The Timken Co. engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, gear drives, belts, chain and related products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. It operates through the Mobile Industries and Process Industries segments.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Timken Co (NYSE: TKR) below with added notations:
TKR has been trading mostly sideways over the past 3 months. While in the sideways range, the stock has formed a support area near $42 (green) and a clear resistance level at $46 (red). At some point, the stock will have to break out of the current trading range.
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The Tale of the Tape: TKR is trading within a small sideways range. The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to the $42 area, or on a breakout above $46. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $42.
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
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