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The Technical Trigger to Find Bullish Bursts in Apple (AAPL)

The Technical Trigger to Find Bullish Bursts in Apple (AAPL)

The Exact Bullish Technical Trigger in Apple (AAPL)

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There comes a time when we have to ask ourselves if and when technical analysis adds any value to trading. That is, are we doing more than just drawing lines on a chart.

Today we demonstrate the technical conditions that, when met, have provided a strong short-term bullish trigger for AAPL -- that is, we are moving beyond 'drawing lines on a chart,' and toward an empirical stock and option backtester.


Build a portfolio of option set-ups, diversified not just by ticker, but by strategy. It's in this process that we identify the times were short bursts of risk exposure have been profitable in the past.

With that, we build a portfolio of alerts. Here is a selection of recent insights.

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The goal is to create a portfolio of option trading backtests with alerts attached to them, so we don't have to stare at the screen all day, but rather Trade Machine is the work horse to notify when the ideas become actionable.

There is a technical set up such that it triggers bullish times to trade Apple, even in a bear market.

Finding these patterns should be straight forward. And with the upgraded Trade Machine, which is now a stock backtester as well as an option back-tester, now they are.

The Short-term Bullish Option Trade in Apple

We will examine the outcome of going long an out-of-the-money (strike price is set to the 40 delta) call option, in options that are the closest to 14-days from expiration. But we follow three rules:

* Never Trade Earnings

Let's not worry about earnings. Here it is, first, we enter the long call.

* Use a technical trigger to start the trade, if and only if these specific items are met. As of this writing, 03-02-2019, the conditions are not yet satisfied, but it in time, they will be. Set an alert.

The idea is this:
* Stock above the 200 day SMA means that the stock is not in technical failure.

* Stock price below the 50-day SMA means that it has room to run to the upside.

* Stock crosses the 21-day EMA -- that's a trigger of momentum right at that moment.

* RSI (using 20-days) is below 70, so the stock isn't overbought.

Here it is in an image from Trade Machine:

You can set an alert in Trade Machine®, which will track all of these moving parts for you, and message you when it triggers. In fact, you can do this with a portfolio of stocks for a portfolio of bullish and bearish triggers. let Trade Machine do the work for you -- there's no need to stare at the screen.

* Finally, we set a very specific type of limit:

* Use a 40% limit and a 40% stop.

At the end of each day, the back-tester checks to see if the long call is up 40% or down 40%. If it is, it closes the position.


Here are the results over the last three-years in Apple. You can see the exact set-up to replicate it in Trade Machine by tapping this link.

AAPL: Long 40 Delta call

% Wins: 85.7%
Wins: 6 Losses: 1
% Return:  839% 

Tap Here to See the Back-test

The mechanics of the TradeMachine® are that it uses end of day prices for every back-test entry and exit (every trigger).

Setting Expectations

While this strategy had an overall return of 839%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 88.3% over each 14-day period.
      The average percent return per winning trade was 111.6%%.
      The percent return for the losing trade was -51.3%.

Why Are the Averages Different Than the Stops and Limits?
The average win and loss are larger in absolute value than the stops and limits for two reasons:

First, the backtester uses end of data to maintain a strict structured rule based system. So the stops and limits won't be exact.

Second, and perhaps the bigger impact, is the fact that stocks gap from one day to the next (from close to open) and that can move the profit and loss well past the stop and limit setting. (That's how real life trading works, not hypothetical.)

Checking the Moving Average

You can check moving averages for AAPL on the Pivot Points tab on

Back-testing More Time Periods in Apple

Now we can look at the Great Recession, from 2007-09-30 through 2009-04-30 AAPL stock was down 20% during that time period, but getting bullish at the right times was unscathed:

AAPL: Long 40 Delta call

% Wins: 66.7%
Wins: 2 Losses: 1
% Return:  59.5% 

Tap Here to See the Back-test


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Risk Disclosure
You should read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.

Past performance is not an indication of future results.

Trading futures and options involves the risk of loss. Please consider carefully whether futures or options are appropriate to your financial situation. Only risk capital should be used when trading futures or options. Investors could lose more than their initial investment.

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading can be substantial, carefully consider the inherent risks of such an investment in light of your financial condition.

Please note that the executions and other statistics in this article are hypothetical, and do not reflect the impact, if any, of certain market factors such as liquidity and slippage.