Friday, June 10, 2011

Hard to know when to stop

Sometimes it's hard to know when to stop....

Just before ECB release at 02:45EST, I took a quick trade for a fast 12pips. Sell at 4485, exit at 4473.

I hung on long enough to see a green 5min candle appear before I made an exit.  I decided to exit earlier since there were 2 news releases coming up Trichet's release and French Industrial Production. Also London was opening at 03:00am EST.

$EURUSD 10JUN2011 0630GMT 15Min

It reversed and went back up to EMA26 on the 5min chart to 4496 which did make me feel better. Earlier views of the 5min chart showed that it had been hitting resistance at EMA26, the earlier trade was a good one since it was also a retrace (18pip) from a significant low - 4480.

The 5min chart shows a clearer picture of the day's behaviour. Maybe I could have entered a bit earlier but I did like the 4pip red candle down as momentum.

$EURUSD 10JUN2011 0630GMT 5Min
The usual question is "when is it a good time to stop trading" since I had already hit today's target of 10pips.

$EURUSD started to come down after London open, that last green candle actually painted red at the end of that 5min. I wasn't sure whether I should take another trade but I did jump on the wagon and chased it with a quick SELL at 4460 to 4454. It was clear that it was heading towards 4450 but I just couldn't make myself hang on any longer for the ride.

Sometimes it's just too hard to hang in there...but the 1min ADX was topping off and the red line had entered no-man's land (middle zone). Maybe I would have done better if my senses was a little bit more numbed with a couple of beers. 

21pips is just under 2 hours is pretty good. My account is back up a little bit to where it was; after Tuesday's trades. But not anywhere close to where it was; before Non-Farm Payroll beat me down. 

I think I will celebrate this as a small victory.