The Wagner Daily – Energy Stocks in Play after Rally

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The Wagner Daily – January 26, 2022

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today’s watchlist (potential trade entries):

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open positions:

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closed positions:

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position notes:

  • No trades triggered


Stocks chopped around ahead of Wednesday’s Fed meeting. The S&P 500 held the 4,300 support area but was rejected near the prior day’s high. Not much to do with regard to longs (energy being the exception) when the S&P 500 is in a downtrend and still trading below a declining 5-day MA.

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The Nasdaq Composite is also below the declining 5-day MA.

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In last night’s report, we mentioned that energy stocks are holding up well and could be in play after some chop. Given the action of the past two days, energy could be in play within the next few days if bull flag-like patterns emerge.

Energy ETF $XLE rallied 9% off the two-day low.  $HAL, $CLR, $DVN, $SLB, $APA, and $OXY are a handful of energy stocks potentially in play. Would like to see some sort of short term pause in these stocks to allow for lower-risk entry points (may just run without stopping).  

Note the strong accumulation the past few days.

No official entries yet, just monitoring the action.

$HAL is not an official setup.

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$clr daily

There are no new official setups for Tuesday’s session. Other than energy and possibly gold, there isn’t much out there worth owning on the long side for a swing trade.

The Fed will release its decision on rates tomorrow at 2pm EST. If the major indices can punch through the two-day high and hold, then we could see some follow-through to the upside. For the time being, there isn’t much to do other than sit in cash and wait for setups to develop.

Unofficial Setups – For experienced traders only, no guidance is given for these setups.

  • none

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