Standard Deviation Breakout

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Understanding the Standard Deviation Breakout Alert

This alert reports each time the stock price moves up 1 standard deviation from the closing price. This is very similar to the % up for the day alert, but this is based on volatility rather than a percentage. For some stocks it is interesting and unusual when they move up by less than 1% from the previous close. Others must move by 2% or more before they are interesting. The user can require higher standards, as described below.

This alert is slightly different from our other volatility alerts, because this uses a more traditional formula for volatility. For most of our alerts we use two weeks worth of volume-weighted, intraday volatility data, and we scale it so that "1" means a typical move for one 15 minute period. This alert is based on a year's worth of volatility data. Recent data is weighted more heavily than year old data, and the data is scaled so that "1" means a standard deviation for one day.

Default Settings

By default, the Standard Deviation Breakout alert appears when the stock price moves 1 standard deviation up from the closing price.

Stock with Standard Deviation Breakout

Scan with Standard Deviation Breakout Alert

Custom Settings

For 'Standard Deviation Breakout' alerts, you have the option to use an alert specific filter. This filter is located immediately to the right of the corresponding alert and is always optional. You can decide to leave it blank if you want to receive more alerts, or you can fill it in to restrict the number of alerts you receive. This filter allows you to specify the quality of the alert. When you set a higher number for this filter, you are telling the alerts server to display only alerts that meet a higher quality standard, resulting in fewer alerts being shown.

When setting an alert for 'Standard Deviation Breakout', the user can filter the alert by the minimum change required to report. This value is always displayed in the alert description. The server reports at each integer value, and no others. It never does any rounding. This value is measured in standard deviations, scaled for one day. Roughly speaking, one standard deviation is the amount you'd expect the stock to move during the course of an entire day.

Standard Deviation Breakout Alert Custom Settings

The minimum/default value is one standard deviation. The server will not report one of these alerts until the stock moves at least one standard deviation from the previous closing price.

Typically each symbol will only report one of these alerts per day at each level. However, after recovering from a bad print, the server may repeat some alerts.

Description Column

The description of the alert will give a more comprehensive breakdown of the standard deviation change.

Standard Deviation Breakout Description

Quality Column

The quality value on a scan using the "Standard Deviation Breakout" is the total number of standard deviations up from the previous closing price.

Standard Deviation Breakout Quality

Alert Info for Standard Deviation Breakout [BBU]