How We Find the Daily Direction

The goal of The Daily Direction is to give you the information you need to make winning trades. 

And the key to my technique is to keep things as straightforward as possible.

That’s why I’ve focused this post on providing the fundamentals of each indicator icon you will see on our time frame charts.

Continue reading to see what they represent and how you can use them in your daily trading setups…

Daily Timeframe Indicators

The daily timeframe allows us to see the overall direction for a futures market at a day-to-day level:

Daily Chart of S&P 500 Futures — Source: TradingView
Green Up Arrow: Indicates that the overall direction for the daily timeframe is up. That means the price movement is currently positive. The market is making higher highs and higher lows. We can expect money-making opportunities in the long term.
Red Down Arrow: This means the general direction for the daily timeframe is down. We’re likely to hold off on making long-term trades as we wait for the market to pivot back toward a positive direction.

Hourly Timeframe Indicators

The one-hour timeframe gives us an hourly snapshot of a market’s price movement. 

We use the one-hour timeframe chart to plan our entries…

Hourly Chart of S&P 500 Futures — Source: TradingView
Green Up Arrow: The current short-term trend as revealed in the one-hour timeframe chart is up. The price of the market continues to track upward, giving us confidence that we can find opportunities to buy the market and make profitable trades.
Red Down Arrow: Our one-hour timeframe chart reveals that the short-term direction for the market is down. This could be due to a retracement (temporary price dip) or a total reversal in the market. This is when we should be cautious with our entry strategy.

The Bottom Line

Once you’ve got the daily direction down, consider checking this out…

My colleague and equities pro Ross Givens has come up with a brand new strategy that aims to deliver weekly gain opportunities without ever holding a single stock.

If you’re interested, check out the important P.S. below…

For more on the markets as well as trading education and trading ideas like this one, look for the next edition of Josh’s Daily Direction in your email inbox each and every trading day.

I’ll be bringing you more of my stock and futures contract trading tutorials as well as some additional trading ideas.

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Keep on trading,

P.S. My colleague and expert stock trader Ross Givens just unveiled his brand new “rapid cash” strategy that is totally market neutral.

It doesn’t matter if a stock goes up or goes down… With this strategy, Ross can set up his trades to win in either direction.

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Josh Martinez

Josh Martinez

Josh Martinez is an elite Analyst who’s been actively trading the financial markets since 2011. He’s known as one the leading innovative traders in this industry due to his his cutting-edge strategies.

Josh first burst into the scene when he took an initial deposit investment of $500 and turned into over $39,000 in just under 2 years.
Josh’s trading articles have been featured in Your Trading Edge, The FX Street, Trader Planet, Forex Crunch, Trading Pub, and Equities.com.

In addition to trading, Joshua has also trained thousands of traders worldwide. His strategies and systems have helped others find success in the market

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