Today I’ve released updated versions of the All-In-One Gap Scan and the % and $ Gap Columns.
The improvements to the columns were just to fix a small error I found. But for the scan, several big improvements have been implemented …
Choose both min/max gap % size
Choose both min/max gap $ size
Choose whether you only want to scan for gaps that haven’t filled yet
Choose whether the gap needs to be “significant” — i.e., gapping above the prior high, or below the prior low (completely outside the range of the prior day’s candle)
Choose whether the gap needs to be a “pro” or “tier 1” or “shock” gap — i.e., gapping over a prior day red candle, or gapping under a prior day green candle, adding “shock value” to the gap
This single all-in-one scan works during the extended hours / premarket / aftermarket, and continues working as the regular trading hours begin, so you only need to use one scan all day long.
The other change is that the $ and % values are now all calculated from the prior close instead of the high/low, just for consistency, and whether the gap is over/under the prior day’s candle is specified as a separate criterion in settings, which can be turned on/off at will. This will help keep things consistent and logical no matter what type of trading you do.
First things first: I’ve been lazy lately when it comes to the site, but mostly because I have an extreme one track mind and my focus lately has been on my own trading instead of maintaining the site. The good news is that over the past week I had a chance to get into gear and clean up some things around here.
I also finally got around to posting the new thinkorswim earnings tool I’ve been working on for anyone that’s interested in that. It comes with 2 columns that show the days until earnings, and the actual date of earnings, and then 2 indicators that show labels with your current charted stock’s earnings date and days until earnings, and highlight the chart’s background when you’re approaching the earnings release date. Here’s a quick example:
Secondly, I’ve posted some new thinkorswim tutorial videos on the Youtube channel and plan to try to post on there fairly often, so if you’re not subscribed go check out the Youtube channel. While you’re at it, I also have a Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus page where I sometimes post coupon codes, trades, and product announcements and updates.
One other improvement I’ve been making around here is that I’ve been trying to incorporate my own trade journal into the site in case it can be of any help to any struggling traders out there. Trading is a tough business, and cutting losses is the primary job description, so sometimes my trading journal doesn’t look pretty. Trading is a statistical game where over a large sample of trades, if your system works, you end up with more funds than you started with. Not every trade will work — in fact most won’t, generally — which is why you have to trade with a good risk/reward ratio and a solid trade management plan. I make no claims to trading perfection, and that is why I’m sharing my trading journal … to keep myself honest and transparent, and to show traders that you don’t have to be right all the time to make money, you just have to work an edge consistently. So with that in mind, here are my latest trades, and they will also show up along the sidebar on the blog section of the website…
Josiah is a stock trader, thinkScript programmer, real estate investor, and budding mountaineer. He's also rumored to be an in-shower opera singer. Josiah & his family live in Nashville, TN. Twitter | YouTube
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