All but two of the others had charts that were at odds with their signals -- bull signals in bearish charts.
The two exceptions were both bear signals, VHI and USM. However, they lack sufficient open interest on their options for me to structure a bear play on either.
Therefore, no symbols survived my second round of analysis.
I next looked at the two symbols that made my supplemental lists of highly liquid bear signals that need not have passed my odds test. Passing means that more than half of the bear signals completed in the past year have been profitable.
One of them, S, failed confirmation. The other, VRX, passed confirmation and has a sufficiently bearish chart, although with only a neutral rating from Zacks Investment Research, the service I use to short-cut my assessment of a company's fundamentals.
I'll take a closer look at VRX to see whether it has any redeeming characteristics to make up for its lack good odds and shall post an analysis of it does. Otherwise, I plan no full write-ups today.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 13, 2014
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