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Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is -0.019802116 for Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII). The CMF value will fluctuate between 1 and -1. In general, a value closer to 1 would indicate higher buying pressure. A value closer to -1 would represent higher selling pressure.

Technical analysis on the stock may include following the Keltner Channels indicator. Currently, the 20 day upper band is 20.862396. The 20 day lower band is noted at 20.244703. The KC indicator is considered a lagging indicator. Traders may use the values to help spot overbought and oversold conditions.

Technical traders focusing on Donchian Channels will note that the 20 period lower band reading is currently 19.98 on shares of Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII). The 20 period upper band reading is 21.22. Donchian Channels can be used to gauge the volatility of a market. This is a banded indicator akin to Bollinger Bands.

Putting a closer focus on shares of Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII), we see that since the opening price of 20.26, the stock has moved 0.25. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Sell. Volume today clocks in around 32455. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at 20.54 and seen a low price of 20.17. Investors will be putting 5/1/2019 on the schedule as the company is slated to next report earnings around that date.

Taking a look at some historical highs and lows for Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII), we see that the all time high is currently 40.80499, and the all time low is 1.33334. Investors often pay added attention to a stock when it is nearing a historical high point or low point. For the last year, the high price is 22.77, and the low price stands at 8.93. For the last six months, the high was seen at 22.77, and the low was tracked at 11.9801. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 22.77/16.1, and the one month high/low is 21.36/19.02.

Traders have the ability to use a wide range of indicators when studying stocks. Each trader will typically find a few indicators that they heavily rely on. The Ichimoku Cloud indicator works to identify trend direction, gauge momentum, and identify trading opportunities based on crossovers. We can view some Ichimoku indicator levels below:

Ichimoku Lead 1: 20.675
Ichimoku Lead 2: 20.28
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 20.6
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 20.365

Traders following the stock may be watching SMA or Simple Moving Average Levels. Many traders will be watching out for when the shorter-term averages cross above the longer-term averages as this may point to the start of an uptrend. Let’s look at the following SMA readings:

SMA 50 day: 20.5815
SMA 30 day: 20.709833
SMA 200 day: 17.720875
SMA 20 day: 20.60575
SMA 100 day: 19.6321
SMA 10 day20.531

Traders following the Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 20.395296. The calculation uses the weighted moving average and it puts the emphasis on recent prices over older prices.

Investing in the stock market comes with inherent risk. Some stocks are much riskier than others, but there will always be some level of risk no matter which stocks are chosen. Individual investors managing their own portfolios are constantly on the lookout for investing tips or some kind of information that may confirm their gut feeling about a certain stock. Investors may want to be wary when listening to stock investment advice from friends, family members, or even trusted colleagues. People are usually quick to tell others about the winning stocks that they have picked in the past, but they may not be very forthcoming about discussing those portfolio clunkers. After hearing about the next big stock, investors can always do the research and check the prospect out for themselves.

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