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I have an idea I would like to backtest: is it possible to do this?

Hello, I am brand new user to QuantConnect! I would like to backtest the following basic idea for a particular stock. Here is the pseduocode starting with an initial cash of $1,000:

Buy Conidition: If $1,000 cash available and price drops 5% within the last 7 days, buy $1,000 of XYZ

Sell Condition: If price rises 10% since last buy order, sell all XYZ holdings

Is this possible to backtest in QuantConnect? The caveat is that this algorithm would not buy more than once in a row without selling. Also, another important distinction is that the buy condition is irrsepective of ticker price. Let me know if that makes sense!

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To be more specific about the buy condition, I imagine the algorithm would compare the current price to the price 1 day ago, 2 days ago, 3 days ago, 4 days ago, etc all the way up to 7 days, and if anyone of those comparisions is -5% it would trigger the buy condition. Let me know if that makes sense!

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Hi Joe,

This is certainly possible! The best way to do this is to use our Rolling Window feature, which is a method for keeping trade of recent data slices for a given security. You can learn more about Rolling Windows here, but I would recommend that you complete our Boot Camp to familiarize yourself with the QC platform fundamentals and then read the documentation regarding Handling Data and using Indicators as well.

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