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Schlumberger Confirms Bullish Continuation Pattern

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Schlumberger (SLB) broke above resistance today and this breakout confirms a bullish ascending triangle. First, note that the bigger trend is up because the 50-day EMA is above the 200-day EMA. Chartists can also plot this difference using the Percentage Price Oscillator (50,200,1), which is shown in the indicator window. Notice how it turned positive as the 50-day crossed the 200-day in early June. On the price chart, the ascending triangle formed from mid April to early August. The equal highs mark horizontal resistance and the higher lows reflect buying pressure coming in a higher price points. This is a bullish continuation pattern that is confirmed with a resistance breakout. With today's breakout, the upside target is around 92. The height of the pattern (82 - 72) is added to the breakout area for an upside target. Take this target with a grain of salt and watch the trend carefully. I would mark support in the 76-78 area and stay bullish as long as 76 holds. 

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About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com. Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed market technician. Arthur has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities Magazine. In addition to his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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