Paycom Software Inc (NYSE: PAYC)

Paycom Software, Inc. offers cloud-based human capital management (HCM) software solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service in the United States. It provides functionality and data analytics that businesses need to manage the complete employment life cycle from recruitment to retirement. Its HCM solution offers a suite of applications in the areas of talent acquisition including applicant tracking, candidate tracker, background checks, on-boarding, E-Verify, and tax credit service applications; time and labor management, such as time and attendance, scheduling/schedule exchange, time-off requests, labor allocation, and labor management reports/push reporting, payroll and tax management, Paycom Pay, expense management, and garnishment management applications.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Paycom (NYSE: PAYC) below with my added notations:

1-year chart of Paycom (NYSE: PAYC)

PAYC has formed a relatively clear up-channel chart pattern over the last 8 months. A channel is simply formed through the combination of a trend line support that runs parallel to a trend line resistance. When it comes to channels, remember that any (3) points can start the channel, but a 4th point or more confirms it. You can see that PAYC has several points of channel resistance (red) and support (green).

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The Tale of the Tape: PAYC has formed an up-channel. A long trade could be entered on a pullback down to the channel support, which currently sits near $33. Short opportunities would be on rallies up to channel resistance or on a break of channel support.

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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