When do you look at to determine if you are going to play the market each day. The method I use is just OK, profit wise. So I have been trying to research items that might make improve my trading depending on if decide to trade for that day or not. I have been researching and trying to come up with ideas. So far I have come up with: Volume, if today's volume for the 1st hour is equal to, or above the daily average, trading results are better. Indicators - they are lagging too much. You miss all the good moves. Market - it does not seem to matter if the market is up or down for the day, to be profitable.