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Schlumberger Ends Downtrend, Now Looks To Confirm Price Breakout


The energy ETF (XLE) has been blistering hot this week and today its three largest holdings - Exxon Mobil (XOM at 23%), Chevron Corp (CVX at 17%) and Schlumberger (SLB at 7%) - all had some form of a breakout.  XOM surged to its highest close since January.  CVX closed at its all-time high.  And finally, SLB broke a serious downtrend and looks to clear overhead price resistance.  Check out SLB's chart:

Look for a bit of hesitation as SLB approaches the 69.50 area, but accumulation appears to be taking place as SLB has risen over the past couple months with volume on the rise.  A confirmed close above that level would send a third major component of the XLE into breakout territory and all looking at higher prices down the road.

I look for the XLE to continue its trend higher into 2018.

Happy trading!


Tom Bowley
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