Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII)

Rent-A-Center, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, leases household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. The company operates in four segments: Core U.S., Acceptance Now, International, and Franchising. It offers durable products, such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture, and accessories under rental purchase agreements. The company also provides merchandise on an installment sales basis; and offers the rent-to-own transaction to consumers who do not qualify for financing from the traditional retailer through kiosks within retailer’s locations.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Rent-a-Center (Nasdaq: RCII) below with the added notations:

1-year chart of Rent-a-Center (Nasdaq: RCII)

RCII had a rough go of things from October through March. Since that low, the stock appears to have formed a double bottom (green) price pattern. The pattern is as simple as it sounds: Bottoming, rallying up to a point, selling back off to a similar bottom, and then rallying back up again.

As with any price pattern, a confirmation of the pattern is needed. RCII would confirm the pattern by breaking up through the $30 resistance (blue) that has been created by the double bottom pattern.

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The Tale of the Tape: After trending lower into March, RCII has formed a double bottom price pattern. A long trade could be entered on a break above the $30 resistance with a stop placed under that level.

Before making any trading decision, decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the highest probability of success. Do you prefer the short side of the market, long side, or do you want to be in the market at all? If you haven’t thought about it, review the overall indices themselves. For example, take a look at the S&P 500. Is it trending higher or lower? Has it recently broken through a key resistance or support level? Making these decisions ahead of time will help you decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the best opportunities.

No matter what your strategy or when you decide to enter, always remember to use protective stops and you’ll be around for the next trade. Capital preservation is always key!

Good luck!

Christian Tharp, CMT

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