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Marathon Oil (Friday’s close US$15.29) declined from US$24.20 in October, 2018, to US$3.02 in April, 2020 (A-B), and then settled in a bullish technical pattern known as a “W” formation (dashed lines).

The stock had a breakout form this formation earlier this year (C) and then stayed in a corrective horizontal trading range mostly between US$10 and US$14 (dotted lines). The recent rise above this range signalled a breakout toward higher targets (D).

Behaviour indicators including the rising 40-week Moving Average (40wMA) confirm the bullish status. There is good support near US$15. Only a sustained decline below US$13 would be negative.

Point & Figure measurements provide targets of US$18 and US$20. The large “W” formation (dashed lines) and the trading range (dotted lines) support higher targets.


Monica Rizk is the senior technical analyst and Ron Meisels is the president of Phases & Cycles Inc. ( And he tweets at @Ronsbriefs. They may hold shares in companies profiled.

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