Will Agilent Technologies (A) Hold Support?

Agilent Technologies, Inc. engages in the provision of application focused solutions for life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets. It operates through the following segments: Life Sciences and Applied Markets; Diagnostics and Genomics; and Agilent CrossLab. 

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Agilent (NYSE: A) below with added notations…

Chart of A provided by TradingView

A has formed an important level of support at the $148 (blue) mark over most of the past few months. The stock has made its way back down to that $148 level again, and another bounce appears to have started. However, if the support were to break, lower prices will likely follow for A.

The Tale of the Tape: A has key support at $148. A trader could enter a long position at or around $148 with a stop placed under the level. If the stock were to break below the support, a short position could be entered instead.

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 

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