are 9:30am-10:30am EST & 3:30-4pm EST the BEST times to trade ES, YM, NQ?

Discussion in 'Index Futures' started by increasenow, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. are 9:30am-10:30am EST & 3:30-4pm EST the BEST times to trade ES, YM, NQ?...I have read that many only focus on these trading times for the YM, ES, NQ...agree? or other times?
  2. BANG!!

    I disagree. 3:30-4 I found a real lack of consistency to what normally occurs throughout the day (excluding around mkt news releases)

  3. so then what time is best?
  4. 2:30ish (east coast) is good historically. Although lately its been 3:30.

    Never did a thorough statistical study though so maybe I'm wrong.

    I bet acrary did.
  5. 9:40-3:30 for me

    Bang diddley ang!!!

  6. I'm thinkin 9:30-10:30am est probably has the most volatility and high-low range....also, many news events at 10am est
  7. I would say 9:30-10:30am gives the most BANG for the buck.
  8. 'The best times', depend on your strategy.

    You should know this by now.
  9. agree last half hour or even hour is like gambling for me, it just never works.

    9:30 to 11:00 however is my trading time frame. I quit for the day after that and relax or go out. My system needs volatility to trade, and that is just the time that works for me. I can squeeze out 1 or 2 to 10 trades in that time ranging from 8 to 30 ticks on the NQ. Also a few CL, and GC, 6E trades. Plenty of money to be made in first two hours.


  10. Handle123


    I think it really comes down to experience and the method you have developed through the years. If you need large swings 8:30 to 10:00 cdt will normally provide. If you have learned how to trade chop 10:00 to 1:00 cdt will produce 1.00 pts in ES and almost always 1:00 to close can acheive 1.50pt plus moves. I seldom ever take trades though after 2:35cdt, unless I am trying to get to breakeven on the day.

    I have broken down my backtesting into these three different time segments. Each require different risk and targets generally based on these segments. The only change I can make are based on last six ranges of each five minute bar. if they are expanding beyond normal, then targets are expanded but not risk.

    Usually, the first hour of day session will provide the high or low of the day to be made. I like using the ATR of last several day sessions to help figure out where the market might go, this will allow me to possible move the "chop" segment either way.

    So the "BEST" times to trade are really based on your method and not time of the day.
    #10     Jan 13, 2010
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