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On Wednesday our market trend indicator for the Russell 2000 turned downward leaving only the NASDAQ Composite in an upward trend. That looks at risk though as the index has fallen below its 50 day moving average and its trend line support. With investors seriously worried that earnings will not meet expectations, despite a better than expected performance by Alcoa, we will likely see further declines unless the expectation of weaker than expected earnings is reversed and the forward looking statements are more positive.
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Revised ZSB Results Deliver over 60% Compound Annual Returns
Our ZSB backtest tool uses a combination of our record of historical breakout price for each symbol and chart pattern, the corresponding alert prices and our price history database. When a stock splits, we adjust the historical prices by the split factor to avoid data discontinuities, and we also adjust the breakout prices so they will be consistent with the price history. Until we developed the ZSB backtest, we had not found it necessary to adjust the alert prices for splits, however. The code we developed to adjust the alert price was buggy and under some circumstances it adjusted the alert price to be lower than it should have been. This had the effect of increasing the profit (and minimizing the loss) on some simulated trades. Through the power of compounding this caused the backtest tool to report truly exceptional returns.
The data has now been corrected and although the backtest now gives lower returns than before, the returns are still exceptional when compared to the market indexes and mutual fund performance over the last 5 years.
The backtest tool allows you to test three scenarios:
We ran the backtest tool for these three scenarios using all possible combinations of stop loss and portfolio positions for the cup-with-handle watchlist and found the best returns were:
Note that the best returns are mostly when you allocate all your portfolio to a single position. This is because more of your money is invested at any one time, whereas with two or more positions there will be times when you are invested only partially and you are not maximizing your return.
For any trading (or betting) system, the participant must have the temperament (and resources) to withstand a succession of losses and the potential for a large drawdown. For this reason, we personally prefer scenario number 3.2 with the 3% stop loss and 2 position option. However, one can argue that the large drawdown was exceptional in all cases due to the biggest market decline since the 1930's and such large drawdowns are unlikely to be repeated in the next few years. If so, you can choose option 3.2.
Here are the detailed results for option 3.2. You can verify them and run other scenarios with the ZSB Backtest Tool, which is freely available to all.
|Overview of market direction and industry rotation
|Weekly Breakout Report
|How confirmed breakouts performed this week
2This represents the return if each stock were bought at its breakout price and sold at its intraday high.
3This represents the return if each stock were bought at its breakout price and sold at the most recent close.
|Top Breakout Choices
|Stocks on our Cup-and-Handle list with best expected gain if they breakout
|Top Second Chances
|Stocks that broke out this week and are still in buyable range
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