This First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) Trade Targets a Potential 75% Return by mid-January

Stocks moved lower again on Wednesday, making it two days in a row for the main three indices moving lower. The Russell managed a small gain on Tuesday, but it was the worst performer yesterday with a decline of 1.26%.

The Dow and S&P both dropped 1.16% on the day and the Nasdaq dropped the least at 0.82%.

All 10 sectors lost ground on Wednesday and six of them lost over 1.0%. The energy sector fell 2.91% as the worst performer and the utilities sector dropped 1.97% as the second worst.

The industrial sector experienced the smallest loss at 0.51% and the consumer discretionary sector lost 0.67% as the second best performer.

My scans turned decidedly more bearish last night with 87 bearish signals and only four bullish signals.

The big shift in the scans led to a pretty big drop in the barometer. The final reading last night was -43.5 after a reading of -21.4 on Tuesday.

Despite the overwhelming number of stocks on the bearish list, the one trade setup that I liked the best was from the bullish list. The company is First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) and it has pretty good fundamental ratings. The EPS rating is at 79 and the SMR rating is a B.

There were several things that I took note of on the chart. The first thing that jumped out was the upward trend. While the trend line isn’t a clean one, the lows from May and June connect with the low from this week. I also couldn’t help but notice how the $80 area served as resistance back in August and now appears to be acting as support. Finally, I couldn’t help but notice how sharply the stock jumped in May, June, and September when the daily stochastic indicators made a bullish crossover. The indicators made a bullish crossover yesterday.

Buy to open the January 77.50-strike calls on FSLR at $9.10 or better. These options expire on January 15, 2021. I suggest a target gain of 75% and that means the stock will need to reach $93.43. The stock was up near $98 in late October and it was above $95 earlier this month. I suggest a stop at $77.00.

— Rick Pendergraft

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Rick Pendergraft has been studying, trading, analyzing and writing about the investment markets for over 30 years. He has worked for some of the largest financial publishers in the world and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times and the Washington Post. In addition, he has been interviewed on Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox Business News. Rick's analysis process includes fundamental, sentiment and technical analysis.