Market Profile-Day types

What are the different types of days we see in Market Profile?


The Market Profile represents a few different types of days. A good understanding of the different day types and your ability to spot the kind of day developing by 11.30 am or even by  1.00 pm gives you a very big edge into what to expect from the market at the time of the close around 3.30 pm.


Understanding different day types is a very good Market Profile Trading strategy and can help your account significantly to close with good profits by 3.30 pm.


Normal Day


The most basic day structure is the Normal Day. It is easy to follow and understand as most of the day activity is in the initial Balance or the first 60 minutes of the day session. On a Normal day, the bell curve also develops within the range of the initial balance( IB) and does not go much beyond the initial balance. There is often limited range extension and the market returns into the IB for the close.


( To understand the different terms like Initial Balance etc look up –


Normal variation day


This is the most common of the different day auctions we see in Market Profile. On this day we will see a range extension outside the Initial Balance and often the market continues it’s probe on the same side as the break  of the initial Balance and goes to complete  the probe by extending to 2 times the Initial Balance Range ( high to low) and in some cases even 3 times of the IB 

We also see the value built higher/ lower on such days and is a pointer for continuation in the coming sessions.


( To understand the different terms like Range extension  etc look up –

Neutral day


This is again a Day based on the Initial Balance or IB.

In this day we find the Initial balance is slightly smaller than a Normal day or a Normal Variation day. Price makes a move away from this initial balance early in the session but is not successful in creating a good range extension. It then comes back in the IB and travels through the IB and makes an attempt at a range extension on the other side of the IB.

Accordingly based on the second attempt of the range extension we have 2 types of Neutral Days

a) Neutral Center: In this type of day the second attempt of the range extension is also not successful like the first one and the market comes back into the IB and closes near the day center or midpoint or even Vwap or Dpoc. On such days we consider both the buyers and sellers as equal in strength and the close in the middle as a fair close.

b) Neutral Extreme: In this type of day the second attempt of the range extension is successful and the market finishes the day at one extreme which is often the day’s highs or lows as the case may be. In this day type, either the buyer or the seller is considered more stronger than the other and gives us a very good context to watch for continuation.


( To understand the different terms like vwap/ dpoc  etc look up –

Non-trend day


This is characterized by a narrow range day with a fat profile. There seems to be random rotation with little price movement on either side of the profile, thus developing a short and fat profile.


These days can occur prior to important announcements, long weekends or holidays, or at market exhaustion points. Most traders will simply complain that the market is choppy and untradable on these days.


It is when the market is making a narrow range that a large range, and possibly trend day, will occur in the next day or two.


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Trend day


A trend day will usually begin with a small initial balance, However, early in the day structure range extension occurs. This range extension does not allow a value area to develop in the initial balance, and the range extension continues throughout the day. These days are seen as having Higher Highs and Higher Lows  ( OR LH/ LL)  in every 30 minute period.

There are often periods of single prints on the profile. Most importantly, there is very little rotation from time period to time period. In other words, each half-hour segment drives prices further in the direction of the trend.

Sometimes one of the time segments will have a bit of rotation in the opposite direction, but the price usually will resume the trend. In such cases, we keep an eye for a pullback high or a pullback low to develop which is the afternoon adjustment of inventory. The range of a trend day is wide and the profile absent, the rotation is thin. Obviously the open will occur at one end of the trend day, and the close will be near the opposite end.


( To understand the different terms like Initial Balance/ Range extension   etc look up –


Double distribution trend day