On Thursday, July 31:
Of 261 large-cap stocks and exchange-traded funds in my analytical universe, 40 symbols broke beyond their 20-day price channels, five to the upside and 35 to the downside.
Two symbols, AMZN and COP, survived my initial screening, both having broken out to the downside. COP's signal was produced in response to an earnings announcement and will require confirmation under the reset day rules.
I shall do further analysis of the surviving symbols on the weekend of Aug. 2-3.
The symbols in my analytical universe all have analyst coverage through the stock-ranking company Zacks.
I screen the symbols for historical odds of a profitable signal in the direction of the breakout for the past 12 months.
If the odds of success are greater than 50%, I next screen for the absence of an earnings announcement within the next 30 days.
For bear signals, I also screen to ensure the ability to do a trade because of the presence of options with sufficient open interest for the purpose.
I sort by the results in descending order by the average yield on signals in the direction of the breakout in preparation for the second round of analysis after the opening bell.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 31, 2014
My trading rules can be read here. And the classic Turtle Trading rules on which my rules are based can be read here.
Elliott wave analysis, which I use in my analyses, tracks patterns in price movements. The principal practitioner of Elliott wave analysis is Robert Prechter at Elliott Wave International. His book, Elliott Wave Principle, is a must-read for people interested in this form of analysis, as is his most recent publication, Visual Guide to Elliott Wave Traing.
Several web sites summarize Elliott wave theory, among them, Investopedia, StockCharts and Wikipedia.
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