As the decline matures the number of new sell signals naturally diminishes and the number of buy signals starts increasing. That happened last week but there was a slight increase in sell signals from the prior week.
The overall picture this week is ambiguous, neither bullish nor overwhelmingly bearish. It looks too soon for adding new buys to the list, and mostly too late for new sells. But I did add two shorts this week.
As of Friday September 2, there were 33 charts with second or third buy signals on the last two days of the week. There were 29 charts with second or third sell signals to end the week, versus 18 the week before. On Friday alone there were 32 buy signals and 23 sell signals. But many of the buy signals were inverse fund sell signals, and were duplicative, such as funds that were 1x, 2x, and 3x the same or similar indexes. Non-subscribers click here for access.
After visual review of this week’s screen results, I have added 2 picks to the list on the short side, and none on the buy side. The new shorts are XXX and XXXX. This will result in the list having 13 picks, all shorts. Charts below. Non-subscribers click here for access.
As usual, I’ll start them with no stops for the first week, to give the market manipulators room to play with them before the expected swing sets in. Tracking of the new picks will start as of the opening price on Tuesday. Non-subscribers click here for access.
I have added and adjusted stops on existing open picks. Non-subscribers click here for access.
The screen results come from a universe of approximately 1200-1500 stocks daily that meet the criteria of trading above $6.00, and with average volume greater than a million shares per day. I start the weekly process by screening for daily buys and sells from the previous Friday through Thursday. I then rescreen that output, for additional signals in the progression on Thursday and Friday. Non-subscribers click here for access.
The percentage gain is based on 100% cash positions, with no margin and no use of leverage or options. Non-subscribers click here for access.
16 picks were closed out in August. The average gain was 3.4% with an average holding period of 2 weeks. Since last November, when I last tweaked the screening and selection methodology, 108 picks were closed out with an average gain of 2.9% and an average holding period of 17 calendar days. Non-subscribers click here for access.
Last week 4 picks were stopped out — 2 shorts and 2 buys – all wins. The gains ranged from 2.7% to 15.1% and averaged 9.6%. The average gain of open and closed picks for the week was 7.7%. The average holding period was 12 calendar days. We can’t annualize that, of course, but profits over the past 3 weeks have beaten the averages since November.
The performance of currently open picks and those closed last week is shown on the table above (subscriber version). Charts of open and new picks are below (subscriber version). Non-subscribers click here for access.
8/1/22 July had been a narrowly rangebound meatgrinder market until last week. Only two picks were closed out during the month for an average loss of 2.6%. Non-subscribers click here for access.
7/4/22 Picks closed out in June averaged a gain of 10.1% on an average holding period of 17 calendar days. That works out to an average of 4.1% per week. There were 12 closed picks. The win rate was 75%. I would hope to continue that, but it is by no means a given. Non-subscribers click here for access.
June’s performance is not something we should expect to duplicate too often, if at all. The average weekly gain since I tweaked the methodology in mid January is just 1.29%, while trending upward lately. Non-subscribers click here for access.
6/6/22 Picks closed out in May averaged a gain of 3% on an average holding period of 2 weeks. That worked out to an average of 1.5% per week. There were 28 closed picks. 25 were shorts. Non-subscribers click here for access.
5/9/22 April was a challenging month. The final tally of closed picks in April had an average loss of 0.4% with an average holding period of 11 calendar days. My system does not do well when the average low to low cycle duration drops below 4 weeks. Non-subscribers click here for access.
March was better. Picks closed in March had an average gain of 4% with an average holding period of 23 calendar days. Non-subscribers click here for access.
1/18/22 I will continue to (mostly) forego stops in the first week that a pick is added to the list. I continue to feel that stops should only be used as trend violation triggers for exiting trades that I want to close out. That would include both those that have gone well and those that have not. I still do not like arbitrary stop loss as a strategy to reduce loss, because it has equal or greater potential to reduce profits on trades that ultimately turn into big winners. Stop running, and using false breakouts and breakdowns are time honored strategies of dealers and big speculators. Such whipsaws often lead to big moves. Non-subscribers click here for access.
The strategy and tactics opinions expressed in this report illustrate one particular approach to trading. No representation is made that it is the best approach, or even suitable for any particular investor. This is a developmental and experimental exercise, for the purpose of providing experienced chart traders with ideas and concepts to use or not use as they see fit.
Nothing in this letter is meant as individual investment advice and you should not construe it as such. These picks are illustrative and theoretical. The method behind these picks is experimental, and may change over time. I may trade my own account, and may buy, sell, sell short or cover short, or have positions in any of the stocks on the list at any time, based on a particular trading style that is unique to me. My entry and close out levels are likely to differ from those published due to the exigencies of my trading style and time constraints. I post these items in good faith for informational and educational purposes, and do not take positions in opposition to those which are published. All chart picks are actively traded stocks, and I assume that no subscriber to these reports, nor the total of all subscribers taking positions, would do so in a size that would influence the market price.
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