Stock in the Limelight: Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK)

Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK) shares are on our watchlist today as the stock has moved -0.27% from the recent close, pricing at $92.86 at the time of press.  This stock has garnered the attention of value investors and here we’ll take a look at the equity’s recent performance.

Most investors are likely looking for that next stock that is ready to take off running. Maybe the focus is on finding a stock that has recently taken a turn for the worse for no real apparent reason. As we all know, as quickly as a stock can drop in price, it can bounce back just as fast. Although the popular stocks that receive a high level of media coverage tend to recover quicker after a sell-off, there may be plenty of under the radar stocks that are ripe for buying. Scoping out these potential market gems may help repair a portfolio that has taken a hit for any number of reasons.

The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future. Over the past week, Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK) has performed 2.38%. For the past month, shares are 3.60%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 14.50%. Looking back further, Torchmark Corporation stock has been 18.70% over the last six months, and 2.37% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 25.91%.

There is rarely any substitute for diligent research, especially when it pertains to the equity markets. No matter what strategy an investor employs, keeping abreast of current market happenings is of the utmost importance. Everyone wants to see their stock picks soar, but the stark reality is that during a market wide sell-off, this may not be the case. Recently, shares of Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK) have been seen trading 15.69% away from the 200-day moving average and 5.46% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -0.36% away from the 52-week high and separated 27.92% from the 52-week low. Torchmark Corporation’s RSI is presently sitting at 78.73.

ROA and Recommendations

Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK)’s Return on Assets (ROA) is at 2.50%.  This is an indicator of how profitable they have been relative to their total assets.  ROA indicates how efficient their management is.  It’s found by dividing annual earnings by total assets. Torchmark Corporation’s Return on Equity (ROE) of 11.50% reveals how much profit they generate with money from shareholders.  This is found by dividing their net income by their shareholder’s equity.

Torchmark Corporation’s Return on Investment 10.40%, used to find the stock’s efficiency, is calculated by dividing the return of an investment divided by its cost, is 10.40%.  As for whether to Buy, Sell or Hold at this point, sell-side firms covering company shares have a mean recommendation of 3.60 on the stock.  This is on a consensus basis according to Thomson Reuters data.  The scale is 1 to 5 where a Strong Buy rating is a 1 sliding down to a Strong Sell rating for a 5.