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Crude Oil Roll Date – August 2019

By | July 16, 2019

crude Oil CL Futures Rollover roll

Monday, July 22nd marks the Last Trade Date for the August 2019 Crude Oil futures contract. Active CL traders can roll to the September 2019 contract as early as Wednesday, July 17th, before the open.Read More

Use E-minis to Chart Historical Micro E-mini Levels

By | July 15, 2019

With the recent launch of the exciting Micro E-mini futures from the CME Group, investors are eager to begin charting and trading.

Since these Micro contracts are new to the exchange, their historical chart data starts plotting on the launch date of May 6, 2019. However, since Micro E-minis mimic their larger sized counterparts, charting historical support & resistance and other levels can be accomplished with ease!Read More

Managing Simulation Accounts in NinjaTrader

By | July 12, 2019

The award-winning NinjaTrader trading platform is always free to use for advanced charting, strategy backtesting and trade simulation.

Simulated trading, also known as paper trading, is an integral component of the trading education process and equally as important for experienced traders wanting to test new concepts.

NinjaTrader comes preinstalled with a simulation account, Sim101, allowing traders to immediately begin trading in a simulated environment. Found in the Accounts tab of the Control Center, this account can be customized to a user’s desired preferences and parameters. In addition, other simulation accounts can be added and removed as required.Read More

Markets Turn Sharply After Powell Comments

By | July 10, 2019

American equity futures markets rose swiftly Wednesday morning after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The most notable change was in the Nasdaq index. Micro E-mini Nasdaq futures were down as much as 0.43% just minutes before Powell’s statement but quickly changed course and are now up over 1%.

In his testimony to Congress, Powell noted the central bank was prepared to “act as appropriate” to maintain economic expansion, reinforcing the expectation of an interest rate cut later this month. Powell also stated that U.S. business investments have slowed “notably,” most likely due to speculators’ uncertainty regarding the economic outlook.Read More

Detect Current & Past Trends with New Trend Lines Indicator

By | July 9, 2019

The award-winning NinjaTrader platform includes over 100 indicators as well as multiple chart types and styles to accommodate all trading styles and analysis approaches.

In our ongoing effort to provide industry leading software with user-driven features and tools, a new Trend Lines indicator was recently added to NinjaTrader 8!Read More

What are Micro E-mini Nasdaq-100 Futures (MNQ)?

By | July 8, 2019

Micro E-mini Nasdaq-100 futures empower traders to speculate the Nasdaq-100 Index in a contract 1/10th the size of standard E-mini Nasdaq-100 futures. The Nasdaq-100 index is comprised of 100 leading large-cap American technology companies.

Launched in May 2019 by the CME Group, Micro E-mini Nasdaq-100 futures (MNQ) allows traders to participate in the US equity markets with a significantly reduced financial commitment. This micro-sized contract mimics the full-size E-mini Nasdaq-100 contract and the charts are nearly identical.Read More

June Jobs Number Could Directly Impact Interest Rates

By | July 3, 2019

Despite Independence Day falling tomorrow, June’s employment report release is scheduled for Friday morning. After May’s disappointing results, markets will look for a rebound in June’s numbers. The forecasted number is marginally lower than in previous months coming in at 160k new jobs.Read More

Holiday Reminder – Independence Day 2019

By | July 2, 2019

Thursday, July 4th, is Independence Day. Trading times for many products will change in observance of the holiday. For details, please visit the CME Group Holiday Calendar. Read More

Equity Indexes Surge on Trade Truce

By | July 1, 2019

Stock futures showed solid gains Monday morning as the market reacted positively to the latest developments in the U.S./China trade dispute.

In a separate meeting during the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on Saturday, President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to an agreement regarding new levies on American and Chinese goods. This news stirred optimism amongst market speculators and analysts.Read More

Get the Most Out of Your Trading Strategies with Optimization

By | June 28, 2019

NinjaTrader’s powerful Strategy Analyzer allows traders to backtest their automated trading strategies using historical market data. In addition, traders can run an optimization test to help determine what parameters could lead to the best performance in the live markets.

For example, what period of a moving average and chart interval would perform best when using moving average targets as a sell signal? These variables can be tested across any number of combinations for various performance outcomes. Optimization helps traders determine which combination could best position their strategy in the live markets.Read More