Tracking Unusual Institutional Trading

Published on
February 11th, 2019
14 minutes

Tracking Unusual Institutional Trading

Trade Ideas ·
Featuring Lucas Downey

Published on: February 11th, 2019 • Duration: 14 minutes

Lucas Downey, co-founder of, walks through his proprietary signals on unusual institutional trading activity. Specifically, he narrows down on the semiconductor space and notes three particular stocks mapped out on his radar, in this interview with Justine Underhill. Filmed on February 8, 2019.


  • FG
    Flavio G.
    11 February 2019 @ 16:46
    I see a few red points followed by an increase, not a decrease. Wonder how the validation of this strategy looks with multi-year dataset.
    • TB
      Theron B.
      19 February 2019 @ 23:34
      Yeah. The relationship between their “Map-it” dots and market turns seems fuzzy.
  • AH
    Alex H.
    15 February 2019 @ 01:14
    Interesting but seems superficial, missing depth. Wonder if it would be useful to consider the prices of these institutional trades to estimate their average prices, potential stops, etc?
  • CM
    C M.
    14 February 2019 @ 03:46
    Justine tried to ask good questions, but this was an awful interview. Felt Lucas was all over the place and didn't do a good job explaining his system, if you can call it a system. Save your time watching this one.
  • AM
    Alonso M.
    12 February 2019 @ 23:13
    Nice socks dude.
    • KC
      Kenneth C.
      13 February 2019 @ 17:47
      That's been a "trend" with guests on Trade Ideas.
  • MP
    Matthew P.
    12 February 2019 @ 23:32
    Guess domain name “” was taken
  • MC
    Matthew C.
    12 February 2019 @ 00:11
    I thought this was pretty good. His background as a block trader will have given him insight into how large institutions build positions that you simply don't see with the conventional tools.
    • AM
      Alonso M.
      12 February 2019 @ 23:12
      Not really. I traded institutional blocks for years and was shocked to learn how hopelessly confused and irrational institutions can be. Don't be fooled by randomness.
  • DH
    Dean H.
    12 February 2019 @ 09:53
    Really appreciate the insights into your method, it obviously works for you or you wouldn't be presenting on Realvision. However, I offer the following brief technical assessments: 1. XLNX - parabolic ramp into escape velocity, monthly RSI most overbought since the Dotcom bubble, massively disconnected with key moving averages, this isn't the time to be buying. 2. LRCX - following it's parabolic ramp, price momentum is now to the downside, it's looking like a textbook bull trap on the monthly chart, at least the price is currently above some key moving averages but the rally is rolling over, again not the time to buy. 3. SWKS - rebounded off the 200SMA following a halving of price in late 2018, longer term momentum is still to the downside and moving averages are still in bearish alignment with no change likely in the near term, big dark bearish engulfing candle on the daily chart following the recent rally, again not the time to buy. Just some technical thoughts.
  • NN
    Natibay N.
    12 February 2019 @ 03:34
    Not a scalable strategy. Not applicable if you are the institutional trader that's creating those signals
  • JL
    James L.
    12 February 2019 @ 03:10
    Don't understand all the downvotes..very nice presentation, thanks Lucas
  • FB
    Floyd B.
    11 February 2019 @ 20:55
    Would suggest you just get a good charting service that can track volume ,MACD and STOCHASTICS as well as price.
  • HJ
    Harry J.
    11 February 2019 @ 19:34
    Thanks for the history lesson. I’m reminded that spending to much time looking back is a good way to have a wreck.
  • PB
    Pieter B.
    11 February 2019 @ 16:52
    Thanks! Great conversation!