The ES trades in quarter points at $12.50 per quarter tick which equals to 1 point for a total of $50 per point.
The Dow YM does not trade in quarter ticks, instead trades in full points at $5 per point which would take 10 full points to equal $50.
I’m sure this is correct but wanted to verify this through other traders.
How to confirm a reversal and set-up for low risk entry:
The futures market has certain times of day things normally happen and one of them is the reversal, or pull back. The question is how to determine if the pull back is just a rest area before resuming the current directional move or in fact, a reversal from the current trend. Time of day is one element to look for. “Did the market move up or down after the open without a pullback?” This usually happens within the first 90 minutes of the market open.
When the pullback or reversal happens, does it test a previous area of support or resistance or an area of contention between buyers and sellers?
Once the reversal shows up on a series of chart-time frames in sequential order eg. 10min, 5 min and 3 min, you have the stage set for a confirmed reversal and a low risk entry.
Please feel free to add your insights as I’m planning on testing this theory and would welcome any opinions from other emini traders.
I usually trade 1-2 ES contracts and I’m considering moving up to anywhere from 3-5 contracts on any given trade. Is the ES emini liquid enough to trade more than two contracts without market impact or sustaining bad fills?
I’m highly interested in trading emini futures, preferably the ES S&P and would like to know what data-feed services are recommended by established futures traders. I really would like something basic which does not have a over-whelming amount of “bells & whistles”.
I’m trading with a Amp futures account and would like to ask what is the best time of day to trade Nasdaq emini futures to catch the largest moves. At the open or going into the closing bell?
Although a lot of my trades need to be and should be cutoff early, many times I find I’m closing a position too early and the market ends up moving favorably in the direction had original expected. I suspect it may be the timeframe I’m using, the 5m and 15m charts.
Do you guys have any suggestions about how to better manage exits to eliminate cutting off trades that would have been winners?
I’ve read many times the ES futures are a leading indicator and every trader, including stocks and options traders, should keep a chart of the ES open at all times since they lead the markets.
My question: Is this true and are they a leading indicator?
Also, the NASDAQ emini contract and the Dow YM both seem to track evenly with the ES so are they also considered leading indicators?
Does anyone here use tick based charts such as the 1000 tick chart versus traditional time-frame based charts like the 1 min, 3min, 5 min etc….for trading index futures like the ES or NQ?
If so, are there certain advantages, in your opinion, with the tick chart over the time chart?
I’m considering moving over to tick charts but wanted to find out what other futures traders experience has been with them.
Is there a formula used to determine how much cpaital is needed to trade the emini contracts eg: the ES vs the YM or NQ vs the ES?
I’m lookng for a strategy that works using a scalp trading method as my primary way of trading. I’m not looking to hit home runs just small profitable trades two or three times a day. Is anyone willing to share their methods or ideas?