Trade of the Day: Apache Stock Is a Gusher

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The price of oil has gotten a renewed bid of late, and while I don’t expect this to be a straight shot to the moon from here, the bid looks to remain firm enough for higher prices in coming weeks/months. Not surprisingly, as a result shares of energy companies such as independent energy company Apache (NYSE:APA) are also now waking up. APA stock has popped more than 8% over the past four trading days and, all else being equal, looks to have plenty more upside left.

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APA Stock Charts

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Moving averages legend: red – 200 week, blue – 100 week, yellow – 50 week

The recent rally in the price of oil also allowed energy stocks to wake up again after a thus far choppy going in 2018. Getting right to the charts and starting off with a multi-year look, we see that APA stock has been in a sea of  hurt over the past few years but in March of this year revisited and bounced off its 2015/2016 lows around the mid $30s. Since then the stock has managed to get back on its feet to some extent and push and hold back above its yellow 50-week simple moving average. The RSI trend momentum indicator also continues to slowly push higher.

This is not to say that APA is now ready to champ higher on a multi-year tear, but rather that for now, this longer term look seems to give credence to more upside.

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Moving averages legend: red – 200 day, blue – 100 day, yellow – 50 day

On the daily chart we see that over the past few days, APA stock once again bounced off its red 200-day moving average and also managed to pop past simple diagonal resistance. From here and given the aforementioned support by the broader energy stock sector, a next upside price target for the stock in my eye is in the high $40s. Any strong bearish reversal from here, and at the very latest a drop and hold below $42, would be a clear stop-loss signal.

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