It seems increasingly hard to get these stocks to move. I thumbed through a number of charts from friday, and its amazing how many 30 minute intervals did not contain a move of 25 cents or more. I watched a stock go up a buck one day last week, and there wasn't a single good day trade all day in it, except to buy on the open, sell on the close. But that is not day trading. And the only reason it acted the way it did was because futures slowly drifted up all day. I'm trying to figure out how to get intraday charts for some stocks from last year to compare to the current trading. But don't know how???? A strange phenomena has taken hold versus last year. Not only has the daily range contracted, but more importantly for us day traders, the 15 minute range has contracted to nearly nothing. You just don't see the big orders anymore that will make a stock momentarily pop or drop 20 cents. I watch stocks that last year would make me a ton of money, now stay in a 20 cent untradeable range for hours on end. Even when they end up having a nice move on the day, they arn't really tradeable. They just happen to go up with the market. Its like the stocks are lifeless zombies. Floating down a river of SPY arbitrage. Some stocks Zig, others ZAG. Some even have big moves. But the volume is thin, with rarely a trade gapping the stock around. Half my game is reading the "emotion" of the stock, and that is hard for me to do right now. Anyone else experience this?? After commissions, higher SEC fees, and slippage....how do we handle this? 10 cent a trade slippage didn't bother me when i was able to find 75 cent and $1+ winners. But these are far and few these days.