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Filter Exchange · How to condense filtering for no down gaps
msg #94056
6/19/2010 11:18:36 AM

Your subject sounds different than your message.

Maybe consider:

/No gaps down for 5 days*/

set{gapdn,open - close 1 day ago}
set{nogapsdown,count(gapdn above 0,5)}
nogapsdown equals 5
close above 1

/*No gaps up or down for 5 days*/

set{gap,open - close 1 day ago}
set{nogaps,count(gap equals 0,5)}
nogaps equals 5
close above 1

/*High Greater Than Low 1 Day Ago for 30 days*/

set{hilo,high - low 1 day ago}
set{cnt,count(hilo above 0,30)}
cnt equals 30
close above 1

Filter Exchange · YTD
msg #93806
6/14/2010 1:17:39 AM

I think you need to divide by the close 110 days ago to obtain the % gain YTD.

set{var1, close}
set{var2, close 110 days ago}
set{pctup1, var1 - var2}
set{pctup2,pctup1 / var2}
set{pctup3,pctup2 * 100}
add column pctup3 {YTD %}
pctup3 > 0
volume above 200000
close 110 days ago above 1
sort column 5 descending

msg #93619
6/7/2010 11:54:08 PM

Kevin - I agree with many who say thanks for your work. I appreciate the clarity of your posts.

I would love to use a similar strategy with my 401K; however, we are limited to mutual funds investments.which are not supported by StockFetcher.

Short of manually calculating, do you know of another website that would allow me to determine the relative strength of mutual funds?

General Discussion · Gap Up and Gap Down Pre Market Scan
msg #93279
5/29/2010 12:17:18 PM

To Eman93......Ref: On their Home page, you can use the "Top 100" premarket, market, and after market links.

On their Screener page, you can select Gap Up or Gap Down. Click on "Show Filters." Click the drop down box "Pct Change After Hours" and select either up or down. Click on the "Hide Filters" button to hide the filter list. Then you can sort by % Change AH by clicking the header in that column.

General Discussion · Gap Up and Gap Down Pre Market Scan
msg #93138
5/25/2010 6:20:50 PM

I was in search for an easy way to scan for pre-market gap opportunities. In my search on the web, I found many services that can provide this but most charge a one time fee and/or monthly fee or require a fairly high opening balance to utilize their service.

I stumbled upon a very useful website

All lists, pre-market, after-market, market hours, are all sorted by absolute change percentage(up or down). They update the lists every 5 minutes from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Registration is free. Hard to beat free.

Filter Exchange · Penny Stock Filter
msg #93061
5/23/2010 10:58:47 AM

I’ve seen the same problem. Play around with the stop loss to avoid a big loss triggers additional losses that were showing up previously as gains. As Kevin says, it speaks to the volatility.

I might suggest tying to assess the true liquidity of these stocks. Nearly all are trading in the 0.000X range so even with high volumes, you’re not talking about a lot of $$ traded in a given day. Depending on your level of investment, you may have trouble selling your position.

Have you tried running your filter for slightly higher priced stocks, say “close above 1”?

General Discussion · 30 Day Low for a User Defined Variable
msg #92369
5/8/2010 11:25:35 PM

I would like to find the 30 day low for a user defined variable. For example, variable1 might be defined as:

set{variable1,MA(20) / MA(10)}

Then I'd like to find out the lowest variable1 in the last 30 days.

I can do this with indicators but I'm not sure how to do this with user defined variables. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Sorry: figured this out. Had a syntax error.

variable1 reached 30 day low

General Discussion · Stock Data Granularity Unacceptable for Penny Stocks
msg #90631
4/1/2010 3:29:52 AM

Apparently SF has fixed this issue. I have not formally heard from them but the 33 stocks retrieved previously has been reduced to 11. The 11 appear to be correct. Thanks.

Update: I received the following response from SF, 4/1/10:

"Thank you for the feedback. As indicated previously, the data precision issues you highlighted, with respect to our end-of-day updates, have been resolved. Additionally, as evidenced by your results, StockFetcher does receive and employ floating point precision up to 4 significant digits for pricing data."

General Discussion · Stock Data Granularity Unacceptable for Penny Stocks
msg #90593
3/31/2010 12:54:18 AM

Has anyone experienced problems indicating that data used by SF (for penny stocks) does not contain sufficient significant digits? I was playing around with simple filters for stocks less less than 0.1 and noticed some peculiar "Change %" reported by SF. Upon further inspection, it appears that the data may be rounding off to the nearest 100th instead of nearest 10,000th. It's also possible that the data stream received by SF does not contain this granularity. That makes a huge difference when you calculate the percentage change from the previous days close.

Run the following:
[price < 0.1
close is 50% below close 1 day ago
volume > 50000]

For March 30, 2010, I get 33 hits.

I looked on and checked each of the stocks and determined the following:
1. 7 stock "Change%" reported by SF are correct.
2. 26 stock "Change%" reported by SF are incorrect.

I've run many backtests with penny stocks and I believe a large percentage of these are in error.

I hope I am missing something here. I have not gotten a satisfactory response from SF to explain this. Please review and advise if you can shed some light on this.


Backtesting Support · Newbie Needs Help Understanding Results
msg #89210
3/6/2010 2:42:35 PM

The Stock Fetcher team helped me out. I incorrectly selected "Short" instead of "Long". Thanks.

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