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How to Build a JBTFD Screen – (by RayW)

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How to Build a JBTFD Screen (Works Up or Down)

It’s all about the percentages, not about prices.

1. Using the screener

2. Select Average Volume “Over 100K” per day.  This is to keep the bid/ask spreads as narrow as possible.  Greater volume means thinner B/A spreads, means a smaller fool’s premium paid to market maker for bid over ask.  Don’t just give away money on fat spreads of thinly traded stocks.


Ka (frickin’) Boom !!! (by Faces In Cabs)

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Thursday was a long, deep drink of cool water for bears after living in a technical desert for many months.  It was the third drop of 300 or more points by the $INDU during 2014 (with the first two times occurring in January 2014).  I was impressed with this technical event arriving on the last day of the month.  Volatility showed up boldly and US equities just declined (and then declined more).  Dip buyers were stunted for the 1st time in months.

Market Notes

  • Thursday Shock Event (across the equity markets) on nearly all charts
  • Selling came on much higher volume (see charts below)
  • Market Internals have changed (see charts below)
  • Bearish engulfing candles now probable on the weekly index charts
  • Many key daily trend lines broken (including the $INDU)
  • Volatility finally launches as VIX climbs 23% (watching for follow through)
  • Technically, the overall trend has not changed (yet)
  • A 2nd shock may arrive as early as Friday morning.


Murphy’s Law

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I’ve been having a great holiday with lovely scenery and weather. There is only a slight pall on the week that it has been one of the most interesting weeks of the year, and that I called all the key levels on Monday morning, so I would have had a really very nice week had I been working. That’s life I guess.

On SPX the break below double top support yesterday morning targets the 1914 area, close to the weekly middle band at 1912, and the 100 DMA at 1911. That area should be strong support. The strong support I mentioned on Monday under the double top support level was rising wedge support from 1737, but SPX broke back below broken rising wedge resistance and then broke and closed below rising wedge support. Rising wedge support is now therefore broken. (more…)