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Ormat Technologies - Clean Energy Leader

01/09/20 03:14:39 PM
by Matt Blackman

Since December 2018, Independent Power Producer Utility stock Ormat has gained more than 50%. Can it keep up the pace?

Security:   ORA
Position:   N/A

Ormat Technologies (ORA) headquartered in Reno, Nevada, is a "pure-play geothermal" renewable energy company and is currently the third largest holding in the iShares S&P Global Clean Energy ETF (ICLN), according to It has a market cap of $3.9 billion, earnings of $93.7 million in the last year and boasts an impressive five-year dividend growth rate of more than 18%. According to the company website, it builds and supplies power generating equipment for geothermal and recovered energy power plants in 30 countries.

Figure 1. Daily stock chart of Ormat Technologies showing the strong uptrend in 2019 and high level channel with rising uptrend support heading into year-end.
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Also noteworthy — 74% of Ormat shares are owned by institutions.

As seen in Figure 1, ORA is posting a rather messy upward channel with a symmetrical triangle continuation pattern that if broken to the upside will be bullish.

On the weekly chart (Figure 2), we see a cup-like pattern which isn't a Cup & Handle in that it doesn't sport a 30% rise to the lip before the price broke down into the cup. It is also posting an upward slanting handle that is also atypical of the pattern.

Figure 2. Weekly chart of ORA showing that is has handily outperformed others in the Independent Power Producers Utility group (magenta line).
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Another positive is that ORA has strongly outperformed other Independent Power Producer Utility stocks (Figure 2), as well the energy market in general.

An exit would be prudent should price break below the uptrend support line in Figure 1, after which it would be best to wait for a new bullish setup and buy trigger.

Over the longer-term, this stock has the potential to continue outperforming not only other renewable energy companies, but energy stocks in general given the current malaise in the fossil fuel sector.

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Matt Blackman

Matt Blackman is a full-time technical and financial writer and trader. He produces corporate and financial newsletters, and assists clients in getting published in the mainstream media. Matt has earned the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. Follow Matt on Twitter at

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