What Time is the Opening of the Asian and American Stock Markets?
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What are the stock market trading hours?

Trading times on the stock market vary depending on the exchange and location. People frequently refer to US exchanges like the NYSE or NASDAQ, which are open from 2.30 pm to 9 pm (UTC), when they discuss the stock market.

The 'normal' trading hours for shares are during these hours, but there is activity outside of these hours as well. Monday through Friday, pre- and post-market trading is typically available on stock exchanges. These sessions differ from regular hours in that buyers and sellers are connected directly through electronic communication networks during these times instead of going through brokers or trading companies.

The majority of share trading will take place Monday through Friday, five days a week. On Saturdays and Sundays, there are no regular trading hours for stocks. As a result, if you hear or read news about stocks rising or falling over the weekend, it's probably about stock futures, which start trading at 11 p.m. on Sunday (UTC).

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When does the US stock market open and close?

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

There are only nine federal holidays when stock markets are closed after regular trading hours. Regular trading ends at 1 p.m. on early-closure days, which are typically the days leading up to and following a market holiday.

Trading Hours in Asian Countries




Time Zone

Trading Hours

Lunch Break

Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo, Japan



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



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



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



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



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


Saudi Stock Exchange

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia



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


BSE Limited

Mumbai, India



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


Korea Exchange (KRX)

Seoul, South Korea



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


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What is the best time to trade shares?

The best times to trade shares are around significant news and events, which vary from country to country, exchange to exchange, and stock to stock. Because of this, it's critical to comprehend every factor that could affect the price of your share before you decide to take a position.

What is extended-hours trading?

When the market is closed and a security is bought or sold by an investor outside of regular trading hours, this is known as extended trading.

Pre-market and after-hours trading are both done through electronic communications networks during extended trading hours. However, because there are fewer participants, the volume of these trades is constrained.

When important news, such as an earnings release, prompts investors to buy or sell but occurs after the exchange has closed or before it opens, investors frequently try to transact outside of regular business hours.

It should be noted that most extended-hour trades occur close to regular trading hours since pertinent news is typically released either right before markets open or shortly after they close. After-hours trading can be a powerful indicator of which direction the market will open.

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

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The three stock trading sessions

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

Pre-market stock trading, as its name suggests, takes place before the stock market opens for regular trading at 9:30 a.m. ET. From 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. ET is when pre-market stock trading occurs.

The same reasons why investors enjoy trading in the after-hours session also apply to pre-market trading.They aim to gain an edge over rivals by responding quickly to news announcements that happen after regular market hours.

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?

In the Transaction Services Group at NASDAQ, executive VP Chris Concannon states that "Many companies report earnings either before the market opens or after the market closes. Whether the market is open or closed, a stock's intrinsic value is constantly changing, and when it does, buyers are drawn to the market.

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