Friday, May 20, 2016

Monday's Prospects

On Friday, May 20:

Of 473 large-cap stocks and exchange-traded funds in my analytical universe, eight broke beyond their 20-day price channels, three to the upside and five to the downside.

No symbols giving trading signals with high odds of success survived initial screening.

Two symbols with trading signals having low odds of success survived initial screening, both having broken out to the downside. Low-odds symbols are candidates for non-directional trades.

There are no prospects for trades coinciding with earnings announcements.

I shall do further analysis on Monday, May 23.

The next earnings season will begin on July 11 and last for six weeks, through Aug. 19.

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Both prospects have low implied volatility relative to their recent range. I'll decide on Monday whether either has risen to my minimum acceptable level, the 60th percentile of the range, qualifying it for a full analysis and possibly a trade. I'll discuss the decsion in the Agenda post after the opening bell.


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 and 2) the absence of an earnings announcement within the lifespan of the like options series I would trade.

I defer until the day of a possible trade a final screen for implied volatility in the 60th percentile or greater of its most recent range.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 20, 2016


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