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Support and resistance

  • By Stuart Evens,
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One premise of technical analysis is that stock prices are affected by support and resistance. As those terms imply, support acts to keep a stock’s price above a certain level, while resistance acts to keep a stock’s price below a certain level. In fact, once it has been determined that a price has acted as important support or resistance in the past, it is very likely that a particular price will do so again in the future. Drawing support and resistance lines on stock charts helps determine how significant they were in the past and how significant they might be again..

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Article copyright 2012 by Technical Analysis Inc. Reprinted from the January 2009 issue with permission from Stocks & Commodities Magazine.

The statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. Fidelity Investments cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any statements or data.
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