PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXL)

PAREXEL International Corporation, a biopharmaceutical outsourcing services company, provides clinical research, clinical logistics, medical communications, consulting, commercialization, and advanced technology products and services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Clinical Research Services (CRS), PAREXEL Consulting Services (PC), and PAREXEL Informatics (PI).

Take a look at the 1-year chart of PAREXEL (Nasdaq: PRXL) below with added notations:

1-year chart of PAREXEL (Nasdaq: PRXL)

PRXL was on a steady trend higher from April up until its $64, September high. After that, the stock has hit that same $64 (blue) mark several times only to end up eventually pulling back down. If PRXL can finally break through that $64 resistance the stock should be headed higher. A close above that resistance would also constitute a new 52-week high.

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The Tale of the Tape: PRXL has a 52-week resistance at $64. The possible long position on the stock would be on a breakout above that level with a stop placed under it.

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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