Why In The World Would I Care About Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIV)

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) rose 0.58% this week, a trend that has led to both investors and traders taking note of the stock. Over the past one year, the equity price has embarked on a drop that has seen it decline -13.42% and is now up by 9.43% since start of this year. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a 6.39% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price climbed by 3.61% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month increase to stand at 1.59%.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Illinois Tool Works Inc. with most of them predicting a $135.24 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a -2.45% rise in the stock and would lead to ITW’s market cap to surge to $45.08B. The stock has been rated an average 3, which roughly stands towards the bearish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 21 analysts that track Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) and find out that 13 of them rated it as a Hold. 3 of the 8 analysts rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 5 advised investors to desist from buying the stock or sell it if they already possess it.

A look at ITW technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 59.37 point. Its trading volume has lost -384896 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 1295104 shares. This means there is reduced activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 1680000 shares, and this is 0.77 times the normal volume.

Analysts have predicted a price target for Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIV) for 1 year and it stands at an average $47.62/share. This means that it would likely increase by -2.6% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $48.54 and $49.37. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $41. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $51.

The AIV stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 57.42%, which means that it is currently neutral. The shares P/S ratio stands at 7.82 which compares to the 10.23 recorded by the industry or the 10.38 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 174.61, which is higher than the 11.53 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 37.9% over the past five years.

Analysts view Apartment Investment and Management Company (NYSE:AIV) as a Hold, with 2.6 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 16 analysts that follow AIV and found that 11 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 5 were divided, with 4 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 1 analysts advised investors to desist from buying Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIV) shares or sell it if they already own it.