I haven't found a decent thread dedicated to after hours / pre-market ES trading. So this thread will attempt to provide some insight into it. For those of you that trade the ES, it astonishes me how many people do not use 24 hour charts. To me, using only RTH charts is somewhat like flying blind in the ES... at least during the morning session. While I'm only 2.5 years into trading the ES fulltime, the majority of those years were spent not giving too much credence to after hours and pre-market trading. Now, having a good way to analyze this action, its 10x easier to trade rth hours. If this thread gains enough traction, I'd like to outline some ways I use after hours and pre-market action to better trade the market. Ideally, I'd like to give some historical analyzation and real time analyzation.... real time meaning right before market opens so that hopefully this can be somewhat educational and we can have some meaningful ideas shared. As we all know, Monday morning quarterbacks are of no benefit to anyone. Basically, I use the after hours and pre-market action to provide myself with a somewhat accurate representation of how the trading day will go. For example, will we trend up all day ? trend down ? chop all day ? Have a reversal ? The PA combined with support and resistance levels determines this. Now, everday will NOT be clearcut, and this system certainly doesnt predict a direction the market will go in everyday. But those of you that trade the ES regularly, you know that there's a definite difference in PA when trending days occur, reversal days occur, and plain old choppy days occur. My pre-market and after hours analyzation attempts to uncover when these likely will happen. And just an FYI, sometimes, it takes the first 15 of the trading day to make certain. In my next post, I'll go over some rules I use in analyzing this action. When I get home (i'm working my evening job right now), I'll post some charts and examples to show you guys exactly what I'm talking about. Hopefully, this thread will spark some good discussions and maybe even provide me with some more ideas in how I/we could better analyze pre-market and after hours trading to become better prepared for the RTH trading day in the ES.