Technical Analysis Of Gaps: Identifying Profitable Gaps For Trading

Hardcover | June 8, 2012

byJulie A. Dahlquist, Richard J. Bauer

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Gaps have attracted the attention of market technicians from the earliest days of charting. They’re not merely conspicuous: they represent price jumps that could signal profitable trading opportunities. Until now, however, "folklore" about gap trading has been common, and tested, research-based knowledge virtually nonexistent. In Technical Analysis of Gaps, renowned technical analysis researchers Julie Dahlquist and Richard Bauer change all that. Drawing on 60 years of comprehensive data, they demonstrate how to sort "strategic" gaps from trivial ones, and successfully trade on gaps identified as significant. Building on work that recently earned them the Market Technicians Association’s 2011 Charles H. Dow Award for creativity and innovation in technical analysis, Dahlquist and Bauer offer specific gap-related trading tips for stocks, futures, and options. They consider a wide variety of market conditions, including gap size, volume and previous price movement, illuminating their findings with easy-to-understand diagrams. Coverage includes: understanding what gaps are and how they arise; recognizing windows on candlestick charts; identifying gaps with superior profit potential; combining gaps with other technical techniques for a more complete and effective analysis; and putting it all together with real trading strategies. For stock, commodity, and currency traders in the U.S. and worldwide, and for active individual investors seeking new ways to maximize returns.

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Gaps have attracted the attention of market technicians from the earliest days of charting. They’re not merely conspicuous: they represent price jumps that could signal profitable trading opportunities. Until now, however, "folklore" about gap trading has been common, and tested, research-based knowledge virtually nonexistent. In Techn...

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“Finally! We now have a book that deals exclusively with price gaps. Read how to identify them, trade them, and measure their returns. The authors challenge conventional wisdom regarding the usefulness of gaps on heavy or light volume. Find out if days that contain a high number of gapping stocks will offer clues to the market’s ov...

Julie R. Dahlquist, Ph.D., CMT is a senior lecturer, Department of Finance, at the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business. She is the recipient of the 2011 Charles H. Dow Award for excellence and creativity in technical analysis. She is the coauthor (with Charles Kirkpatrick) of Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.53 × 5.74 × 0.95 inPublished:June 8, 2012Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0132900432

ISBN - 13:9780132900430

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Table of Contents

About the Authors     xii

Chapter 1    What Are Gaps?     1

Chapter 2    Windows on Candlestick Charts     17

Chapter 3    The Occurrence of Gaps     43

Chapter 4    How to Measure Returns     71

Chapter 5    Gaps and Previous Price Movement     107

Chapter 6    Gaps and Volume     121

Chapter 7    Relative Price of Gap Occurrence     139

Chapter 8    Gaps and the Market     159

Chapter 9    Closing the Gap     205

Chapter 10  Putting It All Together     219

Index     227