Crossed Below Support

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Understanding the Crossed Below Support Alert

This alert appears whenever a stock crosses important support lines. This is similar to its volume confirmed counterpart. Both sets of alerts use the same definition of support, and the exact same lines. The volume confirmed version of the alert requires more proof that the price has really crossed the support line. This alert requires less confirmation than its volume confirmed counterpart, so we typically report them sooner.

Support is particularly sensitive to noise. By definition, support is a place where the stock price spends a lot of time. The stock does not stay at one exact price, but it moves around near that price. If we just drew a line right through the middle of support, and reported every time the stock made a single print on the wrong side of the line, we would generate too many alerts.

This alert is similar to looking at a 1 minute stock graph. The volume confirmed version of this alert is similar to looking at a 15 minute stock graph.

Default Settings

By default, the 'Crossed Below Support' alert will appear when a stock crosses below a support line. This alert does not require as much proof that it has crossed the support line as its volume confirmed counterpart.

Stock with Crossed Below Support

Scan with Crossed Below Support Alert

Custom Settings

For 'Crossed Below Support' 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 'Crossed Below Support', the user can filter the alert by hours traded. Crossing a support line which has been active for one day is interesting. Crossing a support line which has been active for two days is more interesting. Crossing a support line which has been active for an hour is not very interesting.

Crossed Below Support Alert Custom Settings

Normally there are 6.5 hours between the open and the close. But, what about premarket and post market?

If I see a pattern that lasted from noon yesterday to noon today, is that any better than a pattern that lasted from the open this morning to the close this afternoon? How much better? We weight the pre and post market according to volume. On an average day an average NASDAQ 100 stock will trade roughly 1 hour's worth of volume between the close and the following open. If you want to see stock patterns that lasted for a whole day, a good estimate is 7.5 hours, 6.5 for normal hours plus 1 for the pre and post market.

The same rules apply during the day. If a chart pattern lasts for one hour starting from the open, it will almost always be considered a stronger pattern than if it lasted one hour starting from the beginning of lunch. Hours are just an estimate. Volume is the major factor in this filter. Stocks trading on higher than average volume will satisfy this filter faster than stocks trading on lower than average volume.

Description Column

The description of the alert will report the price at which the stock crossed below its support, how long ago the support pattern was established, and the volume at the time the support was crossed.

Crossed Below Support Description

Quality Column

The quality value on a scan using the 'Crossed Below Support' alert represents the number of hours since the support pattern has been established.

Crossed Below Support Quality

Alert Info for Crossed Below Support [CBS]