Skechers USA Inc (NYSE: SKX)

Skechers U.S.A., Inc. designs, develops, markets, and distributes footwear for men, women, and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women under the Skechers GO brand name worldwide. It operates through four segments: Domestic Wholesale Sales, International Wholesale Sales, Retail Sales, and E-commerce Sales. The company offers casual footwear, including boots, shoes, and sandals for men, as well as oxfords and slip-ons, lug outsole and fashion boots, and casual sandals for women; dress casuals, seasonal sandals and boots, and relaxed fit casuals for men and women; casual fusion line for young men and women under the Skechers USA brand.

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

1-year chart of Skechers (NYSE: SKX)

SKX has formed an important support level at $40 (green) over the past three months. In addition, the stock is declining against a short-term, down trending resistance level (red). These two levels combined have SKX stuck within a common chart pattern known as a descending triangle. Eventually, the stock will have to break one of those two levels.

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The Tale of the Tape: SKX is within a triangle formation. A short trade could be made on a break of support or on a test of resistance. A long trade could be made at support or on a break through the triangle resistance.

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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