All day I scan the charts looking for technical patterns to trade. My Trending 123 Pattern Scan powered by Recognia is one useful tool I have to scan the markets quickly, and it is showing two polar opposite technical events for these two stocks.
RPC Inc. (RES) is a holding company that operates oilfield services through its subsidiaries. The stock has developed a continuation wedge over the past 59 days, marking the opportunity for an intermediate-term trade.
After a temporary interruption, the prior uptrend is set to continue. A continuation wedge represents a temporary interruption to an uptrend, taking the shape of two converging trendlines both slanted downward against the trend. During this time the bears attempt to win over the bulls, but in the end the bulls triumph as the break above the upper trendline signals a continuation of the prior uptrend.
Recommendation: Buy RES for a $17.00 – $17.80 target
Murphy Oil Corp. (MUR) is an oil and gas exploration stock that has developed a continuation diamond over the past 50 days.
The price has broken upward out of a consolidation period, suggesting a continuation of the prior uptrend. The pattern begins during a downtrend as prices create higher highs and lower lows in a broadening pattern. Then the trading range gradually narrows after the highs peak and the lows start trending upward. When the price breaks upward out of the diamond’s boundary lines, it marks the resumption of the prior uptrend.
Recommendation: Buy MUR for a $69.75 – $71.25 target
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