Stocks & Commodities V. 30:6 (34-39): Intraday Trading In The First Hour by Josh DiPietro

Stocks & Commodities V. 30:6 (34-39): Intraday Trading In The First Hour by Josh DiPietro
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Intraday Trading In The First Hour by Josh DiPietro

This system could allow you to earn consistent profits by trading during the first market hour.

by Josh DiPietro

Not every would-be daytrader has the time to sit at his or her trading station for the entire dayís market session. That can be tough to do even part time. During the trading hours of 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Eastern time (ET), many people arenít available at all. If you live on the West Coast, however, youíre in luck. You have the advantage of being able to start trading at 6:30 am Pacific time (PT) and going into your day job on time.

Donít get me wrong: Iím not trying to make this sound easy. You have to be wired for action when the birds are just starting to sing. If you werenít a morning person before, you certainly have to be if youíre daytrading at the open. Fifteen minutes before the ringing of the bell, you have to be studying your charts. You have to be alert and in tune with your strategy, just as you would be if you were trading full time. You have to be ready to concentrate on an hour and a half of daytrading before you are out the door to your regular paycheck.

You may get stained teeth from extra coffee consumption, but if you follow this system, you may find that it is worth it. Ultimately, you may find yourself earning profits of $100 to $300 per day, all in that tiny dawn window, whether you start at 6:30 am PT or 9:30 am ET.


My trading methodology requires you to execute real-time equity orders during the first market hour. During this period you have to be riveted to your station, focused on each entry and exit. You cannot take a break for a bowl of cereal and come back munching to see how your trade is doing. All your trades must be done in real-time, buy and sell (long and short positions). During this hour you will place two to five round-trip trades (four- to 10-order executions), and this must be with one stock only.

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