Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBS)

Rambus Inc. manufactures and sells semiconductor and IP products, spanning memory, and interfaces to security, smart sensors, and lighting industries in South Korea and internationally. It has four operational units: Memory and Interfaces Division, Cryptography Research Division, Emerging Solutions Division, and Lighting and Display Technologies. It focuses on designing, developing, and licensing technology that is related to memory and interfaces; and providing various services, including know-how and technology transfer, product design and development, system integration, and other services.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS) below with my added notations:

1-year chart of Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS)

Through all of its ups and downs, RMBS is sitting exactly where it was at this point last year. In addition, the stock has created an important level of resistance to watch at $14 (red). RMBS has tested that level multiple times since August, and a break above that $14 level should lead to higher prices for the stock.

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The Tale of the Tape: RMBS has a key level of resistance at $14. A long trade could be entered on a break through that level. However, if you are bearish on the stock, a short trade could be made on any rallies up to $14.

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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