Defining specific goals and creating an overall stock trading strategy can be a big help for the individual investor. Some investors are only interested in buy and hold strategies, while others will opt to try and capitalize on short-term market movements. Investors may also decide to do a little bit of both. They may choose a selection of stocks that they plan on holding for a long time, and they may choose others that they plan on holding for only a short period of time. Whichever way the investor decides to go, they should be prepared to complete all the research. Whether they want to study the fundamentals, technicals, or both, finding quality stocks may be at the forefront of the search.

The 20 day Keltner Channels upper envelope is 27.61427565 on shares of Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII). The 20 day Keltner Channels lower envelope is 26.77147902. The Keltner Channels indicator was introduced by Chester Keltner in his book How to Make Money in Commodities. Keltner’s ideas have since been expanded upon and are widely used by technical traders.

Checking in on the Awesome Oscillator, we see that the reading is 1.26884853. Traders may follow this oscillator to measure market momentum. Created by Bill Williams, the Awesome Oscillator calculates the difference of the 5 period and 34 period SMA.

Following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator, we note that the current 20 day value is 0.19483771. Traders will watch to see if the indicator can help confirm an ongoing trend. In the midst of a bullish trend, the CMF value staying above zero may point to continuous buying pressure and the possibility of a sustained rise in price. In the midst of a bearish trend, the CMF value staying below zero may show continuous selling pressure and the possibility of continued price decline.

Scanning the equity market, we note that the stock’s current Oscillator Rating is showing “Sell”. Traders will take note of many different factors when examining a stock’s health. Flipping over to the Moving Average Rating, we see that the current sentiment is pointing to a “Strong Buy”.

Watching volatility readings, we can see the current value for Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII) is 1.63636364. Volatility for the week stands at 2.03609919, and the monthly reading is 2.76325718. Volatility involves the amount of risk in relation to the amount of change in a stock’s value. 

Shares of Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII) ended last session at 27.82. Following today’s trade, we note that the stock has moved 0.28839221% since the opening bell. The company has a current market cap of 1504532853. The stock’s high price over the last month is presently 27.95.

Donchian Channels may be useful for technical traders. The primary function of the indicator is to measure volatility. The bands will widen when volatility is high, and they will become narrow with low volatility. The 20 day upper band level is 27.95. For the same period, the lower band level is 25.73.

Trading on volume of 166333, Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII) has seen a change from the open of 0.06 since the stock opened at 27.76. Monitoring today’s activity, the stock has hit a high point of 27.95 and slipped to a low of 27.69. 

Defining specific goals and creating an overall stock trading strategy can be a big help for the individual investor. Some investors are only interested in buy and hold strategies, while others will opt to try and capitalize on short-term market movements. Investors may also decide to do a little bit of both. They may choose a selection of stocks that they plan on holding for a long time, and they may choose others that they plan on holding for only a short period of time. Whichever way the investor decides to go, they should be prepared to complete all the research. Whether they want to study the fundamentals, technicals, or both, finding quality stocks may be at the forefront of the search.