Zeroing in on Company Shares of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) and Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW)

In the past few sessions, investors have started paying a little bit more attention to shares of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET). In recent trading action, the stock had changed 0.21% settling in at $156.30.

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, Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) has performed -4.23%. For the past month, shares are -4.01%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 0.81%. Looking back further, Aetna Inc. stock has been 21.09% over the last six months, and 26.04% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 39.47%.

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 Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) have been seen trading 10.54% away from the 200-day moving average and -0.75% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -5.00% away from the 52-week high and separated 49.44% from the 52-week low. Aetna Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 44.40.

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 1.61% and month of 1.67%.  So are analysts giving the Buy signal at this juncture?  Sell-side firms currently have a consensus recommendation of 2.20 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 166.13 within the next 12-18 months. 

Moving -0.12% from the most recent open, shares of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) have landed on investor watchlists as the latest bid puts the equity at $151.44.

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, Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) has performed 0.95%. For the past month, shares are 6.01%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 4.66%. Looking back further, Illinois Tool Works Inc. stock has been 15.72% over the last six months, and 23.66% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 31.64%.

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 Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) have been seen trading 10.39% away from the 200-day moving average and 6.28% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -0.77% away from the 52-week high and separated 35.82% from the 52-week low. Illinois Tool Works Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 75.30.