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The 20 day Keltner Channels upper envelope is 50.38994 on shares of Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ:OTTR). The 20 day Keltner Channels lower envelope is 49.514706. The Keltner Channels indicator was introduced by Chester Keltner in his book How to Make Money in Commodities. Keltner’s ideas have since been expanded upon and are widely used by technical traders.
Checking in on the Awesome Oscillator, we see that the reading is 0.7259412. Traders may follow this oscillator to measure market momentum. Created by Bill Williams, the Awesome Oscillator calculates the difference of the 5 period and 34 period SMA.
Following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator, we note that the current 20 day value is 0.3252368. Traders will watch to see if the indicator can help confirm an ongoing trend. In the midst of a bullish trend, the CMF value staying above zero may point to continuous buying pressure and the possibility of a sustained rise in price. In the midst of a bearish trend, the CMF value staying below zero may show continuous selling pressure and the possibility of continued price decline.
Scanning the equity market, we note that the stock’s current Oscillator Rating is showing “Buy”. Traders will take note of many different factors when examining a stock’s health. Flipping over to the Moving Average Rating, we see that the current sentiment is pointing to a “Strong Buy”.
Watching volatility readings, we can see the current value for Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ:OTTR) is 1.1841326. Volatility for the week stands at 1.5449815, and the monthly reading is 1.8550649. Volatility involves the amount of risk in relation to the amount of change in a stock’s value.
Shares of Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ:OTTR) ended last session at 51. Following today’s trade, we note that the stock has moved -0.25425386% since the opening bell. The company has a current market cap of 2009131400. The stock’s high price over the last month is presently 51.17.
Donchian Channels may be useful for technical traders. The primary function of the indicator is to measure volatility. The bands will widen when volatility is high, and they will become narrow with low volatility. The 20 day upper band level is 51.13. For the same period, the lower band level is 48.67.
Trading on volume of 1000, Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ:OTTR) has seen a change from the open of -0.06 since the stock opened at 51.06. Monitoring today’s activity, the stock has hit a high point of 51.06 and slipped to a low of 50.86.
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