Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells network products and services worldwide. It offers various routing products, including ACX series universal access routers to deploy new high-bandwidth services; MX series Ethernet routers that functions as a universal edge platform; M series edge routers; PTX series packet transport routers; T series routers; and NorthStar controllers.

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

1-year chart of Juniper (NYSE: JNPR)

JNPR has been consolidating over the past 6 months, while also forming a key level of resistance to watch at the $24 (red) mark. JNPR has already tested that area multiple times, and has now looks to rally back up to it again. A strong close above that $24 level should lead to higher prices.

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The Tale of the Tape:: JNPR has a key level of resistance at $24. 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 $24.

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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