Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC)

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services firm, provides advice and solutions primarily in the areas of risk, strategy, and people worldwide. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services; and Consulting. The Risk and Insurance Services segment offers risk management services, such as risk advice, risk transfer, risk control, and mitigation solutions, as well as insurance, reinsurance broking, catastrophe and financial modeling services, and related advisory services. The Consulting segment offers health, retirement, talent, and investments consulting services and products; and specialized management, and economic and brand consulting services. This segment assists public and private sector employers in the design, management, and administration of employee health care programs; provides a range of strategic and compliance-related retirement services and solutions to corporate, governmental, and institutional clients; advises organizations on the engagement, management, and rewarding of employees; and offers investment consulting and other services to the sponsors of pension funds, foundations, endowments, other investors, and wealth management companies.

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

1-year chart of Marsh (NYSE: MMC)

Overall, MMC has been trading sideways since its December peak. Twice over that period of time the stock has hit that same resistance at $58 (red), and pulled back down both times. Yesterday the stock tried again to break out, but failed once more. A close above the $58 should lead to another leg higher for MMC.

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The Tale of the Tape: MMC has a 52-week resistance at $58. 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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