11.74 -0.99 (-8.42%) Sell

Don't invest in RRC now, it is an investor's nightmare

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RANGE RESOURCES CORP was among the worst performers on Friday. It lost -8.42% to close at 11.74. On a day when the overall market breadth was 35%, it closed higher than 84% of the market. In comparison, the benchmark SP500 index closed today at -0.0191%.

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RRC showed a strong down trend over the last 3 months. During this period RRC lost -26.85% and saw a maximum drawdown of -36.47%. There were 2 short signals during this period that returned a cumulative of +12.14% to investors.


RRC has been underperforming the SP500 index in recent time, after having outperformed till 21 Jun, 2016. Over the last 2 years 11 months and 10 days, RRC underperformed the SP500 index on 52% days.

During the last three months RRC was mostly loss making and delivered on average -0.45% per day. It's best return during this period (of +7.2%) was on Monday, 5 Nov, 2018. While it's worst loss in the same period (of -8.42%) was on Friday, 14 Dec, 2018. There was initially a bullish trend during this period which started on 17 Sep, 2018 and went on till 20 Sep, 2018. The bullish trend returned +10.66% to investors. This was followed by a bearish trend that started on 14 Nov, 2018 and ended on 20 Nov, 2018. This bearish trend lost -12.24% of investor capital.

RRC had 6 profitable and 6 loss making months over the last year. During the last year, RRC underperformed SP500 index on monthly return basis. RRC was also a more risky investment than SP500 index as it's worst month in the last year, Jan 2018, returned -20.48% compared to -7.28% returned by SP500 index in Oct 2018. RRC had a shorter streak of profitable months than SP500 index. It only went up in 4 straight months during the last year.

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RRC is becoming more volatile overall. In comparison, the SP500 index is seeing a rise in volatility. During the last three months, there was a significant surge in RRC's volatility from 18 Sep, 2018 to 29 Oct, 2018. While there was a significant surge in the SP500 index's volatility from 25 Sep, 2018 to 29 Oct, 2018.

Advanced/professional short-term investors should note that RRC has significant negative skewness in it's return distribution. This indicates that RRC is very risky for short-term investment and can significantly underperform for long durations.

Investors trading in RRC derivatives at this moment can consider 'Bear Put Spread' options strategy to receive better risk-adjusted returns.

RRC has more chance of extreme outcomes than the SP500 index. Therefore, RRC must receive a lower allocation than SP500 in your portfolio. SP500 index usually has shorter drawdown period than RRC.

On a general note (since you are interested in RRC), AMZN is a large cap that deserves to be closely tracked for investment opportunities.

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