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LAZ Crosses Technical Indicator

By Dividend Channel Staff, Tuesday, January 10, 12:29 PM ET
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In trading on Tuesday, shares of Lazard Limited Class A (NYSE:LAZ) entered into overbought territory, changing hands as high as $29.80 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 Lazard Limited Class A, the RSI reading has hit 71.5 by comparison, the universe of dividend stocks covered by Dividend Channel currently has an average RSI of 61.4.

Investors could look at LAZ's 71.5 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 LAZ shares:

Lazard Limited Class A 1 Year Performance Chart

Looking at the chart above, LAZ's low point in its 52 week range is $19.04 per share, with $46.54 as the 52 week high point that compares with a last trade of $28.21.

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

LAZ Dividend History
Date Div*
11/03/11 0.160
08/04/11 0.160
05/04/11 0.160
02/03/11 0.125
11/01/10 0.125
08/04/10 0.125
05/05/10 0.125
02/04/10 0.125
11/04/09 0.125
08/05/09 0.125
05/06/09 0.100
02/04/09 0.100
11/05/08 0.100
08/05/08 0.100
05/12/08 0.100
02/06/08 0.100
11/07/07 0.090
08/08/07 0.090
05/16/07 0.090
02/14/07 0.090
11/08/06 0.090
08/09/06 0.090
05/17/06 0.090
02/15/06 0.090
11/16/05 0.090
08/17/05 0.052
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

LAZ makes up 4.57% of the KBW Capital Markets Portfolio ETF (AMEX:KBWC)

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