Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ: CREE)

Cree, Inc. provides lighting-class light emitting diode (LED), lighting, and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications in the United States, China, Europe, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and internationally. Its Lighting Products segment offers LED lighting systems and bulbs for use in settings, such as office and retail space, restaurants and hospitality, schools and universities, manufacturing, healthcare, airports, municipal, residential, street lighting and parking structures, and other applications The company’s LED Products segment provides blue and green LED chip products for use in various applications, including video screens, gaming displays, function indicator lights and automotive backlights, headlamps, and directional indicators. Its Power and RF Products segment offers SiC-based power products consisting of Schottky diodes, SiC metal semiconductor field-effect transistors, and SiC power modules for use in power supplies used in computer servers, solar inverters, uninterruptible power supplies, industrial power supplies, and other applications.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Cree (NASDAQ: CREE) below with my added notations:

CREE getting close to $26

Over the course of the past 8 months, CREE has been as high as $29, and as low as $21. During that same time frame, the stock has also repeatedly hit resistance at $26 (red). The one time CREE made it through that level was the time it ran more than 10 percent to $29. Now that the stock is getting close to $26 again, it would be worth a watch to see if it can break through.

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The Tale of the Tape: CREE has a key level of resistance at $26. 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 $26.

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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