MEDNAX, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides neonatal, anesthesia, maternal-fetal, and other pediatric subspecialties physician services in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company offers neonatal care services, such as clinical care to babies born prematurely or with complications within specific units at hospitals through neonatal physician subspecialists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and other pediatric clinicians; anesthesia and anesthesia subspecialty care; and acute and chronic pain management services.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Mednax (NYSE: MD) below with added notations:
Like yesterday’s CPG, MD has fallen into a sideways trading range. While in the range, the stock has formed a common pattern known as a rectangle. The pattern has formed a resistance at $57 (red), and a $54 support (green). At some point, the stock will have to break one of those two levels.
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The Tale of the Tape: MD is trading within a rectangle pattern. The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to $54 or on a breakout above $57. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $54.
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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