Range Resources Corporation, an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and oil company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas and oil properties in the United States. It holds interests in developed and undeveloped natural gas and oil leases in the Appalachian and Midcontinent regions. The company owns 7,582 net producing wells and approximately 1.4 million net acres under lease in the Appalachian region; and 653 net producing wells and approximately 383,000 net acres under lease in the Midcontinent region.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Range (NYSE: RRC) with the added notations:
RRC declined consistently into the beginning of 2015, but the stock finally bottomed in January, eventually finding support at $45.00 (green). RRC hit that support level once more in March. Now that the stock appears to be falling back down to that support level again, traders could expect some sort of bounce. However, if the $45.00 support were to break, lower prices should follow.
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The Tale of the Tape: RRC has an important level of support at $45.00. A trader could enter a long position at $45.00 with a stop placed under the level. If the stock were to break below the support a short position could be entered instead.
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!
Christian Tharp, CMT
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