Visa Inc. (NYSE: V)

Visa Inc. operates as a payments technology company worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners, and government entities.

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

V had been trading in a sideways range since April, while also stalling in the $165 area (red). That level was V’s 52-week high resistance barrier, and now that the stock has broken above it, traders could look to enter a long position on a pullback down to the $165 area.

The Tale of the Tape: V broke its 52-week resistance at $165. The ideal long position on the stock would be on a pullback down to that level with a stop placed under it.  A break back below $165 could negate the forecast for a move higher.

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