Near-Term, Can These Stocks Move the Needle: Primerica, Inc. (NYSE:PRI) and The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG)

Investors are sharpening their focus on shares of Primerica, Inc. (NYSE:PRI).  The stock saw a move of -1.33% during the latest trading session. The stock price has recently touched $103.90 which has caused investors to take a second look at company shares. 

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, Primerica, Inc. (NYSE:PRI) shares have performed 0.24%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 18.47%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are 32.86%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 2.31%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company
Primerica, Inc. (NYSE:PRI) have been seen trading -2.35% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 19.36% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading -2.35% off the 52-week high and 48.43% away from the 52-week low.

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) has moved 3.02% over the past week and is currently priced at $110.87 after moving 0.62% in the most recent session.  Despite the cheap price tag, let’s take a closer look at the recent performance and where the price is situated in comparison to its averages.

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, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) has performed 3.02%. For the past month, shares are 5.60%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 14.45%. Looking back further, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. stock has been 23.20% over the last six months, and 2.58% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 31.94%.

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 The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) have been seen trading 16.43% away from the 200-day moving average and 4.54% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading 0.43% away from the 52-week high and separated 39.93% from the 52-week low. The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 68.29.

Recommendations

Based on the stock’s volatility for the week, which is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given stock and represents average daily high/low percentage range of 1.55% and month of 1.50%.  So are analysts giving the Buy signal at this juncture?  Sell-side firms currently have a consensus recommendation of 2.60 on the shares.  This is based on a 1 to 5 formula where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. Analysts are projecting the stock to trade at 112.33 within the next 12-18 months.