In terms of big prints - if you use standard Time & Sales feed, you will only see a large print if a large market order hits a large limit order.
That's more indicative of absorption than one side being aggressive. One sided activiry would mean a lot more in terms of being directional.
In any case, what is important when you see 2 large guys hit like this - is what the result is. If it moves down after that print, then you know one side got spanked and that bodes well for the level to hold when you come back to it.
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The tape is overrated. Combine it with a chart... Watch the tape and the chart as the market cycles and trends, then you will see some nice patterns on the Level 2 that make sense. However, without a chart to go along with the tape your just watching prices and relying upon instinct.
The Level 2 definitely helps time entries though. I have managed to get orders filled right at the bottom and top prints a few times. Yes, timed so well price didn't even go a tick against me. My orders were in the queue early enough to be filled while some were not. I can't really say it's worth bothering with though... Only managed to do that a few times. There are more important things to focus on!
The strange thing is the ladder acts different on different days. Sometimes there is a very thin area that is maintained inside the trading range, and sometimes there are people playing around with fake blocks to attempt to scare the market the other way with what appears to be a impassable barrier, but the moment price starts ticking against it it disappears... You see some weird stuff.
Oh, and one last note... FORGET THE TAPE ON DAYS LIKE FOMC DAY. It's best on medium to light volume days where only a few big players are around. When things are moving fast the Level 2 is useless!!!
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DionysusToast, I think you previously mentioned this behaviour occurred when a change was made on CME couple of years back, would you or anyone happen to know by any chance if NASDAQ/NYSE reports T&S the same way?
Hi Monochrome is the best way to start with. Personally feel color distracts in starting phase.
Monochrome very good in reading speed of tape.
Things to keep in mind:
a> Tape reading should be Treated as just top up/iceing on cake. To Ascertain whether your planned support/ resistance is real or not.
b> It is not a holy grail. Trades will fail even if you have read tape correctly.
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