Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Poor Rebound Breadth Not A Good Sign

Originally published in the blog on 9/11/2008, the Quantifinder noted the below breadth-based study for Tuesday’s close. I re-ran it in last night’s Subscriber Letter and have updated it below. (Note: Up Volume % is tracked in the members chart area each night. It is equal to (Up volume / (Up volume + down volume).

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The fact that there was a pullback within three days every time is a fairly compelling stat. There have been 2 upmoves occur in the 6-day holding period since I published the first set of results last September. They both had pullbacks first though, allowing either opportunity for profit or at least a chance to move your stop to breakeven. Below I’ve listed all the trades along with their 6-day exit:

Note even the 2 most recent losers saw some sizable pullbacks. The 3/6/09 instance which came very close to the bottom was the worst of the bunch from a short perspective but still moved south by over 1.5% before launching higher.

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