34.81 -1.14 (-3.28%) Sell

WLFC is a falling knife, continues to bleed every investor trying to catch it

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WILLIS LEASE FINANCE CORP was among the worst performers today. It fell by -3.28% to close at 34.81. It's recent 5 day performance has been +0.03%, -0.88%, -1.01%, -3.75% and +3.42%.

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WLFC showed a bullish trend over the last 3 months. During this period WLFC surged by +1.4% and saw a maximum drawdown of -12.67%. There was a long signal during this period which returned +1.4%.


WLFC has been underperforming the SP500 index in recent time. It showed significant outperformance (compared to the SP500 index) from 15 Dec, 2017 to 6 Nov, 2018. Over the last 2 years 11 months and 7 days, WLFC outperformed the SP500 index on 52% days.

WLFC was profitable on 50% days in the last three months. During this time, it delivered on average +0.04% per day. It delivered it's best daily return of +8.49%, during this period, on Monday, 5 Nov, 2018. The longest stort-term trend during this period was 7 profitable days, which started on 13 Sep, 2018 and went on till 21 Sep, 2018. This bullish trend returned +1.94% to investors.

During the last year WLFC had 7 profitable months and 5 loss making months. WLFC returned profits in fewer months than SP500 index. WLFC significantly outperformed SP500 index in Mar 2018, when it returned +25.57% compared to +4.75% returned by SP500 index during it's best month in the last one year - Jan 2018. WLFC had a shorter streak of profitable months than SP500 index. It only went up in 4 straight months during the last year.

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WLFC is currently seeing overall increase in volatility. In comparison, the SP500 index is seeing increase in volatility. During the last three months, there was a significant surge in WLFC's volatility from 25 Sep, 2018 to 10 Dec, 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 WLFC has significant positive skewness in it's return distribution. This indicates that investors can expect WLFC to recover from drawdowns quickly. Which makes WLFC a good candidate for investing on short-term bullish trends or even counter-trends hoping for a pull-back.

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

On a general note (since you are interested in WLFC), two large cap instruments that deserve special mention are AMZN and PFE. They have significantly outperformed the overall market.

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