Can Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) or Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM) Grab Upward Traction?

Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) moved 1.06% from the recent close and currently pricing at $268.02.  There has been some talk amongst investors regarding this name and is on many “cheap” stock watchlists.  Cheap that is in terms of price, but what about value?

Here we’ll take a quick glance at how the stock price is currently trading in relation to some of its simple moving averages. At current levels, Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) shares have been seen trading 6.09% away from the 20-day moving average. The stock has been recently separated from the 50-day moving average by 7.33%. Using a broader approach, shares have been trading 11.79% off of the 200-day moving average. After the latest check-in, company stock is 0.34% off of the 50 day high and 15.58% away from the 50 day low price.

In terms of performance, shares of Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) are 8.04% since the start of 2016. Over the past week, shares are 1.40%. Moving out to look at the previous month performance, the stock is at 5.25%. For the quarter, performance is at 11.01%. During the past six months, Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM)’s stock has been 12.10% and 30.58% for the last 12 months.

Investors are constantly attempting to find the next great stock to own. Picking the next winner to bolster the portfolio may involve some hard work and a little bit of stock market magic. Sifting through the wealth of information about public companies can be a daunting task. Many sharp investors will attack the equity markets from many different angles.

This may include keeping close tabs on fundamental and technical data. This may also include tracking analyst opinions and following what the big money institutions are buying or selling.

So, most importantly, where are shares headed from here? In order to get a sense of Wall Street sentiment, we can look to brokerage analyst estimates. On a one to five ratings scale where 1.0 indicates a Strong Buy, 2.0 indicates a Buy, 3.0 a Hold, 4.0 a Sell and 5.0 a Stong Sell. Humana Inc. currently has an average analyst recommendation of 2.10 according to analysts. This is the average number based on the total brokerage firms taken into consideration by Beta Systems Research. The same analysts have a future one-year price target of $269.59 on the shares.

Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM) shares are on our watchlist today as the stock has moved 0.08% from the recent close, pricing at $88.27 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.

Let’s take a quick look at how the price of Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM) is currently trading in comparison to some of its simple moving averages. At current levels, shares have been seen trading 2.02% away from the 20-day moving average. The stock has been recently separated from the 50-day moving average by 5.26%. Using a broader approach, the stock has been trading 14.48% off of the 200-day moving average. After the latest check-in, shares are -0.15% off of the 50 day high and 12.69% away from the 50 day low number.

In terms of performance, shares of Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM) are 2.28% since the start of 2016. Over the past week, shares are 0.32%. Moving out to look at the previous month performance, the stock is at 4.29%. For the quarter, performance is at 14.76%. During the past six months, Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM)’s stock has been 18.85% and 26.30% for the last 12 months.

Investors are always on the look for the next great stock to own. Picking the next winner to bolster the portfolio may involve some hard work and a little bit of stock market magic. Sifting through the wealth of information about public companies can be a daunting task.

Many savvy investors will attack the equity markets from many different angles. This may include keeping close tabs on fundamental and technical data. This may also include tracking analyst opinions and following what the big money institutions are buying or selling.