Xilinx, Inc. designs and develops programmable devices and associated technologies worldwide. Its programmable devices comprise integrated circuits (ICs) in the form of programmable logic devices (PLDs), such as programmable system on chips, and three dimensional ICs; software design tools to program the PLDs; targeted reference designs; printed circuit boards; and intellectual property (IP), which consists of Xilinx and various third-party verification and IP cores.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX) with the added notations:
With the exception of the January drop, XLNX has been trading sideways since October. During that period of time the stock has tested the $46 level (red) as support on multiple occasions. Now that the $46 level has been broken, the stock should be taking another step lower, just as it did back in January.
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The Tale of the Tape: XLNX broke a key level of support at $46. A trader could enter a short position on any rallies up to or near $46 with a stop placed above the level. If the stock were to break back above the $46 level, a long position might 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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