Stone Energy ( SGY)

This is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development and operation of oil and gas properties. This stock is trading up 5.6% at $22.21 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 828,000

Average Volume: 765,495

Volume % Change: 85%

From a technical perspective, SGY is soaring higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $21.03 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of SGY within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if SGY manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $22.70 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SGY as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $20.56, and then once it sustains a move or close above $22.70 with volume that hits near or above 765,495 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then SGY will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day of $23.96 to $24.47. Any move above $24.47 to $24.70 will then put $25 to $26 into focus for shares of SGY.

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-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Winderemere, Fla.

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Roberto Pedone, based out of Windermere, Fla., is an independent trader who focuses on technical analysis for small- and large-cap stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. Roberto studied international business at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany. His work has appeared on financial outlets including CNBC.com and Forbes.com. You can follow Pedone on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zerosum24 or @zerosum24.

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