Crawford Investment Counsel Inc Buys Johnson Controls International PLC, Cardinal Health Inc …

… Tapestry Inc, AK Steel Holding Corp, sells Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc, McCormick Inc, Fidelity National Information Services Inc, Duke Energy Corp, …

Atlanta, GA, based Investment company Crawford Investment Counsel Inc buys Johnson Controls International PLC, Cardinal Health Inc, Philip Morris International Inc, MetLife Inc, Comcast Corp, Brooks Automation Inc, First Hawaiian Inc, Total System Services Inc, Target Corp, WRKCo Inc, PacWest Bancorp, Colgate-Palmolive Co, New Residential Investment Corp, The Hackett Group Inc, Healthcare Services Group Inc, Cameco Corp, Carter’s Inc, Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc, LogMeIn Inc, Caterpillar Inc, Empire State Realty Trust Inc, Perrigo Co PLC, Newell Brands Inc, Mondelez International Inc, DowDuPont Inc, Illinois Tool Works Inc, Tapestry Inc, AK Steel Holding Corp, sells Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc, McCormick Inc, Fidelity National Information Services Inc, Duke Energy Corp, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc, ONEOK Inc, Crown Castle International Corp, WEC Energy Group Inc, Pfizer Inc, Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc, US Bancorp, Qualcomm Inc, PNC Financial Services Group Inc, Morgan Stanley, Gentex Corp, CVS Health Corp, CSX Corp, EPR Properties, Southern Co, Ford Motor Co, Coty Inc, Linde PLC during the 3-months ended 2019Q1, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Crawford Investment Counsel Inc. As of 2019Q1, Crawford Investment Counsel Inc owns 252 stocks with a total value of $3.4 billion. These are the details of the buys and sells.

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These are the top 5 holdings of CRAWFORD INVESTMENT COUNSEL INC

  1. Microsoft Corp (MSFT) – 934,946 shares, 3.28% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 5.99%
  2. Merck & Co Inc (MRK) – 1,148,101 shares, 2.84% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 9.48%
  3. Texas Instruments Inc (TXN) – 875,212 shares, 2.76% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.13%
  4. The Home Depot Inc (HD) – 469,969 shares, 2.69% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 14.08%
  5. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) – 761,382 shares, 2.53% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 5.02%

New Purchase: First Hawaiian Inc (FHB)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc initiated holding in First Hawaiian Inc. The purchase prices were between $22.51 and $27.57, with an estimated average price of $25.82. The stock is now traded at around $27.48. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.21%. The holding were 264,910 shares as of .

New Purchase: New Residential Investment Corp (NRZ)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc initiated holding in New Residential Investment Corp. The purchase prices were between $14.21 and $17.17, with an estimated average price of $16.44. The stock is now traded at around $16.62. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.08%. The holding were 162,310 shares as of .

New Purchase: The Hackett Group Inc (HCKT)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc initiated holding in The Hackett Group Inc. The purchase prices were between $15.67 and $19.45, with an estimated average price of $17.16. The stock is now traded at around $16.32. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.07%. The holding were 143,350 shares as of .

New Purchase: Perrigo Co PLC (PRGO)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc initiated holding in Perrigo Co PLC. The purchase prices were between $38.75 and $50.22, with an estimated average price of $46.69. The stock is now traded at around $51.60. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.01%. The holding were 4,600 shares as of .

New Purchase: Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc initiated holding in Illinois Tool Works Inc. The purchase prices were between $123.45 and $146.47, with an estimated average price of $138.23. The stock is now traded at around $151.09. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.01%. The holding were 1,448 shares as of .

New Purchase: Caterpillar Inc (CAT)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc initiated holding in Caterpillar Inc. The purchase prices were between $121.51 and $141.41, with an estimated average price of $132.85. The stock is now traded at around $130.76. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.01%. The holding were 1,768 shares as of .

Added: Johnson Controls International PLC (JCI)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc added to a holding in Johnson Controls International PLC by 30.30%. The purchase prices were between $29.65 and $36.96, with an estimated average price of $34.22. The stock is now traded at around $39.52. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.37%. The holding were 1,435,944 shares as of .

Added: Cardinal Health Inc (CAH)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc added to a holding in Cardinal Health Inc by 40.24%. The purchase prices were between $44.16 and $56.79, with an estimated average price of $50.08. The stock is now traded at around $49.67. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.36%. The holding were 885,717 shares as of .

Added: Philip Morris International Inc (PM)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc added to a holding in Philip Morris International Inc by 24.61%. The purchase prices were between $66.44 and $91.91, with an estimated average price of $80.26. The stock is now traded at around $83.94. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.34%. The holding were 661,041 shares as of .

Added: MetLife Inc (MET)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc added to a holding in MetLife Inc by 24.81%. The purchase prices were between $40.87 and $45.72, with an estimated average price of $44.19. The stock is now traded at around $47.47. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.29%. The holding were 1,145,798 shares as of .

Added: Comcast Corp (CMCSA)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc added to a holding in Comcast Corp by 2162.26%. The purchase prices were between $34.05 and $40.47, with an estimated average price of $37.55. The stock is now traded at around $42.79. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.29%. The holding were 255,341 shares as of .

Added: Brooks Automation Inc (BRKS)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc added to a holding in Brooks Automation Inc by 179.66%. The purchase prices were between $24.38 and $33.75, with an estimated average price of $30.05. The stock is now traded at around $37.98. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.24%. The holding were 434,521 shares as of .

Sold Out: Crown Castle International Corp (CCIPA.PFD)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc sold out a holding in Crown Castle International Corp. The sale prices were between $1024 and $1184.8, with an estimated average price of $1102.09.

Sold Out: CVS Health Corp (CVS)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc sold out a holding in CVS Health Corp. The sale prices were between $52.36 and $69.88, with an estimated average price of $61.96.

Sold Out: Gentex Corp (GNTX)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc sold out a holding in Gentex Corp. The sale prices were between $19.77 and $23.03, with an estimated average price of $20.92.

Sold Out: PNC Financial Services Group Inc (PNC)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc sold out a holding in PNC Financial Services Group Inc. The sale prices were between $116.91 and $131.88, with an estimated average price of $123.74.

Sold Out: US Bancorp (USB)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc sold out a holding in US Bancorp. The sale prices were between $45.7 and $52.45, with an estimated average price of $50.1.

Sold Out: CSX Corp (CSX)

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc sold out a holding in CSX Corp. The sale prices were between $60.98 and $74.82, with an estimated average price of $69.36.

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Selling Pressure Spotted in Shares of Duke Energy Corp (DUK)

Duke Energy Corp (DUK) shares are seeing solid selling ioutlow as the Chaikin Money Index has dropped below zero. If the price consistently closes …

Duke Energy Corp (DUK) shares are seeing solid selling ioutlow as the Chaikin Money Index has dropped below zero. If the price consistently closes in the lower half of the daily range on high volume the indicator would read below zero and indicates a strong bear market developing. When the indicator stays below zero for a sustained period of time, especially with increasing indicator values, it shows a strong downtrend.

Chaikin Money Flow (CMF), created by Marc Chaikin, is a technical analysis indicator used to measure Money Flow Volume over a window of time. It attempts to measure buying and selling pressures of a security for single period. CMF then sums Money Flow Volume over a user-defined number of periods and divides by the total volume for that number of periods. The result varies between 1 and -1.

Turning to some additional technicals, at the time of writing, the 14-day ADX for Duke Energy Corp (DUK) is 12.38. Many technical chart analysts believe that an ADX value over 25 would suggest a strong trend. A reading under 20 would indicate no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal. The ADX is typically plotted along with two other directional movement indicator lines, the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI). Some analysts believe that the ADX is one of the best trend strength indicators available.

Market watchers diligently track the companies they think can do well to grow earnings. The goal is typically to discover stocks that are most likely to outperform in the future. Many investors like to keep tabs on sell-side analyst views. Following the direction estimates are trending may provide a deeper glimpse into the health of a company. Investors may need to follow a disciplined system which may help keep emotions in check when making investment decisions. On the other end, it may be necessary to craft a new strategy if the old system isn’t providing the types of expected returns. It can also become very time-consuming to keep up with shorter-term trends and events. Managing the short-term plan with the long-term plan can be difficult given the existing economic climate.

Some investors may find the Williams Percent Range or Williams %R as a helpful technical indicator. Presently, Duke Energy Corp (DUK)’s Williams Percent Range or 14 day Williams %R is resting at -97.78. Values can range from 0 to -100. A reading between -80 to -100 may be typically viewed as strong oversold territory. A value between 0 to -20 would represent a strong overbought condition. As a momentum indicator, the Williams R% may be used with other technicals to help define a specific trend.

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When performing stock analysis, investors and traders may opt to view technical levels. Duke Energy Corp (DUK) presently has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of -163.03. Investors and traders may use this indicator to help spot price reversals, price extremes, and the strength of a trend. Many investors will use the CCI in conjunction with other indicators when evaluating a trade. The CCI may be used to spot if a stock is entering overbought (+100) and oversold (-100) territory.

Checking in on moving averages, the 200-day is at 85.66, the 50-day is 89.85, and the 7-day is sitting at 89.72. Moving averages may be used by investors and traders to shed some light on trading patterns for a specific stock. Moving averages can be used to help smooth information in order to provide a clearer picture of what is going on with the stock. Technical stock analysts may use a combination of different time periods in order to figure out the history of the equity and where it may be headed in the future. MA’s can be calculated for any time period, but two very popular time frames are the 50-day and 200-day moving averages.

Shifting gears to the Relative Strength Index, the 14-day RSI is currently sitting at 37.93, the 7-day is 28.60, and the 3-day is currently at 11.22 for Duke Energy Corp (DUK). The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is a highly popular momentum indicator used for technical analysis. The RSI can help display whether the bulls or the bears are currently strongest in the market. The RSI may be used to help spot points of reversals more accurately. The RSI was developed by J. Welles Wilder. As a general rule, an RSI reading over 70 would signal overbought conditions. A reading under 30 would indicate oversold conditions. As always, the values may need to be adjusted based on the specific stock and market. RSI can also be a valuable tool for trying to spot larger market turns.

Investors may be trying to find stocks that are building momentum. Finding these stocks may help bolster the portfolio going into the second half of the year. Investors often look to pounce on any opportunity in the stock market. Without properly being prepared, these opportunities may disappear quickly. Staying on top of fundamentals, technicals, and earnings, may help investors stay prepared.

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Group files ethics complaint against state Sen. Dan Blue, a Raleigh Democrat

… an investigation into whether a longtime North Carolina legislator violated ethics laws by pushing legislation sought by Duke Energy Corp. while his …

RALEIGH — A clean-energy advocacy group wants an investigation into whether a longtime North Carolina legislator violated ethics laws by pushing legislation sought by Duke Energy Corp. while his law firm did legal work for a gas pipeline project.

The group NC WARN filed a complaint Wednesday with the State Ethics Commission asking for an official look at the connections between the country’s largest electricity company and state Sen. Dan Blue, a Raleigh Democrat.

NC WARN says Blue’s law firm is collecting fees for suing dozens of landowners to make way for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a project partly owned by Duke Energy. The 605-mile (974-kilometer) natural gas pipeline would originate in West Virginia and run through Virginia and North Carolina, almost reaching the South Carolina border.

Blue is not personally representing the company, but he acknowledged in a statement his law firm represented the Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC in several eminent domain cases.

NC WARN said the extent and timing of Blue’s legal work for the pipeline entity primarily owned by Charlotte-based Duke Energy and Virginia-based Dominion Energy should be investigated to see if the Democrat and the power companies have further connections.

Blue also is sponsoring legislation that would let Duke Energy get multi-year rate increases at a time when it plans to pass along billions of dollars in construction on to consumers.

“The ethics issue is clear-cut: Sen. Blue can’t serve the public interest when he’s heavily paid to serve the diverging interests of Duke Energy,” NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren said in a statement.

Blue, a former state House speaker, has served in the General Assembly for 35 years. He rejected suggestions that his financial interests were connected to his support for changing way Duke Energy is regulated.

“I am confident in the position that I’ve taken. I haven’t been influenced by anything that Duke has done,” Blue told reporters. “One would be stupid to serve in this body and be compensated for taking some act as a result of what they did do.”

A total of 88 complaints were either filed with the North Carolina State Ethics Commission in 2018 or were carried over and still pending last year, commission attorney Kathleen Edwards said.

Only nine were referred to legislative, judicial or other oversight bodies for further consideration of potential sanctions, she said. Nine cases remain pending, while the rest were dismissed because they weren’t properly filed, didn’t concern a person covered under state law or there was insufficient evidence of a violation, Edwards said.

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Associated Press Writers Gary D. Robertson contributed to this report.

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What Are the Technicals Telling Us About Duke Energy Corp (DUKH)?

The Average True Range of ATR For Shares of Duke Energy Corp (DUKH) have trended downward over the past 10 bars, indicating bearish …

The Average True Range of ATR For Shares of Duke Energy Corp (DUKH) have trended downward over the past 10 bars, indicating bearish momentum for the equity near-term. At a recent glance the stock touched 24.93 in a recent trade.

As the markets continue to charge to new heights, investors may be trying to calculate where the markets will be moving in the next few months. Many market enthusiasts will be monitoring the current round of company earnings reports. A better than expected earnings period may help give the stock market another boost to even greater levels. At this point in time, investors may be a bit more cautious with stock selection. With so many names near all-time highs, investors may need to crunch the numbers to evaluate which stocks are still a good buy even at current price levels. Investors may also want to zoom out to the sector level and see if they can determine which sectors may be poised to outperform the overall market coming in to the second part of the year. Investors may also be looking at the overall economic conditions and striving to gain a sense of whether everything will align to keeping the bull run going.

Duke Energy Corp (DUKH) currently has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of 80.73. Dedicated investors may choose to use this technical indicator as a stock evaluation tool. Used as a coincident indicator, the CCI reading above +100 would reflect strong price action which may signal an uptrend. On the flip side, a reading below -100 may signal a downtrend reflecting weak price action. Using the CCI as a leading indicator, technical analysts may use a +100 reading as an overbought signal and a -100 reading as an oversold indicator, suggesting a trend reversal.

We can also do some further technical analysis on the stock. At the time of writing, the 14-day ADX for Duke Energy Corp (DUKH) is 10.21. Many technical chart analysts believe that an ADX value over 25 would suggest a strong trend. A reading under 20 would indicate no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal. The ADX is typically plotted along with two other directional movement indicator lines, the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI). Some analysts believe that the ADX is one of the best trend strength indicators available.

Interested investors may be watching the Williams Percent Range or Williams %R. Williams %R is a popular technical indicator created by Larry Williams to help identify overbought and oversold situations. Investors will commonly use Williams %R in conjunction with other trend indicators to help spot possible stock turning points. Duke Energy Corp (DUKH)’s Williams Percent Range or 14 day Williams %R currently sits at -28.13. In general, if the indicator goes above -20, the stock may be considered overbought. Alternately, if the indicator goes below -80, this may point to the stock being oversold.

Tracking other technical indicators, the 14-day RSI is presently standing at 52.90, the 7-day sits at 57.23, and the 3-day is resting at 73.76 for Duke Energy Corp (DUKH). The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is an often employed momentum oscillator that is used to measure the speed and change of stock price movements. When charted, the RSI can serve as a visual means to monitor historical and current strength or weakness in a certain market. This measurement is based on closing prices over a specific period of time. As a momentum oscillator, the RSI operates in a set range. This range falls on a scale between 0 and 100. If the RSI is closer to 100, this may indicate a period of stronger momentum. On the flip side, an RSI near 0 may signal weaker momentum. The RSI was originally created by J. Welles Wilder which was introduced in his 1978 book “New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems”.

For further review, we can take a look at another popular technical indicator. In terms of moving averages, the 200-day is currently at 24.00, the 50-day is 24.85, and the 7-day is resting at 24.87. Moving averages are a popular trading tool among investors. Moving averages can be used to help filter out the day to day noise created by other factors. MA’s may be used to identify uptrends or downtrends, and they can be a prominent indicator for detecting a shift in momentum for a particular stock. Many traders will use moving averages for different periods of time in conjunction with other indicators to help gauge future stock price action.

There are many factors that can affect the health of a certain company. Because of this, it can be extremely difficult to find one single strategy that will prove successful in the stock market. Investors are able to study all the different data, but figuring out the relevant information can be a struggle. There is plenty of company information that can easily be measured such as revenue and profits. There are also elements that aren’t as easily computed such as reputation and competitive advantage. Finding a way to gather all the information and craft a strategy that incorporates all aspects of a company may be a challenge for investors. Because there is a highly inherent human element to picking stocks, price action may not follow expectations. Human emotion can reverse course rapidly over a short period of time. Investors need to always be prepared for market uncertainty while attempting to keep emotions in check.

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Group files ethics complaint against N Carolina legislator

Blue is not personally representing the company, but he acknowledged in a … Blue also is sponsoring legislation that would let Duke Energy get …
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    Group files ethics complaint against N Carolina legislator

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A clean-energy advocacy group wants an investigation into whether a longtime North Carolina legislator violated ethics laws by pushing legislation sought by Duke Energy Corp. while his law firm did legal work for a gas pipeline project.

The group NC WARN filed a complaint Wednesday with the State Ethics Commission asking for an official look at the connections between the country’s largest electricity company and state Sen. Dan Blue, a Raleigh Democrat.

NC WARN says Blue’s law firm is collecting fees for suing dozens of landowners to make way for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a project partly owned by Duke Energy. The 605-mile (974-kilometer) natural gas pipeline would originate in West Virginia and run through Virginia and North Carolina, almost reaching the South Carolina border.

Blue is not personally representing the company, but he acknowledged in a statement his law firm represented the Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC in several eminent domain cases.

NC WARN said the extent and timing of Blue’s legal work for the pipeline entity primarily owned by Charlotte-based Duke Energy and Virginia-based Dominion Energy should be investigated to see if the Democrat and the power companies have further connections.

Blue also is sponsoring legislation that would let Duke Energy get multi-year rate increases at a time when it plans to pass along billions of dollars in construction on to consumers.

“The ethics issue is clear-cut: Sen. Blue can’t serve the public interest when he’s heavily paid to serve the diverging interests of Duke Energy,” NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren said in a statement.

Blue, a former state House speaker, has served in the General Assembly for 35 years. He rejected suggestions that his financial interests were connected to his support for changing way Duke Energy is regulated.

“I am confident in the position that I’ve taken. I haven’t been influenced by anything that Duke has done,” Blue told reporters. “One would be stupid to serve in this body and be compensated for taking some act as a result of what they did do.”

A total of 88 complaints were either filed with the North Carolina State Ethics Commission in 2018 or were carried over and still pending last year, commission attorney Kathleen Edwards said.

Only nine were referred to legislative, judicial or other oversight bodies for further consideration of potential sanctions, she said. Nine cases remain pending, while the rest were dismissed because they weren’t properly filed, didn’t concern a person covered under state law or there was insufficient evidence of a violation, Edwards said.

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