Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL)

Rockwell Collins, Inc. designs, produces, and supports communications and aviation electronics for commercial and military customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Government Systems and Commercial Systems. The company also provides maintenance, repair, parts, and after-sales support services, as well as aftermarket used equipment. Rockwell Collins, Inc. was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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

1-year chart of COL (Rockwell Collins, Inc.)

COL had been trading sideways from mid-April until the end of last week. Over that period of time the stock had formed a clear resistance level at $80 (blue) and a strong level of support at $76 (green). At some point the stock had to break one of those two levels created by the rectangle pattern, and yesterday the stock broke resistance. The stock should continue moving higher from here.

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The Tale of the Tape: COL had a level of resistance at $80 and the stock broke that resistance. The ideal long opportunity would be on a pullback down to or near that previous $80 level. On the other hand, one would want to enter a short position on a break back below 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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