Qlik Technologies Inc. provides user-driven business intelligence solutions that enable customers to make business decisions. The company develops, commercializes, and implements software products and related services. It offers QlikView, which enables business users to explore data; ask and answer their own stream of questions; and follow their own path to insight on their own, or collaborate across teams and organizations. The company also provides license, maintenance, and professional services. It serves customers in various industry verticals, such as consumer packaged goods, financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail, manufacturing, technology, and healthcare.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) below with added notations:
After declining from August until October, QLIK started trading sideways over the following 2 months. While in the sideways move, the stock has formed a clear resistance at $33 (red) and a solid $30 support (green). At some point, the stock will have to break out of the current trading range.
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The Tale of the Tape: QLIK is trading within a large sideways range. The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to $30 or on a breakout above $33. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $30.
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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