Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets home appliances and related products worldwide. The company’s principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. It also produces hermetic compressors for refrigeration systems. The company markets and distributes its products under various brand names, such as Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Roper, Admiral, Affresh, Gladiator, Inglis, Estate, Acros, Supermatic, Consul, Brastemp, Indesit, Bauknecht, Ignis, Laden, Hotpoint, and Privileg. It sells its products to retailers, distributors, dealers, builders, and other manufacturers.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Whirlpool (NYSE: WHR) with the added notations:
WHR has been trending lower since the beginning of March. Over the most recent 3 months the stock has repeatedly found support around $160 (green). Now that the stock appears to be falling back down to that support level again, traders might be able to expect some sort of bounce. However, if the $160 support level breaks, lower prices should follow.
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The Tale of the Tape: WHR has an important level of support at $160. Traders could enter a long position at $160 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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