can someone tell me what would be a good market to trade in early morning hours. i work fulltime and would like to find something to trade between hours 5:00 - 7:00 am.cst. i currently trade es but not much volume in early hours. not sure if i need to stick with futures or look at forex?
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM CET (Frankfurt, Paris)
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM GMT (London)
To be honest, this is not a good time to trade. Volatility picks up in Europe around 2:00 AM CST, so if you want to benefit from that volatility, you have to get up earlier. It will then slow down around 4:00 AM CST.
6:00 AM CST is a typical reversal time over here. It is noon time as well, so volatility is low and everybody is waiting for some news from the US. Sometimes you can catch a last piece from the morning trend, but it ain't no fun trading during this time.
You are paying the same commissions for trading but you only get a fraction of the volatility that you will get in the morning or later, when the US session has started. If at all, you would need to look at highly volatile instruments such as CL or FDAX during this period.
I had the very same problem - asked the very same question and did the same thing and found the same thing - just as these gentlemen here have said, this time frame is not the best.
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