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Forecasting the Dow Jones Industrial Average

Recent Performance

Recent Trades

 

DATE Dow Forecast Daily Cumulated
of the forecast Close Long1 Short-1 Profit Profits
  $ for 1 DJIA future traded
20/10/2017 23328 -1 $550 $550
23/10/2017 23273 -1 $-1680 $-1130
24/10/2017 23441 -1 $1120 $-10
25/10/2017 23329 -1 $-710 $-720
26/10/2017 23400 0 $0 $-720
27/10/2017 23434 0 $0 $-720
30/10/2017 23348 -1 $-290 $-1010
31/10/2017 23377 1 $580 $-430
01/11/2017 23435 1 $810 $380
02/11/2017 23516 -1 $-230 $150
03/11/2017 23539 -1 $-90 $60
06/11/2017 23548 -1 $-90 $-30
07/11/2017 23557 1 $60 $30
08/11/2017 23563 1 $-1020 $-990
09/11/2017 23461 1 $-390 $-1380
10/11/2017 23422 1 $170 $-1210
13/11/2017 23439 1 $-300 $-1510
14/11/2017 23409 1 $-1380 $-2890
15/11/2017 23271 1 $1870 $-1020
16/11/2017 23458 1 $-1000 $-2020
17/11/2017 23358 1 $720 $-1300
20/11/2017 23430 1 $1610 $310
21/11/2017 23591 0 $0 $310
22/11/2017 23526 1 $320 $630
24/11/2017 23558 1 $230 $860
27/11/2017 23581 1 $2550 $3410
28/11/2017 23836 1 $1050 $4460
29/11/2017 23941 1 $3310 $7770
30/11/2017 24272 -1 $410 $8180
01/12/2017 24231 -1 $-590 $7590
04/12/2017 24290 -1 $1100 $8690
05/12/2017 24180 -1 $400 $9090
06/12/2017 24140 1 $710 $9800
07/12/2017 24211 1 $1190 $10990
08/12/2017 24330 -1 $-560 $10430
11/12/2017 24386 -1 $-1180 $9250
12/12/2017 24504 -1 $-810 $8440
13/12/2017 24585 -1 $760 $9200
14/12/2017 24509 1 $1420 $10620

 

2011-12

The INDU Model delivered rising and hefty profits.

 

2010

2010 was another meagre - but non negative - year, as the Dow oscillated trendless for most of the year. The DTIM’s profits peaked on April 28. The model subsequently accumulated losses that reached $21725 by July 14, then recovered. The year ended with a small gross profit: $2,769. The model placed 230 bets in 252 trading days: it went flat 22 times (9%), long 153 times (61%), and short 77 times (31%). There were 80 round trips. The forecasts were correct only about 51% of the times. “Long signals” generated a profit of $8,284, but “Short signals” generated losses of $-5,515. Winning trades generated profits totalling $85.787, and losing trades generated losses of $83,018.

 

 

2009

2009 was a “bad” year for the Day Trading Indu Model, which nevertheless managed to report a small gain. Volatility was low, and there was a major trend inversion. The INDU model gained 1,882$ per Dow future trades over 252 trading days. The DTIM issued 125 "long" signals, 16 "flat" signals, and 111 "short" signals, producing 83 "round trips" [hence, if commissions paid on a round trip are $8, the cost of commissions was $664, further reducing the annual profits]. The Model's forecasts were right 121 times (51.3% excluding flat forecasts) winning a total annual amount of $122,224 per Dow future traded (50.1%). The model issued a wrong forecast 115 times (48.7%) losing a total of $111,821 (49.9%). "Short" signals produced a total annual loss of $6,767, while “Long” signals produced annual profits amounting to $8648. The worst losing streak amounted to about-$10,000. Year-end profits reached $1,882 per Dow future traded.

 

2008

2008 marks a return to the (very profitable) volatile trending markets that characterised the late "90s. This is the ideal environment for the Day Trading Indu Model. The model gained $19,684 per "Dow future" traded in the first quarter, and continued to gain until the end, except for an awful October (see the Monthly Table below). At the closing bell of 253 trading days in 2008, the DTIM issued 122 "long" signals (48%), 32 "flat" signals (13%), and 99 "short" signals (39%), producing 80 "round trips" [hence, if commissions paid on a round trip are $8, the cost of commissions was $640]. The Model's forecasts were right 120 times (54.3% excluding flat forecasts) winning a total amount of $211,474 per Dow future traded (57%). The model issued a wrong forecast 101 times (45.7%) losing a total of $160,198 (43%). When "flat" signals were issued, the actual Dow variation was on average only 75% of the change that occurred in other trading days; and daily volatility [ High(t) - Low(t) / close(t-1) ] was only 1.79% compared with 2.82% in other days, showing that the "flat" signal has some predictive power on the daily volatility, however defined. Not surprisingly - given the negative market trend in 2008 - "Short" signals yielded 92.7% of total annual profits, whereas "Long" signals were barely profitable (+$3,747). Between Sept 29 and Nov. 11 the DTIM had its worst losing streak ever: -$28,100. But year-end profits reached $51,276 per Dow future traded. What a ride!

 

2007

Annual profits amount to $8711 per DJIA future traded, net of commissions. They would be higher in actual trading, if stop losses were used: for example, the DTIM was "long" - and lost $4153 - on February 26, when the Dow crashed. The gains were concentrated in the first six months of the year. In the second semester a difficult trading range emerged, as the Dow prepared a 2008 bear market: the D.T.I. model lost (only) about -$1000 and finished the year with a +$8711 gain. In the 2nd semester, thus, the D.T.I.M. showed once again its resilience in times of adverse (non trending) market behaviour. (see Table below). The model issued a "flat" forecast 23% of the times, went long 45%, and short 32% of the times. Forecasts were right 98 times, wrong 93 times.

 

2006 Performance

2006 was a weak year for the DTIM. In the first five months the DTIM gained steadily: but the trading range was too hard to trade in June, when heavy losses in some highly volatile days almost erased the gains accumulated since January. Annual profits were lifted by Q4's trending market, reaching $5,903 (gross, 23.6% of the suggested $25.000 "money at work" at the beginning of the year) per "10$-Dow-Future" traded. In 2006 the D.T.I.M. was "long" in 141 trading days, "short" in 72 trading days, and "flat" in 39 trading days: it went 72 times on a round-trip. Forecasts were right 112 times, wrong 100 times. The actual Dow went up in 137, and fell in 115, of a total 252 trading days.

 

2005 Performance

In the first quarter of 2005 the U.S. stock market went into a side-trend. The special features of the D.T.I.M. avoided the usual losses of computer-based models in these kind of markets. Actually the 1st semester ended with a gross profit of $4015 for Dow future contract traded, due to the "Short" bias which rewarded the model in April. Summer further lifted - slightly - the model's profits. The early activation of trend-following devices in the last quarter boosted revenues when prices broke on the upside. Annual profit was $10,323 per future traded.

 

2004 Performance

The Daily Model gained $6460 in the first half of 2004, and lost about $8,500 in July, August and September 2004. In the first ten months of the year the N.Y.S.E. went side-trending: that is the hardest kind of market to forecast on a daily basis. The Dow and the S&P500 rallied after Nov. 4th: the new trend helped the model to improve its performance and bring the 2004 performance into the black once again (+$2,684, roughly 10% of the capital at work, the worse result in years).

 

2003 Performance

The Daily Model recovered in May from early losses (in a side trend) and finished in the black. The annual profit was $9500 per future traded.

 

2002 Performance

The Daily Model profited from the sharp downtrend that developed in March and the sharp October rebound, posting an annual profit of $18,379 per future traded. 2002 was the last of a number of year with a high stock market volatility.

 

Monthly Performance

The table below reports the monthly behaviour of the INDU Model since this website appeared. In the 2nd column, "Monthly Profits" are Dow Jones Industrial Average "Units", gained or lost by the model. Performances are "theoretical, out of sample": which means that neither commissions nor slippage, transmission errors, accounting costs, interest on margin deposit, etc., are included.

Some features of the model's usual behaviour may be observed. First, the Model may gain in both bear and bull markets, provided of course that its forecasts are correct. This means that its advantage over "buy and hold" investment strategies is magnified in bear markets. Second, gains emerge consistently only on a 6-12 month basis. One consequence is that daily trading is often frustrating, as profits may not come for many many weeks, and then flow in suddenly and rapidly.

 

monthly profits

monthly gains 2009-12

Day Trading INDU Model: monthly performance

(Comissions not included)
2013 Monthly Profits
(DJIA units^10)
Cumulated
Annual Profits
Dow Jones
(end of month)
January -$1,281 -$1,281 13861
February -$456 -$1,737 14054
March $300 -$1,437 14578
April $6,600 $5,163 14839
May $5,580 $10,743 15115
June $1,170 $11,913 14909
July $8,680 $20,593 15499
August -$7,950 $12,643 14810
September -$4,880 $7,763 15129
October $5,230 $12,993 15545
November $4,650 $17,643 16086
December -$1,150 $16,493 16576
2014
January -$9,190 -$9,190 15698
February $3,650 -$5,540 16321
March -$7,340 -$12,880 16457
April $1,580 -$11,300 16580
May $560 -$10,740 16717
June $5,680 -$5,060 16826
July $4,424 -$636 16563
August $7,360 $6,724 17098
September -$2,700 $4,024 17042
October -$13,240 -$9,216 17390
November -$2,430 -$11,646 17828
December $840 -$10,806 17823
2015
January -$9,180 -$9,180 17165
February $1,090 -$8,090 18214
March -$4,160 -$12,250 17776
April $6,430 -$5,820 17840
May $3,800 -$2,020 18011
June $12,780 $10,760 17619
July -$6,110 $4,650 17689
August -$19,140 -$14,490 16528
September $8,130 -$6,360 16284
October $4,980 -$1,380 17663
November $2,020 $640 17719
December $12,830 $13,470 17425
2016
January -$9,080 -$9,080 16466
February $630 -$8,450 16516
March $60 -$8,390 17685
April $1,850 -$6,540 17773
May $740 -$5,800 17785
June -$3,500 -$9,300 17929
July $6,140 -$3,160 18432
August $70 -$3,090 18401
September $1,730 -$1,360 18308
October -$2,170 -$3,530 18142
November $2,050 -$1,480 19124
December $4,480 $3,000 19763
2017
January $980 $980 19864
February $980 $1,960 20821
March $2,970 $4,930 20663
April $3,070 $8,000 20940
May $270 $8,270 21008
June $1,870 $10,140 21349
July $4,290 $14,430 21891
August $200 $14,630 21948
September $2,460 $17,090 22405
October -$7,740 $9,350 23377
November $8,610 $17,960 24272

A "Long" position on a Dow Jones Future generates profits (losses) equal to $10 for every unit of DJIA increase (decline). For example, buying a Dow Future at 10005 and selling it at 10030 generates (gross) profits equal to (10030-10005)*10 = $250

 


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