The final list of double screened output for last week had 89 charts with second or third buy signals on Thursday and Friday. There were 24 charts with a second or third sell signals to end the week. Friday on a standalone basis had 67 buy signals and just 8 sell signals.
It was an overwhelming show of force after 2 weeks when sell signals held the edge. The rally broadened last week. Given the duration of the rally already, I expected to see mostly second wind buy signals, which can be very profitable, but carry higher risk. Non-subscribers click here for access.
I undertook the usual visual review of the charts that met the multiple signal criteria. I didn’t see any short side setups to get excited about. The charts with sell signals did not have good bear trend structures, so I demurred on the shorts. Non-subscribers click here for access.
Most of the buys were extended, or approaching or at resistance – not good buy points. But I did find a few that appeared to have running room or breakout potential. I added 5 of them to the list below. 4 were oil and gas or related. Non-subscribers click here for access.
The screen results come from a universe of approximately1200-1500 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.
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.
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%. But the 7 picks that were still open at the end of the month had an average gain of 3.7% on an average holding period of 11 calendar days. The month should have been better, but I had those shorts last week, and they hurt us. Non-subscribers click here for access.
Last week I had decided to close out 3 shorts at Monday’s opening print. Those are shown on the table below. Another short hit its stop and it too is gone. The 5 picks closed out so far in August have only averaged a hair above breakeven on an average 2 week holding period. This is a poor performance, given the strength of the rally. I kept leaning to the short side, which exacted a cost. Non-subscribers click here for access.
I unfortunately added another short to the list and no longs last week. The result on all open and closed picks to start this week is an average gain of only 6.2% on an average holding period of 12 calendar days. Non-subscribers click here for access.
I have added and adjusted stops on the remaining picks. These are shown on the tracking table in the report, along with the charts of open and new picks. 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.
Performance tracking assumes 100% cash basis, no margin, no options. You should not assume that recent performance as reported can or will be repeated in the future. Trading involves risk of loss. In the case of options, the loss can be 100% of the amount invested. When leverage is used the loss can exceed the account equity under certain conditions.
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