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Nov Inc. (NOV) Now Trades Above Golden Cross: Time to Buy?

NOV Inc. (NOV) is looking like an interesting pick from a technical perspective, as the company reached a key level of support. Recently, NOV's 50-day simple moving average crossed above its 200-day simple moving average, known as a "golden cross."

There's a reason traders love a golden cross -- it's a technical chart pattern that can indicate a bullish breakout is on the horizon. This kind of crossover is formed when a stock's short-term moving average breaks above a longer-term moving average. Typically, a golden cross involves the 50-day and the 200-day moving averages, since bigger time periods tend to form stronger breakouts.

Golden crosses have three key stages that investors look out for. It starts with a downtrend in a stock's price that eventually bottoms out, followed by the stock's shorter moving average crossing over its longer moving average and triggering a trend reversal. The final stage is when a stock continues the upward climb to higher prices.

A golden cross is the opposite of a death cross, another technical event that indicates bearish price movement may be on the horizon.

Shares of NOV have been moving higher over the past four weeks, up 33.4%. Plus, the company is currently a #3 (Hold) on the Zacks Rank, suggesting that NOV could be poised for a breakout.

Once investors consider NOV's positive earnings outlook for the current quarter, the bullish case only solidifies. No earnings estimate has gone lower in the past two months compared to 2 revisions higher, and the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased as well.

Moving Average Chart for NOV
Moving Average Chart for NOV

Investors should think about putting NOV on their watchlist given the ultra-important technical indicator and positive move in earnings estimates.

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