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Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. Stock Getting Overbought

By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, December 21, 4:16 PM ET
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In trading on Wednesday, shares of Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (NASDAQ:OZRK) entered into overbought territory, changing hands as high as $29.89 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 Bank of the Ozarks, Inc., the RSI reading has hit 70.1 by comparison, the universe of dividend stocks covered by Dividend Channel currently has an average RSI of 52.7.

Investors could look at OZRK's 70.1 reading as a sign that the recent heavy buying is in the process of exhausting itself, which could bring a pullback in the stock. The chart below shows the one year performance of OZRK shares:

Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. 1 Year Performance Chart

Looking at the chart above, OZRK's low point in its 52 week range is $19.14 per share, with $29.89 as the 52 week high point that compares with a last trade of $29.64.

Among the fundamental datapoints dividend investors should investigate to decide if they are bullish on OZRK 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.

OZRK Dividend History
Date Div*
10/12/11 0.100
07/13/11 0.095
04/13/11 0.090
01/12/11 0.085
10/13/10 0.080
07/14/10 0.075
04/14/10 0.075
01/14/10 0.070
10/28/09 0.065
07/29/09 0.065
04/29/09 0.065
01/28/09 0.065
10/22/08 0.065
07/23/08 0.065
04/23/08 0.060
01/23/08 0.060
10/24/07 0.060
07/25/07 0.055
04/25/07 0.050
01/24/07 0.050
10/25/06 0.050
07/26/06 0.050
04/26/06 0.050
01/25/06 0.050
10/26/05 0.050
07/27/05 0.050
04/27/05 0.045
02/02/05 0.040
10/27/04 0.040
07/28/04 0.040
04/28/04 0.035
01/28/04 0.035
10/29/03 0.033
07/30/03 0.030
04/30/03 0.028
01/23/03 0.025
10/17/02 0.025
07/18/02 0.020
04/18/02 0.018
01/16/02 0.015
10/03/01 0.015
07/05/01 0.015
04/04/01 0.014
01/04/01 0.014
10/04/00 0.014
07/06/00 0.014
04/05/00 0.013
01/05/00 0.013
10/06/99 0.013
07/07/99 0.013
04/07/99 0.013
01/06/99 0.013
10/07/98 0.007
07/08/98 0.007
04/07/98 0.007
01/07/98 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, OZRK makes up 2.73% of the Dynamic Banking Portfolio ETF (AMEX:PJB) which is trading higher by about 1.2% on the day Wednesday.

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OZRK operates in the Banking & Savings sector, among companies like M & T Bank Corp (NYSE:MTB) which is up about 0.8% today, and KB Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:KB) trading higher by about 2.5%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of OZRK, versus MTB and KB.

OZRK,MTB,KB Relative Performance Chart


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