Stock Trends™ is a unique stock market analytical tool and methodology – designed to simplify the otherwise complicated task of using technical analysis methods to identify stock price trends. Originally developed by Skot Kortje in 1993 for publication in the Financial Times of Canada (1993-1995), Stock Trends™ subsequently appeared as a weekly feature every Saturday in the Report on Business stock listings of the Globe & Mail newspaper, Canada’s national newspaper for twenty years (1995 - 2015). It is now exclusively published at www.stocktrends.com
Through the use of a unique and simple set of graphical symbols, Stock Trends is designed to communicate the results of proven technical analysis methods to categorize the price movement of stocks, within a historical context of 40 weeks, into one of two Trend Categories (Bullish or Bearish), and one of six Price Trend Indicator Symbols (Bullish Crossover , Strong Bullish , Weak Bullish , Bearish Crossover , Strong Bearish , or Weak Bearish ). Using these simple graphical symbols, investors can easily filter through stock listings and evaluate a stock’s current price and recent price movements within a longer-term trend perspective.
The Stock Trends indicator symbols are supplemented by Trend Counters, which provide the “age” of both the current Trend Symbol and the Trend Category, further enhancing the trend analysis results communicated by Stock Trends proprietary methodologies. Stock Trends also employs an analysis of the Relative Strength of a stock compared to the overall market trend, as well as an assessment of extraordinary trading volume conditions.
Using Stock Trends, investors can look for familiar patterns to determine when to buy and sell individual stocks. The Stock Trends Portfolios are a successful examples of how the results of Stock Trends analysis can be used in a trading strategy to generate significant above market returns.
Stock Trends approaches stock evaluation from the branch of investment research known as technical analysis. Technical analysis is the science (some say art!) of identifying patterns of demand and supply in financial markets. Originally used in the futures market, the charting of price and volume patterns has increasingly won favour in the stock market. With the advent of computers, the science of the market technician has found a following among individual investors. Its allure is the intuitive appeal of its basic tenets, which challenge traditional ways of looking at securities. When analyzing stocks, technical analysts look for familiar patterns and decide when to hop on and off a stock’s “bandwagon”.
HOW IS STOCK TRENDS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER STOCK MARKET TRADING SYSTEMS?
Stock Trends is a proprietary methodology of analyzing and evaluating stocks. It focuses on using the results of simple moving average trend analysis to develop profitable trading strategies, and the trading results of the Stock Trends Portfolios show clearly how successful these trading strategies can be.
Unlike many other trading systems, Stock Trends publishes the historical results of its trading strategies for all to see and assess. Of course, it’s easy to be proud of such successful results, so we are always amused by the interesting excuses given by other trading system publishers for not disclosing the details of their historical trading results.
Stock Trends does not apply to the analysis of mutual funds, as the nature of trading in mutual fund units does not lend itself well to traditional technical analysis methods. Stock Trends is designed to focus on the trends of individual stocks and their relationship to other stocks and market indices.
DOES STOCK TRENDS PROVIDE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT STOCKS BESIDES THE STOCK TRENDS INDICATORS?
Stock Trends focuses on providing investors with information about the Stock Trends methodologies, the results of applying those methodologies to stocks, and successful trading strategies based on the Stock Trends analysis. There is an abundance of resources on the Internet providing investors with a wide variety of stock market information, and Stock Trends does not seek to duplicate what is readily available from many other sources.
HOW OFTEN ARE THE STOCK TRENDS INDICATORS PUBLISHED?
Stock Trends indicators are published weekly every Friday evening. Stock Trends filter reports and portfolio trading reports are distributed to subscribers of Stock Trends Weekly Reporter every weekend.
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO USE THIS WEB SITE?
No – there is lots of information available on this site for free. We do offer premium subscription services for a fee, including Stock Trends Weekly Reporter™. To find out more about these subscription products, click here.
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HOW DO I CONTACT STOCK TRENDS TO SUBMIT A SUGGESTION, REPORT A PROBLEM, OR RECEIVE FURTHER HELP?
We value your opinion and welcome your feedback. To submit a suggestion, report a problem or send us your comments, please fill out our online feedback form. To contact Stocktrends Publications by phone, fax or mail, see Contact Us.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO SUBSCRIBE TO STOCK TRENDS WEEKLY REPORTER?
Monthly subscriptions to Stock Trends Weekly Reporter cost as little as $19.95 per month, payable by preauthorized credit card. Annual subscriptions are also available, costing as little as $133.00 per year (based on a three year subscription), payable by cheque, money order, or credit card. To subscribe, click here.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A STOCK TRENDS WEEKLY REPORTER SUBSCRIBER?
Subscribers to Stock Trends Weekly Reporter receive our weekly report package covering Canadian or US stocks, including the Stock Trends Portfolios, Picks of the Week, Bullish & Bearish Crossover Predictions, and many more feature-packed reports! For more details, click the Learn More button on the STWR subscription offer page.
I HAVE A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS. HOW CAN I CHANGE MY EMAIL ADDRESS FOR DELIVERY OF STOCK TRENDS WEEKLY REPORTER?
You can change your email address by updating your account information once you have logged into your subscriber account on the Stock Trends web site.
HOW CAN I ACCESS MY STOCK TRENDS WEEKLY REPORTER PDF FILE IF IT IS NOT DELIVERED TO MY EMAIL INBOX?
You can download Stock Trends Weekly Reporter after logging into the subscriber area of the Stock Trends web site. The weekly publication will be available on the web site every Friday evening, usually by 6:15pm Eastern time. Also available are archives of previous publications.
WHY ARE SOME PICKS OF THE WEEK INCLUDED IN THE STOCK TRENDS PORTFOLIO AND NOT OTHERS?
The Picks of the Week report is generated from a filter on Weak Bearish, as well as Bullish Crossover stocks. The Stock Trends Portfolio looks for specific price momentum and volume requirements among Bullish Crossover stocks only.
I WAS STOPPED OUT OF A STOCK THAT THE STOCK TRENDS PORTFOLIO STILL HOLDS, EVEN THOUGH THE STOCK PRICE DIPPED BELOW THE STOP LOSS DURING THE WEEK. WHAT HAPPENED?
The Stock Trends Portfolio exit strategy is based on weekly closing prices, not daily trading. A stock's price must close below the stop price on Friday in order for the position to be sold. As a consequence, followers of the Stock Trends Portfolio should not place stop loss orders with their broker. Instead, they should wait for the trigger to be hit and place the sell order after the weekly close.
WHAT REPORTS SHOULD I FOCUS ON?
Stock Trends is based on the assumption that stocks 'trend' - i.e. that a stock price moves along a directional price path (up, down, or flat) for sustained periods. Generally, it is best to find stocks that have moved in a bearish trend and are starting to exhibit a change in trend. Stock Trends makes it easy to spot stocks that are potentially changing to a bullish trend - look for stocks with a weak bearish indicator.
I CANNOT READ THE STOCK TRENDS SYMBOLS PROPERLY IN PDF DOCUMENTS. THEY APPEAR AS CHARACTERS LIKE d,D,f,F,m OR M. WHAT IS WRONG?
The Stock Trends indicators symbols are displayed by using special embedded fonts within the Adobe Acrobat PDF document. The characters you are seeing should be displayed as our Stock Trends indicator symbols when the special font is applied to them. If they are not displaying properly, the problem may be that the font is not properly embedded in the PDF file, or your computer is not able to display the font. Try restarting your computer and relaunching Acrobat Reader. If problem persists, please see Contact Us.
THE STOCK TRENDS PORTFOLIO OFTEN BUYS ODD LOT AMOUNTS. WHY?
The Stock Trends Portfolio has a defined constant investment in each position of $10,000, and calculates the nearest number of shares to purchase which will cost this amount, usually resulting in an odd lot number. The constant investment amount for each stock purchased ensures that the performance record of the ST Portfolio is not unfairly weighted to stocks with a larger investment cost.
In practice, investors will find that it is more practical to round up (or down) their purchases to even board lots, which may result in some small deviation from the results of the Stock Trends Portfolio.
DOES THE TRADING PROGRAM FOLLOWED BY STOCK TRENDS WEEKLY REPORTER SUBSCRIBERS AFFECT THE MARKET IN STOCKS BOUGHT AND SOLD BY THE STOCK TRENDS PORTFOLIO?
The markets for the majority of ST Portfolio holdings are not significantly affected by the ST Portfolio trading program, however, illiquid stocks will cause some problems for trading - both buying and selling - and requires sensible application of limit orders.
In most situations it is good trading practice to enter a trade with limit buy and sell orders. Setting defined trading parameters with limit orders protects you from the vagaries of many markets.