Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR)

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. Its Test & Measurement segment provides instruments products; services and products that help to convert concepts into finished products; professional tools; and wheel service equipment. The company’s Environmental segment provides instrumentation and disinfection systems; and solutions and services focused on fuel dispensing, remote fuel management, point-of-sale and payment system, environmental compliance, vehicle tracking, and fleet management. Its Life Sciences & Diagnostics segment offers chemistry systems, immunoassay systems, hematology and flow cytometry products, microbiology systems, and systems and workflow automations solutions. The company’s Dental segment offers consumables, equipment, and services to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease and ailments of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone. The company’s Industrial Technologies segment provides equipment, consumables, and software for various printing, marking, coding, packaging, design, and color management applications; and a range of electromechanical and electronic motion control products.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Danaher (NYSE: DHR) below with the added notations:

1-year chart of Danaher (NYSE: DHR)

After DHR’s September decline, the stock started to trade sideways. During that time, the stock created a key level of support at $76 green), which has also been a clear resistance in the past. DHR will probably test that support soon.

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The Tale of the Tape: DHR has a key level at $76. Traders could enter a long position on a test of $76, with a stop placed under that level. A break of $76 would present an opportunity to short the stock.

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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