Investtech Research: Excess return after break upwards from rising trend

Published March 3, 2020

New research from Investtech shows that stocks breaking upwards from medium term rising trends on average have risen 5.9 per cent in three months. The research results largely confirm technical analysis theory, which states that breaks upwards from rising trends give greater rates of increase.

Trends are one of the most important elements of technical analysis. They are visual and intuitive and describe in which direction a stock is moving. According to technical analysis theory, stocks within a rising trend will continue to rise. A rising trend indicates lasting and increasing optimism among investors, often as a result of a great deal of positive news about the stock.

The trend gives the rising rate of the stock price, and the stock's price target is found by extrapolating trend lines. We distinguish between rising trends, horizontal trends and falling trends. More information on trends and how Investtech identifies different trends can be found here.

Investtech's algorithms identify trend breaks for you. A current example may be New York Times Co., which has broken upwards from a medium term rising trend per March 2nd.

Figure 1:New York Times Co. (NYT.US) Close: 37.27 (-0.19), Mar 2, 2020

Our subscribers can find stocks with these positive signals using for instance the tool Trend signals.

We wanted to study the statistical results yielded by buy signals from breaks upwards from rising trends and therefore studied return from Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish stocks following buy and sell signals from breaks upwards from rising trends and breaks downwards from falling trends identified in Investtech’s price charts in the short, medium and long term. We had up to 23 years of data, from 1996 to 2018. We defined a buy signal as the first day a stock entered a rising trend, or when the stock was in a rising trend and it had been more than 22 days since the previous signal.

The chart below shows average price development following buy signals from breaks upwards from rising trends identified in Investtech’s medium term price charts in the Nordic markets. The signals are triggered on day 0. Only days when the exchange is open are included, so 66 days equal approximately three months. The thick blue line shows the development of buy signal stocks. The shaded areas are the standard deviation of the calculations. The thin blue line shows benchmark development in the same period as the buy signal stocks.

Figure 2: Buy signal from rising trend, medium term, the Nordic markets combined.

Stocks breaking upwards from short term rising trends rose 2.4 per cent in the next month. Compared to benchmark in the same period, stocks breaking upwards from rising trends did 1.3 percentage points better, which equals an annualised excess return of 17.5 percentage points.

Stocks breaking upwards from medium term rising trends rose 5.9 per cent in the next three months. Compared to benchmark in the same period, stocks breaking upwards from rising trends did 2.8 percentage points better, which equals an annualised excess return of 12 percentage points.

Stocks breaking upwards from long term rising trends rose 4.6 per cent in the next three months. Compared to benchmark in the same period, stocks breaking upwards from rising trends did 2 percentage points better, which equals an annualised excess return of 8.6 percentage points.

The results are consistent across all four markets and show that stocks breaking upwards from a rising trend continued to rise and outperformed both the trend and benchmark in the next three months.

The time period for the study is fairly long, the data quality is considered to be good and the algorithms used are entirely automatic. Statistical measures suggest a high degree of significance.

There is high likelihood that trend signals will give good indications of how stocks will develop also in the future. Stocks breaking upwards from rising trends are statistically expected to outperform benchmark.

Please find more details and results in the research reports here:

Break in trend direction, short term

Break in trend direction, medium term

Break in trend direction, long term

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Written by

Asbjørn Taugbøl
Analyst
at Investtech

"Investtech analyses the psychology of the market and gives concrete trading suggestions every day."

Espen Grønstad
Partner & Senior Advisor - Investtech
 


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Investtech guarantees neither the entirety nor accuracy of the analyses. Any consequent exposure related to the advice / signals which emerge in the analyses is completely and entirely at the investors own expense and risk. Investtech is not responsible for any loss, either directly or indirectly, which arises as a result of the use of Investtechs analyses. Details of any arising conflicts of interest will always appear in the investment recommendations. Further information about Investtechs analyses can be found here disclaimer. The content provided by Investtech.com is NOT SEC or FSA regulated and is therefore not intended for US or UK consumers.

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