HeartWare International Inc (NASDAQ: HTWR)

HeartWare International, Inc., a medical device company, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets miniaturized implantable heart pumps or ventricular assist devices (VAD) for the treatment of advanced heart failure in the United States, Germany, and internationally. It offers HeartWare Ventricular Assist System, which comprises a VAD or blood pump, patient accessories, and surgical tools designed to provide circulatory support for patients in the advanced stage of heart failure. The company is also developing the MVAD, a miniaturized blood pump intended for chronic heart failure patients; and SYNERGY Circulatory Support System, a partial support system designed to treat less sick, ambulatory, chronic heart failure patients who are not yet inotrope-dependent. The company markets its products directly to clinicians and medical facilities, as well as through medical device distributors.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of HeartWare (NASDAQ: HTWR) below with the added notations:

1-year chart of HeartWare (NASDAQ: HTWR)

HTWR has been making its way lower for most of the past year. After getting a nice bounce off $35 in mid-October, the stock made its way lower again, ultimately finding support at $25. HTWR has rallied since, but now the stock has made it back up to the $35 gap down point where it should now find some resistance.

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The Tale of the Tape: HTWR has a key level at $35. A trader could enter a long position on a break above $35 with a stop placed under the level. However, if traders are bearish on the stock, a short trade could be made instead anywhere near the $35 mark.

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