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Old Feb 7, 2009, 10:02am   #1
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Hi there,

I would like to know some thoughts on gap trading.

I read, somewhere, that a venerable trader will not trade long on a gap down until that gap closes. He always places short trades.

Is that, generally, the opėnion of most?

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This trader was a scalper. Would it apply to all timeframes, including a daily chart?

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Old Feb 7, 2009, 4:58pm   #2
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Splitlink started this thread No one knows the answer to that one .

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Old Feb 7, 2009, 5:18pm   #3
 
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I read somewhere that most gaps are faded within the first 15 minutes of market open. If it isn't then there is a good chance the market will continue in the direction, ie Gap up=Higher, Gap down=lower
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Old Feb 8, 2009, 12:13am   #4
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I'm not a scalper and don't do gap trades intraday but using EOD data I have found hole-in-the-wall gaps good predictors for shorting targets and 3-day unfilled gap reversl good for both long and short.
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Old Feb 8, 2009, 12:52am   #5
 
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I read somewhere that most gaps are faded within the first 15 minutes of market open. If it isn't then there is a good chance the market will continue in the direction, ie Gap up=Higher, Gap down=lower
dunno what markets your refering to but the s&p and dow can take a while to close the gap and ussualy do like 80% of the time, and alot of the time gap up often means a down day, or gap down means an up day
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dunno what markets your refering to but the s&p and dow can take a while to close the gap and ussualy do like 80% of the time, and alot of the time gap up often means a down day, or gap down means an up day
What you wrote isn't very different to what I wrote. What does the market do in the "while" it takes to close the gap? I should have been more specific with details: Traders attempt to fade any gap when the market opens and usually, if the gap isn't faded within the first 15 minutes it will reverse and head higher for an up gap and lower for a down gap.

N.B: This is from an article I read!
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Old Feb 8, 2009, 9:46am   #7
 
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Hi there,

I would like to know some thoughts on gap trading.

I read, somewhere, that a venerable trader will not trade long on a gap down until that gap closes. He always places short trades.

Is that, generally, the opėnion of most?

and

This trader was a scalper. Would it apply to all timeframes, including a daily chart?

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I think value areas come into the equation with this one.
This question had a definitive answer from theBramble some time ago.

When the market opens above where the bulk of yesterday's trading took place - then, when it trades down to the high of that area, if it does not bounce, but instead starts trading through that level, it is likely to go all the way down and test the lows of that area.

When the market opens below where the bulk of yesterday's trading took place - then, when it trades up to the low of that area, if it does not bounce, but instead starts trading through that level, it is likely to go all the way up and test the highs of that area
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Old Feb 8, 2009, 11:07am   #8
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I tried to play the gap on xtrata but !

http://www.trade2win.com/boards/uk-s...what-joke.html

now xtrata 802 p !
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