How I used the IBD screener to identify 36 launched rocket stocks; Even so, the market remains in short term down-trend (D-18) with a Red GMI and a Daily RWB pattern did not form for $QQQ;


If QQQ (dotted line) declines below all 12 GMMA averages, lowest is currently at 269.55, then it will be time to exit all positions. For now, I hold a few rockets like PTON, PINS and REGI. Note their beautiful weekly charts. All are above their last green line tops at all-time highs (ATH).

I discovered many of these stocks through social media tweets or my own TC2000 scans. However, I discovered this weekend an easier way to identify promising stocks using the new IBD screener. There is a wonderful youtube video posted by my talented student, Richard Moglen (@RichardMoglen), that shows how to use the IBD scanner and export stocks to a TC2000 watchlist for further analysis. I tried the screener this weekend and found that the screen I built came up with 36 stocks out of more than 7.000 that met the four conditions I specified. Amazingly, many of the stocks I have been following came up in my first screen! You need to learn IBD’s CAN SLIM approach to understand the importance of the search criteria. William O’Neil’s classic book (How to make money….) is posted lower on this page. It is required reading for my students. I began to make money in the market after reading it and getting O’Neil’s newspaper, IBD.

I ran a scan with 4 IBD conditions: RS 90-99, ACC/DIS = A or B, Price >30, Next Quarter EPS est >100%. This search yielded 36 names which I exported to Excel and imported into TC2000 to evaluate and monitor. I am going to assign the use of the IBD screener to my current class of 90+ undergraduates. They will select criteria to find stocks to trade in the virtual trading exercise and evaluate the results. Among the 36 stocks identified by the screen above are: APPS, CRWD, DDOG, DQ, ETSY, FSLY, LVGO, NFE, PINS, PTON, REGI, W, Z, ZM and ZS. You will recognize many of them as being leading rocket stocks. William O’Neil and David Ryan teach people to buy great stocks with proven or expected large earnings increases. Great earnings propel  stocks higher.  I now have a watch list in TC2000 so I can monitor these 36 and set alerts for the technical set-ups I use. How great is that!

While some stocks are doing quite well, the general market indexes are not. The GMI remains on a cautious Red signal and QQQ and SPY are below their critical 10 week averages and the daily RWB up-trend pattern did not develop for QQQ last week.


Stocks with high volume GLB may rocket higher: $SITM, $FVRR, $PTON, $REGI–buy stocks breaking to all-time-highs with high volume–visible on weekly charts


Launched rockets find support at 4 week average (red dotted line). Green bars designate bounces up off of 4 week average as long as 4w>10wk>30wk. I buy after a green bar and put first stop loss below that or prior week’s low. Easy to find GLBs with TC2000.

This week will determine if tech down-trend will continue. Monitoring GLBs to find leaders during a correction–$PINS, $PTON, $CRWD; Follow the weekly chart $ZM, $FVRR, $TSLA


The GMI is 1 (of 6) and Red and IBD has called the market in a correction. IBD enthusiasts are looking for a follow-through day (FTD) this week. After a possible bottom, an FTD would occur if one of the major indexes were to close 1%+ higher on greater volume than the prior day. and MarketSmith will tell us when an FTD happens. I am looking for a close of the QQQ back above its 10 week average (currently 273.13). QQQ has rebounded exactly to just below its 10 week average. Both the SPY and DIA are weaker and further below their 10 week averages. When the short term trends are down, it is more difficult  to make profits by betting on the long side. You get shaken out repeatedly, at least I do.

However, we know that market leaders are born during corrections. They build bases and even break out of bases to new highs sometimes,  before the market turns up. Mark Minervini (@MarkMinervini) emphasizes this point often.  I always watch the daily and weekly New High lists to look for promising stocks. A stock that has an above average volume break-out above its green line peak (GLB) to an all-time high is worth monitoring to see if it can hold above its green line. That is why I am watching $PINS, which had a beautiful GLB last week. $PINS is also a recent IPO, and has huge projected earnings for 2021 on MarketSmith,  both promising characteristics of new leaders. PINS was one of the stock picks selected by the head of TickerMonkey, one of the speakers at Saturday’s extraordinary free online Boston IBD Meet-up. Also speaking at the event was the brilliant mathematician and stock analyst who writes @TMLTrader (TML=true market leader). His tweets are a wonderful source of promising stocks and he has partnered with TickerMonkey to offer a subscription to his TML portfolio picks.

Look how $PTON has climbed after its high volume GLB in May. Note how it is climbing recently on above average weekly volume.

Once a GLB has occurred I sell if it closes back below its green line. Once it has proven itself and has moved above its green line, a good time to sell is when it closes below its 10 week average (blue dotted line). I find that focusing on daily charts often causes me to exit a winner too early. A rule I have posted on my screen: BEFORE SELLING, LOOK AT WEEKLY CHART.

Look at the leader, $ZM. Only one weekly close below its 10 week, in August,  since its GLB last March. Note the successful retest of the GLB in April. How easy it looks in 20/20 hindsight! Sometimes I think I should tune out everything (news, social media, opinions)  and just program the computer to trade using a few simple rules.


$FVRR has never closed below its 10 week after its GLB in May. (It surely will if I decide to buy it!)

The key for me is to buy rocket stocks soon after they have a GLB and to monitor them on a weekly chart.

Other than 5 weeks during the COVID decline, TSLA has closed all weeks since November above its 10 week average. Note how often it closes above its 4 week average (red dotted line). If I use a strategy based on a weekly chart, I must wait until near the close on Friday afternoon to know whether a moving average will be violated. Many times the average is violated during the week only to close the week above it. Why is that? Do large buyers come in at the end of the week?

Here is a recent IPO that had a retest of its GLB. Will CRWD retake its ATH reached 4 weeks ago?

The GMI remans at 1 (of 6) and Red. With this market weakness as a background I am prone to selling out long positions at the first sign of any weakness. It is so much easier for me to trade profitably when the GMI is Green. T2108 reached a low of 13% last week but closed at 23%. When T2108 is below 10% it usually signals an extremely oversold market and a likely bottom. I always urge my students and never have the courage to do it, to buy some $SPY when the T2108 is in single digits. The depressing news and steep market decline at those times usually scare me from doing so.