Should you fear the worst for Gulf Keystone Petroleum shares?

by Alistair Strang from Trends and Targets |

It has lost momentum, and our chartist believes Gulf Keystone's share price must do this to prevent a sharp turn lower.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (LSE:GKP) 

Our report on Gulf Keystone Petroleum (LSE:GKP) last October proved an exercise in futility. The share price has utterly failed to trigger any upward moves, instead teasing with threats of some coming reversals.

As the blue downtrend on the chart below highlights, an impressive effort is taking place to stop it going up!

At present, trading at around 221p, the share price needs to actually close a session above 234p before we dare make an assumption of some price recovery commencing. Such a trigger event should prove capable of an initial 257p.

If bettered, secondary calculates at a longer-term (and game changing) ambition of 284p. Visually, there's a pretty firm threat of 284p, if achieved, forming some sort of glass ceiling at some point. There's little doubt the market has placed some sort of importance at this sort of level and if we place safe, allocating above 300p as a sensible trigger level for long term recovery will make sense.
 
Unfortunately, it appears more likely that trades below 215p will drive the price down to 203p initially, along with some sort of bounce. It's critical, if 203p breaks, to remember our secondary calculates at 178p.

There is a really big problem if the share price makes it below 165p in the future. While we can calculate 125p as a drop target, it would be worth remembering the share has entered a zone with a logical bottom down at 35p.
 
For now, thanks to its lack of activity in heading upward, we fear the worst for GKP's future.

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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