What Time is the Best Time to Day Trade? Hint: Before 12PM

BY Stock Navigators.May 11, 2022


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When people first start day trading, it can be tempting to trade for the entire day.

After all, the stock market is open from 9:30AM to 4PM Eastern time.

Which gives us plenty of time to trade the market.

But should you spend seven hours per day researching and trading stocks?

The answer is no.

Do not trade for that long.

That’s called overtrading and it’s a fast way to decimate your portfolio. 

Personally, I only trade for one hour per day… sometimes two. 

It’s not just me either.

Most Wall Street traders stop trading by 12PM.

They’re literally done for the day once noon hits. 

You might be wondering why they don’t trade in the afternoon.

It’s because the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.

You see… most of the volume in the stock market happens in the morning. 

It’s such a well-known fact that Investopedia has an entire section on the first hour.


So there you have it.

The best time to day trade is in the morning… from the hours of 9:30AM to 11:30AM ET.

At Stock Navigators, we show you how to identify high-probability trades for yourself.

We also show you how to set them up in your trading account, so you don’t have to stay stuck on your computer.

Click here to learn more about day-trading high-probability setups.

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