Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL)

Trina Solar Limited operates as an integrated solar-power products manufacturer and solar system developer in the People’s Republic of China, Europe, the United States, and other Asia Pacific regions. The company designs, develops, manufactures, and sells photovoltaic (PV) modules comprising monocrystalline PV modules ranging in various power outputs; and multicrystalline PV modules ranging from 230 W to 310 W in power output for use in residential, commercial, industrial, and other solar power generation systems. It also provides mono- and multi-crystalline silicon ingots, wafers, cells, and related products, as well as PV modules for customer and end-user specifications.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Trina (NYSE: TSL) below with the added notations:

1-year chart of Trina (NYSE: TSL)

TSL has been slowly chopping its way lower for most of the year. However, since bottoming in October, the stock seems to have stabilized and has been working its way slightly higher. Twice over the last 2 months TSL has found resistance at the $11 level (black), which was also a common support back in the summer. A break back above $11 should result in higher prices for the stock.

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The Tale of the Tape: TSL has a key level at $11. A trader could enter a long position on a break above $11 with a stop placed under the level. However, if traders are bearish on the stock, or the market overall, a short trade could be made at the $11 level instead.

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!

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