Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Thursday's Prospects

On Wednesday, May 4:

Of 490 large-cap stocks and exchange-traded funds in my analytical universe, 28 broke beyond their 20-day price channels, seven to the upside and 21 to the downside.

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

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

There is one prospect for a trade coinciding with an earnings announcements.

I shall do further analysis on Thursday, May 5.

Earnings season began April 11. The higher pace of announcements will continue for about four weeks from that date, through Friday, May 6.

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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".

Thursday pm
Friday am


All five prospects have implied volatility below my minimum standard, the 60th percentile of its most recent range. I shall do a full analysis of any that improve enough to meet my standard after the opening bell; the rest I shall reject without 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 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 4, 2016


Tradecraft: Playing the odds to build winning stock market trades from options, a description of how I trade, can be read here.

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