I have now read both Mark Minervini's books (twice!) and I must say I like his approach of using a stock's fundamentals together with TA to time his purchases and exits. But it got me thinking: is this approach valid for any stock market or is it only applicable to Wall Street? The answer is I don't know. I have no reason to think it wouldn't work for London markets but as Mr Minervini made his wealth by investing in US stocks then I am going to try and do the same.  

My starting point was to add the United States region to my Stockopedia subscription. I am happy to report that the StockReport screen looks exactly the same as it does for UK stocks. My only (small) gripe is that the news section doesn't give links to the company's news release but just headlines from Thomson Reuters. Maybe that's a good thing as it makes me head to the company's Investor Relations page of their website and read the news from the source. Also when I click in the Discuss tab there is nothing there! I actually like this as in the past I have been swayed by other people's comments, sometimes for the good, sometimes not. Therefore my stock picking decisions will be entirely my own and I will have no one to blame (or praise) other than myself.

Next was to create a Stock Screen to find those Minervini type shares. It would be nice if there was a Minervini Guru screen on Stockopedia that I could have used as a starting point but there isn't so I had to create my own from scratch. I spent a day making the screen; I am not sure if it does past muster as a Minervini screen but it did throw up some interesting stock ideas for me to investigate further.

After many hours of research I decided on purchasing four stocks. These are they:

Carter's https://www.stockopedia.com/sh...
Mohawk Industries https://www.stockopedia.com/sh...
NVIDIA https://www.stockopedia.com/sh...
Planet Fitness https://www.stockopedia.com/sh...

I made my purchases using spread bets. The stocks I chose are very liquid so the spread was quite small. I am not using leverage and I have put in place guaranteed stops if things don't go as planned.

As I said, I am not sure if these…

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