Spectra Energy Partners

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Spectra Energy Partners ( SEP) engages in the transportation of natural gas through interstate pipeline systems, and the storage of natural gas in underground facilities in the U.S. This stock is trading up 2.1% at $31.40 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 240,000

Average Volume: 102,417

Volume % Change: 386%

Shares of SEP are moving modestly higher today after the company announced that the board of directors of its general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution to shareholders of 49 cents per share, an increase of one-half cent over the previous level of 48.5 cents per share.

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From a technical perspective, SEP is gapping higher here back above its 200-day moving average of $31.17 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing SEP within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once SEP manages to take out its 50-day at $31.91, and then once it moves above some near-term overhead resistance at $32.66 to $32.85 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SEP as long as its trending above its 50-day, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 102,417 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then look for SEP to hit $35 or higher in the near future.

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-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Winderemere, Fla.

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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Windermere, Fla., is an independent trader who focuses on stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. He is also an outside contributor to Beconequity.com and maintains the website Maddmoney.net, which he sold to Blue Wave Advisors in 2008. Roberto studied International Business at The Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany.

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