Week 49 Breakout Forecast: Short-Term Picks To Give You An Edge

December 3, 2017 12:23 pm

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Positive Acceleration Momentum Stocks

This week I have selected 8 breakout stocks from the following sectors: 2 healthcare, 4 basic materials, 1 technology and 1 services. Detailed charts for each stock are at the end of the article.

The new selections of positive momentum stocks for this week include:

  1. Baytex Energy Corp. (BTE) – Basic Materials / Independent Oil & Gas
  2. Cogentix Medical, Inc. (CGNT) – Healthcare / Medical Appliances & Equipment
  3. Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (FET) – Basic Materials / Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
  4. Noble Corporation (NE) – Basic Materials / Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
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Thumbnail images of the Positive Momentum Portfolio Week 49


Welcome to the Momentum Breakout Selection list for Week 49. This article provides the complete list of Breakout Stocks for subscribers only. The full performance results for all the different portfolios are linked in the 2017 YTD performance results with important descriptions of the different portfolio methodologies. A brief summary of the selection methodology for these momentum stocks can be found in my primer article on quick pick momentum accelerators.

Performance Summary

This past Week 48 saw substantial volatility in the S&P 500 with the highest two consecutive weekly gains totaling 2.44% since May 28th. Consistent with the 63 years of historical S&P 500 returns charted below, November also saw the S&P 500 gain 2.81%, the largest monthly gain this year since 3.72% in February. I continue to maintain several market hedges in VIX as I have detailed on the message board. During the 260 point intraday decline in the Dow this week the VIX JAN calls saw gains of more than 44%. This significant
increase in volatility could be an early signal of a pending market top. Again, historically the S&P 500 tends to perform extremely well in December.Total cumulative long portfolio returns by week of the past 5 weeks (t-5) are listed below through the end of Week 48 to illustrate rolling returns of prior top performers through Friday:

Breakout Forecast Long Portfolio Returns past 5 weeks / Top Performers
Week 47 (t-1) +5.56% (EXPR) +31.52%, (NGVC) +25.60%, (SPWH) +11.54%
Week 46 (t-2) +1.64% (SORL) +24.87%, (PIRS) +11.38%, (AUTO) +8.20%
Week 45 (t-3) +7.30% (DNR) +44.70%, (IOVA) +12.82%, (SLCA) +11.43%
Week 44 (t-4) +8.90% (MRNS) +21.37%, (WLL) +11.08%, (ARAY) +8.25%
Week 43 (t-5) +15.18% (CPRX) +59.42%, (VRAY) +47.76%, (BBG) +31.72%

As I continue my study, the typical optimum momentum holding duration from this analysis appears to be one to three weeks, but as the rolling 5 week table above illustrates, some of these stocks can carry positive momentum for many weeks and some may return to the selection list in the current week.

The breakout frequency of 5% and 10% gainers per week continues to outpace the broad market by 4-5 times higher rates of occurrence in the same population of stocks (non-OTC, non-ETF). As the chart below indicates through Week 46, the average number of breakouts above 10% in a trading week is 26% of the breakout portfolio compared to 3.42% in the comparable population of stocks in the US market exchanges. This is a frequency greater than 7 times the expected breakout rate of the greater market population.

All past selections of individual returns are available on my list of articles by Breakout Forecast Week. This includes daily and weekly returns for all stocks selected since the beginning of 2017. These stock selections are intended to provide the highest probability of greater than 10% gains within the first week (5 trading days) by focusing on accelerating momentum characteristics detailed in my primer article linked above.

End of week results for Week 48:

Several of these stocks from last week continue to show momentum into next week. You can view their progress on the live chart link included for subscribers.
End of Week 48 Benchmark Index:

Charts of Week 49 Selections are as follows:

Positive Acceleration Momentum Stocks

Baytex Energy Corp. (BTE) – Basic Materials / Independent Oil & Gas

Cogentix Medical, Inc. (CGNT) – Healthcare / Medical Appliances & Equipment Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (FET) – Basic Materials / Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

Noble Corporation (NE) – Basic Materials / Oil & Gas Equipment & Services

Value Portfolio Results through week 48

The following are the weekly updates for each of value portfolios generated every month and tracked in addition to the weekly breakout selections. The Forensic Analysis Value Stock selection portfolio returns are listed below. The latest December selections of the Forensic Portfolios are available here.

Forensic Selections with Adverse Scores Returns YTD Number of Periods
July (-) Forensic Portfolio 1 68.11% 5 months
Aug (-) Forensic Portfolio 2 39.05% 4 months
Sep (-) Forensic Portfolio 3 23.47% 3 months
Oct (-) Forensic Portfolio 4 -1.59% 2 months
Nov (-) Forensic Portfolio 5 4.80% 1 month
Forensic Selections with Positive Scores Returns YTD Number of Periods
July (+) Forensic Portfolio 1 15.50% 5 months
Aug (+) Forensic Portfolio 2 11.89% 4 months
Sep (+) Forensic Portfolio 3 3.06% 3 months
Oct (+) Forensic Portfolio 4 -4.40% 2 months
Nov (+) Forensic Portfolio 5 -6.66% 1 month

The Piotroski value model is well documented in 17 years of financial literature to outperform other value selection models. This is part of an ongoing study to test the selection performance through multiple portfolios over one year. Further detail and charts of each of the Piotroski Portfolios are available here.

Piotroski Enhanced Value Returns YTD Number of Periods
August Portfolio 9.41% 4 months
September Portfolio 10.10% 3 months
October Portfolio 4.92% 2 months
November Portfolio 2.10% 1 month

As always, I hope you capture the most beneficial returns of this small sample of the weekly breakout selections and have a profitable week of trading! Thank you for reading my articles. If you want free future updates, just click the Follow button at the top of the page.

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Thank you!

JD Henning, PhD, CFE

Disclosure: I am/we are long DNR NGVC EXPR SPWH MRNS.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Editor’s Note: This article covers one or more stocks trading at less than $ 1 per share and/or with less than a $ 100 million market cap. Please be aware of the risks associated with these stocks.


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