Best Time to Trade the E-mini Nasdaq-100

  • Matt Hagemann
    Matt Hagemann

    Portfolio Manager

If you want to trade the largest non-financial companies listed in the Nasdaq Stock Market, the E-mini Nasdaq-100 (NQ) is a great instrument. This is the best time to trade it.

The E-mini Nasdaq-100 (NQ) gives you one of the most efficient ways to gain market exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index. It’s a broad-based index that tracks 100 large-cap companies that span major industry sectors. With the NQ, you can take positions on the Nasdaq-100 performance electronically.

E-mini Nasdaq-100 Trading Hours

The E-mini Nasdaq-100 trades Sunday to Friday from 18:00 until 17:00 ET of the next day. The one-hour gap is a daily maintenance period.

Each session also has a short 15-minute trading halt from 16:15 until 16:30 ET.

RegionTrading HoursTrading Halt
GermanyMonday to Friday 00:00 – 23:0022:15 – 22:30
JapanMonday to Saturday 07:00 – 06:0005:15 – 05:30
New YorkSunday to Friday 18:00 – 17:0016:15 – 16:30
SingaporeMonday to Saturday 06:00 – 05:0004:15 – 04:30
South AfricaMonday to Friday 00:00 – 23:0022:15 – 22:30
United KingdomSunday to Friday 23:00 – 22:0021:15 – 21:30

The nearly 24-hour access means your hands aren’t tied when off-hour news and overseas events occur. There’s no need to wait for the stock market to open to manage your positions.

The Best Time of Day to Trade

While the E-mini Nasdaq-100 trades almost around the clock, the best time of the day to trade it is actually during regular trading hours (RTH). These are weekdays from 09:30 until 16:00 ET.

Liquidity is the highest during RTH and ensures that you can load and unload large positions without impacting the market price much.

Statistically, trading opportunities have mostly triggered during the morning session which are the first 2 hours of the RTH. Such trading signals are generated at predetermined triggering levels which are published in your dashboard.

Copying our trading signals is easy. We send you live notifications for when to buy or sell the E-mini Nasdaq-100. Write to us if you want to know more about out how NQ Signal could solve your trading challenges.

Author Bio
Matt Hagemann
Matt Hagemann

Portfolio Manager

Matt is the founder of NQ Signal. As a former Securities Analyst, he was bored juggling with Excel sheets and secretly reverse-engineered when the “big boys” buy and sell. Now anyone can succeed financially with the trading signals shared here.

Published April 9th 2021

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