What Time Does The Stock Market Open and Stock Holidays?
Stock market trading hours vary by exchange and geographical location. Photo KnowInsiders

What are the stock market trading hours?

Stock market trading hours vary by exchange and geographical location. Often when people are talking about the stock market, they’re referring to US exchanges – such as the NYSE or NASDAQ – which are open from 2.30 pm to 9 pm (UTC).

While these are the ‘normal’ trading hours for shares, there is activity outside of this session. Most stock exchanges will offer pre- and post-market trading, Monday to Friday. These sessions don’t work in the same way as the regular hours, as buyers and sellers are paired directly together through electronic communication networks, rather than going through brokers or trading providers.

Most share trading hours will run from Monday-Friday, five days a week. There are no regular trading hours for stocks on Saturdays or Sundays. So, if you see news about stocks being up or down over the weekend, it’s most likely stock futures – which begin trading at 11pm on Sunday night (UTC).

Photo Siasat
Photo Siasat

The two major US exchanges are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq. They are both based in New York and are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

Beyond regular trading hours, stock markets close for only nine federal holidays. On early-closure days, typically the days preceding and following a market holiday, regular trading ends at 1 p.m.

Trading Hours in Asian Countries

Name

Marketplace

Ranking

Time Zone

Trading Hours

Lunch Break

Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo, Japan

3

JST

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK)

Hong Kong

4

HKT

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE)

Shanghai, China

5

CST

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE)

Shenzhen, China

7

CST

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:57 p.m.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

National Stock Exchange of India (NSE)

Mumbai, India

10

IST

9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

No

Saudi Stock Exchange

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

11

AST

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

No

BSE Limited

Mumbai, India

12

IST

9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

No

Korea Exchange (KRX)

Seoul, South Korea

14

KST

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

No

Photo Market Watch
Photo Market Watch

What is the best time to trade shares?

The best time to trade shares is around major news and events – market moving events can change from country to country, exchange to exchange, and stock to stock. This makes it important to have an understanding of all the factors that could move your share’s price before you take a position.

What is extended-hours trading?

Extended trading occurs when the market closes and an investor buys or sells a security outside of regular trading hours.

Extended-hours trading is performed via electronic communications networks, and includes both pre-market and after-hours trading. However, volume on these trades is limited since there are fewer participants.

Investors typically seek to trade outside of normal hours when major news, like an earnings release, inspires them to buy or sell, but comes after the exchange has closed or before it opens.

After-hours trading can be a strong indicator of which direction the market will open, and it should be noted that most extended-hour trades happen close to normal trading hours, since relevant news is usually released either right before markets open or soon after they close.

2021 stock market holidays

Friday, January 1: New Year's Day

Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, February 15: President's Day

Friday, April 2: Good Friday

Monday, May 31: Memorial Day

Monday, July 5: Independence Day

Monday, September 6: Labor Day

Thursday, November 25: Thanksgiving

Friday, December 24: Christmas

**READ MORE: Three Stocks Predicted to Soar In Next Ten Years

The three stock trading sessions

Pre-market: Runs from as early as 4 a.m. to market open at 9:30 a.m. EST.

As its name suggests, pre-market stock trading occurs before the stock market opens up for its regular hours of trading at 9:30 a.m ET. Pre-market stock trading takes place between the hours of 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. ET.

Investors like to trade in the pre-market session for the same reason they like to trade in the after-hours trading session…they want to get a leg up on the competition by reacting quickly to news announcements that occur when the regular market is closed.

Regular market hours: Spans from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After-hours: Begins at 4 p.m. and can run until 8 p.m. EST, but trading volume tends to slow down considerably by around 6pm.

As its name suggests, after-hours stock trading occurs after the regular stock market hours—9:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m. ET—are over. After-hours stock trading takes place between the hours of 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. ET.

But why would you want to trade stocks in the after-hours trading session?

According to Chris Concannon, an executive VP in the Transaction Services Group at NASDAQ, “Many companies report earnings either before the market opens or after the market closes. The intrinsic value of a stock is constantly moving whether the market is open or not, and people want to access the market when the intrinsic value is changing.”

5 Top Stock Skyrocketed: Sundial Growers, Under Armour 5 Top Stock Skyrocketed: Sundial Growers, Under Armour

Sundial Growers, Under Armour, Atlas Crest Investment, TreeHouse Foods and NIC are five top Stocks Skyrocketed. Traders are ramping up their bets on these stocks.

What is Sundial Growers (SNDL) - the Popular Marijuana Stock Skyrocketed What is Sundial Growers (SNDL) - the Popular Marijuana Stock Skyrocketed

Shares of Sundial Growers (NASDAQ: SNDL) soared 79% on Wednesday, as the torrid rally in the highly traded cannabis stock's price continued. Traders are ramping ...

Top 10 Stocks Should to Buy During Covid-19 Pandemic Top 10 Stocks Should to Buy During Covid-19 Pandemic

For a lot of people, the arrival of 2021 is welcome. It’s understandable that after months of chaos, tragedy and uncertainty, everyone is looking ahead ...