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Finding Possible Gems in a Down Market


The Market turned sour on Thursday and the HGS Investor Software can always be counted on to find stocks that are swimming against the tide…if you are so inclined.  The Bad day which brought out irrational exuberance by the Bears was registered with a Phoenix Signal.  Naturally, the airwaves are abuzz with Head and Shoulders Tops and the expectation that we are now headed down with the  long in the tooth Bear Market Rally petering out. 

To find stocks that are showing strength and going up when the market is going down, the HGSI software has another arrow in its quiver which is to ferret for stocks that have strength by filtering for “Up” Kahunas, i.e., a 1-Day Change in %B of the Bollinger Bands of > +0.24.  Of course you can also go the other way to find stocks that are weak by filtering for %B of > -0.24, but that is not the purpose of this note.

Here is a Filter that will do the trick and gives a small list of stocks that has positive momentum on a rotten day.  As one would expect, the list is not awe-inspiring, but beggars can’t be choosers.  The two with the highest ERG are in the Retail Restaurants Industry Group, i.e., PEET and BAGL.  Another thing  that pops up is an interesting Wolf Pack with poor numbers coming out of the ashes – Fin-Invest Mgmt.


Now here is a further trick to see if anything more can be gleaned regarding these two Groups.  Just toggle the Bollinger %B 1-Dy Ch by reducing it down to 0.18, i.e., 2/3rds of a Kahuna.  True enough, we add one more stock to the Restaurants and two more to the Fin-Invest Mgmt groups.  I’m not for one moment suggesting you plunge headlong in the tide, but at least it would pay to see if these were just one day wonders or there is a Bauble, Bangle and Beads in the mix by putting them in a watch list and see what happens first thing tomorrow.


Not to belabor the tricks, but you might as well zero in on the Restaurants as a Group and it won’t take long to add TAST to the list, which was dormant on Thursday.  Note that the Group Rank is 98 and the stocks have strong 13-ema Force Index for the past five days with Kahunas coming out of their ears on some of the days, with PEET the last two.  Understand I don’t tout, but I am showing you how to ferret for candidates.  It is always “Your Call”.

Best Regards, Ian.

2 Responses to “Finding Possible Gems in a Down Market”

  1. ian Says:

    1. Akiva Dar Says:
    July 6th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Thank you very much for your helpful guidance.

    What COMBO did u use in the latest Warehouses?

    Thank you.

    2. Akiva,

    I am glad you liked that explanation. I did not use any COMBO for that view. Look very carefully at the two pictures and you will see that the “Industry” column is selected by the little carrot pointing upwards. You need to use this little trick, but you MUST Select the PREVIEW button at the bottom right of the “Edit Filter” screen. This is an extremely useful tool where you can view what changes as you add or “toggle” between factors.

    For example, I suggested you toggle between 0.24 and 0.18 for the %B 1-Dy Ch factor…try it and you will see the numbers at the bottom left of the view changes from 14 to 19 stocks.

    Again, this is a very important feature to give you an idea of how your selections of factors and the numbers themselves change and you should use the Preview button all the time. Then, when you go to the Warehouse view you know what to expect. In that view, I suggest you use the Gorilla Fundamental or the One Step View which will bring up those respective Combo’s.

    Also, you should always return to the main blog note when writing a comment. I had to copy and paste your comment from the note under the picture you selected.

    Best Regards.

  2. ian Says:

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