On Thursday, March 24:
Of 492 large-cap stocks and exchange-traded funds in my analytical universe, seven broke beyond their 20-day price channels, all to the downside. None survived initial screening.
There are two prospects for trades coinciding with earnings announcements.
I shall do further analysis on Monday, March 28.
Earnings season begins April 11. The higher pace of announcements will continue for about four weeks.
Potential trades 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".
Both symbols have insufficient open interest on their options grids to support a position. I'll trade if their grids improve on Monday. Also, QIHU has low implied volatility in the 35th percentile of its most recent range. Unless volatility rises to meet my 60th percentile or greater guidelines, QIHU won't get further analysis.
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.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, March 25, 2016
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