AbbVie Inc (NYSE: ABBV)

AbbVie Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical products worldwide. It serves wholesalers, distributors, government agencies, health care facilities, specialty pharmacies, and independent retailers.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Abb (NYSE: ABBV) below with my added notations:

During the past two months, ABBV has formed a very important level of resistance to watch at the $82 (red) mark. The stock is headed back up at the level again, and a close above it should lead to higher prices for ABBV.

The Tale of the Tape: ABBV has a key level of resistance at $82. A long trade could be entered on a break through that level. However, if you are bearish on the stock, a short trade could be made on any rallies up to $82.

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