C. R. Bard, Inc. designs, manufactures, packages, distributes, and sells medical, surgical, diagnostic, and patient care devices worldwide. The company offers vascular products, such as percutaneous transluminal angioplasty catheters, chronic total occlusion catheters, guidewires, fabrics, meshes, introducers, and accessories; valvuloplasty balloons; peripheral vascular stents, self-expanding and balloon-expandable covered stents, and vascular grafts; vena cava filters; biopsy devices; and temporary pacing electrode catheters for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease and heart arrhythmias.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of C.R. (NYSE: BCR) below with my added notations:
BCR has created a simple chart pattern known as a symmetrical triangle. Combining a down trending resistance (red) with an up trending support (green) forms the triangle pattern. As the support and resistance converge on each other the pattern is created. Since there is no true way to know which way the stock will break, most traders will wait for the breakout or breakdown before entering a trade.
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The Tale of the Tape: BCR has formed a simple symmetrical triangle. A trader could enter a long position on a break above the down trending resistance (near $195) with a stop set under the entry level. However, if BCR were to break below the trend line support (currently near $190), a short trade could be entered with a stop above the trend line.
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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