Live: Friday, November 17, 2017

11/17 – 3:15 p.m. New York time

Today’s outcomes: I exited a shares position on SPLK for a profit, having passed on entering a shares position on SBLK (see below for reasons why).

11/17 – 2:45 p.m. New York time

I’m passing without further an analysis an earnings play using shares on SBLK.

After a review of past shares trades coinciding with earnings, I’ve decided to add a directionality indicator to my analysis: The ADX and its two associated components, the +DI and the -DI. The indicator measures the extend to which a stock is trending upward (+DI) or downward (-DI) over a period of time. They are combined in the ADX. A Wikipedia article on the subject provides more detail.

In practice, I shall going forward require that an acceptable trade have an ADX of 25 or better, meaning it is trending, and a +DI that is higher than the -DI, meaning that the trend is up. The higher the +DI relative to the -DI, the more attractive the trade will be.

The other metrics I’ve looked at: A Zacks score of 3 or better and an earnings surprise predictor rating of 1 or better.

SBLK passes the two Zacks metrics but has a +DI of 14.9, below the -DI of 29.1. The aDX is low, at 18.6.

11/17 – 9:45 a.m. New York time

I have exited SPLK for a profit.

11/16 – 7:30 p.m. New York time

I have one prospective trade for action on Friday, an earnings play on SBLK  using shares as a vehicle. This is a different symbol than is SPLK, which published earnings on Thursday. Most confusing.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, November 16-17, 2017


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