Of 2,284 stocks and exchange-traded funds in this week's analytical universe, 38 that are traded on the major American stock exchanges broke beyond their 20-day price channels, 34 to the upside and four to the downside.
Three symbols that are traded over the counter broke out, all to the upside.
The five highest-volume symbols to break out are ZNGA, F, LINE, X and USO.
Within my analytical universe, 1.8% of symbols gave bull or bear signals, down from 3.9% the prior trading day.
The ratio of bull to bear signals is 9:1, compared to 10:1 the prior trading day.
Four of the major-exchange symbols survived my initial screening, all having broken out to the upside. They are KAR, KKD, SPWR and TWX.
None of the over-the-counter symbols survived my initial screening.
Seven symbols that survived the odds and yield analysis were excluded from consideration because they will publish earnings within 30 days of the breakout. They are ADP, ELS, FFIN, KRC, SNE, SVU and VRX.
Earnings season officially begins July 8 when AA publishes earnings, so expect increasing numbers of breakouts to run up against my 30-day exclusion rule.
I'll do further analysis of the surviving symbols on Wednesday, July 3. The U.S. stock markets close at 1 p.m. New York Time that day, in anticipation of the American Independence Day celebration. Such shortened trading days are often marked by lower volume and difficulty in getting good fills, making trading an iffy proposition.
The symbols I'm analyzing are mid- and large-cap stocks having analyst coverage, as well as selected exchange-traded funds. I screened them for...
- the odds of a successful trades in the direction of the breakout since the present uptrend began on the S&P 500 weekly chart, on Oct. 4, 2011,
- a yield adjusted by those odds of 5% or greater,
- and absence of an earnings announcement within the next 30 days.
My cut-off point for bullish bias is a ratio of bull to bear signals of 2:1 or greater, and for bearish bias, 1:2 or smaller, rounded to the nearest whole number.
My trading rules can be read here. And the classic Turtle Trading rules on which my rules are based can be read here.
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.
No trader is ever 100 percent successful in his or her trades. Trading in the stock and option markets is risky and uncertain. Each trader must make trading decision decisions for his or her own account, and take responsibility for the consequences.