Adeptus Health Inc. owns and operates a network of independent freestanding emergency rooms in the United States. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 81 facilities located in the Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Phoenix. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Lewisville, Texas.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Adeptus (NYSE: ADPT) below with my added notations:
ADPT went through a 6-month downtrend that ended in February. Over the past 5 months the stock created a key level of resistance at $65 (green). A break above that $65 level should mean higher prices for the stock, and about two weeks ago ADPT finally broke that resistance. That old $65 level should now act as support on pullbacks.
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The Tale of the Tape: ADPT broke through its key level of resistance at $65. A long trade could be entered on a pull back down to that level. However, a break back below $65 could negate the forecast for a higher move and would be an opportunity to get short the stock.
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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