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Screen of the Week

Fundamental analysis (FA) looks at the value and growth outlook for a stock.

Technical analysis (TA) essentially shows the demand for a stock and how the market perceives those fundamentals.

Some die-hard fundamentalists disregard TA, while some technical guys do the same for FA. But nowadays, most people give both techniques the respect they deserve.

I have a long history of using fundamental analysis to pick winning stocks. But my experience using TA goes back just as far.

Some prefer to look at TA more as a confirming indicator if TA is used first. In other words, once their fundamental criterion is met, they then look at the charts.

But if TA is used first, it can act as a spotting indicator, helping to put stocks with certain technical analysis characteristics on their radar so they can then layer their fundamental analysis on top.

You can also do both at the same time. And that's the screen we're going to look at today.


Parameters and Methodology

The screen below is called TA and FA Winners, and it comes loaded with the Research Wizard.

Zacks Rank less than or equal to 2
Only Strong Buys and Buys from Zacks.

Price to Sales less than Median for its X (Expanded) Industry
The P/S ratio is my favorite valuation metric. And the way we're using it here is by demanding that the stocks coming thru are trading at valuations better than the median for their respective industries.

Estimate One Year EPS Growth > Median for its X (Expanded) Industry
We want growth rates that are greater than the median for their respective industries as well. Without growth, there's little reason to move.

Price x Volume >= $500,000
This item, also known as 'dollar volume', calculates the average total dollar amount trading in this stock on a daily basis. The threshold above represents the bare minimum of dollar volume traded to qualify this screen.

Recent Week's Volume > Volume from 1 Week Ago
Rising prices and increasing volume can be a sign that new buyers are coming in and short sellers may be giving up.

Volume from 1 Week Ago > Volume from 2 Weeks Ago
The second week of increasing volume eliminates the instances where there's a only a one-week volume spike, which can often times be meaningless. The addition of the second week helps to see true increasing demand.

Volume from 2 Weeks Ago > Volume from 3 Weeks Ago
The third week, I have found, helps to spot institutional buying. Big institutions don't get in all at once given their size. So they plan their trades accordingly over periods of weeks and even months. The appearance of a third week of increasing volume could be spotting institutional buying, which is a bullish sign.

% Change in Price over the last 24 Weeks = Top # 30
This item, after meeting all of the aforementioned criteria, selects the top 30 stocks with the best percentage price change over the last 24 weeks.

% Change in Price over the last 12 Weeks = Top # 20
From those 30 stocks, it then narrows it down to 20 stocks with the best percentage price change over the last 12 weeks.

% Change in Price over the last 4 Weeks = Top # 7
And lastly, from those 20 stocks, it picks the 7 stocks with the best percentage price change over the last 4 weeks. These last 3 price change items establish the stock's long-term, medium-term, and short-term momentum.


Results

Over the last 16 years (2000 thru 2015), using a one-week rebalancing period, this strategy produced a compounded annual growth rate of 51.8% vs. the S&P's 3.8%.

And so far this year (thru 8/19/16), it's up 42.0% vs. the market's 8.5%. That's an impressive outperformance, especially given one of the worst starts for the market in years!




Stocks

Here are 5 of 7 recent picks:

(AVID - Snapshot Report) Avid Technology
(PCMI - Snapshot Report) PCM, Inc.
(AMKR - Snapshot Report) Amkor Technology
(AOSL - Snapshot Report) Alpha & Omega Semiconductor
(HWAY - Analyst Report) Healthways

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