I do very much like a large Gap Open with a strong Opening Drive.
But do you know what's better than a large Gap Open with a strong Opening Drive?
How about a large Gap Open with Opening Drive failure and reversal to the opposite direction!
We have discussed traps at (or just before) the RTH Open quite a lot over the last year.
But if I recall correctly, the vast majority of these trap examples occur within the opening 1-5 minutes, or so.
The concept today is the same. The reason it works so well is the same.
IT TRAPS SOMEONE IN A LOSING POSITION.
It just happens over a slightly longer time period.
There's a key point here related to trading success. A big part of success comes from minimising damage during those times when your plan is out of sync with the actual market conditions. Conduct your analysis and trade accordingly. But always keep in mind the following: (a) What do I need to see to know I'm right? (b) What conditions will confirm I'm wrong, or at least raise some doubt and allow me to contain risk?
And by minimising damage I mean not just to your account, but also to your mindset. Both are essential for profiting from the subsequent momentum drive, once the trap is sprung.
Let's step through the trade sequence.
What is better than a large Gap Open with a strong Opening Drive?
A large Gap Open with Opening Drive failure and reversal to the opposite direction!
But only if you don't destroy your account or mindset, during the times when you're wrong.