A Noble Energy Plan

Interactive Brokers’ Trader's Insight

By Gary Christie

This week, using Trading Central’s Technical Event® screener, I searched for U.S. stocks that have listed options, classic technical patterns with a possible price move of 15% or more. One name caught my attention as the stock remains in a well-defined uptrend since March.

Noble Energy (NE): Just recently broke above an ascending continuation triangle pattern.  The increasingly higher lows and constant highs within this pattern tell us that buyers are more aggressive than sellers, confirmed by a breakout through a resistance level to signal a continuation of the prior uptrend.


An ascending triangle, with its increasingly higher lows and constant highs, indicates that buyers are more aggressive than sellers. The pattern typically forms because a supply of shares is available at a certain price, represented by the upper flat line. When the supply depletes, the shares quickly break out from the top trend line and move higher.

The MACD (Moving Average Convergence/Divergence) indicator below the price chart has reversed from its neutral level and is showing upside momentum which confirms the bullish breakout.


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