NEW BEARISH Plays

Fluidigm Corp. - FLDM - close: 24.50 change: -0.97

Stop Loss: 26.05
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Entry on September -- at $---.--
Listed on September 30, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 290 thousand
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
FLDM is in the healthcare sector. The company makes microfluidic systems. It's part of the medical laboratories and research industry. The company was founded in 1999.

The website describes the company as "Fluidigm develops, manufactures, and markets life science analytical and preparatory systems for growth markets such as single-cell biology and production genomics. We sell to leading academic institutions, clinical laboratories, and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and agricultural biotechnology companies worldwide. Our systems are based on proprietary microfluidics and multi-parameter mass cytometry technology, and are designed to significantly simplify experimental workflow, increase throughput, and reduce costs, while providing excellent data quality. Fluidigm products are provided for Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures."

The stock looks like a momentum name that has lost its mojo. 2013 was an incredible year for the stock with a rally from the $15 area to almost $40. FLDM continued to push higher in the first quarter of 2014 and almost hit $50. Then someone yanked the rug out from beneath the stock in late March.

If you recall March was rough for high-growth and high-beta names in general. Once FLDM broke down in March the path of least resistance has been down with investors selling every major rally at resistance.

The company had a pretty good earnings report in May. Yet an earnings beat and raised guidance back in May failed to inspire any new buying. Instead shares sold off sharply. Their most recent earnings report in July showed a +57% surge in revenues but that failed to meet Wall Street's estimates. The company is still losing money on a net income basis.

Now FLDM is breaking down under significant support near $25.00. The next major support level is $20.00. The Point & Figure chart is very bearish and forecasting a long-term target near $10.00.

Traders could launch positions now. We are suggesting a trigger to open bearish positions at $24.35. You may want to consider using options. The most recent data listed short interest at 9.5% of the small 26.2 million share float.

Trigger @ $24.35

- Suggested Positions -

Short FLDM stock @ (trigger)

- (or for more adventurous traders, try this option) -

Buy the NOV $25 PUT (FLDM141122P25) current ask $2.60

Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Annotated Chart:

Point and Figure chart: