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Gap Up Chart Pattern


Gaps usually represent important areas of support or resistance. A Gap Up will indicate different situations based on the context in which it was formed. A Gap Up in an uptrend may indicate a previous level of resistance has been broken and now forms a support level. A Gap Up in a downtrend may indicate an end to, or a reversal of, the prior downtrend. Gaps provide an indication of a financial instrument's SHORT-TERM outlook.



A Gap Up forms when the low for a period (usually day) is higher than the previous period's high.

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Trading Considerations

Since Gaps represent important areas of support or resistance they can be used to measure the strength of moves. If a price breaks through a Gap it is usually a signal of a significant price move.


Criteria that Supports

Three Gap Ups within a trend indicate a possible end to, or reversal of, that trend. The three Gaps do not have to occur on sequential days, but may form many days apart.