Of 1,207 stocks and exchange-traded funds in my analytical universe, 49 broke beyond their 20-day price channels, seven to the upside and 42 to the downside.
Eleven symbols survived initial screening, three having broken out to the upside and eight to the downside.
No symbol appearing on my supplemental list of innovative companies gave a bull signal.
There are no prospects for trades keyed to earnings under my Volatility Rules.
I shall do further analysis on Tuesday, Dec. 9.
The next earnings season begins Jan. 8 with the announcement by AA and runs six weeks. Under the exclusion rule that forbids me from opening new positions in stocks within 30 days of an earnings announcement, increasing numbers of symbols will be removed from my prospective trades list during initial screening.
First-round survivors: Regular rules
The lists are sorted in descending order by average yield. Regular rules means that confirmation will require trading above the 20-day price channel breakout level.
First-round survivors: Earnings or dividend rules
The lists are sorted in descending order by average yield. Rules for a breakout immediately following an earnings announcement require that confirmation on the following trading day, Reset Day, require that the price be beyond the Reset-Day 20-day price channel. A breakout following a stock going ex-dividend must be confirmed on the fifth trading day after ex-dividend day.
Potential trades under my Volatility Rules, keyed to events
The dates are those of the events, all of them earns announcements. Events prior to the opening bell are marked "am", during the trading day "mid", and after the closing bell "pm". The lists are sorted in descending order by average volume.
The stocks in my analytical universe all have analyst coverage through the stock-ranking company Zacks Investment Research. Not all of the exchange-traded funds are so covered.
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, Dec. 9, 2014
My shorter-term 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.
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