Analog Devices, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets integrated circuits (ICs), algorithms, software, and subsystems that leverage analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing technologies.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Analog (NASDAQ: ADI) below with my added notations:
ADI has created the equivalent of a common chart pattern known as a triangle. Combining a down trending resistance (red) with an up trending support (green) forms the triangle pattern. As the support and resistance converge on each other, the pattern is created.
Since there is no true way to know which way the stock will break, most traders will wait for the breakout or breakdown before entering a trade.
The Tale of the Tape: ADI has formed a symmetrical triangle. A break of trendline support could be an opportunity to get short the stock, while a break of trendline resistance could make for a bullish trade.
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