On Wednesday, Dec. 30:
Of 493 large-cap stocks and exchange-traded funds in my analytical universe, two broke beyond their 20-day price channels, one in either direction.
No symbols giving trading signals survived initial screening.
There are no prospects for trades coinciding with earnings announcements.
Lacking prospects, I shall do no further analysis on Thursday, Dec. 31.
Earnings season begins Jan. 11 when AA publishes results after the closing bell. The higher pace of announcements will continue for about six weeks.
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 in the top or bottom thirds, suggesting a directional or non-directional trade, respectively, I next screen for 1) suitability of the options grid, including open interest of three figures or greater on the strike prices I would need to use to build a position, 2) implied volatility in the 60th percentile or greater of its 12-month range, and 3) the absence of an earnings announcement within the lifespan of the like options series I would trade. For symbols with odds of success in the bottom third, I also screen for low implied volatility, in the 40th percentile or below, suggesting a covered call play.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 30, 2015
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