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X_TRADER®

Trading with the Order Bar

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You can set the Order Bar as your primary method for sending orders to the market. As a Floating Order Entry, the Order Bar works in direct conjunction with the Market Grid, Order Book, Autotrader, Spread Matrix, and Quote Board. To use the Order Bar, you must enable it as your Floating Order Entry, and enable the Floating Order Entry option in the functional window.

The Buy Order Bar

The Sell Order Bar

Order Bar Features

The Order Bar has the following features:

  • Select a Broker and/or order routing TT Gateway to route your order using the Routing Configuration Dialog box.
  • Enable the mouse for quick-click trading: One advantage to the Order Bar is the ability to quick click an order into the market. You click the quantity and the cursor automatically moves to the Buy or Sell button. To use this feature, you must enable the Auto Mouse Move property.
  • Use hotkeys to make trades: Another advantage to the Order Bar is its easy interaction with the keyboard. Use the default hotkeys or customize them to create your own.

Order Bar Procedures

Follow these procedures to enter an order using the Order Bar:

To enter an order using the Order Bar in the Market Window:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Settings menu and choose Properties.
  2. On the Order Entry tab, in the Floating Order Entry section, click to select Order Bar.
  3. Right-click the Market Grid, click Order Entry in the context menu and select Floating.
  4. To open the Order Bar, click an order quantity or price column for a contract in the Market Grid.

    If you select the net position column (NetPos), the Order Bar opens for the opposite side of the trade and the default order quantity is the NetPos value. For example, if you are long 100 contracts, the Sell Order Bar opens with the default order quantity of 100.

  5. Enter a quantity and click Buy or Sell to enter the order.

You can call the Order Bar using the mouse or keyboard hotkeys.

To quick-click trade:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Settings menu and choose Properties.
  2. Click the Order Entry tab.
  3. Click to select the Auto Mouse Move property in the General section.
  4. Click OK.
  5. From the Market Grid, call the Buy Order Bar or Sell Order Bar using the following:

 

When enabledTo BuyTo Sell

Left-click

Bid Prc or BidQty

AskPrc or AskQty

Right-click

AskPrc or AskQty

Bid Prc or BidQty

The mouse immediately moves to the Buy or Sell button and, depending on what you click, either the price or the quantity is highlighted.

  1. Click the Buy or Sell button to place an order at the given price with the given quantity.

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Type over the highlighted values, and adjust the parameters of the order before clicking the Buy or Sell button.

To modify an order with the Order Bar:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Settings menu and choose Properties.
  2. On the Order Entry tab, in the Floating Order Entry section, click to select Order Bar.
  3. Right-click to display the context menu and click to select Floating Order Entry.

You can now call the Order Bar using the mouse or keyboard hotkeys.

  1. Navigate to the order you want to modify and click the number under the Order Qty or Price column.
  2. Change the quantity or price.
  3. Click Buy or Sell to send the order.

To set an order confirmation:

Click the Lock checkbox at the end of the Order Bar to enable a confirmation screen before orders are sent to the market.

Using the Order Bar in X_TRADER ASP

When using the Order Bar in a X_TRADER ASP environment you have the ability to select the broker and associated fields using the Routing Configuration dialog box.

The Buy Order Bar - X_TRADER ASP

The Sell Order Bar - X_TRADER ASP

Launching the Routing Configuration Dialog Box from the Order Bar

To launch the Routing Configuration Dialog box from the Order Bar:

  1. Open the Order Bar from the trading window (e.g., Market Grid).
  2. Click the Routing (Broker or Order Gateway), Customer, or Account field on the Order Bar to launch the Routing Configuration Dialog box.

Notes

  • Clicking either the Routing, Customer, or Account field puts the cursor focus on that field in the Routing Configuration Dialog box.

  • The Routing field displays the Broker name in a X_TRADER ASP environment or the order routing TT Gateway (e.g., CME-Q) in a non-X_TRADER ASP environment.