Intraday Trading strategy – Opening range breakout

What is the Opening Range Breakout?

The Opening range breakout strategy is a strategy which , as name suggests , advocates buying or selling of stocks when an opening range is established.

What is opening range? The difference between high and low of a stock during a time is known as range of stock .Well lets say a stock opens at 9.15 am and till 9.45 am , its trading in very narrow range. Stock opens at 100 and high is 102 and low is 98 . So Range is 102-98=4rs .

Now the strategy says that you buy the share when stock on 5 minute candle , closes above this trading range. Stop loss is usually the lower end of the range.
Similarly , you sell stock when it crosses below the lower of range , and

Trading Ranges

You can then trade the first 20 to 30-minute range or 60-minute. Both the break of the premarket high or the first 20 to 30 minutes. What I have noticed is the 60-minute breakout can often fall victim to false breakouts. I recommend you either use very little money to trade the high flying stocks or stick with high float, slow movers to get a hang on the mechanics of the market. This ensures you do not risk blowing up your account.

The stock should trade within a range, which is smaller than the average daily range of the stock. The upper and lower boundaries of the range can be identified by the high and low of the first 30 or 60 minutes.

Understanding Order Flow

The time and sales window will be an invaluable tool for day traders to use to understand if the breakout is real or not. It is essential that there is conviction behind a move above or below the range. We need heavy volume but also the right type of volume. Different times during the day bring in different types of traders and could result in a perfectly good technical setup, which fights against the prevailing market dynamics at that time.

Price and Volume

Price and volume must be in harmony. If you plan to short a stock, which has gapped down, you want to see the stock gap down on heavy volume and then retrace on lighter volume. This confirms that the sellers are in control.

The early morning range breakout is a great trade from a risk perspective because you will want to exit the position quickly if there is no continuation after the breakout.

When to Get In and When to Get Out

It is obvious that we protect our capital at all times. Learning when to stay in and when to get out is partly following your rules but also being able to process what you see on the tape very quickly. You will start to feel the market after you get used to trading this type of setup.

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