Stage Analysis Beginners Questions

RE: Stage Analysis Beginners Questions

Hi Isa,
On the US stocks and ETFs watchlist you posted a chart for ARQL. I note that the 30W slope has just turned positive, relative performance positive, and volume looks slightly at the 52W average. This stock also came up in a screener I made recently (which is similar to scan you posted a long time ago), but in my trading software ARQL 200 day ATR came in at 0.28 so I didn't look more into the stock. Just wondering if you still took into consideration stocks which moved the most against their ATR?

Second question is that in my scan VIA came up which is part of DJUSBC. DJUSBC seems like it was in stage 4 since 2014 but VIA and some of the other stocks in the sector look like they've started to turn into early stage 2. I appreciate if you would share your thoughts on it, thanks.

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Stage Analysis Beginners Questions

(04-17-2019, 03:15 PM)diaz Wrote: On the US stocks and ETFs watchlist you posted a chart for ARQL. I note that the 30W slope has just turned positive, relative performance positive, and volume looks slightly at the 52W average. This stock also came up in a screener I made recently (which is similar to scan you posted a long time ago), but in my trading software ARQL 200 day ATR came in at 0.28 so I didn't look more into the stock. Just wondering if you still took into consideration stocks which moved the most against their ATR?

Hi diaz, one of the changes that I've made over the years is to use the 52 week ATR for both my position sizing and my stop loss maximum range. So for example, my maximum stop loss range is 2 times the 52 week ATR. So in the case of ARQL, the 52 week ATR is 0.604 currently, so 2x that would be $1.208.

Looking at the chart the most recent weekly swing low is $4.54, and the 50 day MA is $4.45. Hence, I'd set my stop loss just under the 50 day MA and swing low at about $4.39 and then add the maximum 2x the 52 week ATR size to that. i.e. $4.39 + $1.208 = $5.598

So looking at the current chart the price is 3.34x the 52 week ATR from my maximum stop loss position, and hence it would be a pass for me until it formed another decent swing low and consolidated enough for the 50 day MA to catch up, and then made a further continuation move that was in range of my stop loss.

           


(04-17-2019, 03:15 PM)diaz Wrote: Second question is that in my scan VIA came up which is part of DJUSBC. DJUSBC seems like it was in stage 4 since 2014 but VIA and some of the other stocks in the sector look like they've started to turn into early stage 2. I appreciate if you would share your thoughts on it, thanks.

It is in Stage 1B, but a few negatives that I can see are the near term resistance from 2018 to overcome, and the very low average volume. I have my scans set to ignore any stocks that don't have volume above 500,000, as I find thin stocks much more difficult to deal with and they tend to have higher spreads.

The 52 week ATR is $2.443 and the last swing low was $30.56, so maybe a stop loss position at $30.39, which would give a max distance from stop of $35.27. Hence with the Stage 2 breakout level at $37.55, the stock would need to consolidate/pullback first to form a higher swing low base for the stop loss position to be raised under before I would consider it personally. As I always consider the risk first these days, as think it's critical to minimise your losses above all else. So, I try to never get into a position that's extended past my maximum risk tolerance, even if that means missing out on stocks that look promising. As there's always other stocks around the corner.

I hope that helps.

       

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