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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
About the author: co-founded Invested Central and served as the site's Chief Market Strategist for more than 10 years. His unique trading style combines both his fundamental and technical strategies to systematically manage risk while trading. A regular contributor to's bi-weekly ChartWatchers newsletter since 2006, Tom's role at StockCharts has expanded significantly since he joined the company as a full-time Senior Technical Analyst in March of 2015. Learn More
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