Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU)

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Northeast Utilities provides energy delivery services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The company engages in the purchase, delivery, and sale of electricity; and owns and operates approximately 1,200 megawatts of primarily fossil fueled electricity generation assets. It also operates a natural gas distribution system in Connecticut serving commercial and industrial customers, as well as retail customers for heating, hot water, and cooking needs. In addition, the company offers gas transportation services to commercial and industrial customers, as well as provides electric transmission services. It serves approximately 3.5 million electric and natural gas customers through 6 regulated utilities.

To review Northeast’s stock, please take a look at the 1-year chart of NU (Northeast Utilities) below with my added notations:

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NU has created a simple chart pattern known as a symmetrical triangle. Combining a down trending resistance (red) with an up trending support (green) forms the triangle pattern. As the support and resistance converge on each other the pattern is created. Since there is no true way to know which way the stock will break, most traders will wait for the breakout or breakdown before entering a trade.

The Tale of the Tape: NU has formed a simple symmetrical triangle. A trader could enter a long position on a break above the down trending resistance (near $40) with a stop set under the entry level. However, if NU were to break below the trend line support (currently near $38), a short trade could be entered with a stop above the trend line.

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.

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