Shares of United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE:URI) are higher by about 20% so far in 2017, and a cool 70% higher since November’s election. However, over the past five weeks or so, URI stock has largely trotted sideways — but it has done so in a manner that, through the lens of technical analysis, puts the odds in favor of another leg higher in the not-too-distant future.
One of the focal points of President Donald Trump since he’s been in office, and in fact since he’s been on the campaign trail, has been the “rebuilding of America” — specifically as it relates to infrastructure. The promise of spending on the rebuilding of bridges, airports and much more is primarily looked at in two ways:
- Supporters of the “plan” argue that not only is this rebuilding necessary but that it would also bring about a wave of new jobs, which in turn would lead to more economic prosperity.
- Skeptics of the infrastructure spending point to the financing side of the equation, which would result in a heap of new debt and thus likely difficulty to balance the budget any time soon.
I can only say what I think, which is viewed through the lens of probable price action. When it comes to URI stock and other infrastructure plays, while shares have already done heavy lifting in recent months, the path of least resistance remains higher.
Let’s look at the charts.
URI Stock Charts
On the multiyear weekly chart, we see that after bottoming out in early 2016 along with the broader stock market, United Rentals has continually pushed higher.
Following the November election results, URI stock began a steep rally that, earlier this year, ultimately led to a breakout above its 2014 highs and into uncharted territory.
Last November, URI also broke past the purple dotted diagonal line of resistance that had been firmly in place since 2014. As a result of this multimonth rally, we also note that the 50-, 100- and 200-week simple moving averages (yellow, blue and red lines, respectively) also have begun to curl higher in a more meaningful way.
In late January, URI stock gapped higher following its latest earnings results, but then quickly began a multiweek sideways move.
United Rentals has largely been rangebound in recent weeks between $122 on the lower end and $130 on the upper end.
Last week, URI announced it was raising more debt in part to finance an acquisition. The company is offering $250 million worth of its 5.875% senior notes due 2026.
The stock dipped for exactly one day before buyers stepped back in, pushing the stock back to the upper end of this trading range.
From here, if URI stock can push and hold above the $130 mark, the next upside target lies closer to the $140 area. Any notable one-day bearish reversal is best to be respected as a stop-loss signal from a swing trading perspective.
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