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Best Trading hours for the US markets

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Best Trading hours for the US markets

Hi all,
What are US market hours for BrentCrude and ES-Mini?

What are the different crude futures and which is the most preferred for intraday?

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CME has the answer:
Crude Oil Futures Contract Specs - CME Group

Or perhaps this is the answer you seek:

As for the best times, there are two answers (1) when the market is more volatile typically in the first few hours and/or (2) anytime you have an edge or can predict the market better then chance.

As for brent vs WTI, I'm not an energy trader but I think most trade the CL.

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CME has the answer:
Crude Oil Futures Contract Specs - CME Group
As for brent vs WTI, I'm not an energy trader but I think most trade the CL.

...or used to! lol

My 2 trading times depend on how you trade? scalper or intraday, swing or position? So much to consider.


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The traditional market open for Crude was 9:00am Eastern, and for the equities is 9:30am Eastern. The trading pits are no longer there, or in effect no longer there, but those markets still have the heaviest volumes from those open times. The Crude pit closed at 2:30pm, the equities at 4-4:15pm.
On two or three days a week there is quite often an important news announcement an hour before the equities open at 8:30am.

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1.If you’re looking for a narrow window for trade opportunities in the U.S. futures markets, I would say prior to the old pit opening times to up to just past the NYSE opening is a good span of time.

For stock indexes, currencies, financials, metals and energies, that translates to as early as 7:00 Central Time up to about 9:00 Central Time.

For grains and livestock markets, their respective opening 60 minutes frequently offer opportunities for traders.

2.The links below will take you to the pages on the CME web site where you’ll find the trading hours for crude oil and the E-mini S&P 500:
  • Crude oil
  • E-mini S&P 500

3.The two main crude oil contracts are the West Texas Intermediate on the CME / NYMEX and ICE Brent crude oil futures contracts. For day trading, I prefer the “benchmark crude contract,” which is the WTI futures contract.

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