Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC)

Simmons First National Corporation operates as a bank holding company for Simmons Bank that provides financial services to individuals and businesses.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Simmons (NASDAQ: SFNC) below with added notations:

SFNC has been repeatedly stalling at the same resistance of $30 (red) for several months now. The stock has recently turned higher, and is currently sitting just under that level now. A solid close above the $30 mark should lead to another leg higher for SFNC.

The Tale of the Tape: SFNC has a 52-week resistance at $30. The possible long position on the stock would be on a breakout above that level with a stop placed under it.

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