The Stock Market trading day can actually be misinterpreted somewhat when it comes to what people believe are the normal trading hours. While the majority of investors believe that the stock market opens at 9:30 AM and closes at 4:00 PM, there is also pre-market trading and post-market trading hours. The pre-Market hours for stock trading are from 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM Eastern Time, and the After-Market hours are from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM Eastern Time.
The stock market open and close Monday through Friday except on special holidays and may close early for special occasions. Some holidays that the market is closed on include:
- New Years Day
- President’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
In addition to these days that the markets are closed, there are also some additional New York Stock Exchange holiday schedules for various other days.
The New York Stock Exchange will not be open for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it will also close early on November 27 and December 24 in respect of the upcoming holidays.
If a holiday falls on a Saturday, on Friday the stock market will be closed. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, on Monday the markets will be closed.
The most well know of European stock market indexes, the FTSE 100 Index is also open for trading from Monday through Friday, and is closed for the following holidays:
- New Years Day
The London Stock Exchange also closes from 12:30 onward on December 24th and December 31st in advance of the upcoming holidays, with the market closing the previous or following week day should the holiday fall on a weekend.
US Stock Markets
The stock market hours for all of the US stock markets are:
Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm
This is in Eastern Standard Time (EST)
This includes the NASDAQ, American Stock Market (AMEX) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the S&P 500.
The London Stock Exchange provides its members with value added services, including its primary function of supplying a range of services for trading as well as providing a market for trading across a wide range of asset classes.
The London Stock Exchange hours of trading are:
8.30am – 4:30pm
This is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
The DAX stock index, is the primary stock index of the DTB (Deutsche Boerse) in Germany. The DAX index is calculated using prices from the Xetra electronic trading system from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM Central European Time, and the DAX futures market is traded on the Eurex electronic trading system from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Central European Time.
The German DAX trading times are:
9.00am – 5.30pm
Times are (GMT+1)
The Paris Euronext times are:
9am – 5.30pm
This is also GMT+1.
Are you getting confused over all the different timezones? worldtimezone.com is a helpful site allowing you to compare different timezones to your own local time.