Pengrowth Energy Corp (NYSE: PGH)

Pengrowth Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of oil and natural gas assets in the Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia provinces in Canada. It primarily explores for crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company’s assets include Cardium light oil, Lindbergh thermal, and Swan Hills light oil projects. As of December 31, 2014, it had total proved plus probable reserves of 557.4 millions of barrels of oil equivalent. Pengrowth Energy Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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

1-year chart of Pengrowth (NYSE: PGH)

After a strong decline from July until December, PGH has been trading sideways over the last 4-5 months. During the sideways move the stock has formed a common pattern known as a rectangle. A minimum of (2) successful tests of the support and (2) successful tests of the resistance will give you the pattern.

PGH’s rectangle pattern has formed a resistance at $3.50 (red), which was also a prior support, and a $2.50 support (green). At some point the stock will have to break one of the two levels.

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The Tale of the Tape: PGH is trading within a rectangle pattern. The possible long positions on the stock would be either on a pullback to $2.50 or on a breakout above $3.50. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $2.50.

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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