LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (NYSE: LYB)

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. operates as a chemical company worldwide. The company operates in six segments: Olefins and Polyolefins Americas; Olefins and Polyolefins Europe, Asia, International; Intermediates and Derivatives; Advanced Polymer Solutions; Refining; and Technology. It produces and markets olefins and co-products; polyethylene products, which consist of high density polyethylene, low density polyethylene, and linear low density polyethylene; and polypropylene (PP) products, such as PP homopolymers and copolymers.

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

LYB has hit the $92 area (red) as resistance multiple times over the past year. The stock has recently made its way back up to that level once again and could be looking to finally break higher. A solid close above $92 should lead to much higher prices for LYB.

The Tale of the Tape: LYB has a key level of resistance at $92. A long trade could be entered on a hold above that level. However, if you are bearish on the stock, a short trade could be made on any rallies up to $92.

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