CIT Group Inc. operates as the holding company for CIT bank that provides commercial financing and leasing products; and a suite of savings options in the United States. Its Transportation & International Finance segment offers leasing and financing solutions to operators and suppliers in the aviation and railcar industries. The company’s North American Commercial Finance segment offers commercial services, such as factoring, receivable management products, and secured financing to apparel, textile, furniture, home furnishings, and consumer electronics industries; corporate finance, including financing options and advisory services to commercial and industrial, communications, media and entertainment, energy, and healthcare industries; leasing and equipment loan solutions; and commercial real estate loans to developers and other commercial real estate professionals.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of CIT (NYSE: CIT) with the added notations:
CIT has been trading mostly sideways over the last 10 months while repeatedly finding support at $43 (green) whenever that level has been approached. Now that the stock appears to be on its way down there again, traders should be able to expect some sort of bounce. However, if the $43 support were to break, much lower prices should follow.
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The Tale of the Tape: CIT has a key level of support at $43. A trader could enter a long position at $43 with a stop placed under the level. If the stock were to break below the support a short position could be entered 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!
Christian Tharp, CMT
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