TAL Education Group (NYSE: XRS)

TAL Education Group, through its subsidiaries, provides K-12 after-school tutoring services in the People’s Republic of China. The company offers tutoring services to K-12 students covering academic subjects, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, political science, English, and Chinese. It offers tutoring services primarily through small classes, including Xueersi Peiyou, Mobby, and Firstleap tutoring services; personalized premium services; and online course offerings.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of TAL (NYSE: XRS) below with my added notations:

1-year chart of TAL (NYSE: XRS)

XRS has formed a relatively clear up-channel chart pattern over the last 9 months. A channel is simply formed through the combination of a trend line support that runs parallel to a trend line resistance. When it comes to channels, remember that any (3) points can start the channel, but a 4th point or more confirms it. You can see that XRS has several points of channel resistance (green) and support (red).

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The Tale of the Tape:: XRS has formed an up-channel. A long trade could be entered on a pullback down to the channel support, which is currently approaching $61. Short opportunities would be on rallies up to channel resistance, which the stock just hit, or on a break of channel support.

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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