The third attempt and failure by ESV to breakout in the first quarter of this year marked “the top” as the stock went on to fall more than 65%, peak to trough. With its fortunes tied to the price of crude, as an oil services company it was no wonder its price was hammered. With the price of oil now stabilizing between $50-$60/bbl, it would seem ESV shares may have a chance to move higher and allow investors a path to profits.

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Steep sell-offs can sometimes create very profitable money making opportunities. The problem is sell-offs, especially as sharp as this has been, are rarely done to healthy and viable companies. In other words, there is a reason the price just fell off a cliff and unless you know what you are doing, it’s best not to try and catch a falling knife. But if one were so inclined and because any investment at these levels would be considered going against the current trend (on my timeframe), minimization of risk via tight stops and smaller position size would be a prudent consideration. After forming positive RSI momentum divergence at the same time finding a bottom in August, price has formed a higher high and higher low, the first step required for a reversal.  Additionally, an inverse head and shoulders reversal pattern with an upward sloping neckline has formed. With price currently sitting just below the neckline, a break and hold above it would signal the pattern is in play and points to a pattern target at April’s high, T1.

By no means is ESV a perfect setup. Price still is below a falling 200 day moving average and as such any move higher will likely be met with choppy action. In addition, its stock price is directly tied to the price of oil, which adds additional layers of risk and highly subject to the vagaries of geopolitics, something I would prefer to avoid.