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Exhaustion Gaps In SPY Analysis

Yesterday (11th of July) SPY gapped up over 1% after finishing strong over the previous days. Here is a potential strategy for the short side:

  1. Yesterday’s close must be at 10 day high (of the close, not the high).
  2. Today SPY gaps up at least 1.5 times the absolute value of the 25 day average (of the gaps).
  3. Go short at the close.
  4. Exit on tomorrow’s open (it works better on the open than the close).

In point 2 I have used 1.5 times simply to get enough fills. The higher the gap, the better the results (from 2005 until present):

P/L in % #fills Avg.
6.09 27 0.23

Here is the equity curve:

If we flip the strategy and do it on the long side we get this result:

P/L in % #fills Avg.
15.66 30 0.52

As we can see, not as stable on the long side!


– What is the strategy for shorting SPY after a significant gap up?

The strategy involves shorting SPY when yesterday’s close is at a 10-day high, and SPY gaps up by at least 1.5 times the absolute value of the 25-day average gaps.

– What criteria trigger the short trade in this strategy?

The short trade is triggered when both yesterday’s close meets the 10-day high condition, and today’s gap is at least 1.5 times the absolute value of the 25-day average gaps.

– When should traders exit their short positions in this strategy?

In this strategy, traders should exit their short positions on tomorrow’s open, as it has shown better results compared to exiting at the close.

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  • Hi, It’s not a “job”. I’m not hired. I can start and stop as I please, and from all practical purposes I’m a customer of Nevis Trading. I have traded for them and Echotrade, only. I have no idea about other firms. As long as you have some money, at least 5000 USD, there is no problem to find some place to trade.

  • HM says:

    Please could you elaborate point 2) a little more use some kind of example?

    • Hi, you calculate percentage move from yesterdays close until open. If last close was at 100 and today open at 100.25, that means a gap up of 0.25%. Then you take this value the last 25 days and calculate the average (but using absolute values).

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