Pair Trade BBT Versus CFG

The Pairtrade Finder analytic generated a signal to purchase BB&T Corp and Sell/short Citizens Financial Corp.  Both companies are in the financial space.  Both stocks were buoyed following better than expected earnings, although the CFG was definitely a larger surprize.  BB&T was upgraded and should recoup some of its recent losses versus CFG.  Both companies released their earning during the week ending the 21st.   The watchlist shows the levels to enter the trade, as the stretch reached 2.7 standard deviations below the 100-day moving average.

The backtest of the two stocks shows that over the past 3-years 4-signals were generated with a stretch of 2.7 standard deviations for an entry criteria,

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Look At That Divergence! Are Target and Walmart a Pair Trade?

Based on the last year of price history, it would seem there is quite a divergence between Target (orange) and Walmart (white) share prices (see Bloomberg chart below). The pairs look fairly correlated, and there is a large divergence, so should you expect a return to the mean, and short Walmart and go long Target? divergence 419

Upon further consideration, this would be a dangerous trade to take.  First the y-axes are not synchonised and the prices have not been re-based to zero.

If one rebases the prices to zero (see below), then one can see that over the past year there is little correlation between the two pairs and that the divergence does not necessarily indicate any potential reversion to the mean.

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Pair Trade CLF Versus SWC

The Pairtrade Finder analytic generated a signal to purchase Cliffs Natural Resources and Sell/short Still Water Mining Co. Both companies are in the mining and natural resources space. Infrastructure stocks, which include CLF are under pressure, as traders are concerned about the viability of Trumps legislative plans. CLF is scheduled to release earnings which are on April 27 and Still Water is schedule to provide financial results on May 5th, 2017. The is no stock specific news that is driving the pair lower. The watchlist shows the levels to enter the trade, as the stretch reached 2.7 standard deviations below the 100-day moving average. Read More →

Pair Trade HAL Versus TS

The Pairtrade Finder analytic generated a signal to purchase Haliburton and Sell/short Tenaris SA.  Both companies are oil service giant.  There was news reported on Tuesday that Tenaris believed that the jobs it will be creating in Texas will allow them to still import steel for their products into the United States.

The watchlist shows the levels to enter the trade, as the stretch reached 2.7 standard deviations below the 100-day moving average.

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The backtest of the two stocks shows that over the past 3-years 7-signals were generated with a stretch of 2.7 standard deviations for an entry criteria,

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Why Pair Trading Can Perform Well in All Market Environments

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Pair trading is a form of market neutral investing were the risks that you take are based on the performance of one stock relative to another. The benefits of this type of trading technique is that the returns you receive are uncorrelated to the performance of the broader markets, which means that you can generate robust results in all types of market environments.

Hedge funds are very active pair traders, and whether they call their strategy long/short or statistical arbitrage, what they are doing is purchasing one stock and simultaneously selling short another stock. 

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15 Trading Tips for Trading Equities Pairs with Pairtrade Finder’s Stock Trading Software

Tip # 4 – Review The Correlation Chart

Investopedia defines “correlation” as a statistic that measures the degree to which two securities move in relation to each other. Correlations are used in advanced portfolio management. Correlation is computed into what is known as the correlation coefficient, which has value that must fall between -1 and 1.

A perfect positive correlation means that the correlation coefficient is exactly 1. This implies that as one security moves, either up or down, the other security moves in lockstep, in the same direction. A perfect negative correlation means that two assets move in opposite directions,

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TRADE LIKE A HEDGE FUND – Harness the Power Of Technology to Gain Market Edge in One Hour per Day

Presentation by Geoffrey Hossie of Pairtrade Finder to the Marbella Business Institute, 24 February 2017.

An introduction to Pair Trading and Why It Matters To You.

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15 Trading Tips for Trading Equities Pairs with Pairtrade Finder’s Stock Trading Software

Tip # 3 – Analyze Your RSI Chart

Technical analyst J. Welles Wilder created the Relative Strength Index (RSI) as a tool to measure the strength or weakness of the closing price series of a security over time.  It is a measure of both velocity (speed!) and magnitude (distance travelled) of price changes and can identify stocks that are either overbought or oversold.

The Relative Strength Index is calculated as RSI = 100 – 100/(1+RS). RS (Relative Strength) is usually calculated as the exponential moving average of daily gains/exponential moving average of daily losses during a defined time period.

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15 Trading Tips for Trading Equities Pairs with Pairtrade Finder’s Stock Trading Software

Tip #2 – Price Ratio Analysis

Pair trading often succeeds or fails based on price ratio analysis, which is the core of the system. The maths are simple: in two correlated stocks what is the ratio of stock A to stock B (price A/price B)? The closer the stocks are in price, the closer the ratio will be to 1. For example, if stock A is trading at $55/share and stock B is at $58/share, the price ratio is 0.95. 

Watch For Changes in the Current of the Stream:

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Correlated stocks,

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15 Trading Tips for Trading Equities Pairs with Pairtrade Finder’s Stock Trading Software

Tip #1 – Determine Why the Trade Signals for a Pair Trade Were Generated

So things are going well in your quest become a profitable equity pairs trader.  As a result of following our 3-Hour, 11-Lecture Pair Trading Video Course, you have:

  1. Installed Pairtrade Finder v3.27 on your PC and ensured you have a clean internet connection to access Yahoo! Finance data and keep your My Watchlist pairs updated both EOD and intraday;
  2. Created groups of equities that are in the same or similar industries and sectors, have market capitalizations of at least $1 billion,
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