Rolling Stocks Trading Strategy

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The strategy of rolling stocks is to find a stock that is oscillating or rolling from about the same high point to about the same low point or what's also called a stock price's support and resistance points.

The price will look like it's running in waves and you want to ride those waves like a surfer.

One of the best ways to find a rolling stock is to look for stocks that have had a big run up like in the example below of the two charts of CAR. The first is a weekly chart showing the run up and the second chart is the daily chart.

After an approximately 3,400 % run up in price of CAR in 2009, it then began rolling approximately 27-33% up and down in the $10-$13 range.

A flat-line moving average can also tip you in on a stock that's rolling and then it’s a matter of waiting for the proper price position as in the example below:

The stock's not a buy simply when the price hits support. The stochastic indicator is traditionally the referenced indicator associated with a rolling strategy. However, I would suggest adding another indicator to confirm a movement like Williams %R, average directional index and candlestick reading to help in avoiding weak or false stochastic signals.

Below is another example of a rolling stock that's trending slightly upward, but you can see that after it rolls below the 200-day moving average and the stochastics go above 20 the stock price moves upward. The confirming indicator of the +DI and ADX rising over 25 works well here by eliminating either false or weak upward movements in the stock price.

Each green vertical line signals one of four (!) entry points corresponding with +DI above 25, ADX above 25 and RISING combined with the stochastics above 20. As you can see, there were some false stochastic signals and that's why an additional confirmation is needed.

As for the exit strategy, the use of a trail stop on the 6-day EMA would have worked well. The chart is kind of hard to see but, using the entry strategy from the chart above and the 6-day EMA the gains would have been 73%, 19%, 18% and 23% to date.

One of the tricks here is to know that the roll doesn’t continue indefinitely and so, it’s not completely predictable. The good news is that when stock prices break out of a roll it has a 50% chance of breaking out on the up side for additional gains.

Traditionally, rolling stocks are priced at $5 or less, but there are very good rollers up to $15. The lower price point is based on profitability, as higher priced stocks tend to gain slower than lower priced stocks so there’s a diminishing return on higher priced stocks as you can see below:

Stock A at a price of $5 rises $2 = 40% gain

Stock B at a price of $10 rises $2 = 20% gain

Stock C at a price of $20 rises $2 = 10% gain

Stock D at a price of $30 rises $2 = 6.7% gain

The nice thing is you can get a sense of the potential gain as you compare where the stock price is now and use the last resistance point for where the price might go next. This does two things - you can eliminate rollers that are a smaller percentage return, and you can put a trail stop on at or near the resistance point.

Rolling Stock Strategy

What kind of stock (parameters): stocks with volume over 100,000 shares traded daily, traditionally stocks priced at $5 or less, but there are very good rollers up to $15

What’s used (probabilities): Stochastics, short-term moving averages, candlesticks, ADX/DI

Market direction: Non-trending

What to look for (setup): stocks that are non-trending (or rolling), look for a flat or gently rolling 100 to 200-day moving average line

Entry: Long - stochastic breaks above 20 after being below, look for a bullish (go long) candlestick, also look for a confirmation of some sort (+DI crossover –DI) or for Short - stochastic breaks below 80 after being above, look for a bearish (go short) candlestick, also look for a confirmation of some sort (-DI crossover +DI)

Exit: Look for reversal candlestick, Price/EMA cross, DI (7) cross, parabolic SAR reversal

The "roller" strategy can work really well and be a great strategy for you to keep tucked away in your trading toolbox for a non-trending market. Rollers can be like finding a little gold mine when you find a good one.

Using the rolling stocks trading strategy is one of several good stock trading strategies you can implement.

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