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BloodHound
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say i take a risk and bought a pharmaceutical company such as DNDN because i knew that they were gonna release information on their new drug study. If i bought and put a stop loss on it and the results were bad sending the stock tumbling downwards, is their a chance that it would "skip over my stop loss" leaving me stuck with a big loss?

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With a stop LIMIT order, you can miss out totally on your price because the stock may open at a lower price or it may move too quickly down.

With a stop LOSS, as soon as the stock trades at or below your specified price, the order becomes a MARKET order. You may or may not get your price. I've found with stop losses I more often than not don't get my price, but almost always lower, especially if it has dropped in after hours.

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The only proble with DNDN is the news could come pre market or after hours....and whne trading begins again...the price will already be way below or above the stop....so it's worthless!
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Its a gamble for sure.
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quote:
Originally posted by wdcisco:
Its a gamble for sure.

http://www.allstocks.com/stockmessageboard/ubb/ultimatebb.php/ubb/get_topic/f/2/ t/014671.html

Check out the thread I started...it has all the big bio dates comming up next year...both trial results, and FDA approval decisions...the smart way to play these is get in a month before the news is expected...it should have a momo type run....then get out before the news! Always do a little dd first though!


http://www.allstocks.com/stockmessageboard/ubb/ultimatebb.php/ubb/get_topic/f/2/ t/014671.html

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I usually set my stop loss at about 6% or 7%
(I prefer % rather than price).
This allows for some normal fluctuations in
daily trading without taking a major hit if
someone sneezes in the Middle East and the
stock tanks shortly after.
If a stock is trending upward, or in a bottom bounce, I'll use a trailing stop with an even
tighter margin (5% or so) to preserve gains.
IMHO it's always wise to use a stop loss in
some way, shape, or form that suits your
own trading style.
Especially if you can't hang by your computer
all day and baby sit your plays.
I don't have time to lug my laptop around, or
call my broker every half hour, to see whats
going on so a stop loss can save your but
if you're not watching the road.
(tip: I have a Blackberry w/market access
though I can't place a trade w/o
broker assistance when away.

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support/resistance

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