1. Site Updates from the Last Several Months

    Here's are several changes I've made to the site over the last several months:

    A New Dashboard Page

    I've added a dashboard page, where you can get a quick overview of what your stocks have done.  You can reach that page via the "My Stocks" menu.  I'll be adding more sections to the dashboard in the coming weeks.   Please let me know if you have ideas for things you'd like to see there.

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  2. How This Trader Made $220,000 (37% gain) in October 2017...

    Here's a great blog post by @SmashTheBid detailing his trading last month.  It does a great job of illustrating some things I've been harping on for well over a decade.  Namely:

    • You don't need a high win-rate to make money.  He made that $220K with a 62% win rate. The key is to keep your winners bigger than your losers and to have a positive expectancy
    • You can make money on non-penny stocks! He made significant amounts of money on stocks priced over $20 and those priced under $20.  And many people wouldn't even consider trading stocks above $5 or $10!  (It drives me crazy to see people focus so much on low-priced stocks.  You should think in amounts of money invested and percentages, not number of shares and points!)
    • There's a lot of opportunity on the short side. 40ish % of his profit came from shorting.
    • It's important to keep and review a trading journal.  
    • It's critical to have a plan and stick to it.

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  3. SwingTradeBot's Smart Portfolios as a Google Finance Portfolio Tracker Replacement

    I was shocked to see the news that Google just revamped Google Finance and dropped their portfolio tracking tool.  I see on Twitter that a lot of people are looking for a replacement portfolio tracker.  Well I have a great solution for those folks -- SwingTradeBot's portfolios!

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  4. New Scan Option: Filter Only *Your* Stocks

    The other day somebody asked me if there was a way to run a scan and only see results from his watchlists.  There was not, but after discussing it for a while I saw how it could be useful to those who like to trade from a specific set of stocks.   

    So I've now added the ability to run scans against just the stocks which are in your watchlists and portfolios.  Just check the box next to "Only My Stocks" in the form where you enter your scan criteria.

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  5. Market Cap Scan Filter Plus More Fundamental Data

    I have some good news for the many people who have asked me for a market cap scan filter.  As of today you can finally filter by that piece of fundamental data,  You'll see a couple of new parameters in the form where you enter your scan criteria.  Those news parameters allow you to choose values for a minimum and a maximum market cap.

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  6. New Addition: Stats on the Daily Scan Results

    I recently added some data which may be helpful in getting a feel for what scans are "trending".  I've started tracking the number of stocks which appear on each scan each day.  That's enabled the ability to show how much above or below normal a scan is on any given day.  You can find this data in two places.

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  7. New Scans/Alerts: New CLOSING 52-Week Highs and Lows

    Over the last few weeks a few people have asked me if there is a way to differentiate new 52-week intraday highs from closing highs.  The "new highs & lows" scans I've had on the site for years were simply alerting to intraday extremes.  So I've decided to create a couple of new scans: 

    The original scans are still here but I've made these new signals/scans replace the old ones with regard to how the system treats them.  For example, I used to count a stock making a new 52-week intraday high as a bullish signal.  That always bothered me a bit because that same stock could have opened at a new high and sold off horrendously during the day.  In a situation like that, the site would still be showing that new high as bullish.  Well that won't happen anymore.  I've changed the new intraday highs & lows to be neutral signals and the new ones will count as bullish or bearish. Hopefully you'll find these new ones useful.

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  8. Streamlined Adding of Stocks to Portfolios

    I just made it a little easier to add stocks to portfolio lists in the app.  Before you were required to enter the number of shares and the entry price.  Those values are still required but they now get automatically set to default values (100 shares & the average price from the latest full trading day).  So now you can just click the "Add to Portfolio" button without making any other adjustments.  

    This should come in handy for those who don't particularly want to track actual P&L within SwingTradeBot but, instead, want to track more stocks in order to get alerts/signals on them.  This makes it easier to use a portfolio as an additional watchlist.

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  9. SwingTradeBot Expands to Seven More Global Stock Markets

    Shortly after SwingTradeBot went live (with coverage of US listed stocks -- NYSE, Nasdaq & AMEX) a few years ago people started asking me if I could add coverage of various foreign (to me) markets.  My answer was always "yes, I just need a data source for those markets".  I also needed to make some changes to the "engine" to make it a bit more generic and to be capable of hadling other markets.

    Well I've been tweaking things over the last few months and I'm happy to announce the launch of seven more sites covering the following markets:

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  10. Customizing Your Stock Screening

    I'm sharing an email exchange I had earlier today in hopes that it will help others to find ways to get exactly what they want when using the site to scan for stocks.  A friend sent me this:

    I was looking through your hammer scans on SwingTradeBot to see how Zillow stacked up on the grading curve. I was surprised Zillow (Z) only got a B. I looked at the A rated puppies and felt like Zillow (Z) should be higher rated. Then I realized what I really want is a modified hammer scan. I want hammers that come at the end of a period of selling, even better if it is an oversold hammer or a hammer coming off a high. The preceding selling has to be at least three straight down days. Did you already read my mind and create such a thing, or do I need to put a suggestion in the idea box? :)

    Here's my answer:

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