In trading on Friday, shares of Ellington Financial LLC (NYSE:EFC) entered into overbought territory, changing hands as high as $18.15 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 Ellington Financial LLC, the RSI reading has hit 74.2 — by comparison, the universe of dividend stocks covered by Dividend Channel currently has an average RSI of 57.6.
Investors could look at EFC's 74.2 reading as a sign that the recent heavy buying is in the process of winding down, which could bring a pullback in the stock. The chart below shows the one year performance of EFC shares:
Looking at the chart above, EFC's low point in its 52 week range is $15.76 per share, with $25.09 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $18.09.
Among the fundamental datapoints dividend investors should investigate to decide if they are bullish on EFC 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.
EFC Dividend History
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.
EFC operates in the Real Estate sector, among companies like American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ:ARCP) which is up about 0.4% today, and Avatar Holdings Inc. (AVTR) trading lower by about 1.2%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of EFC, versus ARCP and AVTR.
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