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By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, November 16, 12:06 PM ET
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In trading on Wednesday, shares of Lowe's Companies Inc (NYSE:LOW) entered into overbought territory, changing hands as high as $23.88 per share. We define overbought territory using the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which is a technical analysis indicator used to measure momentum on a scale of zero to 100. A stock is considered to be overbought if the RSI reading rises above 70.

In the case of Lowe's Companies Inc, the RSI reading has hit 70.9 by comparison, the universe of dividend stocks covered by Dividend Channel currently has an average RSI of 57.5.

A bearish investor could look at LOW's 70.9 reading as a sign that the recent heavy buying is in the process of exhausting itself, and shares are due for a pullback. The chart below shows the one year performance of LOW shares:

Lowe's Companies Inc 1 Year Performance Chart

Looking at the chart above, LOW's low point in its 52 week range is $18.07 per share, with $27.45 as the 52 week high point that compares with a last trade of $23.75.

Among the fundamental datapoints dividend investors should investigate to decide if they are bullish on LOW is its dividend history. In general, dividends are not always predictable; but, looking at the history chart below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue.

LOW Dividend History
Date Div*
10/17/11 0.140
07/18/11 0.140
04/18/11 0.110
01/14/11 0.110
10/18/10 0.110
07/19/10 0.110
04/19/10 0.090
01/15/10 0.090
10/14/09 0.090
07/15/09 0.090
04/15/09 0.085
01/14/09 0.085
10/15/08 0.085
07/16/08 0.085
04/16/08 0.080
01/16/08 0.080
10/17/07 0.080
07/18/07 0.080
04/18/07 0.050
01/17/07 0.050
10/18/06 0.050
07/19/06 0.050
04/19/06 0.030
01/18/06 0.030
10/12/05 0.030
07/13/05 0.030
04/13/05 0.020
01/12/05 0.020
10/13/04 0.020
07/14/04 0.020
04/14/04 0.015
01/14/04 0.015
10/15/03 0.015
07/16/03 0.013
04/15/03 0.013
01/15/03 0.013
10/16/02 0.010
07/17/02 0.010
04/17/02 0.010
10/17/01 0.010
07/18/01 0.010
04/18/01 0.009
01/17/01 0.009
10/11/00 0.009
07/12/00 0.009
04/12/00 0.009
01/12/00 0.009
10/13/99 0.007
07/14/99 0.007
04/14/99 0.007
01/13/99 0.007
10/14/98 0.007
07/15/98 0.062
04/15/98 0.007
01/14/98 0.007
10/15/97 0.007
07/15/97 0.007
04/14/97 0.007
01/15/97 0.007
10/15/96 0.006
07/15/96 0.006
04/11/96 0.006
01/12/96 0.006
10/13/95 0.006
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, LOW makes up 5.63% of the Retail HOLDRS ETF (AMEX:RTH) which is trading higher by about 0.1% on the day Wednesday.

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LOW operates in the Home Improvement Stores sector, among companies like Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST) which is down about 0.2% today, and Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) trading up by about 0.6%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of LOW, versus FAST and HD.

LOW,FAST,HD Relative Performance Chart


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