iRobot Corporation (NasdaqGS: IRBT)

iRobot Corporation designs, builds, and sells robots for the consumer market worldwide. It offers Roomba floor vacuuming robots; Braava family of automatic floor mopping robots; Mirra Pool Cleaning Robot to clean residential pools and removes debris as small as two microns from pool floors, walls, and stair; and Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot.

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

IRBT may have formed a bearish chart pattern known as a double top. Double tops are reversal patterns and are as simple as they sound: Rallying up to a point (T), selling off to a support, and then rallying back up again to approximately the same top (T).

IRBT appears to have formed the double top price pattern (red) over the last 5 months. As with any price pattern, a confirmation of the pattern is needed. IRBT would confirm its pattern by breaking the $80 support (green) that was created by the double top pattern.

The Tale of the Tape: IRBT has formed a potential double top. A short trade could be made on a break of the $80 level. Since there is no guarantee of a breakdown, a long trade could be made at $80 if a trader is willing to disregard the pattern.

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