Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd (NYSE: AEM)

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited engages in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties. It primarily explores for gold, as well as for silver, copper, zinc, and lead. The company’s flagship property includes the LaRonde mine, which comprises a 100% owned LaRonde property that consists of 36 contiguous mining claims and 1 provincial mining lease covering 1,047.4 hectares; El Coco property, which includes 22 contiguous mining claims and 1 provincial mining lease comprising 356.7 hectares; and Terrex property that comprises 21 mining claims and 1 provincial mining lease covering 424.4 hectares, as well as 3 surface rights leases covering in total of approximately 303.6 hectares in northwestern Quebec. It has exploration activities in Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

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

1-year chart of Agnico (NYSE: AEM)

Over the past 6 months AEM has hit the $30 level as resistance (red) on 3 separate occasions. In addition, the stock has been climbing a trend line of support (green) since mid-September. Eventually, the stock will have to break either the $30 resistance or the triangle support.

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The Tale of the Tape: AEM is winding up between two key levels. A long trade could be made at the triangle support or on a break above $30. A break below the trendline would be an opportunity to enter a short trade.

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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