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Night Owl

NIGHT OWL is a night scalper that trades during the most quiet times of the market.

Markets tend to range in that period and the EA will trade those ranging movements.

Each trade will have an initial stop loss and take profit, but the EA uses also advanced SL management algorithms that will evaluate the strength of the trades and close out early if necessary.

The EA works on all pairs that have stable spread and quiet moves during the night. But it is programmed to also handle bigger spreads without too much loss of performance.

The EA also has a spread filter and slippage filter to prevent trades being opened in markets that are moving too volatile.

The user can also set the desired trading hours for each day.


EA shows best results on EURUSD, GBPUSD and AUDCAD!

For latest presets: https://www.mql5.com/en/users/strueli/blog

Key Characteristics

  • Trades during quiet market hours
  • SL on each trade to protect capital
  • Smart SL and TP management based on market movements
  • Good Risk/Reward, especially for a scalper
  • Developed for M15 timeframe
  • Spread filter
  • Slippage filter
  • Backtests show stable result from 2007-2017

Parameter overview

  • Comment - define the 'comment' of the trades
  • MagicNumber - define the unique magic number of the trades
  • Max Slippage Allowed - set the maximum allowed slippage
  • Max Spread Allowed - set the maximum allowed spread
  • Maximum Daily Range size - define the maximum range of the Day
  • AutoLotMode - set the lot size management type
  • StartLots - fixed lot size to be used
  • Risk_Per_Trade - define the max risk when trades hit SL
  • LotsizeStep - set the amount of capital to be used for each 0.01 lot
  • OnlyUp - when enabled, the EA will never lower lot size when using autolotsize
  • Max number of Trades - maximum allowed open trades
  • Minimum distance between trades - minimum distance between two trades
  • Range size - Define the relative size of the range to trade (by determining how many candles to use)
  • Range Roughness - defines the edge of the range
  • Range entry Point - defines how from the edge the entry should be
  • Range strength - defines how strong the liquidity should be
  • Use only BID price for calculations - when enabled, the EA will only use the BID price for all calculations
  • Stop Loss - initial stop loss
  • Take Profit - initial take profit
  • Trailing SL Start - when to start the trailing SL (0=de-activated)
  • Trailing SL Size - size of the trailing SL
  • Trailing SL Step - minimum step before changing the Trailing SL
  • BreakevenStart - when to set breakeven
  • BreakevenPlus - extra amount above breakeven to set the SL
  • Close all open trades when total pips in profit - when set to X pips, the EA will close all open trades if the total pips are equal to these X pips
  • Close Trades after X minutes and Y Minimum pips profit - time based exit strategy
  • Minimum pips profit - minimum pips profit when using the time based exit strategy
  • Close trade at X pips from other side of range - how far from opposite side of range should trades be closed
  • Minimum pips profit before close at other side of range - minimum pips profit when using the opposite range side closing
  • Time filter - set the start time and stop time for trading each day
  • StartHour - hour on which the trading should start (for each day)
  • StartMinute - minute of that hour on which the trading should start (for each day)
  • StartHour - hour on which the trading should stop (for each day)
  • StartMinute - minute of that hour on which the trading should stop (for each day)

Notice: The default trading hours are set for brokers with GMT+3 (summer) and GMT+2 (winter). Please adjust to your broker's GMT timing!

Never forget that past performance is no guarantee for the future

Sheung Chi Chow
Sheung Chi Chow 2018.11.11 13:29 

Very helpful!!!!

Fr4ktal 2018.10.17 20:03 

This EA has very good performance on AUDCAD. I would probably go as far to say it's the best part of any commercial scalper out there. For more info check comment #264.

Junick 2018.08.30 18:57 

I have been using Night Owl for about half a year now and is time to review it.

In my opinion it is a very good EA with good risk/reward ratio (compare to other night scalpers) and so far generates profits for me!!! However, several points that people should bear in mind when using it:

1. Turn OFF the pairs that have High or Medium impact news for that night(AUD pairs) or high impact news late in NY session (USD pairs) - basically anything that can trigger a trend - that certainly will prevent some of the SL`s (for example I had a SL on EURUSD at the night of Kim/Trump meeting - the event was not on the forex calendar and I didn`t bother to turn off the USD pairs. Had few other SL`s with similar context.)

2. You can consider decreasing the maximum number of trades to 1 - this way it won`t hit 3/5 SL`s in a bad night. That being said - this measure potentially will decrease the overall profitability of the expert (I`m conservative in my trading so 1 trade at a time is fine for me).

3. You can choose to run only some of the pairs - those that look most stable. That may be a complete flaw but at least for me - it gives me some piece of mind:).

So, with all that being said - I want to THANK Wim for the good expert and for his continuous support!!!

Chuanqi Zheng
Chuanqi Zheng 2018.06.21 11:12 

loss everyday

Man Cham Wong
Man Cham Wong 2017.12.05 15:34 

Continued Big loss, something wrong and out of control. Suggested to Stop and review what's changed.

8tango 2017.11.23 08:54 

1.5 months of live trading and I have a loss of -13 for an initial balance of 248. I trade GPBCHF, GBPCAD and GPBAUD. My broker is Vipro Markets (+2 hours GMT) and it's an Euro account.

Apostolos Petrakis
Apostolos Petrakis 2017.11.01 21:57 

Great advisor. It is profitable but with a little bit riskier settings it would be much more profitable! Its price could be higher I think. (Every month I will try to update this review...)

01-10-17 I'm doing experiments with different timeframes and trading hours, so my review is not very objective. Taking a look at Wim's signal would be better. I still have a positive point of view of this owl.

tata2017 2017.10.25 02:31 

You will not regret to buy this profitable ea!

Carl Tilley
Carl Tilley 2017.07.25 23:51 

Another great product from a developer that knows how to make long term EA's. This one works on Live just like the backtests. I've had it running on Pepperstone ECN for 2 months and made a profit on both so far, and all for a small price and great support, cheers mate!

Version 1.51 2018.04.20
Version 1.5
- Added support for EURUSD M5
- Added new parameter "Use only BID price for calculations"
Version 1.42 2017.11.01
fixed OnlyUp parameter
Version 1.41 2017.10.26
- fixed the 'Risk per trade' mode
Version 1.4 2017.08.08
fixed the message "license not valid"
Version 1.3 2017.08.01
- Improved for spread widening
- Added GBPUSD support
Version 1.2 2017.06.13
Version 1.2
- fixed minimum distance problems
- Added choice of entry modes
Version 1.1 2017.05.30
- Prevented wrongful use of time filter