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General Discussion · Column sort feature request and bug report
msg #121963
11/8/2014 12:22:47 AM

It would be nice if SF would identify which column is being sorted and whether it's being sorted ascending or descending by displaying small up/down icons/arrows at the top of the respective column. These should display when either manually sorting the columns or including the sort order in SF code.

It would also be nice if SF would number the columns so that we could quickly identify which column to sort by ... or, SF could display the column number as we hover over the column headers.

Bug? I just noticed that if we sort on a column that does not exist via code, SF will search indefinitely without returning any results. In this case, the code engine should just ignore the sort request.

General Discussion · The Most Bizarre Market-Timing Chart Ever?
msg #121448
9/5/2014 3:39:09 AM

According to a paper by economists at UC Northwestern University and UC Berkeley, Anna Cieslak and Adair Morse and Annette Vissing-Jørgensen, another, even more surprising trading pattern using FOMC announcement has emerged. Specifically, anyone who engaged in the simple "even" strategy of buying the stocks of the S&P 500 on the day before a Fed policy announcement, selling them a week later, then buying them again the following week and sticking with the pattern until the subsequent Fed meeting generated a whopping 650% return since 1994, far outperforming the inverse "odd" strategy which shocking had a negative return over the past two decades years, and jsut as surprisingly, outperforming the market's own 505% return during this period.

Behold what may be the most bizarre pattern chart yet:

The Most Bizarre Market-Timing Chart Ever

As the WSJ adds, "the pattern of stocks performing better in even weeks of the Fed cycle—the week of the policy-setting meeting, two weeks after it, and so on—is persistent. Given financial markets' complexity, though, it is possible to find many interesting, significant-seeming patterns that are really just matters of chance."

The pattern appears robust, with clear peaks and valleys in returns during even and odd weeks that appear statistically significant. Splitting the data into three subperiods—1994 through 2000, 2001 through 2007 and 2008 onward—they found the pattern still held. International stock returns follow it as well.


General Discussion · Weekly Statistics
msg #121447
9/5/2014 3:17:50 AM

Check the values, but this should get you started ...



/* === Charting === */
chart-length is 6 months
chart-display is weekly
chart-type is candlestick

/* === Selection Criteria === */
add column exchange
market is nasdaq
/* symlist(biof) */

/* === Sorting === */
sort column 4 descending

/* === weekly offset === */
/* Why do my weekly measures not match filter results? ... */
/* to be safe, always use last Friday or Saturday's date as the date offset */
date offset 8/29/2014

/* === display last week's OHLC === */
/* add column weekly open {} */
/* add column weekly high {w.high} */
/* add column weekly low {w.low} */
/* add column weekly close {w.close} */

/* === main filter === */

set{xRange, weekly high - weekly low}
set{AvgRng, cma(xRange,5)}

set{hiop, weekly high - weekly open}
set{RunPCT, hiop}
set{AvgRun5, cma(RunPCT,5)}
set{AvgRun20, cma(RunPCT,20)}

set{hicl, weekly high - weekly close}
set{PBPCT, hicl}
set{AvgPB5, cma(PBPCT,5)}
set{AvgPB20, cma(PBPCT,20)}

set{cllo, weekly close - weekly low}
set{BouncePCT, cllo}
set{AvgBounce5, cma(BouncePCT,5)}
set{AvgBounce20, cma(BouncePCT,20)}

set{oplo, weekly open - weekly low}
set{DropPCT, oplo}
set{AvgDrop5, cma(DropPCT,5)}
set{AvgDrop20, cma(DropPCT,20)}

set{Green, count(weekly close > weekly open , 100)}
set{B10A, count(RunPCT > .10 , 100)}
set{A10A, count(RunPCT > .10 , 1)}
set{chg, sum(A10A - A10A 1 week ago ,5)}

and add column separator

add column Green
add column B10A
add column A10A
add column chg

and add column separator

add column RunPCT {R}
add column PBPCT {P}
add column DropPCT {D}
add column BouncePCT {B}

and add column separator

and add column AvgRun5
and add column AvgDrop5
and add column AvgBounce5
and add column AvgPB5

and add column separator

and add column AvgRun20
and add column AvgDrop20
and add column AvgBounce20
and add column AvgPB20

and add column separator


General Discussion · why stockfetcher has delayed quotes?
msg #121446
9/5/2014 1:07:38 AM

Ya, StockFetcher should have given us access to a Live Real-Time data feed years ago ... but, I'm guessing they are earning enough off the swing and position traders. You can still use SF to find great set-ups for the next morning's day trades. I'm sure the fees would be higher for the real-time feed, but I would be willing to pay for that access.

Anyway, aside from your brokers' trading platforms, some good real-time scanner alternatives include:

Trade-Ideas ... ... with Odds-Maker ... ... very powerful at capturing intraday movers. There is a bit of a learning curve and the monthly fees are a little high, but it can be worth it depending on your trading style. They offered me a couple hours of free telephone training when I signed up initially which helped a lot. Trade-Ideas even integrates well with some trading platforms - when an alert pops up (many, many do), you can click the alert and have the chart open in your trading platform. I have had subscriptions to these over the years.

Ramp by Nebadawn ... ... great for chart-pattern scans. If there is a particular chart pattern or indicator combination / setup that is not already included, you can pay Andy Skinner to add it. The only problem is that, in addition to the monthly fee for RAMP, you'll need or have to pay for a separate live data feed.

General Discussion · why stockfetcher has delayed quotes?
msg #121444
9/5/2014 12:31:07 AM

@four - thanks four, you always post great stuff

General Discussion · "Secret to Trading Success" by Kevin Davey
msg #121395
8/26/2014 3:43:13 PM

Kevin Davey posted an interesting video on "The Big Secret to Trading Success That No One Talks About"

I don't want to give away "the secret" yet - I'll let you watch the video - but I think a variety of strategies found on StockFetcher can address it

Filter Exchange · How to plot line chart instead of bar chart
msg #121370
8/21/2014 12:54:28 PM

I am specifically referring to the sub-plots found below the price plot. They seem unaffected by the "chart type" function.

Check out the "close_up" plot in the following filter -- it displays as a stack of blocks rather than a line.

chart-length is 3 months
set{close_up, count(close above open, 10)}
draw close_up

It looks like counts of 11 or greater plots as a line, while counts of 10 or lower display as a stack of blocks.
*Note: This still displays as stack of blocks in the preview window (below) - please click on the filter to see the line plot I am referring to

chart-length is 3 months
set{close_up, count(close above open, 11)}
draw close_up

I would like to see counts of 10 or lower to be displayed as line plots also (as they used to be displayed).

Filter Exchange · How to plot line chart instead of bar chart
msg #121365
8/20/2014 2:27:23 AM

When plotting the count() function, stockfetcher plots results as bar charts. How can we tell it to plot a line chart instead?

Filter Exchange · How to create filters for different timeframes?
msg #121364
8/20/2014 2:03:54 AM

me too ... I've been looking for multi-timeframe analysis in stockfetcher since at least 2007 :)

General Discussion · Weekly Statistics
msg #121295
8/11/2014 2:03:23 AM

Can you post the daily "travel guide" version you like so that we can see about converting it to a weekly version?

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