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Thread: Always Avoid these Gaps: Never Trade 'em

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    Default Always Avoid these Gaps: Never Trade 'em

    These are the worst of all gaps to trade, what I call "inside" gaps.

    How to spot them: these are gaps that occur inside the prior day's high/low range.

    Why they're bad: because they don't have institutional volume trades behind them, so they often chop around, despite initial 1/2 point up to 1 point inside gap moves.

    Example:
    http://www.TradingTalk.com/charts/in...GM_29Feb08.gif



    Instead, focus on >1-point gap continuation (and rare fade) plays, as discussed in other threads.

    Here's another one, from AAPL. Normally AAPL's a top trading stock, at least it has been this past 4-6 months. But I personally avoid interior/inside gaps like this because they're just so darn unpredictable. I prefer to wait to "take a bite out of AAPL" til it's moved outside prior day's high/low.

    http://www.TradingTalk.com/charts/in...PL_29Feb08.gif




    -ken

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    re. the AAPL gap. I like to fade that gap (providing the previous days trend was predominantly up) anticipating a retracement to the previous day's close, selling half just prior to the prev. close and exiting if the close isn't breached after a slight retracement at around 700 am PT. Is this a weak strategy?

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    cyrusjohns Guest

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    Thanks Ken...

    Nice update... I have never given weigh age to this but now i will surely keep a track of it.

    Regards

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