First Solar, Inc. (NasdaqGS: FSLR)

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Components and Systems. The Components segment designs, manufactures, and sells cadmium telluride solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity. The Systems segment provides turn-key photovoltaic solar power systems or solar solutions, such as project development; engineering, procurement, and construction; and operating and maintenance services to utilities, independent power producers, commercial and industrial companies, and other system owners.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of First (NASDAQ: FSLR) with the added notations:

FSLR has formed a relatively clear down-channel chart pattern over the last 2 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 FSLR has several points of channel resistance and support.

The Tale of the Tape: FSLR has formed a common pattern known as a down channel. A long trade could be entered on a pullback down to the channel support, or on a break through the channel resistance, which is currently sitting near $48. Short opportunities would be on rallies up to channel resistance 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

@cmtstockcoach