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Brush Engineered Material

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took a nasty fall yesterday after disappointing earnings.

But notice how the decline just tagged the 50-day moving average before buyers swooped in to take everything that was for sale.

If you're long BW, I'd suggest using the 50-day moving average as your reference point for a protective stop.

If the stock falls below yesterday's low, you'll know that the stock you just bought was a falling knife. Just remove it from your hand, put a bandage on the wound and move on.

But if support holds up, you've got a good shot at making money on this fire sale.

(Please see chart below.)

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