Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB)

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Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a consumer products company worldwide. The company designs, manufactures, and markets consumer batteries, including alkaline and zinc carbon batteries, rechargeable batteries and chargers, hearing aid batteries, other specialty batteries, and portable lighting products; pet supplies comprising aquatic equipment and supplies, dog and cat treats, small animal foods, clean up and training aids, health and grooming products, and beddings. It also offers electric shaving and grooming devices; small appliances, such as small kitchen appliances and home product appliances; and electric personal care and styling devices. Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. sells its products through various trade channels, including retailers, wholesalers and distributors, hearing aid professionals, industrial distributors, and original equipment manufacturers primarily under the Rayovac, VARTA, Remington, Tetra, 8-in-1, Dingo, Nature’s Miracle, Spectracide, Cutter, Hot Shot, Black & Decker, George Foreman, Russell Hobbs, Farberware, Black Flag, FURminator brands, and various other brands.

To review Spectrum’s stock, please take a look at the 1-year chart of SPB (Spectrum Brands Holsings, Inc.) below with my added notations:

1-year chart of SPB (Spectrum Brands Holsings, Inc.)

For the last (3) months SPB has been stuck within a common pattern known as a rectangle. Rectangle patterns form when a stock gets stuck bouncing between a horizontal support and resistance. A minimum of (2) successful tests of the support and (2) successful tests of the resistance will give you the pattern. SPB’s rectangle pattern has formed a $48 resistance (red) and a $43 support (navy). A break above $48 would also be a new 52-week high.

The Tale of the Tape: SPB has formed a rectangle pattern. The possible long positions on SPB would be either on a pullback to $43, or on a breakout above $48. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $43.

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