Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK)

Westlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and building products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Olefins and Vinyls.

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

1-year chart of Westlake (NYSE: WLK)

Over the course of the past 3 months, WLK has formed an important level to watch at the $65 (blue) mark. That level was support back in March, resistance in May, and now the stock is headed back up to the level.

The Tale of the Tape: WLK has a key level at $65. A trader could enter a long position on a break above that level with a stop placed under it. However, if traders are bearish on the stock, a short trade could be made instead on rallies up to the $65 mark.

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