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Trading Strategy For Dow 30 Stocks

This is a simple strategy for trading Dow 30 stocks with no parameters to optimize and no filters. The strategy has outperformed SPY ETF annualized return since inception by a wide margin with a Sharpe of more than 1. Updated: April 6, 2023.

For all backtests in this article we used Norgate data for Dow 30 index that includes current and past constituents. We highly recommend this data service (we do not have a referral arrangement with the company.)

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Backtest settings

Timeframe: Daily (adjusted data)
Index: Dow 30  (current and past constituents)
Strategy type: Long-only mean-reversion
Maximum open positions: 10
Position size:  equity/10
Commission: $0.005/share
All trades are executed at the open of the next bar
Backtest range: 01/02/1993 –04/06/2023


  • The backtest starts in 1993 to allow a sufficient sample.
  • The strategy has no parameters and no price action filers.

Equity curve, yearly returns, drawdown profile, and comparison to S&P 500 total return B&H

Performance Summary

CAGR 17.5% 9.7%
MDD -30.5% -55.2%
SHARPE 1.01 0.51
MAR (CAGR/MDD) 0.57 0.18
TRADES 10,820
WIN RATE 65.6%
EXPOSURE 40.5% 100%

The strategy CAGR is 17.5% versus 9.7% for buy and hold (without dividends). The maximum drawdown of the strategy is -30.5% versus -55.2% for buy and hold. The Sharpe of the strategy is 1.10 versus 0.51 for buy and hold.

The average holding period is 6.9 days and exposure is 41%. The strategy has generated more than 10,000 trades in the test period. In 2022 the strategy gained 6.7% versus a loss of 18.5% for SPY ETF.

SPY ETF Performance

Below is the equity curve with yearly returns, and the drawdown profile, when using the B2S2 strategy to trade SPY ETF from inception to April 6, 2023.

This simple long-only strategy gained 1.7% in 2022, versus a loss of 18.5% for SPY ETF, and is up 13.2% year-to-date. The annualized return is 8.7%, the win rate is 69%, and the number of trades is 604 since the inception of the SPY ETF.

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Charting and backtesting program: Amibroker. Data provider: Norgate Data

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