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Swing Trade Screen Picks – Ambiguity Central

You know it’s bad when you no longer trust your models, or your chart reading. I just cannot commit to trading a market with this much ambiguity. So I continue to review the screening data but will hold out for more clarity before jumping back in with multiple picks.

Meanwhile, for the week ended February 17, there were 16 charts with multiple buy signals as of Thursday or Friday, and 28 with multiple sells. Considering that there are always around 1300 stocks that meet price and volume minimum criteria for my screens, that’s another low, inconclusive number that doesn’t auger a breakout, even with the edge to the sell side. I continue to see mostly whipsaw signals, or moves back to support. I can’t see shorting them here.

When I looked at the charts with buy signals, there was one that looked so good, I had to go with it. Most of the buy signals were in defensive stocks and ETFs. This was the best looking chart of the bunch, XXXX. As usual, I will benchmark the tracking to today’s opening price.

When I looked at the sells, I again wasn’t enamored with those setups. I said the same last week. If this keeps up, the market should eventually break down. Hopefully, I’ll have a few shorts on the list when it does.

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