Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a multi-national, multi-channel retailer of technology products in the United States, Canada, China, and Mexico. Its stores offer consumer electronics consisting primarily of television and home theaters; digital cameras and camcorders; DVD and Blu-ray players; portable electronics, such as MP3 devices, headphones and speakers, car stereo, navigation and satellite radio; and all related accessories. The company’s stores also provide computing and mobile phone products, including notebook and desktop computers, tablets and e-readers, mobile phones and related subscription service commissions, and related accessories; entertainment products, such as video gaming hardware and software, DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, digital downloads, and computer software; and appliances, including large and small appliances, and kitchen and bath fixtures, including faucets, sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) below with added notations:
BBY had been on a steady trend higher from its April low up until its $40, December high. After that, the stock has hit that same $40 (green) mark a couple more times only to end up eventually pulling back down. If BBY can finally break through that $40 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: BBY has a 52-week resistance at $40. 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!
Christian Tharp, CMT
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