Chart of the Day: Merck & Co (MRK)

Shares of Merck & Co. (MRK) have been consolidating this past month and a relatively tight rectangle pattern has formed.  

Merck makes pharmaceutical products to treat several conditions in a number of therapeutic areas, including cardiovascular disease, asthma, cancer, and infections.

The company announced earnings this morning and…

beat Wall Street expectations. Merck & Co. (MRK) reported adjusted EPS of $1.37 versus an expected $1.04, and $10.87 billion versus an expected $10.39 billion. The pandemic cost MRK $1.6 billion in lost revenue, but it was offset by strong sales of its cancer drug Keytruda. The company raised its guidance for the rest of the year.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of MRK below with added notations:

Chart of MRK provided by TradingView

During the past month or two, MRK has moved into a sideways trading range. While in the range, the stock has formed a key resistance at $80 (red), and a key level of support around $76 (green).  At some point, the stock will have to break either the $80 level or the $76 mark.

The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a breakout above $80 and the ideal short opportunity would be on a breakdown under $76. 

Have a good trading day!

Good luck!

Christian Tharp, CMT

@cmtstockcoach

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