Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. engages in the provision of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It operates through the following segments: ACMI, Charter, and Dry Leasing.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Atlas (NASDAQ: AAWW) below with added notations:
After declining into October, AAWW has now moved into a narrow, trading range. While in the range, the stock has formed a $24 support (green) and a key resistance level at $27 (red). At some point, AAWW will have to break one of those two levels.
The Tale of the Tape: AAWW is trading within a sideways range. The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to the $24 area, or on a breakout above $27. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below 24.
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!
Christian Tharp, CMT