One of my favorite short plays is the “new high failure” trade. There are three elements to this trade:
1) That stock makes a new high
2) RSI peaks at a lower level than the previous high
3) Take a short position if and only if the stock dip below the previous high
The recent failure of AAPL is a good example of this setup. The stock broke out to new highs in January. Many breakout traders saw this as a sign to jump on the Apple bandwagon. However, the fact that RSI peaked at a lower level than the November high was a warning sign. While not a signal to short, it was a warning that the stock should go on the “new high failure” watchlist. The optimal entry was few days later, when th stock gapped down below the old highs.
With so many stocks way below old highs, there are not many “new high failure” plays setting up right now. However, there are a number of stocks bouncing up to the old high resistance level. I will be watching this level for short entries. Maybe we can call this a “double” or “bounce” failure. For example, AAPL is inching up to the old high level on declining volume. If the stock fails at this level, which is likely, we could see another leg down.