Maybe this is a newbie issue but I realized that the time that is put into the properties for NT makes a real difference in your indicator outputs. I used to use 1201AM to 1159PM but realized that the volitile behaviors in the equity markets in the pre and post markets really adversely affected the indicator output. So I have now changed the times to 930AM to 4PM. That however forces 1 hour candles to conclude on the half hour. What does everyone else do?
I have both RTH and ETH charts for my instruments. RTH charts show me gaps, ETH charts show me globex pivots. They both have advantages, choosing one vs the other is not something you have to be forced into doing.
Since I am typically up early, I often times will trade the Europe open which is technically outside of RTH for oil, but I still find that a good number of days it moves swiftly and allows me to hit profit targets before the pit even opens. Other days I trade RTH. It just depends.
As for the impact it has on indicators, I really only use pivots so the impact is pretty straightforward. One produces globex pivots, the other RTH pivots. Pivots are not magic, they are more self-fulfilling prophecies, so one is not better than the other.
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Well, maybe. My concern is that I trade exclusively the equity markets and during the premarket session, the markets are so thin that in some cases anyone can push the market in any direction with very little basis. The movements are so radical that it significantly affects the indicators giving you a very different picture in some cases. When a security that normally trades 10,000 share blocks trades less than a 1000 shares on a single candle in pre market and the market is adversely affected because no one else is trading, it just seems like you should not use that time to judge the market during the regular trading hours.