W&T Offshore (WTI) Is Channeling Upward

W&T Offshore, Inc. engages in the production, exploration, development, and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties. It focuses its operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of W&T (NYSE: WTI) below with my added notations…

Chart of WTI provided by TradingView

WTI has formed a rising channel pattern over the past few weeks. A channel is formed through the combination of a trend line support that runs parallel to a trend line resistance.  When it comes to channels, any (3) points can start the pattern, but a 4th test or more help to confirm it. 

The Tale of the Tape: WTI has formed a channel. A long trade could be entered on a pullback to the channel support, which is currently approaching $5. Short trades could be entered at channel resistance or if the stock were to break below the channel 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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