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Mastering the Gap Snake Indicator: A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction

The Gap Snake Indicator is a powerful technical analysis tool that detects price gaps in financial markets. Price gaps occur when an asset’s price changes significantly between the close of one trading period and the open of the next, without any trading taking place in between.

TrendSpider introduced the Gap Snake Indicator as a proprietary tool to help traders quickly identify and analyze gaps on any timeframe. Traders can use the indicator in conjunction with the Market Scanner, Strategy Tester, and Multi-Factor Alerts.

Gap Snake Indicator

Calculating the Gap Snake Indicator

Formula

The Gap Snake Indicator examines the relationship between consecutive trading periods’ opening and closing prices. It identifies gaps by comparing the current period’s open with the previous period’s close. If a gap exists, the indicator will then classify it as one of four types:

  1. Gap Has Emerged
  2. Gap Has Narrowed
  3. Unfilled Gap Exists
  4. Gap Has Closed

Example scanners based on Gap Snake Indicator

The Gap Snake Indicator can be used in Scanning the market. To see how exactly it can be used in this way, we provide the following samples. Both scanners search the market for stocks using this indicator.

"TS: Unfilled Gap above" scanner by Kevin Shah
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“TS: Unfilled Gap above” scanner by Kevin Shah
"TS: Unfilled Gap below" scanner by Kevin Shah
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“TS: Unfilled Gap below” scanner by Kevin Shah

Understanding the Gap Snake Indicator

Patterns and Significance

Interpreting the Gap Snake Indicator involves understanding the four gap conditions and their implications for market behavior:

  1. Gap Has Emerged: This condition signals that a new gap has formed, which may indicate the beginning of a new trend or a potential reversal.
  2. Gap Has Narrowed: This means that the gap has started to close but remains unfilled, suggesting that the market may be moving towards equilibrium.
  3. Unfilled Gap Exists: An unfilled gap indicates that the asset price has not returned to the original gap level, providing potential trading opportunities.
  4. Gap Has Closed: When a gap is closed, the market has fully corrected, and the asset price has returned to its pre-gap level.

Applying the Gap Snake Indicator in Trading

  1. Understanding Signals: Traders can use the Gap Snake Indicator to develop entry and exit strategies based on the gap conditions. For example, when a gap has emerged, it may present a buying or short-selling opportunity, depending on the direction of the gap.
  2. Combining with Other Indicators: To enhance the accuracy of their analysis, traders can combine the Gap Snake Indicator with other technical indicators, such as moving averages, relative strength index (RSI), or Bollinger Bands. By doing so, they can confirm the validity of gap signals and make more informed trading decisions.
  3. Entry and Exit Points: Entry and exit points can be determined by evaluating the gap conditions and their implications for market trends. For instance, when a gap has emerged, traders can enter a long position if the gap is upward or a short position if the gap is downward. Conversely, when a gap has closed, traders can consider exiting their positions, as it may indicate a trend reversal or the end of a price correction.

Benefits of the Gap Snake Indicator

The Gap Snake Indicator offers several advantages to traders:

  1. Efficiency: The indicator quickly identifies gaps on any timeframe, saving traders time and effort in manual gap analysis.
  2. Versatility: It can be used with various financial instruments, such as stocks, currencies, and commodities.
  3. Compatibility: The Gap Snake Indicator works well with other technical analysis tools, allowing traders to develop comprehensive trading strategies.

Drawbacks of the Gap Snake Indicator

Despite its benefits, the Gap Snake Indicator has some limitations:

  1. Lagging Nature: As with most technical indicators, the Gap Snake Indicator is based on historical data, which may not accurately predict future price movements.
  2. False Signals: The indicator can occasionally generate false gap signals due to sudden market volatility or other factors.
  3. Dependence on Other Indicators: The Gap Snake Indicator alone may not provide a complete market picture, necessitating additional technical analysis tools.

Example strategy based on Gap Snake Indicator

The Gap Snake Indicator can be used in Testing Strategies. To see how exactly it can be used in this way, we provide the following sample. The strategy tests buying and selling rules built around this indicator.

"TS: Gap fill above" strategy by Kevin Shah
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“TS: Gap fill above” strategy by Kevin Shah

The Bottom Line

The Gap Snake Indicator is a valuable tool for identifying and analyzing price gaps in financial markets. It can help traders develop effective entry and exit strategies based on gap conditions when used correctly. However, it is crucial to remember that traders should use the Gap Snake Indicator with other technical and fundamental analysis tools to achieve the best results. By doing so, traders can better understand market trends and make more informed decisions in their trading endeavors.

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