105.63 +3.35 (+3.17%) Sell

CW does a dead cat bounce, it's still too early to buy into it

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CURTISS WRIGHT CORP delivered good returns on Wednesday. It grew by +3.17% to close at 105.63. It is currently trading -25% below it's 52 week high of 142.06.

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CW showed a strong down trend over the last 3 months. During this period CW returned -23.58% and saw a maximum drawdown of -27.0%. There were 2 short signals during this period that returned a cumulative of +17.42% to investors.


CW has been underperforming the SP500 index in recent time, after having outperformed till 20 Apr, 2018. Over the last 2 years 11 months and 8 days, CW outperformed the SP500 index on 54% days.

During the last three months CW was mostly loss making and delivered on average -0.41% per day. It's best return during this period (of +3.17%) was on Wednesday, 12 Dec, 2018. While it's worst loss in the same period (of -4.81%) was on Wednesday, 24 Oct, 2018. There was initially a bullish trend during this period which started on 13 Sep, 2018 and went on till 18 Sep, 2018. The bullish trend returned +1.46% to investors. This was followed by a bearish trend that started on 2 Oct, 2018 and ended on 11 Oct, 2018. This bearish trend lost -15.67% of investor capital.

On monthly basis, CW delivered profits in more months over the last year, than losses. CW delivered profits less regularly than SP500 index. CW was also a more risky investment than SP500 index as it's worst month in the last year, Oct 2018, returned -20.92% compared to -7.28% returned by SP500 index in Oct 2018. CW had a shorter streak of profitable months than SP500 index. It only went up in 3 straight months during the last year. It is interesting to note that both CW and SP500 index significantly outperform during months when quarterly/annual results are announced.

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CW is becoming more volatile overall. In comparison, the SP500 index is seeing a rise in volatility. During the last three months, there was a significant surge in CW's volatility from 2 Oct, 2018 to 31 Oct, 2018. While there was a significant surge in the SP500 index's volatility from 13 Sep, 2018 to 29 Oct, 2018.

Advanced/professional short-term investors should note that CW has negative skewness in it's return distribution. This indicates that investors may need to stay invested through long periods of drawdown before expecting a recovery.

CW has more chance of extreme outcomes than the SP500 index. Therefore, CW must receive a lower allocation than SP500 in your portfolio. SP500 index usually has shorter drawdown period than CW.

On a general note (since you are interested in CW), CSCO is a large cap that deserves to be closely tracked for investment opportunities.

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