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Can't find topics on this so asking it here. Anyone trading 6 p.m. EST evening session open? Thanks.

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Can't find topics on this so asking it here. Anyone trading 6 p.m. EST evening session open? Thanks.

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This is an interesting question. What is the instrument/market you are interested in, or is it just that you want to be able to trade something after 6:00 PM EST?

The Asian markets become active during the US evening hours. The European session of US markets (ES, etc.) become active in the early US morning period ( 2:00 AM, etc.).

Other instruments may have active periods during the US evening or nightly timeframe.

So what are you interested in? If it's US equities (ES, etc.), the volume gets very, very thin after the US RTH close. It does perk up a small amount as Asia comes in, but there is not that much activity until the Europeans start up, probably well after your time period.

So let people know what you plan to trade, and you may get more responses.

Also, I'm moving this thread from the Ninja Trader subforum to the Traders Hideout subforum, because it's a more general location and it may get more attention there.

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I used to trade the open of the evening session (6 p.m ET) a lot. These are the conclusions that I drew after trading this time of the day for around 2 years (almost every day)
  1. most opportunities are if there is a very evident run for stops
  2. two years ago the run for stops used to occur 80% of the times now I would say it takes place 65% of the times (I don't have stats but this is pretty much from experience)
  3. slippage can be very very expensive so unless there is a real opportunity better stay away from thin markets like Gold (Basically my conclusion was that the only market that it's worth trading is the /ES)
  4. since I live in Europe, 6 p.m. ET for me it's midnight which means that if I trade I end up going to bed at 2 am.
  5. because of the lack of liquidity you cannot be very precise with your entries, you cannot really trust the candlesticks references so you cannot manage the risk as exactly as in the regular trading hours
  6. since most of the trades are run for stops and you cannot limit your downside risk exactly (as mentioned in the point above) you end up taking trades that have a risk reward below 2:1.

After a couple of years of trading this time of the day I came to the conclusion that it didn't make much sense.
I must say that I made good money from that in the past but now my style of trading has changed and I prefer to trade in very efficient markets.
Also when I used to make good money I went to bed with too many emotions and the next day I traded with overconfidence, which ended up impacting me negatively.

Another very important conclusion was to never trade at 6 p.m. (ET) on Sundays.... that's extremely thin and volatile and should be avoided at any cost.

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