Vodafone (NASDAQ: VOD)

Vodafone Group Plc engages in the provision of telecommunications services. It focuses on small and medium sized enterprises; large and multinational corporates; and carrier services. The firm also intends to invest in the growth areas of communications, cloud and hosting, internet of things, security, and fixed connectivity. It operates through the following geographical segments: Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, and Other Europe.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Vodafone (NASDAQ: VOD) below with my added notations:

Over the past two months, VOD has hit the $15 resistance (red) on three separate occasions. In addition, the stock has been climbing a trend line of support (green) since the middle of March. Together, these two lines have formed an ascending triangle on VOD. Eventually, the stock will have to break either the $15 resistance or the triangle support.

The Tale of the Tape: VOD is winding up between two key levels. A long trade could be made at the triangle support or on a break above $15. A break below the trendline would be an opportunity to enter a short trade. 

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