The Cooper Companies, Inc. operates as a medical device company worldwide. The company develops, manufactures, and markets a range of contact lenses, including spherical lenses, and toric and multifocal lenses that correct near and farsightedness, as well as addresses various complex visual defects, such as astigmatism and presbyopia. It also provides medical devices, diagnostic products, and surgical instruments and accessories for healthcare professionals and institutions to support healthcare delivery to women in hospitals, clinician’s offices, and fertility clinics.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Cooper (NYSE: COO) below with my added notations:
Over the past 4 months, COO has created a key level of support at $175 (green), which is also the “neckline” for the stock’s head and shoulders (H&S) reversal pattern. Above the neckline you will notice the H&S pattern itself (red). Confirmation of the H&S would occur if COO were to break the support, and lower prices would be expected from there.
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The Tale of the Tape: COO has formed a head & shoulders pattern. A long trade could be made at $175 with a stop placed below that level, but ideally, the pattern implies a short trade to be entered on a break below that level 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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