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Gaps and limit/stop orders

Mishumo (Mishumo)
Oct 05 2017 at 07:23
1 posts
Let's say I set a limit or stop order at a certain price - and there is a gap that overlaps the price - does the trade activate?

TiffanyK (TiffanyK)
Oct 05 2017 at 14:35
427 posts
Yes. Your trade will be activated because the open price AFTER the gap will already overlap your limit. Doesn't matter that the price went up/down because of a gap.

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Oct 06 2017 at 09:29
12 posts
You write a simple piece of code will prevent that on MT4

compuforexpamm (compuforexpamm)
Oct 06 2017 at 10:06
265 posts
Actually, don't count on it for a limit order. Stop order, no question......along with consequent slippage.

The price you see on a chart is the Bid price, so if you have a buy limit order(pending order at below market price), you may have the bid price open up with a gap well below your target price......typically gaps are caused by poor weekend liquidity(which also causes big spreads) and there is a chance that the Ask price(which is the price your order needs for a buy) may still be above your order price.

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BaldoN (BaldoN)
Oct 11 2017 at 15:06
522 posts
It should be on the first available market price. In some brokers MM you may see nice execution in the gap :)

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