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Can Tullow Oil shares really double in value?

5th October 2021 08:43

Alistair Strang from Trends and Targets


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After a difficult decade, independent analyst Alistair Strang sees early signs that something may be changing for the better.

With Brent Crude hitting the $81 level, once again a bunch of folk were anticipating major oil shares to do something special. Once again, major oil shares tended not to respond.

It’s worth remembering when Brent Crude attempted the $130 level, BP (LSE:BP.) shares dithered below the five quid level. The concept of a link between the price of crude and oil company shares appears illusory, mostly.

If we choose to look at Tullow Oil (LSE:TLW), during 2013 the price of Brent Crude was pretty stable around the $120 mark. Tullow, alas, was trading initially at 1,200p and now, with Brent at $81, Tullow ‘enjoys’ a share price down at just 52p. As the chart below illustrates, the last decade has not been kind to Tullow but, in fairness, there are early signs something may be changing for the better.

Source: Trends and Targets. Past performance is not a guide to future performance

The immediate situation seems pretty straightforward, with movement above 52.6p hinting at the prospect of some growth toward an initial 56.7p.

While conceding this target is about as interesting as a Scottish weather forecast (always rain, obviously…) the secondary ambition gives some hope for the longer term as it’s at 68.7p. The effect of the secondary, despite any hesitation which shall probably occur should it appear, is the price will illustrate a “higher high”.

This could prove quite a big deal, having bettered the high prior to the break of the Blue downtrend. This has the potential for some Big Picture impetus to make itself known, calculating with a long-term cycle commencing to an eventual 125p as a serious point of interest eventually.

For the present, Tullow needs to slip below 39p to cause panic. In such a scenario, we can calculate a bottom of 22p. Unfortunately, that’s also the point where we run out of numbers as every result is tainted with a minus sign thereafter.

Source: Trends and Targets. Past performance is not a guide to future performance

Alistair Strang has led high-profile and "top secret" software projects since the late 1970s and won the original John Logie Baird Award for inventors and innovators. After the financial crash, he wanted to know "how it worked" with a view to mimicking existing trading formulas and predicting what was coming next. His results speak for themselves as he continually refines the methodology.

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