Three years in, I can identify key prices levels and the beginning of trends. If I miss the initial move, I can identify a good price to get in for the next leg. I can identify key levels from higher timeframes so that, when the market is moving relentlessly in one direction, larger profit targets can be set. My problem now is this: identifying far enough in advance the likely nature of the trading day. I'm trading 10 es contracts now and there were many times today where I was 1-1.5 points in the money, but was looking for the market to move to a key price level further away (I usually take a minimum of two points). I ended up sitting for HOURS on a position that kept on oscillating between green and red, only to end up reversing at breakeven for the same thing to happen again. I usually average up as a position moves in my favor so you can imagine the frustration. Was today lackluster because we have no key economic releases with only TIPP Economic Optimism on tap tomorrow? Was the reason because 1138.75 is a key price level before the 52-week ES high at 1148? Was the reason because I'm an idiot? I'm not a fan of taking partial profits because I figure that, when the markets moving, you want to push the advantage. When it's not moving, you want to take frequent quick profits. But if one misjudges, a frustrating day results. What clues does the market give?