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RPC (RES)'s Technical Outlook is Bright After Key Golden Cross

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From a technical perspective, RPC, Inc. (RES) is looking like an interesting pick, as it just reached a key level of support. RES's 50-day simple moving average crossed above its 200-day simple moving average, which is known as a "golden cross" in the trading world.

Considered an important signifier for a bullish breakout, a golden cross is a technical chart pattern that's formed when a stock's short-term moving average breaks above a longer-term moving average; the most common crossover involves the 50-day and the 200-day, since bigger time periods tend to form stronger breakouts.

Golden crosses have three key stages that investors look out for. It starts with a downtrend in a stock's price that eventually bottoms out, followed by the stock's shorter moving average crossing over its longer moving average and triggering a trend reversal. The final stage is when a stock continues the upward climb to higher prices.

This kind of chart pattern is the opposite of a death cross, which is a technical event that suggests future bearish price movement.

RES has rallied 32.1% over the past four weeks, and the company is a #1 (Strong Buy) on the Zacks Rank at the moment. This combination indicates RES could be poised for a breakout.

The bullish case solidifies once investors consider RES's positive earnings outlook. For the current quarter, no earnings estimate has been cut compared to 1 revisions higher in the past 60 days. The Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased too.

Moving Average Chart for RES
Moving Average Chart for RES

Given this move in earnings estimates and the positive technical factor, investors may want to keep their eye on RES for more gains in the near future.


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