Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS)

Stratasys Ltd. provides three-dimensional (3D) printing and additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for the creation of parts used in the processes of designing and manufacturing products; and for the direct manufacture of end parts. Its 3D printing systems utilize its patented fused deposition modeling (FDM) and inkjet-based PolyJet technologies to enable the production of prototypes, tools used for production and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. The company offers entry-level desktop 3D printers to systems for rapid prototyping, and production systems for direct digital manufacturing under the Dimension, Objet, Fortus, Polyjet, SolidScape, and MakerBot brands, as well as MoJo and uPrint product families, and Dental Series products.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) below with added notations:

1-year chart of Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS)

Over the past 3 months, SSYS has moved into a sideways trading range. While in that sideways move, the stock has formed a common pattern known as a rectangle. A minimum of (2) successful tests of the support and (2) successful tests of the resistance will give you the pattern.

The SSYS rectangle pattern has formed a resistance at $24 (red), and a $20 support (green). At some point the stock will have to break one of the two levels.

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The Tale of the Tape: SSYS is trading within a rectangle pattern. The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to $20 or on a breakout above $24. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $20.

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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