Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ)

Lazard Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm worldwide. Its Financial Advisory segment offers various financial advisory services regarding mergers and acquisitions and other strategic matters, restructurings, capital structure, capital raising, shareholder advisory, and various other financial matters. The company’s Asset Management segment offers a range of investment solutions and investment management services in equity and fixed income strategies; and alternative investments and private equity funds.

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

Over the past several months, LAZ has formed a $40 resistance (red). In addition, the stock is climbing a trend line of support (green). Together, these two lines have formed an ascending triangle on LAZ. Eventually, the stock will have to break either the $40 resistance or the triangle support.

The Tale of the Tape: LAZ is winding up between two key levels. A long trade could be made at the trendline support or on a break above $40. A break below the trendline would be an opportunity to enter a short trade.

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