As of 08/03/2020
  Indus: 26,664 +236.08 +0.9%  
  Trans: 10,012 +16.91 +0.2%  
  Utils: 822 -8.43 -1.0%  
  Nasdaq: 10,903 +157.53 +1.5%  
  S&P 500: 3,295 +23.49 +0.7%  
YTD
-6.6%  
-8.2%  
-6.5%  
 +21.5%  
 +2.0%  
  Targets    Overview: 07/31/2020  
  Up arrow28,150 or 25,000 by 08/15/2020
  Up arrow10,600 or 9,400 by 08/15/2020
  Up arrow870 or 800 by 08/15/2020
  Up arrow11,300 or 10,200 by 08/15/2020
  Up arrow3,355 or 3,100 by 08/15/2020
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 6/29/20
As of 08/03/2020
  Indus: 26,664 +236.08 +0.9%  
  Trans: 10,012 +16.91 +0.2%  
  Utils: 822 -8.43 -1.0%  
  Nasdaq: 10,903 +157.53 +1.5%  
  S&P 500: 3,295 +23.49 +0.7%  
YTD
-6.6%  
-8.2%  
-6.5%  
 +21.5%  
 +2.0%  
  Targets    Overview: 07/31/2020  
  Up arrow28,150 or 25,000 by 08/15/2020
  Up arrow10,600 or 9,400 by 08/15/2020
  Up arrow870 or 800 by 08/15/2020
  Up arrow11,300 or 10,200 by 08/15/2020
  Up arrow3,355 or 3,100 by 08/15/2020
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 6/29/20

Bulkowski's Brooks Automation Trading Quiz

 

Released 7/20/2020.

Brooks Automation: Quiz

Below is a slider quiz to test your trading ability. Captions appear below the pictures for guidance, so be sure to scroll down far enough to read them.

 

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chart pattern
What chart patterns can you find? Look for the following: triple bottom and top, double top, triangle, 3 rising valleys.
Answers are on the next slide.
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The triple bottom really has four of them, but ignore that. Price confirms the pattern when it closes above the highest peak between the three bottoms. Price also confirms the descending triangle. The long-term down-sloping trendline shows price piercing it, moving up.

Question 1: Do you buy, short, or avoid trading this stock?
Question 2: If trading this one, what is the target price?
Question 3: If trading this one, what is the stop price?
The answers appear on the next slide.
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Answer 1 (buy?): Recognize that you are late getting into the trade, but the buy signal is clear.

Answer 2 (target?), 3 (stop?): Here's my notebook entry for the buy.

"Date: 11/17/04. Filled at: 15.869. Stop: 13.23 or 16.7% [Ouch!]. Upside target: 18, site of SAR (support/resistance), 17 has a knot of SAR during May '04.

Future S&P direction (guess): Up. We're moving into December and the markets are searching for new highs. Buy reason: Busted (but unconfirmed) head-and-shoulders. The stock has pierced the down-sloping trendline and pushed above the head-and-shoulders. Bollinger bands look good. They are narrow and beginning to widen out, easing the way to higher prices."

I think the busted head-and-shoulders I refer to is marked L, H, R (see prior chart, right side). My jaw dropped when I read of the 16.7% stop distance. That's just too far. It's located below the triple bottom low. If a trade has a stop that far away then you really need to reconsider the trade. Do as I say, not as I do! Now, I would use a Fibonacci retrace to narrow the distance to 14.31 or 10% away. Volatility is $0.93, so a stop no closer than 14.54 would work, too. Placing it there would cut the potential loss to about 8.5%.

I show the red horizontal line as the overhead resistance I mentioned in my notebook entry. That's the target with a knot of resistance near 17 that I also mentioned. That's the green circle with a green line at 17. Expect price to stall there or at the red line.

The following slide shows the Bollinger bands.
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The Bollinger bands are showing the beginning of a widening move. Narrow bands often precede large price moves in the stock.

The following slide shows the next step.
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From my notebook: "11/29/04. Stop raised to 13.73. 12/6/04 Stop raised to 14.93. 12/16/04 Stop raised to 16.23 (see circles on the chart).

Fortunately, I raised the stop, narrowing the potential loss from 16.7% to 13.4% (still too high) to 6% (reasonable) to a gain of 2% on 12/16. That is, if price drops that far. The last stop is positioned below the minor low that occurred just a week or so before.

Question: Looking at the chart now, is the stop in a proper place or should it be closer or farther away?

The next page shows what happened to the stock.
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I've often remarked that price sometimes makes a quick decline after a quick rise and this is one example. You often see the quick rise/decline behavior in diamonds. A quick rise leads to the diamond and a breakout drops back down just as quickly.

Here, the stock plunged and took me out. It dropped back to the top triangle trendline boundary before forming a double top and then dropping even lower.

I made 2% on the trade and that's certainly better than the 16.7% loss I started with (that is, the initial stop loss position).

If I had seen the symmetrical triangle at A, it would have provided the best exit (after the downward breakout, sell at the open the next day).

The end.

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