Trimble Navigation Limited (NASDAQ: TRMB)

Trimble Navigation Limited designs and distributes positioning products and applications enabled by global positioning system (GPS), optical, laser, and wireless communications technology. The company’s Engineering and Construction segment offers software for optimized route selection and design; systems to automatically guide and control construction equipment, such as bulldozers, graders and paving equipment; systems to monitor, track, and manage assets, equipment, and workers. Its Field Solutions segment provides guidance and positioning systems, automated application systems, and information management solutions to improve crop performance, profitability, and environmental quality. The company’s Mobile Solutions segment offers vehicle solutions, such as GPS receivers, business logic, sensor interfaces, and wireless modems; mobile worker solutions to automate service technician work in the field. Its Advanced Devices segment supplies global navigation satellite system modules (GNSS), licensing and complementary technologies, and GNSS-integrated sub-system solutions; GPS receivers and embedded modules for aircraft navigation and timing applications and information for outdoor recreational activities.

Before discussing potential trading opportunities, please take a look at the 1-year chart of TRMB (Trimble Navigation Limited) below with my added notations:

1-year chart of TRMB (Trimble Navigation Limited)

TRMB had been moving higher since July, but then peaked back in January. Over the last (8) months the stock had formed a level of support at $26 (teal). You can also see how the stock seemed to be hinting of a potential breakdown being that it had been trending lower (blue) in the face of a rising stock market. Well, last week the stock did break that $26 support and should be moving lower overall from there.

The Tale of the Tape: TRMB has broken its support at $26 and the stock has started moving lower. A short position could be entered on any rallies back up near $26 with a stop placed above that level. A break back above $26 would negate the forecast for a move lower.

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Christian Tharp, CMT