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The Buy The Dip Trigger in Exxon Mobil Corporation

The Buy The Dip Trigger in Exxon Mobil Corporation

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) : Technical Buy The Dip Bullish Momentum Trade and Trigger

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As of this writing, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) is in technical failure with the stock price below the 10-, 21-, 50-, and 200-day moving averages. But, that means an opportunity may be right around the corner.

"Buying the dip" (BTFD) only works if a stock in a down trend actually reverses to a rally. Otherwise the strategy has a different name -- "buying a loser." Buying the dip isn't actually the goal -- it's buying the rise after the dip that we're after.

We focused our testing specifically on the trigger that identifies a stock in a down channel and when the selling pressure has eased and the stock may be ready for a bounce. In other words, we focused less on a simplistic mantra of "buy the dip," and more on the empirical view of "when the dip might reverse."

After rigorous testing over multiple time periods and over tens of thousands of back-tests, today we demonstrate the technical conditions that have provided a strong short-term bullish momentum trigger for Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) after an abrupt stock decline as well as, broadly speaking, the Nasdaq 100 index constituents over the five year period from 2014-2019.

Buy the Dip Trigger: The Option Trade with Technical Analysis and Moving Averages in Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) .

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 30-days from expiration (using calendar days). 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.
Rule 1: The first day a stock crosses from below the 200 day simple moving average (SMA) to above. That's a sign that the stock was in technical failure, but is reversing course.

Rule 2: The stock is already above the 10-day exponential moving average (EMA) -- that's an indicator of short-term momentum that was building before the stock came back through the 200-SMA.

Rule 3: RSI (using 20-days) is below 70, so the stock isn't overbought.

Here it is in an image from Trade Machine -- only focus on the settings where the filter is turned to "on.":

To put a picture to the words, here is an example for Apple from February of 2018, below, where the stock was in a down trend, then it crossed above the 200-day moving average while already above the 10-day EMA, and a stock rally ensued.

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 50% limit and a 50% stop.

At the end of each day, the back-tester checks to see if the 30-day long call is either up or down 50%. If it is, it closes the position.


Here are the results for the 30-day long call over the last three-years in Exxon Mobil Corporation:

XOM: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 82%
Wins: 9 Losses: 2
% Return:  309.3% 

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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 309.3%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 47.92% for each 14-day period.

Checking the Moving Average

You can check to see the values of all the moving averages discussed above with real-time daily prices, including live after hours prices, for XOM by viewing the Pivot Points tab on www.CMLviz.com.

Rigor to the Option Backtester and Backtesting

We compared this technical analysis trigger on the constituents of the Nasdaq 100 versus the results from the baseline. The baseline is simply owning calls and rolling them every 30-days with the same stop and limit as introduced above (50%). Here's what we found:

* Over the one-year period ending June 2019, the average trade return was 23% per 30-day period using the "buy the dip" technical trigger compared to just 6% using rolling calls with no technical structure.

* Over the 2-years ending June 2019, the average trade return was 24% per 30-day period using the "buy the dip" technical trigger compared to just 5% using rolling calls with no technical structure.

* Over the 3-years ending June 2019, the average trade return was 16% per 30-day period using the "buy the dip" technical trigger compared to just 7% for the baseline.

Back-testing the "Buy the Dip" Trigger: More Time Periods in Exxon Mobil Corporation
Now we can look at just the last year as well:

XOM: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 100%
Wins: 3 Losses: 0
% Return:  251.9% 

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We're now looking at 251.9% returns, on 3 winning trades and 0 losing trades.
      The average percent return over the last year per trade was 86.31%.

Next Steps

Trade Machine members make use of several pattern recognition triggers that we have identified with rigorous backtesting. Tap here to try one of the most powerful patterns we have found - The "Buy the Dip" trigger.

Risk Disclosure
Past performance is not an indication of future results.

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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.

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