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Friday
Jun252010

Portfolio Trading Range Screen

Below is a screen that we recently ran on the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  This screen allows you to analyze the chart patterns of a large number of stocks in a small space, so in moments you can easily see how all of the names in a portfolio or basket look.  Instead of having to look through chart after chart, you can start out with this and then narrow down the names you may want to look into further.  It's definitely tough to keep track of the technicals for a large number of stocks, and we're simply trying to make things easier with this screen.

As shown below, the trading range is minimized down to one line for each stock.  The neutral line (N) represents the 50-day moving average, while the light red and green shadings represent between one and two standard deviations above and below the 50-day moving average.  A move into these light shadings represents the first level of an overbought/oversold reading.  A move into the dark red and green shadings (2 to 3 standard deviations above/below the 50-DMA) represents extreme overbought/oversold territory.  Moves into these zones are not seen too often, and many investors like to either add or subtract to their positions when these levels are reached.  The dots in each chart represent where the stock is currently trading, while the end of the tail represents where the stock was trading one week ago.  The color of the dot shows whether the stock is up or down over the last week.

A quick look at the thirty stocks in the Dow shows that nearly all (27 of 30) are down over the last week, and most are trading in oversold territory.  Only Merck (MRK) is trading in overbought territory.  Home Depot (HD) is currently the most oversold stock in the Dow, while Intel (INTC), Chevron (CVX), Wal-Mart (WMT), and Procter & Gamble (PG) aren't far behind.  If these stocks represented your entire portfolio, you would easily be able to see that most names have struggled in recent weeks and are trending lower.  An ideal buying situation might be a screen that shows stocks in oversold territory but moving higher over the last week.  Conversely, if all of the names were trading well into overbought territory, it might be a good time to lighten up on positions.

Members of our Premium Plus platform have the ability to run their portfolios or a basket of stocks through this screen.  With Premium Plus, you receive access to our basic Premium service as well as our interactive databases.  Click here to subscribe.

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