Halliburton’s (HAL) Gap Down Much Ado About Nothing

Understanding a stock's pattern can be the key to keeping a move down in perspective.

   

Our SlingShot Trader members were able to capture 150% in Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) Feb 38 Calls this week, but when you’re looking at significant profits, sometimes even a small move in stock can spark fear in a trader. We look at why a recent gap down in HAL really isn’t worth worrying about.

Video Transcript

Looking at this, there wasn’t really any major news out there. A gap down of a couple of cents doesn’t look abnormal in the overall scheme of things for Halliburton, so it dropped a little bit. We saw potentially some profit-taking up here at the $38 level, and after a surge higher, that tends to be Halliburton’s MO. It moves up a little bit, and then down a little bit, the idea of taking two steps forward and one step back.

But I don’t think there was any specific news that caused that gap down, nor is a slight gap in Halliburton’s price from one session to the other much to be concerned with, as it does appear to happen quite frequently.

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