Popular Inc (NASDAQ: BPOP)

Popular, Inc., a financial holding company, provides a range of retail and commercial banking products and services primarily to institutional and retail customers in Puerto Rico and the Mainland United States. It offers various deposit products. Popular, Inc. also provides commercial and industrial, as well as commercial real estate loans; construction loans; lease financings comprising automobile loans/leases; residential mortgage and construction loans; consumer loans, including personal loans, credit cards, home equity lines of credit, and other loans to individual borrowers. In addition, the company offers financial advisory, investment banking, investment and securities brokerage, and insurance and reinsurance agency services. As of December 31, 2012, it owned and occupied approximately 63 branch premises and other facilities in Puerto Rico; and 97 offices comprising 17 owned and 80 leased in New York, Illinois, New Jersey, California, and Florida. Popular, Inc. was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

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

1-year chart of BPOP (Popular, Inc)

BPOP has been on a nice, steady uptrend since against, but has since paused in a sideways trading range. For the last (3) months the stock has been stuck within a common pattern known as a rectangle. Rectangle patterns form when a stock gets stuck bouncing between a horizontal support and resistance. A minimum of (2) successful tests of the support and (2) successful tests of the resistance will give you the pattern. BPOP’s rectangle pattern has formed a $30 resistance (red) and a $27 support (blue). A break above $30 would also be a new 52-week high.

The Tale of the Tape: BPOP has formed a rectangle pattern. The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to $27, or on a breakout above $30. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $27.

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Christian Tharp, CMT