Welcome to Search Criteria

 

The search engine uses both relative and absolute operators to search for stocks.  

 

Definitions 

 

Criteria - This is what you are searching for.  i.e. Price, EMA Crossover, relative strength.

 

Operator - This is how you search. i.e. High as possible, display only, greater than.

 

Value - This is the value you are comparing in an operator. This can be a number or another criteria.  i.e. "price > 5" or "price > EMA 27".

 

Absolute Searching

 

Absolute criteria work like most other search engines.  Say you want stocks with a price above 5 and below 10.  You enter in price > to 5 and < 10 and when you run the search you get back a list of stocks between 5 and 10 in no particular order.  If a stock is 4.9 it will not show up.  This is fine if you are only looking for stocks between 5 and 10 but in the real world you probably have a set of search criteria.  Maybe you want stocks the most above their moving average.  What if there is an exceptional stock way above the moving average but it sells for 4.95, you wont get it in your list.  This is where relative searching comes in.

 

Relative Searching

 

Relative searching returns a list of stocks in the order of how it best fulfills your combined search criteria. For example I want stocks the are the most below their 200 day moving average so I choose  "EMA Percent away from price EMA Percent 144" and I choose relative low.  Now when I run the search it will but all the stocks in order from how far below their ema (Exponential Moving Average) they are.  Next I am only interest in stocks that have just broke up through their shorter ema.  I could use an EMA Crossover 17  and choose an absolute search Upside breakout which would limit the search to return only those stocks that cross up today.  But what if the stocks most below their moving average cross up yesterday.  Then you could use the relative operator, Most recent upside breakout.  Now when you run the search the stocks will order to best fit the combined criteria.  So now you will get yesterdays breakout stocks when the other criteria is exceptional.

 

Below is a description of the various operators.

 

Absolute Operators

 

>= - This criteria must be greater than or equal to either a number the user enters in the value field or the current value of another criteria.

 

> - This criteria must be greater than either a number the user enters in the value field or the current value of another criteria.

 

= - This criteria must be equal to either a number the user enters in the value field or the current value of another criteria.

 

< - This criteria must be less than  either a number the user enters in the value field or the current value of another criteria.

 

<= - This criteria must be less than or equal to either a number the user enters in the value field or the current value of another criteria.

 

<> - This criteria must be not equal to either a number the user enters in the value field or the current value of another criteria.

 

Cross Above - This criteria must be higher than the current value of the second  criteria in the value field and below the prior days values of the second criteria.

 

Cross Below - This criteria must be lower than the current value of the second  criteria in the value field and above the prior days values of the second criteria.

 

Upside Breakout - Only list stocks that have broken this technical study today to the upside.

 

Downside Breakout - Only list stocks that have broken this technical study today to the downside.

 

Relative Operators

 

High as Possible - Weight all stocks according to how high this criteria value is.

 

Low as Possible - Weight all stocks according to how low this criteria is.

 

Most Recent Upside Breakouts - Weight all stocks according to how recent the last upside breakout has occurred giving the most weight to a upside breakout today.

 

Most Recent Downside Breakouts - Weight all stocks according to how recent the last downside breakout has occurred giving the most weight to a downside breakout today.

 

No Effect Operator

 

Display Only -  This operator will not affect searching at all but will allow the display of a criteria value that is not being used for search.