialty Products. The Automotive OEM segment produces components and fasteners for automotive-related applications. The Test & Measurement and Electronics segment provides equipment, consumables, and related software for testing and measuring of materials and structures, as well as equipment and consumables used in the production of electronic subassemblies and microelectronics. The Food Equipment segment offers commercial food equipment and related services. The Polymers & Fluids segment produces adhesives, sealants, lubrication and cutting fluids, and fluids and polymers for auto aftermarket maintenance and appearance. The Welding segment produces arc welding equipment, consumables, and accessories for various industrial and commercial applications. The Construction Products segment produces engineered fastening systems and solutions. The Specialty Products segment provides beverage packaging equipment and consumables, product coding and marking equipment and consumables, and appliance components and fasteners. The company distributes its products directly to industrial manufacturers, as well as through independent distributors. Illinois Tool Works Inc. was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Glenview, Illinois.

 

Stocks Intraday Alert: Carnival Corporation (CCL), Express, Inc. (EXPR), Aflac Incorporated (AFL)

Carnival Corporation (CCL) continued its upward trend with the stock climbing 1.41% or $0.76 to close the day at $54.53 on lower than average trading volume of 2.53M shares, compared to its three month average trading volume of 3.55M. The Miami Florida 33178 based company has been outperforming the resorts & casinos companies by 17.4305% for last three months and its recent gains have pushed the stock slightly up 4.74% YTD, versus the resorts & casinos industry which is up 5.11% for the same period. The RSI of 61.04 indicates the stock is neither overvalued nor undervalued at the current levels, hold for now.

Carnival Corporation operates as a leisure travel and cruise company in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. It offers cruises under the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn brands in North America; and Costa, AIDA, P&O Cruises (UK), Cunard, and P&O Cruises (Australia) brands in Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company operates 99 cruise ships. It also owns Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, a tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon, which owns and operates 11 hotels or lodges, approximately 300 motor coaches, and 20 glass-domed railcars. In addition, the company is involved in the leasing of cruise ships. It sells its cruises primarily through travel agents and tour operators. Carnival Corporation was incorporated in 1972 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida. Carnival Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & Plc.

Express, Inc. (EXPR) had a active trading with around 2.51M shares changing hands compared to its three month average trading volume of 2.3M. The stock traded between $10.38 and $10.68 before closing at the price of $10.63 with 1.05% change on the day. The Columbus Ohio 43230 based company is currently trading 5.98% above its 52 week low of $10.03 and -50.72% below its 52 week high of $21.57. Both the RSI indicator and target price of 39.57 and $12 respectively, lead us to believe that it should be put on hold over the coming weeks.

Express, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel and accessories retailer. It offers apparel and accessories for women and men between 20 and 30 years across various aspects of lifestyles, including work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The company sells its products through its e-commerce Website, express.com; mobile app; and franchisees Express locations in Latin America, the Middle East, and South Africa. As of January 30, 2016, it operated 653 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company was formerly known as Express Parent LLC and changed its name to Express, Inc. in May 2010. Express, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) traded within a range of $69.34 to $69.96 after opening the day at $69.67. The company has seen its stock increase in value by 0.32% so far this year. The stock was up close to 0.68% on active volume in last trading session and closed at $69.82 per share. After the recent gain, the stock is currently holding -5.72% below its 52 week high of $74.5 and 28.63% above its 12-month low of $55.24. The shares are up by over 1.23% in the last three months, and the RSI indicator value of 48.52 is neither bullish nor bearish, tempting investors to stay on the sidelines.

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.