As a scalper in ES, I don't use stops nor do I go to a breakeven stop, I don't want my computer to having to do extra steps that might slow down speed. If an order was used 2 tics away and I do a market order to exit, there is pretty good chances I will be in a trade that my computer was not fast enough to cancel the order. Goals for trading should be generated based on your well backtested method. If you noticed on your method consistently makes so many points on the average of six points then has intraday drawdown, perhaps at five points, you might want to reduce the number of contracts by 80%, this way, you can't ever have a losing day. I use 2.00 pts in ES as my goal, it might take me 2-5 trades to reach that, then I will either cut back 80, 90% or quit for the day, or trade crude oil/currencies. It all comes down to your method of trade and your past history of trading it.