Weatherford International Ltd (NYSE: WFT)

Weatherford International Ltd. provides equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells worldwide. It offers artificial lift systems, which include progressing cavity pumps, reciprocating rod lift systems, gas lift systems, hydraulic lift systems, plunger lift systems, hybrid lift systems, and wellhead systems. The company also provides drilling services, including directional drilling, Secure Drilling services, well testing, drilling-with-casing and drilling-with-liner systems, and surface logging systems; and well construction services, such as tubular running services, cementation tools, liner systems, swellable products, solid tubular expandable technologies, and inflatable products and aluminum alloy tubular products. In addition, it designs and manufactures drilling jars, underreamers, rotating control devices, and other pressure-control equipment used in drilling oil and natural gas wells; provides a line of completion tools and sand screens; and offers rental of in-house or third-party manufactured equipment for the drilling, completion, and workover of oil and natural gas wells to operators and drilling contractors.

To review Weatherford’s stock, please take a look at the 1-year chart of WFT (Weatherford International, Ltd.) below with my added notations:

1-year chart of WFT (Weatherford International, Ltd.)

Over the last 12 months WFT has consistently moved higher. Since March though, the stock has formed a nice trendline of support (blue). Always remember that any (2) points can start a trendline, but it’s the 3rd test and beyond that confirm its importance. Obviously WFT’s trendline is important to the stock since it has been tested on multiple occasions over the last (8) months.

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The Tale of the Tape: WFT has created a nice trendline of support over the last (8) months. A long position could be entered on a pullback to that trendline, which is approaching $16, with a stop placed below that level. A short position could be entered if WFT were to break the trend line support.

Before making any trading decision, decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the highest probability of success. Do you prefer the short side of the market, long side, or do you want to be in the market at all? If you haven’t thought about it, review the overall indices themselves. For example, take a look at the S&P 500. Is it trending higher or lower? Has it recently broken through a key resistance or support level? Making these decisions ahead of time will help you decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the best opportunities.

No matter what your strategy or when you decide to enter, always remember to use protective stops and you’ll be around for the next trade. Capital preservation is always key!

Good luck!

Christian Tharp, CMT

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