Here is something to think about. When analysing any Index or stock to trade, do you want to analyse "Perfect Data & Information" or imperfect data and information. Stupid question I know but that is exactly what putting Candlesticks on Minute Charts does. First think about any minute chart and it's relationship to accuracy. The Indices are traded in contract or transaction increments NOT minutes. So any Minute chart is giving you variable and imperfection information in relation to the price action of that particular Index. Now lets look at Candlesticks. Candlesticks are indicators that either individually or in groups "Tell" the trader what is likely to happen in the future direction of that Index's overall price action. Candlesticks are what is called an "interpretation indicator" because they interpret price (open/close/high/low). So logically, and in conclusion, anytime you apply Candlesticks to any minute chart what are you doing? You are using an "interpretive indicator", the Candlestick, to interpret varible and inaccurate price data, Any Minute Chart. Tick charts are more accurate that Minute charts because they are based on a specific number of transactions per bar but a transaction can be one contract or 300 contracts. Perfection is a "Contract" or "Volume" Bar where each bar is made up of a specific and perfect number of contracts traded. This way when you apply Candlesticks to a Contract or Volume Bar you have perfect consistency of Price action. For those of you using Candlesticks and Minute charts, this is the main reason your consistency in trading is lacking, to say the least. Is my logic wrong?