there is a pretty basic question. WHats thze reason between
the huge volume jumps from day session to night-session in any futures?
During "daytime" there is huge volume, during "nighttime" there very low volume.
Is Trading more difficult during "nighttime" or what causes traders to start and stop trading
an instrument at the very same time every day?
-> when the market is liquid
-> when the volatility is high
The market's liquidity depends on the traders being awake. If they sleep they do not trade. For this reason you will find more traders during daytime than during the night. For US stocks the best time to trade is when the market is open and the traders at their desks. You will find the regular trading hours at the websites of the exchange. In the afternoon the traders go back home and take some rest and sleep. So if you ask me, why they stop trading:
They are tired.
EUREX trading volume drops after 4:00 PM GMT, CME volume drops after 4:15 PM EST and you will observe the same phenomenon in Asia.
Well, kind of would have guessed that.
The question is why nearly all of the traders start and stop trading at the very same minute/hour.
You can easily watch it by viewing minute volume data in a feed that provides overnight data.
This is like a theater. The performance is scheduled. This is not a wild market, but every exchange is a structured market place.
Let us take the EuroStoxx 50 futures as an example.All futures contracts relate to a cash market (the underlying of the futures contract), so you need to take into account the opening times of the cash market.
In the case of the EuroStoxx teh cash market are the exchanges where those stocks are traded. Most of them are traded via Xetra or NYSE Euronext Paris which both open at 9:00 AM CET. If you look at the volume of FESX, it will pick up, when the cash market opens. Not that difficult to understand.
Also exchanges are structured along the time-line. Typically there is a pre-trading phase, an opening auction, the regular trading period, a closing auction. Some exchanges also halt trading during the day for an intraday auction, which lasts several minutes, before the continuous auction will continue again.
In the end your question is similar to asking why they are only spectators in a soccer stadium while the two teams are playing.
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