Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Prospects

On Monday, Sept. 15:

Of 157 stocks and exchange-traded funds in my analytical universe, six symbols that are traded on the major American stock exchanges broke beyond their 20-day price channels, all to the downside.

One symbol, WFM, survived my initial screening, having broken out to the downside.

Five large-cap symbols survived screening for inclusion on the supplemental list of high-volume large-cap potential bear plays, having met the earnings exclusion test with sufficient open interest on its options, regardless of historical odds. They are WFM, VOD, TSM, AAL, and ATVI.

No symbols survived screening as potential bull plays from my supplemental list of innovative companies.

I shall do further analysis of the surviving symbols on Tuesday, Sept. 16.


I'm reworking the selection of my analytical universe and will post about it later today. Today's analysis is based on a set of large-cap stocks traded on the major U.S. exchanges.

The symbols are sorted into three groups and all have analyst coverage through the stock-ranking company Zacks. The groups are:
  • mid- and large-cap stocks as well as selected exchange-traded funds listed on major exchanges,
  • small-cap stocks on major exchanges,
  • mid- and large-cap over-the-counter stocks.
The small-cap group is further selected to ensure a minimum market capitalization of $1 million and a Zacks ranking of neutral or more bullish. (Small-cap stocks rarely have sufficient liquidity to allow a bear trade.)

I screen the symbols for historical odds of a profitable signal in the direction of the breakout for the past 12 months.

For symbols whose 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, without yet passing judgment on whether those options are liquid enough to support a trade.

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, Sept. 16, 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 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 Trading

Several web sites summarize Elliott wave theory, among them, Investopedia, StockCharts and Wikipedia.

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.

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