I’ve not done much in the way of stock postings, largely since I’d said it was topped and not going anywhere much and, well, for a year it’s been topped and not going anywhere much. We took a nice dip and recovery. We’re now at horridly low volume and volatility near the prior top. It all sets up for a roll-over ‘soon’ in my opinion. (likely, IMHO, just after the election and when The Fed hikes rates in December).
While we wait for that set-up to play out (or, possibly, fail to actualize…) here’s an interesting site that gives you places to ‘go fish’ for stocks likely, in their method of analysis, to have a 50 day / 200 day moving average crossover. When the 50 day crosses to on top, that’s called the “Golden Cross”. When crossing to under that is the “Death Cross”. I’d do more with them, but the particular SMA (Simple Moving Average) choices on BigCharts don’t give you that option. (A dramatic failure on their part, IMHO).
At one time I had a screen scraper running to get stock ticker data and then a custom analysis program that would sift through it for 50 / 200 crosses (or any other limits you set), but it has been ‘living in a box’ for a couple of years now ( I was working on contract ‘on the road’ and carting around a big old white box PC was, er, problematic) so it would require more time to rehabilitate it and get it trained (i.e. current data downloaded for 200+ days) than I have available. Add in that it’s in C, expects a particular public web site to have not changed their screen… well, “needs work”…
But this site does that same screen and gives you candidates for a crossover.
Now realize each of these takes a lot more evaluation. Is it a penny stock? Is it a thin market in a foreign country known for manipulation? Which way is the likely cross going? etc. etc. Now I prefer to use this kind of crossover of averages on the broad market. It, then, indicates broad economic trends and consensus among the mass of money. Here it is applied to individual stock tickers, so movement could just be due to a bit of news per the CEO and a Showgirl… So check your back stories and the corporate financial sheets too. This just gives a starting point in stock picking, not an answer.
This list shows which stocks are most likely to have their 50 day SMA cross above or below their 200 day SMA in the next trading session. This is an important trading signal for institutional traders. When the 50 day SMA crossed below the 200 day SMA, it is called a “death cross.” When the 50 crossed above the 200, it is called a “golden cross.”
We do not track the actual cross-over event. We focus on a smaller time scale. Many stock screeners focus on daily candlesticks; they would be the best place to find out what crossovers happened the previous day.
To predict which stocks are most likely to have a moving average crossover in the near future, we compare the two moving averages, then use the stock’s recent volatility to see how likely it is for the moving averages to cross in a fixed amount of time.
The formula for this list is absolute_value(50 day SMA of the closing prices – 200 day SMA of the closing prices) / volatility. The smallest value is shown at the top of the list.
It is an interesting way of guessing what is likely to move next. The ‘risk’ in it is that a stock in a long flat trend with jiggles will have a lot of 50 / 200 crosses… and not mean anything.
So what’s at the top of their list right now?
Note: Tickers with 4 letters are typically smaller stocks, 3 or 2 letters are typically old and known, a single letter is typically reserved for the largest and oldest companies. Tickers ending in a Q are usually in bankruptcy. So a ‘quick scan’ would eliminate any ending in Q and focus on names you know or those with a 3 or less ticker. If you don’t find anything interesting, then come back and look at others. I’ve bolded a few of the names I recognize and I’ve used Italics for the Q ones. Just to emphasize that this isn’t a suggested ‘pick list’, but a selection of dirt to dig through looking for precious stones… or dross. (I note with humor that “BB Liquidating” looks to be in liquidation ;-)
Stocks SPRT - SUPPORT.COM PUDA - PUDA COAL NEW CBGI - CANNABUSINESS GROUP RNET - RIGNET MDCN - MEDICAN ENTERPRISES INC COMMON IPG - INTERPUBLIC GROUP of COMPANIES NBRI - NORTH BAY RESOURCES INC COMMON GRAS - GREENFIELD FARMS FOOD ELAY - ELAYAWAY INC BLIAQ - BB LIQUIDATING INC TTS - TILE SHOP HOLDINGS REVI - RESOURCE VENTURES INC COMMON BCLI - BRAINSTORM CELL THERAPEUTICS I DTK - DEUTSCHE BANK CONTINGENT PHRX - PHARMAGEN INC GSFVF - GASFRAC ENERGY SERVICES BMIN - BRITANNIA MINING INC MMLP - MARTIN MIDSTREAM PARTNER AAWC - ALEXANDRIA ADVANTAGE WTS FLST - FUELSTREAM POLR - POLAR PETROLEUM CORP GOFF - GOFF CORP CTLT - CATALENT INC PVI - POWERSHARES VRDO TAX-FREE WEEK PDS - PRECISION DRILLING MDDD - MAKISM 3D CORP SVVC - FIRSTHAND TECH PMCM - PRIMCO MGMT INC FFFC - FASTFUNDS FINANCIAL CORP CCC - CALGON CARBON EIV - EV MUNI-BOND II COMMON PFX - PHOENIX COMPANIES 7.45 % QUART LATF - LATTENO FOOD CORP CNTO - CENTOR ENERGY FROT - FALCONRIDGE OIL TEC NEPT - NEPTUNE TECHNOLOGIES WNR - WESTERN REFINING ATTD - ATTITUDE DRINKS INC PWCL - POWER CLOUDS INC COMMON FONU - FONU 2 INC COMMON BX - BLACKSTONE GROUP VCV - INVESCO CA VALUE MUNI COMMON NG - NOVAGOLD RESOURCES TV - GRUPO TELEVISA YOD - YOU ON DEMAND HOLDINGS CERPQ - CEREPLAST INC AVT - AVNET PRFT - PERFICIENT DDE - DOVER DOWNS GAMING GYST - THE GRAYSTONE CO KTOVW - KITOV PHARAMCEUTICALS HOLDINGS LTD WTS EGI - ENTREE GOLD DROP - FUSE SCIENCE ADRO - ADURO BIOTECH NEOM - NEOMEDIA TECHS INC ECOP - ECO-SHIFT POWER CORP EOD - WELLS FARGO GLOBAL DIVIDEND OPPORTUNITY VGM - INVESCO MUNI INVEST GRADE T CO VTTI - VTTI ENERGY PARTNERS LP MVT - BLACKROCK MUNIVEST FUND II COM JRJR - JRJR NETWORKS NWHM - THE NEW HOME CO INC BRDT - BREEDIT CORP BONE - XTANT MEDICAL HOLDINGS SGOC - SGOCO GROUP CACH - CACHE INC COMMON HJOE - HANGOVER JOES HOLDING CORP SA - SEABRIDGE GOLD PMC - PHARMERICA BGNN - B GREEN INNOVATIONS MSPC - METROSPACES HCN-J - WELLTOWER INC 6.50 LIWA - LIHUA INTL LVVV - LIVEWIRE ERGOGENICS MHCC - MILLENNIUM HLTHCRE XRX - XEROX [...]
and it goes on from there…
A quick scan shows a lot of metals and miners along with some oils and oil services. Then there’s the odd ‘bank in trouble’ bits. Also the “government screwing with” Healthcare players.
Overall, it looks like more dross than gems. But we’ll pick one or two to chart and see what comes of it.
REMINDER: I am NOT a licensed anything financial. I do NOT offer ‘stock or investment advice’. I’m just a guy showing what he does with his own money and how he finds and evaluates potential stocks and funds. For educational purposes only, and that education may come by my being 100% wrong on something so you get to learn by NOT experiencing it…
Having tried a bunch of the tickers, it really is mostly crap, IMHO. Lots of things that have had a ‘pop and drop’ and are now in what I call a ‘bottoming weave’. Some of those recover. Most of them are in the “He’s Dead Jim” bucket. I didn’t find one looking like ‘near a top and roll off soon’ but there were a couple of ‘top a while a go and why didn’t you get out then?’. That was always my complaint about 50 vs 200 day moving average comparisons. By the time you have any action in the averages, the trade event is a quarter or half year in the rear view mirror…
OK, a couple of the better charts:
Yield is 5% and PE just under 10. Over 9 $Billion of turnover:
Western Refining, Inc. 123 West Mills Avenue Suite 200 El Paso, Texas 79901 Industry Oil & Gas Products/Services Sector Companies on the Energy Service Fiscal Year-end 12/2016 Revenue $9.79B Net Income $406.76M Employees 7,347
Western Refining was performing in line with the S&P 500 and Russel 2000, then fell out of bed on low oil prices, and now is showing signs of recovery as OPEC gets their act together a little bit. I’d compare it to other integrated oils and refiners first, but it’s an interesting idea indication at this point.
Precision Drilling Corp. No PE. No dividend. Looks like it’s crashed and is laying on the bottom. <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/PDS/profile" target="_blank"The profile sure looks like it’s dead meat for now.
Revenue $1.56B Net Income $-363.44M
Losing 1/3 $Billion out of 1.5?
Pretax Margin -36.40 Net Margin -23.36 Return on Assets -6.70 Return on Equity -15.93 Return on Total Capital -8.46 Return on Invested Capital -8.46
Yuck! It could make a bundle… someday… maybe… if oil drilling every got so hot again that they were in high demand. But now? I’d prefer to wait… crossover or no.
How about Xerox?
Like the others, way under performing the SPY and RUT broader markets. To me, it looks like it’s just laying on the bottom and wobbling.
Generally I find this particular search screen not very useful. It finds a lot of wounded companies in a bottom weave, a few maybe able to breakout and recover if their cyclic industry cycles, and a lot of useless names. Yet many folks like the 50 / 200 day crossovers.
IMHO, it is best used only on major averages of stocks where it indicates the turning of the business cycles. We rarely have economic periods where the whole market is having a near death experience for several years (decades?) so calling swings does more that’s useful. I use a long duration 3 line SMA stack for something similar. See that very first chart of SPY. It has 20 40 and 60 week moving average lines. It is fairly easy to spot long uptrends and inflections. I chose to be out when red is on top, in when red is on the bottom, and do faster trades when the lines are weaving. (Sometimes I’ll use other durations on the SMAs too, like 15, 30, 45 – it depends on the ticker and what makes clean indications historically). For most of the last year we’ve been in a weaving do-faster-trades range. Heading into a high inflection potential election, I’d rather just be out and watch for a while…
This has been an example of how I find a potentially interesting tool, then see what it says to me, compare that with the fundamentals and with long term broad market trend charts, and try to find places where that tool would be useful. For this particular one, it found one interesting segment (out of about 8 tickers I looked at) and showed many companies of little value. Perhaps good for shorting against better stocks. In any case, it isn’t an indicator high on my list of ‘things to use today’.