(See the Top Prospects posting for issues that I’m considering for new positions.)
- Hit stop/loss (Exit 2): CENT.
- Broke out of the 20-day price-channel (Exit 3): PG.
- Parabolic Sar divergence, taken out of play (Exit 5): CMA, VNM, WMT.
- Parabolic sar convergence, put back in play (Exit 5 reversal): INTC, NTAP.
Issues that are not Out of Play but fall short of being Top Prospects.
Out of Play
Issues whose parabolic sar diverges from the price-channel phase. If held, under my rules they are sold. If not held, they are not candidates for a new position.
Issues that I hold positions in are marked with an asterisk (*).
See the Top Prospects posting for issues evaluated as top prospects, and the Bull Worksheet and Bear Worksheet postings for other evaluations.
- Top Prospects are issues upon which I would consider opening a new position.
- Not Top plays are issues that are tradeable under my rules but fail to meet the criteria for Top Picks. It's not against my rules to trade these stocks, but their condition on the chart leaves me unenthusiastic about opening a new position.
- Out of Play issues aren’t prospects for new positions under my rules because the parabolic sar phase doesn’t match the price-channel phase.
- adx: Average direction index location, indicating the strength, or the temperature, of the trend. Orange for 40 or greater, aqua (light blue) for 30 and up but below 40, magenta (light purple) for 20 and up but below 30, and brown for anything below 20. (Mnemonic: Orange for the overhead sun, blue for the surrounding sky, purple for sunset on the horizon and brown for the earth.)
- traj: Trajectory of the ADX, green for strengthening, red for weakening or yellow for unchanging. Note that if the adx column is orange and the trajectory column is red, then the position must be closed.
- psar: The parabolic sar, either green for bullish or red for bearish.
- bday: Breakout day, the day the price broke through the upper or lower 55-day price line.
- blevel: Breakout level, the price level of the line that was broken through.
- bstop: The stop/loss price calculated on breakout days as the 14-day average true range below the breakout-day low for a bull phase and above thre breakout-day high for a bear phase.
- 2-day?: Marked with an "✔" if the two-day rule is in effect. Under the rule, if the price closes below the breakout level on each of the two days following breakout day, then the position must be exited.
About channel analysis
Read a detailed explanation of my channel analysis method, including trading rules.
Tim Bovee, Private Trader tracks the analysis and trades of a private trader for his own accounts. Nothing in this blog constitutes a recommendation to buy or sell stocks, options or any other financial instrument. The only purpose of this blog is to provide education and entertainment.
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