Cigna Corporation, a health services organization, provides insurance and related products and services in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Global Health Care, Global Supplemental Benefits, and Group Disability and Life. The Global Health Care segment offers medical, dental, behavioral health, vision, and prescription drug benefit plans, as well as health advocacy programs, and other products and services to insured and self-insured customers. The Global Supplemental Benefits segment offers supplemental health, life, and accident insurance products. The Group Disability and Life segment provides group long-term and short-term disability, group life, accident, and specialty insurance products and related services. The company also offers corporate-owned life insurance products that are permanent insurance contracts sold to corporations to provide life coverage; and operates the run-off settlement annuity business.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Cigna (NYSE: CI) with the added notations:
For most of the past year, CI has been trading in a sideways pattern, while having bounced off the $124 support (green) on a couple of occasions. The stock appears to be falling back down to that support level again; traders should be able to expect some sort of bounce. However, if the $124 support were to break, lower prices should follow.
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The Tale of the Tape: CI has a key level of support at $124. A trader could enter a long position at $124 with a stop placed under the level. If the stock were to break below the support a short position could 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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