How is that working out? These are inefficient ways to trade the stock market. Cut down on your research time with a high volatility stock screener! If you are looking to day trade in stocks, keep it simple. Day traders often look for stocks poised to move, instead of stocks which are already moving. Possibly this is because they feel they have missed out some movement already. Things in motion tend to stay in motion, things at rest tend to stay at rest — at least in the short-term.
Here is a simple method for finding stocks—using a high volatility stock screen—which are almost guaranteed to significantly move each day: Set a price filter and volume filter. You may wish to use a higher or lower average volume, or vary the daily average range see Terms Every Day Trader Should Know. Run this screen once a week and pick the best stocks, and day trade those all week. Since you will generally trade the same stocks for several days you can run statistics on them and get a better feel for how they are likely to move—keep in mind knowing how much these stocks generally move in a day is very valuable information.
One note about the price filter — day traders often gravitate to very cheap stocks or relatively expensive stocks. I generally stay away from both these. If you get too many results, narrow it to a price range you prefer. Ideally, find about 3 stocks you really like—more than this and you may miss opportunities because you are watching too many things. Less than this and you may have too many quiet times during the day. Keep it between 2 and 5 stocks. Day trading requires a sound method of attack.
But now you will have a handful of stocks you know will move so you can put your methods to more fruitful use. So be nimble and prey on the volatility. Have a trending strategy and a ranging strategy in order to take advantage of the movements which occurs. Get too many search results? Increase the filter criteria. Volume is good, so increase the average volume, or increase the average daily percent the higher the better in my opinion. You can also narrow the price range of the stock screen.
Try a different price first, then slightly reduce the volume or the average daily range. Weird, but if that is the case, wait for good stocks to come up on the list. If you only want a handful of stocks you can use the free version provides up to 5 results per screen of the screener at http: This can be tweaked to your liking.
This high volatility stock screen is great for finding stocks that move a lot during the day, and also have adequate volume for day trading. These stocks move very quickly so you need to be on your toes and on top of your game. Knowing which stocks to trade is only a small part of the battle. You then need to find a way to enter and exit with a profit, in a very fast and volatile stock.
Im looking for services similar to stockfetcher glory days of backtasting. Not sure about this. I prefer to test everything manually…gives a better feel for the strategy and the markets. Hey Cory, I trade volatile stocks and also use beta to find them. What I do is take a look at the market averages and determine which way I think the market will trend the next day based on price and volume analysis I then look for high beta stocks plus the obvious other filters that are giving the same indication of moving in the same direction as the market.
The theory is that if my interpretation of the next day markets action is correct then these high beta stocks are more likely to make a nice move in that direction. Of course that is not always the case but that is the idea behind my rational.
So far things are working well. What do you think of this? One thing I did when I traded stocks more I am mostly day trading forex these days…nothing against stocks, just trading forex more was I would have a small list of volatile stocks that were really strong and really weak. If it is rallying, you trade your strong stocks on the long side. So basically I used the same method as you describe, but always had a few stocks that I knew I could trade whether the overall market was moving up or down.
Yes, i have also been looking at that as well. How do tou filter for strong and weak stocks? Do you have a screen for stock fetcher for it. I would just pick one or two that are rising and one or two from the list that are falling, and focus on those.
Right now most of the stocks on the list latest one here: You would still need to manually filter through the results a bit, but you should be able to find a couple fast moving stocks moving both higher and lower in this way. Thanks for the article.
You are talking about picking of the best stocks. But how do you decide which are the best ones? Looking forward to your answer! The best ones will be best ones for how you trade. So once I have a list of about 10 stocks, then I open a one-minute chart of each one. I scroll through the past few days and see which ones move how I like I prefer stocks that move in trends—the trend can be up or down, and even alternating, but I like to see strong trending moves.
So I pick the ones that tend to move how I like based on the strategies I use. So manually go through the list and pick out the ones which YOUR strategy looks to perform best on.
I look for stocks trending up on both weekly, and daily charts, and I also look for solid company fundamentals. What is the definition for average day range as a percentage? At each new open price day , you know roughly how far the price could deviate from it. Since it is averaged over many days, the percentage works pretty much the same whether using close or open.
Thanks for the fast answer. Makes total sense for me.More...