The Stock Exchange is all about trading. Every single week we do the following:

  • go over an vital challenge for traders
  • highlight numerous technical trading techniques, which includes existing suggestions
  • function suggestions from leading traders and writers and
  • offer a couple of (minority) reactions from basic analysts.

We also have some exciting. We welcome comments, hyperlinks, and suggestions to support us boost this resource for traders. If you have some suggestions, please join in!

Critique: Who Moved My Cheese?

Our prior Stock Exchange asked the query: Who Moved My Cheese? It was a reference to a common organization fable from 1998, and we discussed the significance of understanding that the industry is dynamic and trading methods must be as well. Developing on final week’s subject, we get a tiny much more distinct this week in discussing the dynamics of momentum trading.

This Week: Is The Market’s Momentum Back?

If you do not know, momentum trading is a method whereby traders obtain or sell according to current value trends. For instance, if a distinct stock (or the all round industry) has been increasing, a momentum trader may obtain that stock (or the all round industry) in anticipation of continuing close to-term value increases. There’s much more to it than that (for instance, is the path supported by higher trading volume, or how lengthy must a trader ride the momentum), but in a nutshell–that’s the method.

Not surprisingly, the leading US momentum ETF lately suffered big outflows as our raging bull industry turned bearish in the fourth quarter, as shown in the following chart.

According to Sean Phayre, worldwide head of quantitative investments at Aberdeen Normal Investments:

“Momentum is not a excellent aspect for turning points when there’s aspect volatility for the reason that it is in the approach of reconstituting itself..”

We typically agree with that notion, and we took it to heart as our momentum trading models exited their positions, and only lately (inside the final couple of weeks) began reallocating substantial capital to momentum trades.

And Andrzej Pioch at Legal &amp Basic suggests that:

“As December’s sell-off recedes additional into the previous, momentum could have space to run — but only if the Fed remains dovish, inflation subdued and trade developments turn much more encouraging.”

Additional particularly:

“With the substantial inflection point behind us, we may be at a reasonably much more favorable atmosphere for the momentum aspect.”

As we’ll see later in this report, our momentum trading models ride their momentum trades for varying time periods.

Model Efficiency:

We are sharing the functionality of our proprietary trading models, as our readers have requested.

Controlling Threat:

We come across that blending a trend-following / momentum model (Athena) with a imply reversion / dip-shopping for model (Holmes) supplies two methods, successful in their personal correct, that are not correlated with every single other or with the all round industry. By combining the two, we can get much more diversity, reduce threat, and a smoother string of returns.

Because lots of customers combine the trading models with our lengthy-term basic techniques, they have further diversity of techniques devoid of the will need for quick-term timing.

For much more information and facts about our trading models (and their distinct trading processes), click by way of at the bottom of this post for much more information and facts. Also, readers are invited to create to principal at newarc dot com for our totally free, short description of how we developed the Stock Exchange models.

Professional Picks From The Models:

Note: This week’s Stock Exchange report is getting moderated by Blue Harbinger, a supply for independent investment suggestions.

Road Runner: I purchased shares of Shopify (SHOP) on March 8th. I am essentially a momentum trader. I like to obtain stocks in the reduce finish of a increasing channel, as you can see for Shopify in the following chart.

Blue Harbinger: Not going to lie, Road Runner–if you can manage a healthful dose of higher volatility, Shopify is a excellent lengthy-term development stock. I can’t think you and I really agree on a thing.

RR: Not so rapid, BH. I didn’t obtain Shopify for the reason that it is a excellent lengthy-term development stock. I am a trader, and my standard holding period is only about four-weeks, on typical.

BH: But this lengthy-term development story is excellent. Shopify is essentially an operational platform for little and mid-sized organization, and it is developing like wildfire. They do all the things from making an on line storefront for your item, they manage advertising and marketing, marketing, shipping, inventory, you name it. This organization has an massive total addressable industry (essentially any one with a web-site who desires to make much more money than they spend for it), and Shopify has primarily zero competitors. You’d have to go to China to come across a further organization that does something related with the identical scale (I am speaking about Baozun (BZUN) here), but for now they’re each playing in their personal ginormous sandboxes (i.e. they do not compete with every single other). Right here is a appear at the Rapid Graph.

RR: Take it quick, BH–you’re finding a tiny emotional about this 1. Emotion is 1 of your behavioral disadvantages as a human. I, even so, am a laptop-primarily based trading model. I haven no feelings, I am fully objective–that’s 1 of my benefits.

BH: Properly at least we each agree this is a excellent momentum opportunity–we just have distinctive time horizons.

Athena: When you two argue more than time frame (and more than who is much more or much less emotional), I have a trade to share. I purchased shares of Coupa Computer software (COUP) on March 7th.

BH: What’s up with you trading models this week?… you preserve shopping for businesses I know. Coupa Software provides a cloud-primarily based devote management (“BSM”) platform remedy that connects organizations with suppliers globally. They’re not genuinely lucrative correct now, but that is okay for the reason that they are a development organization, and income has been developing at a incredibly healthful clip. I consider this 1 has momentum on its side, and a excellent runway for lengthy-term development.

Athena: Take it quick on all this lengthy-term development speak, BH. I am also a technical trading model, and I as well am into momentum, but I generally only hold for about 17-weeks. And as a reminder, I am a greatest suggestions “queen of the mountain” trading method. I hold the greatest suggestions from numerous of our trading models, till a thing far better comes along and replaces an current holding.

BH: Properly at least we agree this 1 has some wind at its sails. Thanks, Athena

Felix: I do not have any distinct trades to share this week, but I do have a ranking to share. I am a momentum-primarily based technical trading model, and this week I ran the stocks of the Nasdaq 100 by way of my model, and I’ve ranked the leading 20 under.

BH: Thanks for sharing these rankings. I know your holding period is a lot longer than the other traders–typically about a 66 weeks. It is generally exciting to see the stocks you like.

Oscar: I have some ETF rankings to share. As our resident sector/ETF rotation model, this week I ran our “Comprehensive and Diverse ETF Universe” by way of my model, and the leading 20 are ranked in the following list.

BH: It appears like (TAN) the Invesco Solar Energy ETF has been ranked at the leading of your list much more than as soon as. Thanks for sharing these suggestions, Felix.


With the industry rebounding this year, and the Fed seemingly a great deal much more accommodative now, it seems the industry has momentum to the upside now. Momentum can be a effective method, but if you miss the inflection points that can produce challenges. Our personal momentum-primarily based trading models have been re-getting into trading positions in current weeks as the industry has increasingly discovered path even so the models enter their momentum trades with varying time frames in thoughts. Do you trade momentum, and if so how lengthy do you let your winners run?

Obtaining Updates:

Readers are welcome to recommend person stocks and/or ETFs to be added to our model lists. We preserve a operating list of all securities our readers advise, and we share the outcomes inside this weekly “Stock Exchange” series when feasible. Send your suggestions to “etf at newarc dot com.” Also, we will share further information and facts about the models, which includes test information, with these interested in investing. Recommendations and comments about this weekly “Stock Exchange” report are welcome. Your can also access background information and facts on the “Stock Exchange” right here.

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