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What Time And Days Does The Stock Market Open And Close?

Depending on the time zone of each stock market in the world, they all have different open and close times. The same way, different stock exchanges may be open or closed is special days, like holidays.

Let’s take a look at all the details.

What time does the Stock Market open and close?

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These are the open and close times for the top largest and most popular stock markets in the world. All these times apply for business days.

Besides these open and close times, some stock exchanges have extended trading times, allowing trading outside of the market hours. These are called the “pre-market” and “after-hours” trading hours.

LOCAL TIME UTC TIME
STOCK EXCHANGE COUNTRY OPEN CLOSE OPEN CLOSE
New York Stock Exchange US 09:30 16:00 13:30 20:00
NASDAQ Stock Exchange US 09:30 16:00 13:30 20:00
Tokyo Stock Exchange Japan 09:00 15:00 00:00 06:00
Shanghai Stock Exchange China 09:30 15:00 01:30 07:00
Hong Kong Stock Exchange Hong Kong 09:15 16:00 01:15 08:00
Euronext Stock Exchange Netherlands 09:00 17:40 08:00 16:40
London Stock Exchange UK 08:00 16:30 08:00 16:30
Shenzhen Stock Exchange China 09:15 16:00 01:15 08:00
Toronto Stock Exchange Canada 09:30 16:00 13:30 21:00
Bombay Stock Exchange India 09:15 15:30 03:45 10:00

Does the Stock Market close for lunch?

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The London Stock Exchange and the New York or NASDAQ Stock Exchanges don’t close for lunch.

However, some stock exchanges from other parts of the world, like Asia, do close for lunch.

Here’s a list of them:

LUNCHTIME
STOCK EXCHANGE COUNTRY LOCAL UTC
New York Stock Exchange US
NASDAQ Stock Exchange US
Tokyo Stock Exchange Japan 11:30-12:30 02:30-03:30
Shanghai Stock Exchange China 11:30-13:30 03:30-05:00
Hong Kong Stock Exchange Hong Kong 12:00-13:00 04:00-05:00
Euronext Stock Exchange Netherlands
London Stock Exchange UK
Shenzhen Stock Exchange China 11:30-13:00 03:30-05:00
Toronto Stock Exchange Canada
Bombay Stock Exchange India

Is the Stock Market open on weekends?

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The stock exchanges are open and allowing trading usually during the normal time that the banks are open in each country.

This normal time is during the business days and doesn’t include weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) when the banks are usually closed.

Although the typical working days in the majority of the world is from Monday to Friday, in some parts of the world, like the middle east, the working days are different.

Their usual working week starts on Sundays and ends on Thursdays. In some other middle-east countries the working week is from Saturdays to Wednesdays. Due to this, the Stock Exchanges from countries like the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and others are open to trade on Saturdays and/or Sundays.

What is the Stock Market Extended-Hours trading?

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Extended-Hours trading allows traders to trade when the stock market is closed, outside of the normal trading hours.

This extended-hours period may be of two types:

  • Pre-market trading: it’s typically possible from three to four hours before the stock market opens.
  • After-hours trading: it’s typically possible from three to four hours after the stock market closes.

But it was not always like this.

In the past, this was not possible, except for large Institutional traders like Banks or big Hedge Funds.
Nowadays, due to the spread of electronic trading platforms, individual traders are now able to also trade during this extended-hours period.

These kind trades don’t pass through the Stock Exchange floor. They are executed by ECNs (Electonic Communication Networks) and they usually pair buyers and sellers.

Not all brokers allow this type of trading. You should check with your broker if they allow it and what are the conditions.

Bear in mind that trading during extended-hours may be dangerous. During this period there’s a lack of volume and low liquidity due to the lack of participants.

The spread may also be very big and the price may make big jumps and gaps.

This can lead to orders filled at unwanted prices.

The best way to take advantage of this extended-hours trading is by trade during this period when there are important news releases when the stock market is closed.

This way we can make trades based on that news and also be better positioned for the stock market open.

On the other hand, the lack of liquidity and volume, may make the price move more than desirable and lead to unexpected losses if it comes against your trade.

Is the Stock Market open on holidays?

holidays trading

It’s not usual for a stock market to be open during holidays.

The NYSE is closed in the following days:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Washington’s Birthday
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

The London Stock Exchange is closed during the following days:

  • Summer Bank Holiday
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Early May Bank Holiday
  • Spring Bank Holiday

The Euronext Exchange is also closed during some holidays like:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Labour Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Christmas Eve

All information on this page is based on research, may not be accurate and is subject to change.
UTC times may fluctuate based on changes resulting from the daylight saving time from each country.

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