Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP)

Great Plains Energy Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in Missouri and Kansas. It also provides regulated steam services in St. Joseph, Missouri. The company generates electricity using coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil, and wind resources. It has approximately 6,400 megawatts of generating capacity. The company sells electricity to 846,100 customers in the states of Missouri and Kansas, including 744,900 residences; 98,600 commercial firms; and 2,600 industrials, municipalities, and other electric utilities.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Great Plains (NYSE: GXP) below with my added notations:

1-year chart of Great Plains (NYSE: GXP)

GXP has created a common chart pattern known as a symmetrical triangle. Combining a down trending resistance (red) with an up trending support (green) forms the triangle pattern. As the support and resistance converge on each other the pattern is created. Since there is no true way to know which way the stock will break, most traders will wait for the breakout or breakdown before entering a trade.

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The Tale of the Tape: GXP has formed a simple symmetrical triangle. A trader could enter a long position on a break above the down trending resistance (near $31) with a stop set under the entry level. However, if GXP were to break below the trend line support (currently near $30), a short trade could be entered with a stop above the trend line.

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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