Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN)

Superior Energy Services, Inc. provides specialized oilfield services and equipment to oil and gas companies in the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Drilling Products and Services; Onshore Completion and Workover Services; Production Services; and Technical Solutions. The Drilling Products and Services segment rents tubulars, and manufactures and rents bottom hole tools, including stabilizers, non-magnetic drill collars, and hole openers, as well as rents temporary onshore and offshore accommodation modules and accessories. The Onshore Completion and Workover Services segment offers pressure pumping services consisting of hydraulic fracturing and high pressure pumping services used to complete and stimulate production in new oil and gas wells. . The Production Services segment provides intervention services. The Technical Solutions segment offers pressure control services, completion tools and services, end-of-life services, and marine technical services.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of Superios (NYSE: SPN) below with the added notations:

1-year chart of Superios (NYSE: SPN)

SPN declined rapidly last fall, paused for a month or so, and then dropped again to its December low. Over that time the $23 price level (blue) has become very important to the stock. Not only was $23 a key support in October and November, but it has also been a tough resistance for the stock here as of late.

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The Tale of the Tape: SPN has a key level at $23. A trader could enter a long position on a break above $23 with a stop placed under the level. However, if traders are bearish on SPN, a short trade could be made instead if the stock rallies up to $23.

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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