The attached photo shows why you never ever ever trade the last 45 minutes of the day. Ever. Period.
Most of the pros have closed everything out by 3:15 ET and are going home. The last 45 minutes is wild, crazy, and hectic stuff usually dominated by market makers that have lingering orders on their books or institutional program trading. It’s usually nuts. Note in the picture that we hit a fresh 2 day low around 3:15….then proceeded to head straight to the day’s highs and close there. Don’t trade the last 45, especially if you’re down on the day hoping for one last trade to "get even." Chances are it won’t work out and you’ll just get chopped up.
Took me several thousand dollars worth of losses to figure this out. Learn from me for free. Just don’t do it.