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Is Enerplus Setting Up for a Big Move?

Enerplus Corp. (ERF) has been trading in a sideways trading range over the past couple weeks where it has formed a resistance line and a level of supp...

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Enerplus Corp. (ERF) has been trading in a sideways trading range over the past couple weeks where it has formed a resistance line and a level of support. The stock will either break the resistance or the support. Read more to learn how to take advantage of this trade. via StockNews

Enerplus Corp. (ERF) produces and develops crude oil and natural gas assets in Canada and the United States. Majority of oil production is derived from the Williston and Waterfloods basins, with the Marcellus providing a significant portion of natural gas production.

While production was down last year on account of the pandemic, the company performed well in the second quarter. Production was just under 92,000 Barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOE/D) in the quarter. This was 6% higher than the previous quarter and was driven by increased Marcellus volumes.

The company only had $153 million in cash as of the end of March, but this was still higher than its short-term debt of $83 million. The company is not profitable though, with a net profit margin of -91.4%.

Over the past five years, ERF has grown sales an average of 6%, but was down 20.5% in the past year. Analysts expected earnings to rise 292.9% in the second quarter. The stock appears undervalued with a forward P/E of 5.59.

ERF is up 122.6% for the year, but has shown mixed momentum over the past month as shown in the chart below.

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Take a look at the 6-month chart of ERF below with added notations:

  Chart of ERF provided by TradingView

ERF has rallied up into a sideways trading range during recent weeks. While in that range, the stock has formed a resistance level at around $7.50 (red), and a level of support at $6.50 (green).

At some point, the stock will have to either break the resistance or the support.  The possible long position in the stock is on a breakout above $7.50. The ideal short opportunity would be on a break below $6.50.

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ERF shares were unchanged in premarket trading Monday. Year-to-date, ERF has gained 120.13%, versus a 17.22% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

About the Author: Christian Tharp

I am an expert stock market coach having helped over 4000 beginner and advanced traders & investors from around the world take control of their financial futures. I also write stock market related articles for the Adam Mesh Trading Group and Yolo Publishing.


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