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Cheniere Energy Stock after Its 4Q17 Earnings

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Cheniere Energy’s market performance

Cheniere Energy’s (LNG) shares received a positive market reaction. The shares rose ~1.0% in the early trading session the day after the earnings announcement. Overall, the stock has risen ~5.0% in 2018 despite a weak start to the month. At the same time, Cheniere Energy’s subsidiaries, Cheniere Energy Partners (CQP) and Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings (CQH) have gained 1.6% and 0.7%, respectively. The Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) has lost 3.4% during the same period.

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Moving averages

Currently, Cheniere Energy is trading 4.4% above its 50-day simple moving average and 18.0% above its 200-day simple moving average. There’s bullish sentiment in the stock. The higher 2018 earnings guidance, recent sale and purchase agreements, and positive FID on Train 3 at Corpus Christi could drive the company’s stock performance. A decline in LNG prices and global LNG demand could push Cheniere Energy below its historical moving averages, which would result in bearish sentiment.

Price forecast

Cheniere Energy’s 30-day implied volatility was 30.9% as of February 21, 2018, which is significantly lower than the 15-day average of 36.5%. Based on its current implied volatility, Cheniere Energy might trade in the range of $55.43–$60.39 in the next seven days. Cheniere Energy is expected to trade within this range with a 68.0% probability using a standard deviation of one and assuming a normal distribution of prices.

Next, we’ll discuss analysts’ recommendations for Cheniere Energy.

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