I've released a couple of new intraday alert types over the last several days. All of these were due to people messaging me to suggest I add them. So I'm glad to see that people are finding the intraday alerts useful and that they're suggesting things that I either missed or, in the case of StockTwits, might have never even thought of creating.Read More ➞
Update: The SwingTradeBot mobile app has been released for both Android and iOS.
You may have seen some new links around the site today. I've added some intraday alerts ito the mix. These alerts are *near real time* -- they may be delayed from 1 - 20 minutes. But I think they're still very useful, as long as you're not trying to be a scalper with them.
You'll be able to select from a list of things to which you want to be alerted. This functionality is in beta now and it may be a little buggy. I'll be tweaking things over the next few days. So if you noticed anything weird please let me know.
Oh, I should add that these are only available on the US (Nasdaq, NYSE and Amex) version of the site. That's because that's the only version of the site for which I have intraday quotes. (Edit on May 8th: They are now also available for the Australia/ASX, Canada and UK/LSE markets.) If I can find a reasonbly priced quote source for Canada, Austrailia and the UK, then I'll turn on these alerts for those markets as well.
Here's the initial list of alerts:Read More ➞
I had a really good email exchange with somebody (Jason) the other day. He shared with me how he incorporates SwingTradeBot's data into his research process. Here's part of our exchange:Read More ➞
You may notice today that you're seeing more alerts listed for a stock than before. That's because I've made a pretty significant change to some things behind the scenes. By sort of an accident of evolution (let's call it), there have always been two classes of alerts (scans / signals) on the site. Old timers will remember that they were listed separately. They used to be called "Individual Pattern Scans" and "Advanced Scans".Read More ➞
Over the last few weeks a few people have asked me if there is a way to differentiate new 52-week intraday highs from closing highs. The "new highs & lows" scans I've had on the site for years were simply alerting to intraday extremes. So I've decided to create a couple of new scans:
The original scans are still here but I've made these new signals/scans replace the old ones with regard to how the system treats them. For example, I used to count a stock making a new 52-week intraday high as a bullish signal. That always bothered me a bit because that same stock could have opened at a new high and sold off horrendously during the day. In a situation like that, the site would still be showing that new high as bullish. Well that won't happen anymore. I've changed the new intraday highs & lows to be neutral signals and the new ones will count as bullish or bearish. Hopefully you'll find these new ones useful.Read More ➞
This will cover how to make use of all the Bollinger Band Squeeze-related scans, including:
- Bollinger Band Squeeze Stock Screen
- Bollinger Band Squeeze Started
- Bollinger Band Squeeze Ended
- Bollinger Band Squeeze + Lower Band Touch
- Bollinger Band Squeeze + Upper Band Touch
As you may be able to tell by the names, the last four scans are subsets of the first -- the plain old Bollinger Band Squeeze Scan. So those other four scans will have shorter lists of stocks. We'll see why you might want to use one of those scans instead of the primary BB Squeeze scan.Read More ➞
I like to use these scans to find strong stocks which are in long or intermediate-term uptrends which are experiencing pullbacks. I do that by sorting the results by Grade and then looking at those ranked highest -- A, B, or C. As in the GIF below, after sorting, I'll use the hover/pop-up charts to get a quick veiw of the chart. If it's one I want to explore further, I'll open it in a new browser tab and take a more detailed look after I've gotten through the entire list of scan results.
Combining with other scans
As with most technical analysis signals, they can be enhanced by combining them with other signals/scans or eyeballing the chart for pullbacks to some kind of support (old resistance level turning to support, a trendline or a previous low). So I often look for a confluence of at least two indicators in my trading candidates:
An issue that comes along in the world of pattern recognition is that one signal or trigger to a typical pattern may simply be noise and not an actual signal to an unfolding event. However, when signals begin to line up and you see multiple signals pointing to an outcome you can be more confident in an outcome. When multiple triggers begin to unfold, this is known as confluence and something that traders should look for, to have an edge before entering a trade.
A quick way to find some confluence is to use the Combo Scan. SInce I prefer trading pullbacks, these "Down 3, 4 or 5 Days in a Row" scans are some of my favorites to combine with other scans. Here are some ideas of other scans to combine them with:
- 50 DMA support
- 200 DMA Support
- Calm After Storm
- Doji Bullish
- Hammer Candlestick or Lizard Bullish
- Lower Bollinger Band Touch
- Multiple of 10 Bearish ( could be a bullish setup if the stock snaps back above that multiple of 10 -- or a bearish setup if it follows through)
- Multiple of 10 Bullish
I'm releasing another new scan / signal today. This one finds stocks forming the handle portion of a cup-with-handle pattern. If you're not familiar with the cup & handle, here's a quick overview:Read More ➞