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 Continental Air Trading Quiz

 

Released 7/27/2020.

Continental Air: 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.

This is a long quiz -- 9 slides, more of a trade review, really.

 

1 / 9
chart pattern
What chart patterns can you find? Look for the following: 2 flags, 2 triangles, 2 scallops, diamond.
Answers are on the next slide.
2 / 9
chart pattern

The high, tight flag appears when price doubles in less than 2 months, as it did here. I circled what I considered the flag portion of the HTF.

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?
My answers appear on the next slide.
3 / 9
chart pattern

Same chart as the last slide... I'll explain most of this in the coming slides. This is from my notebook entry for the trade.

"Date placed: 21 December 2005. Order type: buy stop at 20.46, a penny above the high and tight flag (HTF) on 16 December 2005. Expires in 15 days, on 5 January 2006 because the flag length would be too long after that.

Date Bought: 23 December 2005. Bought at: 20.49 to 20.46. Stop, % loss: Flag low, whatever that happens to be. It's too close with this volatile stock. Volatility, stop: 18.11 for a potential 10% loss. Placed 23 December 2005. Upside target: 26.16. Using HTF's 50% measure rule: 20.45 - 9.03 (29 September 2005 low) added to 20.45 high on 16 December 2005.

Indicators: Bearish divergence in the CCI [commodity channel index] and riding along the top band in Bollinger. Associated commodities: Oil: Downward trend. Score: +2, price target: 25.43. Industry and stock rank: 10th out of 46 industries, first out of 8 stocks. Support and resistance: Support at 17-18. Overhead round number resistance at 20 and 25. Buy reason: HTF."

I placed a buy stop above the top of the pattern and I find that's mandatory when trading HTFs. I've seen too many of these patterns form a flag, break out upward (but below the flagpole top) and then continue sliding. Placing a buy stop above the highest high in the pattern is the only way to trade HTFs. I placed a stop according to 1.5x the volatility of $1.03, or 10% below the buy price the day I bought (placed at 18.11). The price target was 26.16, which is half the measure of the flagpole height.

The next slide shows charts of the CCI.
4 / 9
chart pattern

The green sloping line shows the bearish divergence between the CCI indicator and price. In the top half of the picture, the red and green vertical bars are sell or buy signals, respectively. They are generated when the delayed CCI (DCCI) crosses the CCI or when CCI crosses the 0 line. Usually, I ignore the signals. Oddly, this chart says NOT to buy the stock.

The next slide shows Bollinger bands.
5 / 9
chart pattern

Here's the Bollinger bands. Price is riding along the tops. The only concern is that price will eventually drop from the top band, through the middle one, and touch the bottom one, which would be quite a drop if the bandwidth doesn't change.

The next slide shows oil!
6 / 9
chart pattern

This is the price of oil. It peaked in September and has been on a steady downtrend since then except for a retrace around mid November. The price of oil isn't as much of a concern as the price of jet fuel, which I don't track...

I scored the HTF and found that it had a +2 score with the median rise of 25.43. See my book, Trading Classic Chart Patterns for the scoring system details.

"Industry and stock rank: 10/46, 1/8." I used the price move over the last 6 months for this notebook entry. Out of 46 industries I track, air transports ranked 10th for performance (1 is best). Of the 8 airlines I follow, the stock ranked first, showing excellent upward price momentum.

"SAR: Support at 17-18. Overhead round number resistance at 20 and 25."

See the next slide.
7 / 9
chart pattern

I drew two horizontal red lines at 17 and 18. This is bracketing the congestion region in early December. Round number resistance is at 20 and 25. You can see that the stock paused at 20, shown by the green line, pointing to the flag portion of the HTF.

The next slide shows how the trade progressed.
8 / 9
chart pattern

"27 December 2005. Stop raised to 19.13, a penny below the flag low as price climbed over a buck. 4 January 2006. Stop raised to 19.78, which is a volatility stop using 2x volatility."

The chart shows where I bought the stock and where and when I moved the original stop at 18.11. When price made a new high the day after I bought, I moved the stop up to a penny below the prior low, to 19.13. When price made a new high in the new year, I moved the stop up again, using 2x the volatility as a guide.

The following side shows what happened next.
9 / 9
chart pattern

Here's my notebook entry for the exit.

"Date sold: 10 January 2006. Sold at: 21.84. Sell reason: I looked at the other HTFs for the past 2 years. Those that confirmed topped out when the CCI diverged from price. The CCI is diverging with price. Today, the transports were up 24 and this stock was down 3 cents (Friday close on 6 January to Monday). I think it's topped out and I don't want to give back my 7% profit. I might be early, but the market (S&P) has been up for 5 days in a row and it's due for a setback. That I think will happen tomorrow. The transports have made a symmetrical triangle, sorta, with downward spikes. That suggests price weakness, that a definite downward breakout will occur."

I sold at the market open, 21.84, which is just short of the intraday high of 21.97. I felt very strongly about the sale, that I was making the right move. It turns out this was the perfect exit. I escaped the downward price plunge that began on the day I sold. In 6 days, including the day I sold, price plummeted 24%!

I made 6.5% in about 2 weeks time.

The end.

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