Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday's Small Lots

I entered a position on MAC timed to coincide with an earnings announcement.
symsharesentry dateexit dateentry price per shareexit price per shareresult $result %annual ratedays heldtactic

I exited seven positions, four profitably and three for  loss. The average gain was 2.0% over 1.29 days, or a 952% annual rate.
symsharesentry dateexit dateentry price per shareexit price per shareresult $result %annual ratedays heldtactic
Here's how I handled the exits:

I raised the sell alert level up to one day's average true range, which triggered alerts on HUN and NLNK. I did this because the 5x ATR I was using is simply too insensitive to change. 

The goal of this strategy is to get outta Dodge quickly if the anticipated results don't occur. The trades happen in response for events that will produce an immediate result: Earnings announcements or trading signals. There's no point in hanging around if the immediate result isn't evident.

CBS didn't have an exit alert, but I closed it anyway based on the trend of the chart. 

And that may be the best way to do it. An uptrend is a higher high and higher low, and a downtrend is a lower high and lower low. If I'm doing trades for immediate results, then the trend of the chart alone shows what the results are without a need for ATRs or any other math.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 29, 2016

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