Specific entry date and time


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In the ToS Charts page, I have this code in Strategies for selling one vertical put spread:

def sell=if close()<open and close[1] then 1 else 0;

AddOrder(type = OrderType.SELL_AUTO, condition = sell, price = close, tradeSize = 100);

The code works and 1 options contract is sold (there is an arrow with the tekst -100 and the FloatingPL shows the correct P&L bars). But to me, it looks like the moment of selling the option contract is at a random day and time.

How can I add a specific date and time for selling the vertical put spread to this code? For example sell on date 5/7/21, time 9.03pm?

I will use this very simple strategy to start understanding backtest trading bull put spreads. I will add a trailing profit/loss to my strategy later.
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the sell condition is triggered when the def sell = formula is true, when a candle closes red, which is quite often.
there is nothing in the formula to specify date or time.
close[1] isn't a boolean value, it isn't being compared to anything. so i think it will be interpretted as a non 0 , so true.

here is a study to experiment with. it lets the user specify a date and time, then draws an arrow on that bar.
# enter_date_time_01

# halcyonguy
# 2021-06-17
# specify a date and time. draw an arrow on that bar

input time1 = 1000;     # HHMM , 24 hour EST
input date1 = 20210617; # YYYYMMDD

# does the current time and date match desired?
def timez = SecondsFromTime(time1) == 0;
def datez = ( date1 == GetYYYYMMDD() );
def desiredbar = timez and datez;

plot z1 = desiredbar;

#addchartbubble( 1 , low, "T" + timez + "\nD" + datez + "\n" + desiredbar, color.cyan, no);
Thank you very much. This strategy let you specify the date and time you want to enter the trade. I use this strategy for back testing bull put spreads on the Charts page. It sells one options contract.

# enter_date_time_01

# halcyonguy
# 2021-06-17
# specify a date and time. draw an arrow on that bar

input time1 = 1300;        # HHMM , 24 hour EST
input date1 = 20210420;    # YYYYMMDD

# does the current time and date match desired?
def datez = ( date1 == GetYYYYMMDD() );
def timez = SecondsFromTime(time1) == 0;

#def desiredbar = datez and datez;

addOrder(OrderType.SELL_TO_OPEN, condition = datez and timez,  1);
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