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Forecast 1-Year Return: Stocks with a red number are projected to decline by that percentage over the next 12 months. Stocks with a black number in the table are projected to move higher by that percentage over the next 12 months.

Value Level: Price at which to enter a GTC limit order to buy on weakness. The letters mean; W-weekly, M-monthly, Q-quarterly, S-semiannual and A-annual.

Pivot: A level between a value level and risky level that should be a magnet during the time frame noted.

Risky Level: Price at which to enter a GTC limit order to sell on strength.

Aetna (AET) ($64.76 vs. $63.26 on July 8): set a new multi-year high at $69.19 on Sept. 16. The stock had a hold rating in July and now has a buy rating. My annual value level is $62.77 and a quarterly pivot at $65.82 and monthly risky level at $70.72.

Centene (CNC) ($64.30 vs. $54.49 on July 8): tested and held its 50-day SMA at $57.46 on Sept. 23 then traded to a new multi-year high at $65.05 on Oct. 1. My monthly value level is $63.01 with a quarterly pivot at $65.01.

Health Net (HNT) ($32.87 vs. $32.07 on July 8): set a new multi-year high at $33.90 on Sept. 16. My weekly value level is $31.23 with an annual pivot at $32.54 and annual risky level at $35.35.

Humana (HUM) ($94.87 vs. $84.27 on July 8): set a new multi-year high at $99.85 on Sept. 16. Humana has maintained a buy rating since July 8. My annual value level is $91.58 with a weekly risky level at $98.67.

UnitedHealth Group (UNH) ($72.57 vs. $67.56 on July 8): set a new multi-year high at $75.88 on Sept. 16. My annual value level is $62.39 with a semiannual pivot at $73.01 with a monthly risky level at $75.13.

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