RSP Permian Inc (NYSE: RSPP)

RSP Permian, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of unconventional oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin of West Texas. It owns interest in contiguous acreage blocks in the core of the Midland Basin, a sub-basin of the Permian Basin, primarily in the adjacent counties of Midland, Martin, Andrews, Dawson, Ector, and Glasscock. The company operates approximately four horizontal rigs and four vertical rigs in the Midland Basin.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of RSP (NYSE: RSPP) below with my added notations:

1-year chart of RSP (NYSE: RSPP)

RSPP declined from June until mid-December. After that, the stock started a recovery back up to the $30 level (blue). As a matter of fact, over the course of the last 6 months RSPP has created an obvious resistance at that same $30 level. A break above $30 should mean higher prices for the stock.

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The Tale of the Tape: RSPP has a key level of resistance at $30. A long trade could be entered on a break through that level. However, if you are bearish on the stock, a short trade could be made on any rallies up to $30.

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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