Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK)

Torchmark Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various life and health insurance products, and annuities in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. It operates through four segments: Life Insurance, Supplemental Health Insurance, Annuities, and Investments.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Torchmark (NYSE: TMK) below with my added notations:

During the past two months, TMK has formed a clear level of resistance to watch at the $88 (red) mark. The stock has tested that mark a couple of times since the end of February. A solid close above that $88 level would most likely lead to higher prices for TMK.

The Tale of the Tape: TMK has a key level of resistance at $88. 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 $88.

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