Chartists are paying particular close attention to shares of Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) as the equity has touched the near-term bottom Bollinger Band, touching 31.25 on a recent trade. Using this along with several other technical indicators can help investors understand if the shares will continue the downward momentum or bounce back up from the band.
Bollinger Bands are a technical analysis tool, specifically they are a type of trading band or envelope. Trading bands and envelopes serve the same purpose, they provide relative definitions of high and low that can be used to create rigorous trading approaches, in pattern recognition, and for much more. Bands are usually thought of as employing a measure of central tendency as a base such as a moving average, whereas envelopes encompass the price structure without a clearly defined central focus, perhaps by reference to highs and lows, or via cyclic analysis. We’ll use the term trading bands to refer to any set of curves that market technicians use to define high or low on a relative basis.
As a market becomes volatile, its Bollinger bands will expand (referred to as expansion); as it flattens out they will contract (contraction). In this way, they enable traders to see beyond short-term volatility and gain insight into longer price movements.
The use of Bollinger bands can also indicate whether a market is heading into overbought or oversold territory. When a market’s price continually moves outside the upper parameters of a Bollinger band, it can be considered to be overbought, and when it moves below the lower band it could be considered oversold.
Technical analysts might also consider some other factors when weighing their options on shares of Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL). The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is one of multiple popular technical indicators created by J. Welles Wilder. Wilder introduced RSI in his book “New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems” which was published in 1978. RSI measures the magnitude and velocity of directional price movements. The data is represented graphically by fluctuating between a value of 0 and 100. The indicator is computed by using the average losses and gains of a stock over a certain time period. RSI can be used to help spot overbought or oversold conditions. An RSI reading over 70 would be considered overbought, and a reading under 30 would indicate oversold conditions. A level of 50 would indicate neutral market momentum. Presently, the 14-day RSI is standing at 58.06, the 7-day is 62.58, and the 3-day is resting at 77.16.
Currently, the 14-day ADX for Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) is sitting at 33.98. Generally speaking, an ADX value from 0-25 would indicate an absent or weak trend. A value of 25-50 would support a strong trend. A value of 50-75 would identify a very strong trend, and a value of 75-100 would lead to an extremely strong trend. ADX is used to gauge trend strength but not trend direction. Traders often add the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI) to identify the direction of a trend.
Investors have the ability to use technical indicators when completing stock research. At the time of writing, Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of 103.94. Developed by Donald Lambert, the CCI is a versatile tool that may be used to help spot an emerging trend or provide warning of extreme conditions. In terms of Moving Averages, the 7-day is resting at 31.19. Moving averages have the ability to be used as a powerful indicator for technical stock analysis. Interested traders may be keeping an eye on the Williams Percent Range or Williams %R. Williams %R is a popular technical indicator created by Larry Williams to help identify overbought and oversold situations. Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL)’s Williams Percent Range or 14 day Williams %R currently sits at -46.43. In general, if the indicator goes above -20, the stock may be considered overbought. Alternately, if the indicator goes below -80, this may point to the stock being oversold.