KBR, Inc. operates as an engineering, construction, and services company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Technology & Consulting, Engineering & Construction, and Government Services. The Technology & Consulting segment offers various services and solutions, including licensing, engineering and design, proprietary equipment, plant automation, catalysts, and related consulting services to hydrocarbons, chemicals, and fertilizer markets. The Engineering & Construction segment provides engineering and EPC services for the development, construction, and commissioning of projects in the offshore, onshore and liquefied natural gas, and gas-to-liquids markets; and liquefaction, regasification, floating LNG, and floating storage and regasification units. The Government Services segment offers construction, refurbishment, operations and maintenance of housing, and other facilities for military personnel, as well as operations support, embassy and other life support programs, heavy equipment transportation, and police facilities management integration services.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of KBR (NYSE: KBR) with the added notations:
KBR has been in a solid downtrend over the last year, which may or may not be over, while finding support at $15 (green) over the last 3 months. Now that the stock is there again, traders should be able to expect some sort of bounce. However, if the $15 support were to break, much lower prices should follow.
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The Tale of the Tape: KBR has a key level of support at $15. A trader could enter a long position at $15 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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